We created The Passionistas Project Podcast and The Passionistas Project Pack to spotlight women-owned businesses, as well as female entrepreneurs, activists and artisans. We also wanted to create a resource page that would give women some helpful tools to bolster their businesses.
We've decided to launch this page now with resources focused on getting you through the Coronavirus crisis. We've also added some resoucrs for those of you looking for ways to support the Black community in the wake of the George Floyd tragedy and the ensuing protests.
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay passionate.
Amy & Nancy
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A MEDICAL EMERGENCY, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — For the most accurate and timely information, visit the CDC's website.
World Health Organization — For the most accurate and timely information, including advice for the public, advice for health workers, research and development and scam alerts.
Coronavirus Map: U.S. Cases — New York Times keeping updated map of all cases in the United State
BLACK LIVES MATTER
ACLU — Black people are being murdered and brutalized by police with near impunity. Act with us to end police brutality, demand racial justice, and defend our right to protest. Your donation will fuel our legal battles and urgent advocacy efforts.
Black Lives Matter — Join the Movement to fight for Freedom, Liberation and Justice by signing up for updates, supporting our work, checking out our resources, following us on social media, or wearing our dope, official gear.
Black Women’s Blueprint — This social justice organization for black women provides resources for black women who want to participate in grassroots efforts on issues relating to criminal justice, police violence, economic justice, and education. In 2014, the organization launched an initiative to document black women’s stories of surviving sexual violence in an effort to increase prevention efforts.
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. — The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments.
The National Black Women’s Justice Institute — The organization is dedicated to reducing racial and gender disparities in justice systems affecting black women, girls, and their families. Their work includes finding advocates to effect policy that promotes equal justice for black women.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women — This non-profit organization was founded in 1981 to assist black women in the areas of health, education, and economic empowerment. They offer programs that help with career needs and also create networks among black women. The organization has more than 60 chapters in 28 states.
The National Congress of Black Women — The well-known non-profit for black women is devoted to the educational, political, and cultural development of black women and youth through training women for leadership positions in government, non-profit, and private sectors.
I Run With Maud — This fundraiser was designed to assist Ahmaud's mother; Ms. Wanda Cooper-Jones and her immediate family with financial support during this extreme difficult time and in their struggle for justice for the murder of Ahmaud Marquez Arbery.
Justice For Breonna Taylor — The community has been reaching out in support of Bree’s family and wanting to donate to the cause.
Official George Floyd Memorial Fund — Funds collected here will be spent by the Floyd family as outlined above. This fund will be governed and controlled at the discretion Philonise Floyd for the family's benefit.
Support Black Businesses
Fund Black Women from iFundWomen — From iFundWomen's website, "According to Amex's 2019 State of Women-Owned Business Report, Black women represent 42% of net new women-owned businesses started in the last year, which is three times their share of the female population (14%). Yet in the past decade, Black women–led businesses have captured just .0006% of the total venture capital funding pie. The ongoing violence against the Black community undoubtedly places a strain on black women trying to launch and grow their businesses. Take action and fund Black women entrepreneurs right now. Are you a Black women-owned business? Start a campaign on IFundWomen to be featured below and start raising money today.
Black-Owned Etsy Shops
A List Of Mental Health Resources Available For People Of Color by Elizabeth Gulino
"When They See Us" — A Learning Companion — This learning companion has been developed to deepen the conversation and inspire personal action after viewing the Netflix mini-series "When They See Us."
EMPLOYMENT, UNEMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE SUPPORT
Empower Work — Discuss work issues confidentially with a trained peer counselor via SMS text or live chat. Send a text to 510-674-1414.
The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act — A PDF guide to understanding the programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Unemployment Benefits Finder — Select your state to find information about filing for unemployment benefits.
US Department of Labor — The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus (also known as novel coronavirus).
50 State Guide to Unemployment & Paid Leave in the Time of Coronavirus — Information updated as each state releases policies related to paid unemployment, paid leave, etc.
Artist Trust – artist-specific resources for Americans and also specific links for Seattle
Black Girl Magik COVID-19 Global Resource Guide — self-care links and mental health related apps etc
Booooooom Slack Community — connect with creatives, ask questions, get answers, resources (FREE for everyone)
CaFÉ (Call for Entry) — shows, residencies, exhibitions, you can filter this database by ‘international’
COVID-19 & Freelance Artists — FREE resources, opportunities, advocacy & legal info, financial relief options for artists of all disciplines.
How to Embrace Remote Work: The Ultimate Guide — Great article for adjusting to working remotely
Lifeboat — gallery of photo prints with direct links to contact and buy directly from each photographer
Resources for Remote Work — Job listings and job related resources
Something Positive — a site which features only positive news related to the Coronavirus
United Nations Open Brief — UN as put out a call to creatives to help spread important messages related to COVID-19
Upstream — An app designed to give people a place to network and ask for introductions in a more digitally friendly, mobile-first platform than LinkedIn groups.
