The Coronavirus Response Fund

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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.

Grants Awarded & Other News

Coronavirus Response Fund Grants Now Total $1,060,212

July 29, 2020
 

This week the Coronavirus Response Fund is awarding three additional grants that total $30,100, bringing the total awarded since the Covid-19 pandemic began to $1,060,212, Community Foundation President Betsy Covington and United Way President Ben Moser jointly announced. The Fund, a partnership between the two organizations and area donors, provides flexible resources to Columbus-area organizations that are serving our most vulnerable populations: members of communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak.‬‬‬‬

The funds being awarded this week will help support food insecurity and the educational needs of at-risk children during this crisis:

Organization Grant Purpose
Feeding the Valley, Inc. Help address food insecurity for children during the gap in school district feeding programs.
Hopewell United Methodist Church (Pine Mountain) - Pocket Change Ministry Address food insecurity by providing food boxes with staples (produce, meat, household products) through drive-up distribution on the 2nd Saturday of each month.  
Truth Spring, Inc. To support educational needs of at-risk children by providing on-site childcare for any staff member who has a child enrolled at Truth Spring Academy or at another school in the area that is solely virtual.

The Coronavirus Response Fund is receiving daily contributions from area individuals, businesses and foundations. Giving is easy; see cfcv.com/coronavirus for more information. Aflac’s $100,000 match offer continues, matching donations to the Coronavirus Response Fund dollar-for-dollar, up to $2,000 per gift. 

Organizations can share their needs and be considered for future funding by registering here

The Fund will continue to make grants on a weekly basis.


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Coronavirus Response Fund Grants Now Total $1,030,112

July 22, 2020

This week the Coronavirus Response Fund is awarding an additional grant of $4,081, bringing the total awarded since the Covid-19 pandemic began to $1,030,112, Community Foundation President Betsy Covington and United Way President Ben Moser jointly announced. The Fund, a partnership between the two organizations and area donors, provides flexible resources to Columbus-area organizations that are serving our most vulnerable populations: members of communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak.‬‬‬

The funds being awarded this week will help support the reduction and prevention of homelessness during this crisis:

Organization Grant Purpose
Home for Good - a program of the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley To increase the capacity of the HMIS (Homeless Management Information System) to facilitate rapid rehousing and regional CARES funding

The Coronavirus Response Fund is receiving daily contributions from area individuals, businesses and foundations. Giving is easy; see cfcv.com/coronavirus for more information. Aflac’s $100,000 match offer continues, matching donations to the Coronavirus Response Fund dollar-for-dollar, up to $2,000 per gift. 

Organizations can share their needs and be considered for future funding by registering here

The Fund will continue to make grants on a weekly basis.

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Coronavirus Response Fund Grants Now Total $1,026,032

July 15, 2020

This week the Coronavirus Response Fund is awarding an additional grant of $2,000, bringing the total awarded since the Covid-19 pandemic began to $1,026,032, Community Foundation President Betsy Covington and United Way President Ben Moser jointly announced. The Fund, a partnership between the two organizations and area donors, provides flexible resources to Columbus-area organizations that are serving our most vulnerable populations: members of communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak.‬‬

The funds being awarded this week will help support personal protective equipment (PPE) for clients and staff:

Organization Grant Purpose
Tears (Teens Empowerment Awareness with Resolutions, Inc.) PPE to protect clients and staff for counseling services


The Coronavirus Response Fund is receiving daily contributions from area individuals, businesses and foundations. Giving is easy; see cfcv.com/coronavirus for more information. Aflac’s $100,000 match offer continues, matching donations to the Coronavirus Response Fund dollar-for-dollar, up to $2,000 per gift. 

Organizations can share their needs and be considered for future funding by registering here

The Fund will continue to make grants on a weekly basis.

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Coronavirus Response Fund Grants Now Total $1,024,032

July 8, 2020

This week the Coronavirus Response Fund is awarding an additional grant of $2,250, bringing the total awarded since the Covid-19 pandemic began to $1,024,032, Community Foundation President Betsy Covington and United Way President Ben Moser jointly announced. The Fund, a partnership between the two organizations and area donors, provides flexible resources to Columbus-area organizations that are serving our most vulnerable populations: members of communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak.‬

The funds being awarded this week will help support military families during the crisis:

Organization Grant Purpose
Operation Homefront, Inc. Critical Financial Assistance Program: To provide financial assistance (mortgage, rent, utilities, overdue bills, groceries, home repairs, etc.) to military families in the Columbus, GA area.
 

The Coronavirus Response Fund is receiving daily contributions from area individuals, businesses and foundations. Giving is easy; see cfcv.com/coronavirus for more information. Aflac’s $100,000 match offer continues, matching 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. 

The Fund will continue to make grants on a weekly basis.

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Coronavirus Response Fund Grants $13,508 to Four Organizations

June 24, 2020

Grants awarded from the Coronavirus Response Fund totaled $13,508 this week, bringing the total awarded since the Covid-19 pandemic began to $1,021,776, Community Foundation President Betsy Covington and United Way President Ben Moser jointly announced. The Fund, a partnership between the two organizations and area donors, provides flexible resources to Columbus-area organizations that are serving our most vulnerable populations: members of communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak.

The funds being awarded this week include support for organizations addressing our community’s most basic health and safety needs, as listed below:

Organization Grant Purpose
Beth Salem Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) - 2 Fish 5 Loaves Pantry To provide groceries for underserved and low-income members of the community
Girls, Inc. of Columbus & Phenix-Russell To support additional partial scholarships for summer camp and increased health and safety expenses
The House of T.I.M.E. To support housing costs for clients
Sexual Assault Support Center (The Center at 909) To increase client access to telehealth services


The Coronavirus Response Fund is receiving daily contributions from area individuals, businesses and foundations. Giving is easy; see cfcv.com/coronavirus for more information. Aflac’s $100,000 match offer continues, matching 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

The Fund will continue to make grants on a weekly basis.

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Coronavirus Response Fund Grants Top $1 Million with This Week’s Awards

June 17, 2020

Total grants awarded from the Coronavirus Response Fund have now topped $1M, with this week’s awards of $28,591 bringing the full amount granted since the Covid-19 pandemic began to $1,008,274, Community Foundation President Betsy Covington and United Way President Ben Moser jointly announced. The Fund, a partnership between the two organizations and area donors, provides flexible resources to Columbus-area organizations that are serving our most vulnerable populations: members of communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak.

The funds being awarded this week include support for organizations addressing our community’s most basic health and safety needs, as listed below:

Organization Grant Purpose
Girls, Inc. of Columbus & Phenix-Russell To support additional partial scholarships for summer camp and increased health and safety expenses
The House of T.I.M.E. To support program participants via housing, cleaning supplies and bus passes
The Salvation Army Columbus To provide rent and utility assistance for clients


The Coronavirus Response Fund is receiving daily contributions from area individuals, businesses and foundations. Giving is easy; see cfcv.com/coronavirus for more information. Aflac’s $100,000 match offer continues, matching 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!

“While it’s tempting to celebrate having granted more than $1M from the Fund, it’s sobering to glimpse how much good people who are our neighbors need this help right now,” commented Betsy Covington, president and CEO of Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley. “Thanks to the generosity of so many of you in our community, we’re able to meet a good portion of these needs. We at CFCV and United Way will continue to help get money where it’s needed most as we move through this crisis together.”

Organizations can share their needs and be considered for future funding by registering here

The Fund will continue to make grants on a weekly basis.

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Coronavirus Response Fund Awards $9,220 in This Week’s Grants to Three Organizations

June 10, 2020

This week’s grants from the Coronavirus Response Fund total $9,220 and bring the total awarded since the beginning of the crisis to $979,683, Community Foundation President Betsy Covington and United Way President Ben Moser jointly announced. The Fund, a partnership between the two organizations and area donors, provides flexible resources to Columbus-area organizations that are serving our most vulnerable populations: members of communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak.

The funds being awarded this week include support for organizations addressing our community’s most basic health and safety needs, as listed below:

Organization Grant Purpose
Cathedral of Prayer, Inc. (Gwendolyn Wilkes Rainbow Center) To purchase food to meet increased need of vulnerable populations.
New Horizons Behavioral Health To expand their telehealth system and services to broaden geographic coverage and increase access to currently underserved.
Sexual Assault Support Center, Inc. (The Center at 909) To purchase supplies to sanitize the office space for the safety of clients, volunteers, and staff.

 

The Coronavirus Response Fund is receiving daily contributions from area individuals, businesses and foundations. Giving is easy; see cfcv.com/coronavirus for more information. Aflac is currently offering a $100,000 match, matching 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!

“Although beginning to ‘open up’ our community has made some people feel like the pandemic is behind us, for some people in our community the disaster remains very real,” commented Ben Moser, president and CEO of United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley. “The Coronavirus Response Fund is providing critical funding to organizations that provide people with some of their basic human needs right now: food, shelter and safety. The need remains great and critical; we urge donors to give as they are able.”

