The Coronavirus Response Fund, hosted by Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley (CFCV) in partnership with United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley (UWCV), will provide flexible resources to organizations in the Columbus area working with our most vulnerable citizens: members of communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic consequences of this outbreak. This philanthropic response will work closely with government, business partners and other philanthropic resources to help the Response Fund rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the front lines of our area’s current Coronavirus pandemic.
Charitable grants will fund organizations and programs that have deep roots in our community and strong experience working in areas such as access to food, prescriptions/healthcare, childcare and basic needs. The Fund is designed to complement the work of local public health, nonprofit, and government entities, and to expand local capacity to support individuals and families experiencing hardship because of the outbreak and related closures and disruptions.
The first phase of the rapid-response grants will increase resiliency in disproportionately affected communities by addressing the immediate and basic needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by loss of work or reduced wages, school and business closures, and the increased demand for healthcare information and support among our most vulnerable community members. If there are charitable opportunities to minimize the number of people who are exposed to the disease, these could potentially also be supported in the initial grant rounds. The Response Fund hopes to move an initial round of area grants within the next few weeks.
CFCV will administer grants from the Response Fund in partnership with UWCV and in close collaboration with community partners and local governments. Together, we will proactively identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on potential partnerships and recommend final awards as quickly as possible. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases.
Both CFCV and UWCV are waiving the administrative fees that would normally be associated with this Fund. Banking fees, including credit card transactions for contributions to the Fund, will apply.
Donate online: https://cfcv.givingfuel.com/coronavirus
Donate by text: Text the amount of your donation in numbers (10, 50, 100, etc.) to 706-523-GIVE (4483).
Donate by check: Make checks payable to Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley and indicate that your gift should be directed to the Coronavirus Response Fund. Mail checks to: Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Attn: Coronavirus Response Fund, 1340 13th Street, Columbus, GA 31901
CFCV can facilitate other types of donations, including donations from Donor Advised Funds and stock transfers. For questions about making a charitable donation, please contact JJ Musgrove at email@example.com.
If your business or company would like to join the coalition and provide a corporate gift, please email JJ Musgrove at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CFCV is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity and all donations to the Fund are tax deductible as allowed by law.
$136,100 Awarded from Coronavirus Response Fund
April 8, 2020
The first official grants from the Columbus, GA, area’s Coronavirus Response Fund are being awarded today, Community Foundation President Betsy Covington and United Way President Ben Moser announced jointly. The Fund, a partnership between the two organizations and area donors, provides flexible resources to organizations that are serving our most vulnerable populations: members of communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak.
“I’m so grateful for the way that organizations told us their stories and how our Community Foundation and United Way staffs worked together to vet each of these proposals,” commented CFCV’s Covington. “Donors to the Coronavirus Response Fund can know that their dollars are being used carefully and generously to provide food, financial help and hope to our neighbors most in need.”
This initial round of grants focuses on meeting the most basic health and safety needs, primarily food insecurity and housing, at eleven organizations, listed below:
Giving is easy; see cfcv.com/coronavirus for more information. Right now a $100,000 match offer from Global Payments/TSYS will match donations to the Coronavirus Response Fund dollar-for-dollar, up to $2,000 per gift. Here’s your chance to get your generosity doubled and help our most vulnerable populations!
Organizations can share their needs and be considered for future funding by registering here.
“United Way is proud of our partnership with the Community Foundation and extremely grateful to all Coronavirus Response Fund donors. These grants will help meet the immediate, basic needs of our most vulnerable citizens and we are thankful for the engagement of our nonprofit community in providing care during this time of crisis. It’s partnership like this that makes our community special.”
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To deploy resources rapidly, we will not be accepting requests for funding or posting a grant application. We will instead work together with community advisors and funders to identify organizations currently providing types of support to area residents that are aligned with the priorities of the Response Fund to expand available resources and relief. Priorities in the first phase of funding will include: food, childcare, transportation, and healthcare or prescription assistance.
To let us know more about the work you are doing and your needs, please complete this form.
For questions regarding the Coronavirus Response Fund, and how grant funds will be deployed, please email impactCRF@gmail.com. This email will be monitored by:
Director, Grants & Community Partnerships
Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley
Jennifer St. John
VP, Community Initiatives
United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley