The Coronavirus Response Fund

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About

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.

How to Donate

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 jmusgrove@cfcv.com.

If your business or company would like to join the coalition and provide a corporate gift, please email JJ Musgrove at jmusgrove@cfcv.com.

CFCV is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity and all donations to the Fund are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Grant Funding

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:

Kelli Parker
Director, Grants & Community Partnerships
Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley

Jennifer St. John
VP, Community Initiatives
United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley

Media Inquiries

Betsy Covington
President and CEO
Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley
bcovington@cfcv.com

Ben Moser
President and CEO
United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley
bmoser@unitedwayofthecv.org

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m an individual who’s been affected by Coronavirus. Can this Fund help me?

We understand many individuals and families have already been affected by the outbreak and more will continue to be affected. On behalf of the Fund’s partners, CFCV is working to move resources to community-based organizations that are directly supporting residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts.

While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, it is funding community-based organizations that have the experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. We will work to update you on the organizations that have received grant funding. If you are looking for resources now, please contact 211 for information about direct assistance organizations.

My organization is interested in resources from this Fund. Can we be considered?

We understand the coronavirus outbreak is impacting nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for services, lost revenue due to closures and cancelations, as well as other challenges. We are working closely with UWCV, local governments and community partners to ensure that the grants awarded meet the greatest needs in communities disproportionately impacted by coronavirus. To move resources quickly, we are not hosting a formal application process for the Fund. You may email complete this form to make sure we are aware of your needs and can keep them in mind as the granting process progresses and needs become more clear.

I want to donate. Can I restrict my funding to a prioritized grantee?

To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to needs of communities most impacted, we are not able to restrict donations at this time. The Coronavirus Response Fund was created in hopes of providing a way to coordinate as many resources as possible across our service area. If an organization you normally support is involved in this work and you would like to continue that support, we encourage you to donate to them directly (see the next question).

Should I give to this Fund instead of making other donations?

This Fund was not created to be the only vehicle for getting needed resources into the community, but to help facilitate getting more targeted resources into the community. This is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations who’ve benefited from your giving in the past, as well as those who’ve had to cancel their annual fundraising events or depend heavily on public gatherings. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time. Now is the time to double down for our community.

What will NOT be included in the first phase of funding?

We anticipate multiple phases of funding to address both the acute needs now and the longer-term impacts of the outbreak and recovery. In this first phase, we are prioritizing community-based organizations that are serving communities and individuals who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. Our immediate focus areas include access to food; access to health care and prescription medications; access to transportation, and access to child care.

Based upon the charitable structure of the Coronavirus Response Fund, our grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities. We will do our best to use philanthropic resources to address needs that are outside of governmental responsibility, but we also appreciate that philanthropy can often act nimbly in a way that government cannot.

Is there a geographic area of focus for the Fund?

The Coronavirus Response Fund will prioritize grants to community-based organizations within the Columbus, GA, area. We are doing this with a recognition that many nonprofits serve workers and residents in our neighboring counties.

When will you share who you fund?

We anticipate making a first round of grant funding in the coming weeks and will publish the list of selected grantees on the CFCV and UWCV websites. We hope that this will help the community navigate available resources.

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