Organizations can share their needs and be considered for future funding by registering here

The Fund will continue to make grants on a weekly basis.

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Coronavirus Response Fund Awards $42,475 in This Week’s Grants

June 3, 2020

This week’s grants from the Coronavirus Response Fund total $42,475 and bring the total awarded since the beginning of the crisis to $970,556.48, Community Foundation President Betsy Covington and United Way President Ben Moser jointly announced. The Fund, a partnership between the two organizations and area donors, provides flexible resources to Columbus-area organizations that are serving our most vulnerable populations: members of communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak.

The funds being awarded this week include support for organizations addressing our community’s most basic health and safety needs, as listed below:

Organization Grant Purpose
Columbus Hospice To purchase PPE, disinfecting supplies and other safety supplies for patients, staff and visitors through August 
Easterseals West Georgia To provide PPE supplies and equipment, and tuition assistance for families experiencing hardships
MercyMed of Columbus Support for eight weeks of COVID testing sites in partnership with other healthcare organizations and churches
Safehouse Ministries To support the increased cost of food as well as the increased utility expense and cost of staff supervision for the isolation unit
Water purchase for summer camps  To support the cost of bottled water throughout the summer at summer camps at Boys and Girls Clubs, Girls, Inc., ESP/Head Start, Salvation Army and YMCA, in partnership with Publix and other religious organizations

The Coronavirus Response Fund is receiving daily contributions from area individuals, businesses and foundations. Giving is easy; see cfcv.com/coronavirus for more information. Aflac is currently offering a $100,000 match, matching 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!

“It’s such a privilege for us at the Community Foundation and United Way to be able to help our community members be generous to their neighbors through the Coronavirus Response Fund,” commented Betsy Covington, president and CEO of Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley. “We’ve waived our normal admin fees for this work, because we see how critical it is to keep every dollar that comes in flowing right back out to help support those who find themselves in need during this crisis. Many of those people are experiencing need for the first time, and we want them to feel the full love of this community.”  

Organizations can share their needs and be considered for future funding by registering here

The Fund will continue to make grants on a weekly basis.

 

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Coronavirus Response Fund Awards $16,959 in This Week’s Grants to Three Organizations

May 27, 2020

This week’s grants from the Coronavirus Response Fund total $16,959 and bring the total awarded since the beginning of the crisis to $924,694, Community Foundation President Betsy Covington and United Way President Ben Moser jointly announced. The Fund, a partnership between the two organizations and area donors, provides flexible resources to Columbus-area organizations that are serving our most vulnerable populations: members of communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak.

The funds being awarded this week include support for organizations addressing our community’s most basic health and safety needs, as listed below:

Organization Grant Purpose
New Horizons Behavioral Health To provide PPE for clients, staff and their homeless task force
St. Nicholas Church To purchase food for the BackSnacks Food Program
Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, Inc.  To provide PPE, cleaning supplies, and laptops for therapeutic services in their Columbus-area programs 
 
The Coronavirus Response Fund is receiving daily contributions from area individuals, businesses and foundations. Giving is easy; see cfcv.com/coronavirus for more information. Aflac is currently offering a $100,000 match, matching 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!

“As our community looks for ways to safely ‘open back up,’ the needs of our vulnerable populations must remain top-of-mind,” commented Ben Moser, president and CEO of United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley. “The Coronavirus Response Fund offers a way to support the front line of service in our community. We encourage people to continue to give generously at cfcv.com/coronavirus.” 

Organizations can share their needs and be considered for future funding by registering here

The Fund will continue to make grants on a weekly basis.

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Coronavirus Response Fund Awards $64,015 in This Week’s Grants to Five Organizations

May 20, 2020

This week’s grants from the Coronavirus Response Fund total $64,015 and bring the total awarded since the beginning of the crisis to $907,735, Community Foundation President Betsy Covington and United Way President Ben Moser jointly announced. The Fund, a partnership between the two organizations and area donors, provides flexible resources to Columbus-area organizations that are serving our most vulnerable populations: members of communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak.

