Community foundations in the United States have mobilized nearly $240 million in support of efforts to help those impacted by COVID-19, a study conducted by the Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative finds.
Over the past two weeks, nearly a hundred and seventy community foundations, in partnership with nonprofits, local government agencies, the business community, and private and family foundations, have created COVID-19 response funds to help those in need and ensure an efficient and coordinated response to the pandemic.
In the Midwest, the Chicago Community Trust has raised $3.5 million to date in support of forty-two nonprofits working to mitigate the impact of the virus in the Chicago-metro region, while in the Pacific Northwest the Oregon Community Foundation has announced $2 million in grants. And in New York City, the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S., the New York Community Trust is hosting a city-wide fund that has raised $78 million from twenty-six partners and plans to make weekly grants to local nonprofits working to address critical needs in the city and beyond.
"This crisis demands flexibility and creative ideas," said Greater Washington Community Foundation interim president and CEO Tonia Wellons. "Covid-19 is affecting everyone in our community — but it is hitting historically underserved populations particularly hard. We, and our colleagues across the country, are working to identify and adopt innovative approaches so we can rise to the considerable challenge our communities are now facing."