Community Foundation Update (03/21/20)

Community Foundation Update (03/21/20)


The San Diego Foundation has raised $4 million to date for its COVID-19 Community Response Fund, including $950,000 approved by its board of governors, and has approved a rapid response grant of $250,000 to the United Way of San Diego County in support of efforts to help low-wage individuals and families impacted by layoffs and reduced working hours with rent, mortgage, and utility payments.

Silicon Valley public-sector and nonprofit leaders have launched an initiative aimed at centralizing coronavirus resources for local residents and small businesses, the San Jose Spotlight reports. The initiative, Silicon Valley Strong, includes a new fund launched by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation that will assist individuals and families facing eviction and small businesses at risk of closure due to lost sales. Donors to the fund include include Apple Inc. ($1 million) and DoorDash, which will provide financial assistance to deliverers and couriers diagnosed with COVID-19 and ship free hand sanitizer and gloves to employees.


The Community Foundation of Central Illinois in Peoria has pledged $25,000 to the Central Illinois Disaster Recovery Fund, which will provide grant support to local nonprofits engaged in meeting emerging community needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. An advisory committee will make recommendations to the CFCI board about unmet needs and funding gaps, with grants to be made to community-based organizations working to assist local residents and families most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts related to the virus.


The St. Louis Community Foundation has launched a coronavirus Regional Response Fund, the Post-Dispatch reports. The foundation has pledged $100,000 to the new fund and has started to solicit contributions from private donors in the region. The fund initially plans to help local residents who are quarantined with their rent, mortgage, and utility payments as well as food and medications. Organizations working with the foundation on the fund include the United Way of Greater St. Louis, the Boniface Foundation, Catholic Charities, the Clark-Fox Foundation, the Incarnate Word Foundation, the Gateway Center for Giving, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, the Marillac Mission Fund, the Missouri Foundation For Health, the Regional Business Council (and its affiliate Social Venture Partners), the St. Louis City Seniors Fund, the St. Louis Mental Health Board, the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the Trio Foundation, the City of St. Louis, and St. Louis County.


The Omaha Foundation has announced the creation of a COVID-19 Response Fund that will provide flexible resources to nonprofits working to assist people and communities in the metro region disproportionately impacted by the economic consequences of the coronavirus. The fund will focus on five primary areas: food support, health care, emergency housing, emergency financial assistance, and services for seniors. One-time grants will fund organizations with deep roots in the community and extensive experience working with residents without health insurance and/or access to sick days, people with limited English-language proficiency, healthcare and low-wage workers, and communities of color.

New Jersey

The Princeton Area Community Foundation has announced the creation of a COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund to support nonprofits working to assist the most vulnerable individuals in Mercer County. As of March 19, the foundation had raised $1 million for the fund, including $250,000 each from PACF, Betty Wold Johnson, and the George H. and Estelle M. Sands Foundation. Founding supporters of the fund include the Bunbury Fund at PACF, NJM Insurance Group, the Burke Foundation, and PACF's Fund for Women and Girls.


The Columbus Foundation has announced a $1 million gift to its Emergency Response Fund, which is providing assistance to nonprofits in the region experiencing a loss of revenue and/or an increase in operating costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The foundation seeded the fund with $1 million last week and has raised an additional $2 million in the days since.

Philanthropies in Northeast Ohio have announced the creation of the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund. Housed at the Cleveland Foundation, the fund was established to complement the efforts of public health agencies in Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties. Initially, grant funding will support nonprofits working to provide safety-net services to individuals and groups at risk from the social and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of Wednesday, the fund had received nearly $4 million in contributions from eighteen organizations.

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Foundation and the United Way of Rhode Island have announced that local nonprofit organizations at the forefront of the coronavirus response can apply for funding from the COVID-19 Response Fund, which has attracted more than $3.3 million in contributions since its launch. The fund will support nonprofits providing direct assistance to Rhode Islanders with financial need or demonstrable hardship resulting from the virus and not otherwise covered by other assistance, including but not limited to food, rent relief and other household expenses, and access to health care.


The Vermont Community Foundation has announced the creation of the VT COVID-19 Response Fund in support of nonprofit organizations in the state working to address the community impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Working with partners at the state and local level, the foundation will prioritize immediate public health and economic impacts of COVID-19, with a focus on vulnerable populations and the service providers that support them. Looking ahead, the fund's grantmaking strategy will be designed with partners on the front lines of the public health crisis.

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