COVID-19: Resources from the Field

This resource will continually be updated as we hear additional stories and learn more about what our community of philanthropists are doing during this time. If you wish to share the resources or practices you have put into place, please email Foundant’s Content Manager, Kristin Laird, at kristin.laird@foundant.com.


As our daily lives and the world at large adjusts to a “new normal,” the philanthropic community has (as always) rallied around one another to offer support, share challenges and wins, and pivot resources to serve those most in need. On Wednesday, March 18th Foundant hosted a Coffee Talk on COVID-19 Concerns in Grantmaking. 

>>Access the COVID-19: Concerns in Grantmaking Coffee Talk here.

Over 400 people attended to share what they are doing to continue support in this uncertain time. We are humbled, grateful, and overwhelmed by this community. These incredible stories and creative solutions must be shared so others can learn, pivot, and implement in support of their communities. 

Many attendees shared nonprofit surveys and other tools they are utilizing to assess the needs of their grantees and help them through this time. We hope these will be a valuable resource for those looking for ways to communicate with their communities. >>Find those resources here.

Our COVID-19: Partner Resources article has information and links to resources created by our partners in philanthropy. >>Find it here.

Our partners at the National Center for Family Philanthropy are running a COVID-19 response page with extensive resources for family foundations.

During these trying times, NCFP is heartened to see donors harness the power of of philanthropy to combat social, economic, and health implications of COVID-19. Here you'll find a list of national response funds as well as an interactive map of local funds that need support. In the coming days, NCFP will be adding a comprehensive set of resources to help guide you during this uncertainty.

>>Find NCFP resources here.

Looking to explore funds in your area? NCFP has set up an interactive map. Let maggie@ncfp.org know if there's a fund missing that should be included.

Stories and Resources from our client community.

Community Foundations:

Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama is continuing (remote) business while assuring their endowment fund holders that they are well prepared to put their experience and preparedness to work during this time:

Our short-term funds (non-endowed and fiscal sponsorships) will see some effect but not as significant.  Because we have experienced a decline like this before in 2008 we have experience managing our investments in this environment.  Our investment manager, Mason Investment Advisory Services is closely monitoring the market and will make adjustments as appropriate.

Your Community Foundation is prepared for such a time as this.  Our Finance & Investment Committee will meet to discuss increasing our spending rate so grants and distributions will remain at the same levels even though fund values are temporarily less.  Last week we mailed checks to all not-for-profit organizations that receive their annual distribution in March. We will continue to process checks weekly. 

The trustees and staff at your Community Foundation have been saving diligently for years to accumulate an operating reserve that will last us for more than 2 years.  Even though our operating revenue will decline because fund market values decline, we can continue to operate at full capacity for the foreseeable future.    

Over the past few years, your Community Foundation has also worked towards the ability to work anywhere at any time.  Every staff member has the technology they need to work from home and the software we use is available via the internet.

Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine offers $50,000 in matching dollars:
Our Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine Board leadership team has established a Community Continuity Fund and committed $50,000 in matching money to support the immediate needs of our neighbors in Muscatine County created by interruptions in services, potential shortages, gaps in nutrition for food-insecure children, families, and seniors in Muscatine County caused by coronavirus containment efforts. We will match each gift to this fund up to $50,000.

Community Foundation of Greater Memphis Foundation hosts the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund, which will provide flexible funding to organizations working with community members who have been impacted by novel Coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak in our region of West Tennessee, eastern Arkansas, and northern Mississippi. The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.

Park City Community Foundation's Community Response Fund helps strengthen our community and respond immediately to crisis situations such as the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Community Response Fund is offering flexible resources to organizations in our area working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak.

The fund is supporting health and human services nonprofits in greater Park City that are handling cases related to the impact of COVID-19. Targeted operating grants fund organizations that have deep roots in community and strong experience working with residents without health insurance and/or access to sick days, people with limited English language proficiency, healthcare and gig economy workers, and communities of color, among others.

Oregon Community Foundation (OCF), in collaboration with partners throughout the state, established the Oregon Community Recovery Fund, and will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak.

We’ve streamlined the grant application process to expedite funding to nonprofits working on the front lines and experiencing the greatest impact.

Thank you all for joining us during this challenging and unprecedented time for Oregonians and our communities. At OCF, we believe our primary role and responsibility is to ensure community members are cared for. 

We remain in close collaboration with our regional funding partners, our statewide network of community leaders and nonprofit partners to ensure we’re ready and available to mobilize resources, support, and communications where and when they are most needed, particularly for Oregon’s most vulnerable populations.

Hancock County Community Foundation (HCCF) has created a temporary pass-through fund called “Heart for Hancock: A Community Relief Fund” to raise funds for local organizations most impacted by COVID-19. They invite corporate sponsors to support the fund and are promoting the funding opportunity to the community at large. In addition, they’ve created a COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits landing page and continue to update it as resources become available.

Whatcom Community Foundation's board is putting $100,000 into their Resilience Fund to start helping our community's bounce back fund. It's here to help anyone and everyone in our community - individuals, families, nonprofits, businesses - recover from a crisis or disaster through a combination of emergency preparedness and response funding.

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