The funds being awarded this week include support for organizations addressing our community’s most basic health and safety needs, as listed below:

Organization Grant Purpose
Boys and Girls Club of the Chattahoochee Valley To support PPE purchases and partial scholarships for their Summer Camp program
Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry To provide financial assistance to individuals (rent, utilities, transportation)
Feeding the Valley, Inc.  To provide food for children in Muscogee and Russell counties during the gap between school year-end and summer programs
FOCUS (Fellowship of Christians United in Service) To purchase food and provide utility assistance for clients
Girls Inc. of Columbus & Phenix-Russell To provide partial scholarships for their Summer camp program


The Coronavirus Response Fund is receiving daily contributions from area individuals, businesses and foundations. Giving is easy; see cfcv.com/coronavirus for more information. Aflac is currently offering a $100,000 match, matching 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!


“As the crisis continues, we’re seeing real pain in portions of our community,” commented Betsy Covington, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley. “But the level of response from organizations, large and small, who’re stepping forward to serve our vulnerable neighbors is inspiring. The Coronavirus Response Fund will continue to give those who can contribute a way to make sure their money goes where it’s most needed. We encourage people to give generously at cfcv.com/coronavirus.” 

Organizations can share their needs and be considered for future funding by registering here

The Fund will continue to make grants on a weekly basis.

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Coronavirus Response Fund Awards $13,500 in This Week's Grants to Three Organizations

May 13, 2020

This week's grants from the Coronavirus Response Fund total $13,500 and bring the total awarded since the beginning of the crisis to $843,720, Community Foundation President Betsy Covington and United Way President Ben Moser jointly announced. The Fund, a partnership between the two organizations and area donors, provides flexible resources to Columbus-area organizations that are serving our most vulnerable populations: members of communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak.

The funds being awarded this week include support for organizations addressing our community’s most basic health and safety needs, as listed below:

Organization Grant Purpose
Columbus State University's Food Pantry Food purchase support for the CSU Food pantry, providing weekly curbside food pickup for students
 The Family Center Support to enable Telehealth platforms for the counselors in their Family Counseling Program
 The Village Table Food purchases for distribution to families in Phenix City/Russell County

 

The Coronavirus Response Fund is receiving daily contributions from area individuals, businesses and foundations. Giving is easy; see cfcv.com/coronavirus for more information. Donors successfully reached a $100,000 match offer from Global Payments/TSYS, generating more than $200,000 for the Fund. Now Aflac has stepped forward with a new $100,000 match. Aflac is matching 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!

“We continue to see great need in our community due to the Covid-19 crisis, and the Coronavirus Response Fund offers each of us a great way to give back to our neighbors,” commented Ben Moser, president and CEO of United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley. “We at United Way and the Community Foundation are  moved by the generosity we’re seeing, and we’re pleased that donors recognize this Fund as a reliable way to make sure their money gets to where it can do the most good.”

Organizations can share their needs and be considered for future funding by registering here

The Fund will continue to make grants on a weekly basis.

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Coronavirus Response Fund Awards $103,620 to Seven Organizations

May 6, 2020

The Coronavirus Response Fund is making another round of grants in the Columbus, GA, community this week, Community Foundation President Betsy Covington and United Way President Ben Moser jointly announced. 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.

This brings the total distributed by the Fund to $830,220.

The funds being awarded this week include support for organizations addressing our community’s most basic health and safety needs, as listed below:

Organization Grant Purpose
Feeding the Valley Food purchases to meet increased need due to the current crisis
Homeless Resource Network Support for rent and utility assistance for Rapid Rehousing Program clients
The House of T.I.M.E., Inc. Support for increased therapy and other operating costs for residents
Home for Good at United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley Emergency shelter operations costs in partnership with Safehouse
The Lee-Russell Aging Foundation Support for rent and utility assistance for seniors in Russell County
The Methodist Home for Children and Youth Support for increased expenses for food, cleaning supplies and safety equipment at Columbus-area campuses 
St. Anne Community Outreach Utility assistance relief for individuals & food for "drive-up" grocery service


The Coronavirus Response Fund is receiving daily contributions from area individuals, businesses and foundations. Giving is easy; see cfcv.com/coronavirus for more information. Donors successfully reached a $100,000 match offer from Global Payments/TSYS, generating more than $200,000 for the Fund. Now Aflac has stepped forward with a new $100,000 match. Aflac is matching 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!

“All of us at the Community Foundation and United Way continue to be moved by the generous support this community is showing for its most vulnerable neighbors,” commented Betsy Covington, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley. “During this crisis, it’s so important that we support the great work that organizations are doing to care for those most in need. The Coronavirus Response Fund offers a responsive, reliable way for generous people to make sure their money gets where it can do the most good.”