Women in the Arts and Media Coalition — big list of funding/resources and a variety of disciplines
Women Photograph Grants — grants open to women and nonbinary documentary photographers of any nationality
Women Street Photographers — you can submit a free photo entry
US Small Business Administration — The SBA proves low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters.
2-1-1 — Search your Zip Code or City and State if you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills or other essential services.
A Common Thread — Vogue and CFDA are repurposing the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund to create this fundraising initiative supporting those in the American fashion community who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications open April 8th.
Amazon Small Business Relief Fund (SEATTLE AREA) — Amazon is creating a $5 million Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund to provide cash grants to Seattle small businesses that need assistance.
Artist and Activist Relief Fund — The Soze Agency, Taskforce, and Invisible Hand have created a fund in support of artists & activists who are impacted by COVID-19. They will provide $250 to selected applicants on an on-going basis and, at the moment, they have $30,500 for the first round of grants.
Boston Artist Relief Funds — grants of $500 and $1000 for artists who live in Boston
Bumble — Bumble is offering up to $5,000 in monetary support for small businesses affected by COVID-19. Download the @bumble app and use any mode to match with their Bumble Community Grants profile to learn more and apply.
Business for All — Hello Alice‘s Business for All offers up to $200,000 business grants and mentorships from influential leaders like Gwyneth Paltrow and Rebecca Minkoff.
CERF+ Emergency Relief Fund — artists who experience career threatening illness can apply
Facebook Small Business Grants Program — Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time.
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants — If you are seeking relief for a canceled performance or exhibition due to COVID-19 you can apply for support from our COVID-19 Relief Fund
iFundWomen — is a startup funding platform providing access to capital through crowdfunding and grants, expert business coaching on all the topics entrepreneurs need to know about, and a network of women business owners that sparks confidence, accelerates knowledge, and ignites action. IFundWomen is offering several free webinars and coaching session during the COVD-19 crisis. In addition, they are granting 3 early stage female founders a $10,000 cash prize for their small businesses. Although not specifically created as a response to COVID-19, they are accepting applications now through April 7, 2020
James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund — Foundation is launching a fund that will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need.
Jewish Free Loan Society — The organization is granting no-fee and interest-free loans for businesses in the LA area that have been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
JPMorgan Chase — The financial institution is committing $8 million to assist small businesses in U.S., China, and Europe.
Kerby Jean-Reymond — Designer of Pyer Moss, Kerby Jean-Reymond, has set aside $50,000 for “minority and women-owned small creative businesses who are currently in distress.”
Lowe’s — The company is committing $3 million to supporting local small businesses, particularly skilled trade professionals, to continue to operate through the current conditions.
MainVest — Beyond its normal fundraising offerings, crowdfunding platform MainVest has launched a $2,000, zero-interest, 120-day loan for restaurants or other brick and mortars affected by COVID-19.
MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund — The Recording Academy® and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares® have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help our peers in the music community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
NYFA Emergency Resources — a lifeline for artists experiencing both unexpected and long-term, chronic challenges
Opportunity Fund, which specializes in money lending to small businesses owned by women, immigrants, and people of color, is soon launching a coronavirus relief fund. It will provide grants and low-interest rate loans to business owners.
Rauschenberg Emergency Grants — program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies
Resources for Undocumented Californians — helpful links for undocumented people in California
Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund — A trailblazing investment of $2.5 million from Verizon is making it possible for LISC to begin offering critical relief and resiliency-building support to small businesses facing immediate financial threat because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will go to make grants of up to $10,000, especially to entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically under-served places who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital. Verizon will highlight and bolster these efforts through their inaugural "Pay It Forward Live" online concert series. Sign up to receive updates.
Yelp — Yelp has announced a $25 million in relief, primarily focused on supporting independent local restaurant and nightlife businesses, in the form of waived advertising fees, and free advertising, products and services, during this period.
123Homeschool4me — free worksheets for grades 1-8
200+ modern art books in PDF form — courtesy of The Guggenheim Museum via the Internet Archive
All Kids Network — free crafts, worksheets, mazes, dot to dot, resources for parents and teachers
Audible Stories — Audible is offering free audio books for kids and teens while schools are closed (six languages)
Class Central — free online courses courtesy of Harvard, Yale, Princeton and other Ivy League universities
Giant list of ideas for being home with kids — Googledoc with helpful ideas
Google Arts & Culture Online Collections — 2,500 museums are accessible online thanks to Google
Mac’s Book — a free coloring book featuring drawings by grown ups based on ideas from a 4 year old (download and print it)
Netflix Party — a Chrome extension for watching Netflix remotely with friends or a virtual hangout or date, synchronizes video playback and adds group chat
Oh You Pretty Things — Filmmaker Gary Hustwit is streaming his docs for free during this crisis. March 17-24 you can watch the feature-length doc about typography, Helvetica
Chefs for America — Chef Jose Andres and his World Central Kitchen are mobilizing to feed America through food delivery and community kitchens. They are also looking for volunteers to work with them in the Covid-19 crisis.
Meals on Wheels — This organization delivers meals to the country’s elderly population. Many of its local programs are struggling with the additional costs of delivering meals during the outbreak. You can find ways to help a local program here or donate to the national organization here.
