CHAPTER 7
COVID-19 Resources for Non-Profits

Non-profit and tax-exempt organizations have faced unprecedented challenges as a result of this pandemic. 

Each non-profit (NP) and tax-exempt organization faces unplanned and unique challenges.  This Chapter has been added to assist both climate-related and general NP concerns arising from or as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic, and to provide resources for their success, now and in the future, in the areas of: 

  • Funding Opportunities

    1. Grants/Funding for COVID Relief related projects

    2. Foundational Grants for Non-Profit Support 

    3. Corporate Sponsorship, In-Kind, Gift,  and other assistance, 

    4. Government Funding Opportunities, Rules, Regulations, and Information for those who have received them.  This includes the expanded definitions of small business under the CARES Act to include Non-Profit Organizations, Partnerships, Sole Proprietorships, Independent Contractors, and others.

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  • Podcasts, Webinars, Blogs, Databases, Social network groups for Covid-19 nonprofit management, Funding Links, and  other Educational Materials and Resources covering broad topics, 

  • Free memberships, services, and or platforms.      Examples include 

    1. free access to grant databases through Instrumental, 

    2. The Community PR Initiative: which matches furloughed PR workers as virtual volunteers for nonprofits in need of marketing/PR experts, 

    3. Donor-Perfect’s free Covid-19 Template Kit

  • Case Studies of successful adaptation and operation in the era of Covid-19 

  • Topics: Other/General & Help Request Submission Form

SUMMARY OF CASE STUDY
Chapter 7: NP COVID-19 & Environmental Crossover: 
Testing Solutions and Assessing Saving for Water and Energy in Low-Income Multifamily Affordable Housing
INTRODUCTION

Domestic hot water crossover has the potential of being a severe issue in all multifamily housing properties with central domestic hot water systems. Residents waiting longer for hot water leads to dissatisfaction, and water and energy waste. This also leaves property owners with higher utility bills and operating expenses. In addition to the water and energy waste, crossover prevents properties from upgrading to high-efficiency water heater systems and recirculation distribution control strategies.

Part I of this report is an owner-focused handout, which program implementers, owners, and advocacy groups can use to educate building owners, maintenance staff, and their service contractors regarding crossover issues that may be occurring in their properties. It also provides them with initial tools to investigate and repair most crossover issues.

 

Part II of this report will validate or update the recommended owner-focused investigation and repair strategies based on results from testing potential solutions in the two case study properties.* The case studies will also serve to uncover typical barriers encountered when performing crossover retrofits and can serve to inform a broad coalition of industry stakeholders in crafting appropriate interventions.

The domestic hot water distribution issues encountered by the two case study buildings are pervasive across multifamily properties. Implementing preventive domestic hot water crossover measures in maintenance plans and during building rehabilitation projects needs to become standard practice for multifamily buildings. Resolving existing crossover issues and executing preventive maintenance is critical for California to meet its goal of decarbonizing existing buildings. 1.

 

Programs that incentivize central domestic hot water systems in new construction should also take into account the costs of preventing these crossover issues by installing appropriate equipment. Those incentivizing system upgrades in existing buildings should incorporate the identification and address these crossover issues before the installation of newer systems. Contractors must be trained to perform commissioning work to eliminate the possibility of crossover issues in the property.

State policies must treat crossover as a barrier to both energy efficiency and decarbonization. Policies and programs should be designed in a way that addresses the upstream, midstream, and downstream issues associated with crossover, as presented in this report. Funding should be made available for existing low-income multifamily properties to address this issue, where necessary, and track the costs and the methods used to identify and fix the issue. As the state is looking at

its existing building stock to push California’s climate goals forward, addressing such barriers should be given sufficient thought and consideration.   1

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1.CA has 25 years to be carbon neutral by 2045 (EO B-55-18), which will mean the electrification of nearly every building and Assembly Bill (AB) 3232 (Friedman, Chapter 373, Statutes of 2018) which requires the CEC to prepare the building decarbonization Assessment for existing buildings.

*Implementation of the owner and professional investigation and repair plans for the two case study properties

will be completed once the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has subsided. The validity of the owner investigation and repair plans will be determined. An amendment will be made to this report, which will include a description of the effectiveness of the proposed owner investigation and repair plans, and tracking of the utility benchmarking data to quantify the effect of the repairs.

Resource Guide &

Case Studies

This Resource Guide outlines non-profit funding resources, templates, funding opportunities, case studies, free or cheap resources for fundraising, and more. 

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