Organizations can share their needs and be considered for future funding by registering here

The Fund will continue to make grants on a weekly basis.

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Coronavirus Response Fund Awards $34,000 to Four Organizations

April 29, 2020

The Coronavirus Response Fund is making another round of grants in the Columbus, GA, community this week, Community Foundation President Betsy Covington and United Way President Ben Moser jointly announced. 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.

This brings the total distributed by the Fund to $726,600.

The $34,000 being awarded this week includes support for four organizations addressing our community’s most basic health and safety needs, as listed below:

Organization Grant Purpose
American Red Cross of Southwest Georgia Support for the increased cost of sheltering house fire victims in hotels 
Bethany Christian Services Financial Assistance for foster care families
Hope Harbour Support for the increased costs of providing food, cleaning supplies and additional shelter for families that are victims of domestic violence
Stewart Community Home Support for the increased cost of food and cleaning supplies

The Coronavirus Response Fund is receiving daily contributions from area individuals, businesses and foundations. Giving is easy; see cfcv.com/coronavirus for more information. Donors to the successfully matched a $100,000 match offer from Global Payments/TSYS. Now Aflac has stepped forward with a new $100,000 match. Aflac 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!

“Our generous community continues to enthusiastically support the Coronavirus Response Fund’s work,” commented Ben Moser, president and CEO of United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley. “United Way’s partnership with the Community Foundation offers donors a powerhouse of community research to make sure that we’re supporting organizations doing critical work on the front line of this crisis. Gifts to the Coronavirus Response Fund are a great way to make sure that your dollars help those most in need.”
 
Organizations can share their needs and be considered for future funding by registering here. 
 
The Fund will make grants on a weekly basis.

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Additional $19,000 Awarded from Coronavirus Response Fund

April 22, 2020

The Coronavirus Response Fund is making another round of grants in the Columbus, GA community this week, Community Foundation President Betsy Covington and United Way President Ben Moser jointly announced. 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.

This brings the total distributed by the Fund to $692,600. 

The $19,000 being awarded this week includes support for four organizations addressing our community's most basic health and safety needs, as listed below: 

Organization Grant Purpose
Beth Salem Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) - 2 Fish 5 Loaves Food Pantry Groceries for underserved and low-income members of the community
Columbus Dream Center Food for families in the North Highland area
Piedmont Columbus Regional Foundation Support for the Covid-19 floor renovation effort at Piedmont Columbus Regional
YMCA Childcare for medical professionals and staff who work at Piedmont Columbus Regional


The Coronavirus Response Fund is receiving daily contributions from area individuals, businesses and foundations. Giving is easy; see cfcv.com/coronavirus for more information.  

"All of us at the Community Foundation and United Way continue to be touched by the way members of our community are supporting the Coronavirus Response Fund's work," commented Covington. "We're working closely to make sure that every donated dollar supports those most in need of our community. We love the chance to help people take care of their neighbors." 

Organizations can share their needs and be considered for future funding by registering here. The Fund will continue to make grants on a weekly basis.  

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Additional $537,500 Awarded from Coronavirus Response Fund

April 15, 2020

The Coronavirus Response Fund is making its second round of grants in the Columbus, GA, community this week, Community Foundation President Betsy Covington and United Way President Ben Moser jointly announced. 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. This brings the total distributed by the Fund to $673,600. The $537,500 being awarded this week includes $37,500 to support four organizations addressing our community’s most basic health and safety needs, as listed below:

Organization Grant Purpose
Columbus Hospice of Georgia and Alabama Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff members, patients, and family members of patients to prevent the spread of Covid-19
Giving Kitchen Emergency assistance funds for housing expenses for food service workers in the Columbus area.
The Life Church of Columbus Groceries and hot meals for community members
MercyMed of Columbus Covid-19 testing expenses and treatment support for those who test positive 


In addition, the Fund has committed $500,000 to St. Francis-Emory Healthcare to enable the organization to increase the Covid-19 crisis service available to the community. The grant is supported by a special gift to the Fund from an anonymous donor to increase local critical care capacity; the Community Foundation will pay invoices directly from the Fund that are associated with St. Francis' work.

“As many know, St. Francis recently became part of a joint venture with LifePoint Health and Emory Healthcare,” commented Covington. “While it may seem unusual to charitably support the work of a particular company, we at CFCV are convinced that the chance for immediate action to increase critical care capacity toward our projected level of need aligns with the charitable purpose of the Coronavirus Response Fund. CFCV is legally able to make grants like this, and we believe that a higher level of critical care capacity will help our Fund serve our community’s most vulnerable populations. We applaud St. Francis’ quick action and careful use of resources, and we’re honored to make this grant due to the generosity of our anonymous donor.”