No Kid Hungry — With coronavirus forcing mass school closures across the country, millions of children are losing the daily meals they depend on. No Kid Hungry uses donations to send emergency grants to food banks and local community groups. It diverts resources to feed kids in the hardest-hit communities. The organization also has plans in place to ensure families know how to find food while schools are closed and making sure kids get three meals a day.
HEALTH, FITNESS AND NUTRITION
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Use the CDC COVID-19 Symptom Checker if you or someone you are caring for is experiencing symptoms.
Core Power Yoga — CorePower Yoga is offering free streaming live classes for you each day. If you are already a member, you'll now be able to enjoy full unlimited access to all online classes through CorePower Yoga On Demand, which include 20-60 minute versions of the same CorePower class formats you're used to in the studio. For those who are not members, CorePower is still providing free access to a limited collection of online classes available weekly.
The Wellful — The Wellful is a mindful health brand and your source for nutrition & wellness news you can digest (pun intended). Here you’ll find resources for building a healthy relationship with food + your body, interviews with leaders in health and wellness and real-talk on nutrition trends.
Tone It Up — Tone It Up has an amazing community and offers all different types of toning and endurance workouts. The app will be free for new users for the next 30 days, and workout videos range from 10-40 minutes.
Many banks are offering deferment and forbearance to business loan customers. See below for a list of banks that are working with customers on a ‘case-by-case’ basis to overcome financial difficulties:
American Express:— waiving interest on late fees on accounts that are requesting COVID-19 relief.
Bank of America — Committed to giving relief on a ‘case-by-case’ basis for small business loans, mortgages, deposit accounts, credit cards, etc.
Capital One — Have pledged that they are working with customers that experience financial difficulties.
Chase Bank — call the number on the back of your credit or debit card for direct assistance with your payments or account.
Citi — For 30 days, small business customers are eligible to have their monthly service fees waived. They’re also waiving the fees on early CD withdrawals.
U.S. Bank — Reach out to customer service if you’re a customer that has been impacted by coronavirus to discuss individual solutions.
Foreclosure and Eviction Moratorium — The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to implement an immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages for the next 60 days. These moratoriums are part of the continued effort by President Trump to address impacts to the financial well-being of America’s individuals, families, and businesses caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19).
National Low Income Housing Coalition — The National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that ensures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.
PROJECT UFIRST – Project U First donates love boxes to local shelters for men, women and children in need.
Calm — The #1 app for Sleep, Meditation and Relaxation. The app has some free resources including daily challenges to deepen your mindfulness practice and learn more about yourself.
Headspace — To help support you through this time of crisis, Headspace is offering some meditations you can listen to anytime. These are part of a larger collection in the Headspace app — free for everyone — called Weathering the Storm. It includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling.
InsightTimer — A free app for sleep, anxiety and stress that includes insightful talks, courses, guided meditations and resources for kids.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention — The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.1-800-273-8255
BetterHelp — Making professional counseling accessible, affordable, convenient - so anyone who struggles with life’s challenges can get help, anytime, anywhere.
Crisis Text Line — a free national text messaging service that gives you access to mental health counselor. Text “home” to 741-741 to get started. Approximately 77% of Crisis Text Line users acknowledged that they have stress or anxiety related to Coronavirus.
Keep Receiving Treatment During COVID-19 — a list on online addiction recovery resources
Real — A new mental health platform, is offering free online help this month in response to coronavirus concerns. The company will provide a selection of services for users ― including group sessions, virtual events and one-on-one sessions ― which will be led by trained mental health professionals.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Helpline — SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.1-800-662-HELP (4357)
Talkspace — Offering a special COVID-19 stress and anxiety management program to all subscribers as part of their subscription. Talk to a therapist to learn more. Talkspace is also offering free online therapy for frontline medical workers during this crisis.
The IRS has extended the deadline to file federal tax returns to July 15, 2020.
The deadline for tax payments up to $10 million for businesses has also been extended to July 15, 2020.
The below states have also reduced or waived penalties on late tax payments:
California State Tax deadline is extended to July 15
Connecticut provides extension for certain business taxes by at least 30 days.
Maryland has extended business-related tax filing deadlines until June 1st
North Carolina is under certain conditions waving some penalties.
South Carolina is offering an extension for state tax returns and payments.
Washington is allowing business to request a filing extension or a late payment penalty waiver request.
WAYS TO HELP
Alone — This organization provides companionship to the elderly. Become a telephone volunteer and check in with seniors in your area.
Charity Navigator — This organization evaluates charities and maintains a running list of nonprofits working in communities affected by the outbreak. There are organizations that focus on medical services, relief supplies and more.
GlobalGiving — This large global crowdfunding community connects nonprofits, donors and companies. Money received will go toward sending emergency medical workers to communities in need, providing medical supplies to hospitals and helping deliver essentials to families.
The American Red Cross — The coronavirus is causing a blood shortage. The Red Cross is urging all eligible, healthy donors to donate blood to help maintain a sufficient blood supply in the coming weeks and months.