The Coronavirus Response Fund is receiving daily contributions from area individuals, businesses and foundations. 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!

“We are moved by the community’s support of this Fund’s work,” commented Moser. “Thanks to the strong Community Foundation/United Way partnership, donors can be confident that their contributions are being used carefully to support the Columbus area’s most pressing needs as we move through this crisis together.” 

Organizations can share their needs and be considered for future funding by registering here

The Fund will continue to make grants on a weekly basis.

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$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:

Organization Grant Purpose
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley Daily afternoon snacks/meals to students
Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry Financial assistance to individuals (rent, utilities, transportation)
Feeding the Valley Food Bank Mobile food boxes for families and Buddy Packs to MCSD students during spring break
Home for Good at United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley Emergency shelter operations in partnership with SafeHouse
Open Door Community House Food for people/families who are food insecure
SafeHouse Ministries
Food for client meals and establishment of quarantine space for client safety
Salvation Army Food for boxes & evening meals, as well as financial assistance for individuals
St. Anne Community Outreach Utility assistance relief for individuals & food for “drive-up” grocery service
Take the City Food boxes for individuals
Truth Spring Family food boxes with a week’s worth of food
West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition Utilities, housing and transportation assistance for cancer patients


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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Organizations Seeking Grants from the Response Fund

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

Impact Assessment Tool for All Nonprofits

As all of us work together to vanquish COVID-19, we at the Community Foundation and United Way are fielding a lot of questions. Both donors in our community, many of whom give through our organizations, and nonprofits with whom we partner as funders are assessing their situations and looking for ways to serve most effectively.

We are providing this assessment tool so that nonprofit organizations in the Chattahoochee Valley can tell their stories. Hopefully these stories will offer supporters an objective way to assess the developing impact of COVID-19, the ways our nonprofit community is responding, and opportunity for investment in both the short & long term.

Here’s what you need to know:

  •  Any 501(c)(3) organization doing business in the Chattahoochee Valley is eligible to complete the survey.
  • Organizations (preferably executive directors) can complete a survey at any time. Logging in from the same computer and browser they used to initially complete the survey, they can update their information as situations develop. Be sure to update the date on your survey as you adjust your answers.
  • If you’d prefer to skip a specific question, you may do so.
  • Survey results will be posted every Monday, capturing the most recent data available.
  • It is very important to note that every organization’s information will be listed publicly. Any question can be left blank if the organization doesn’t want it to be public information.
  • Results will be posted in Excel, sorted alphabetically by Organization Name. They can be downloaded and resorted by the Organization’s City and/or Organization Type.
  • We also offer a version of the results in a downloadable PDF document, one page per Organization, sorted alphabetically. We’re improving the tool and our reporting mechanisms continually; offer suggestions to JJ Musgrove, CFCV director of donor services, at jmusgrove@cfcv.com.

Take the Survey

Request the Impact Assessment Survey Results

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

Community Call

Coronavirus Community Call Survey Call (5 minutes)

Every Wednesday, the Community Foundation and United Way host a Community Call to offer area service providers & other essential partners a way to disseminate information about local plans, impact & needs as our community moves together through the Covid-19 crisis.

We see this call as a vital part of our organizations’ Coronavirus Response Fund work, as we help philanthropists in our community maximize their effectiveness during this crisis.

Columbus, GA, Area Coronavirus Response Update Call
Hosted by the Community Foundation and the
United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley
Wednesdays 10 AM EDT

Standing Agenda

1. National Update
2. AL/GA update
3. Columbus area update
4. Columbus area vulnerable population update
5. Response Fund update
6. Open forum for updates and discussion

Please note that the call-in number is not toll-free; you may prefer to call in with a cell phone depending on your plan. The call instructions are below:

Dial-in Number: (267) 930-4000
Participant Access: 649-748-480
To mute or unmute your line, press *#6 on your keypad.

See the notes from previous calls here

ValleyHelp.org, an Additional Resource for Information

ValleyHelp.org (#ValleyHelp) is a resource for information and connectivity for our area during the Covid-19 pandemic. #ValleyHelp is a simple, organized, and concise clearinghouse of critical and relevant information for citizens, nonprofits, and small businesses in the region. It is meant to be a beginning, and not an end; an intersection, not a destination. The information consolidated here is 100% community driven and community led.

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.

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