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COVID-19 Coronavirus and your Community Foundation

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Your Community Foundation and COVID-19

URGENT: Our COVID-19 Community Response Fund needs your donations
The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and United Way Fox Cities have partnered to establish a COVID-19 Community Response Fund within the Community Foundation.
Every dollar donated into the fund will be put into action in the community to support immediate basic needs relief, short-term response and longer-term recovery in the Fox Valley Region.

UPDATES:

In an incredible show of charity and selflessness during a time of challenges, hundreds of generous individuals, businesses and foundations have donated more than $1.5 million to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund.

In addition, the fund, established by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and United Way Fox Cities, has awarded more than $1 million in grants to 82 local nonprofit organizations. To date, grants have focused on providing basic needs services to people disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis in Outagamie, Calumet, Shawano, Waupaca and the Neenah-Menasha area of Winnebago counties.  Read more

Eight area nature centers were informed recently the Community Foundation had awarded them unrestricted grants to help them overcome the effects of COVID-19. The pandemic has cost them revenue from school field trips, other educational programs and special events. More here

During this difficult and uncertain time, it’s important to find things that motivate and inspire us. As a community engagement manager at the Community Foundation, one of the things that motivates me is the creativity and resiliency of our nonprofit partners.

On an almost daily basis I hear of yet another way one of our dedicated local nonprofits is pivoting to meet the changing needs of our community amidst a myriad of challenges. I can assure you that there is no shortage of passion and creativity in our local nonprofit sector.  More here

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, Heckrodt Wetland Reserve began construction for a Children’s Canopy Walk called “The World Above Your Feet” with the hope  youth can soon explore a whole new world with a bird’s-eye view, learning to spot the beauty and habits of animals, trees, migratory birds and more.

The Children’s Canopy Walk is being designed to give those with challenges of any kind, from financial to physical, access to this learning opportunity. Here’s a tour of what visitors will find: (Read more)

Thanks to gifts generously donated to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund established by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and United Way Fox Cities, six more nonprofits have been awarded $28,000 in grants to assist their efforts as they respond to the unfolding public health emergency. That brings the total awarded to 77 nonprofit organizations so far from the fund to $836,400. Read more

Alternative Center for Education in Appleton recently received a $3,000 grant from the Robert L Keller Fund within the Community Foundation to help provide educational services to individuals with learning differences and equip them with the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in the community.  More here

Options for Independent Living has received a $10,000 grant from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund to help people like Autumn Nordall and older adults with disabilities in Outagamie, Calumet, Waupaca, Shawano and the Neenah and Menasha area of Winnebago counties. The grant will help meet their basic needs related to housing, food and equipment that will enable them to live safely at home.  More here

Thanks to gifts generously donated to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund established by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and United Way Fox Cities, 15 more nonprofits have been awarded $90,900 in grants to assist their efforts as they respond to the unfolding public health emergency. That brings the total awarded to 71 nonprofit organizations so far from the fund to $808,400.  Read More

A $10,000 grant from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund is helping our Menasha-based clinic continue supporting those who need healthcare during the coronavirus crisis.

This amazing gift will enable us to, without interruption, provide medications, perform labs and purchase personal protective equipment. Read More

Thanks to gifts generously donated to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund established by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and United Way Fox Cities, 12 more nonprofits have been awarded $153,000 in grants to assist their efforts as they respond to the unfolding public health emergency. That brings the total awarded to 59 nonprofit organizations so far from the fund to $707,500.  Read the press release

Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin recently received a $50,000 grant from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund to continue its robust employment and training programs to support people with disabilities in obtaining and maintaining employment in the community.  Read More

In an incredible show of generosity and selflessness at a time of unthinkable challenges, generous individuals, businesses and organizations donated more than $1 million to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund. In addition, the fund, established by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and United Way Fox Cities, has awarded $554,500 in grants to 49 local nonprofit organizations. More here

Five more nonprofits have been awarded $48,500 in grants to assist their efforts as they respond to the unfolding public health emergency. That brings the total awarded to 41 nonprofit organizations so far from the fund to $453,500. Read More

Thanks to the people, businesses and organizations that have given to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund, the total gifts and corporate commitments received has exceeded $756,923.00!

The fund was established March 17 by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and United Way Fox Cities. 
Read more here!

The Community Foundation announced 14 new nonprofits were awarded a total of $130,000 in grants to assist their efforts as they respond to the unfolding public health emergency. That brings the total awarded to 36 nonprofit organizations so far from the fund to $405,000. Read More Here.

 

Thanks to gifts generously donated to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund established by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and United Way Fox Cities, eight nonprofits were recently awarded $80,000 in grants to assist their efforts as they respond to the unfolding public health emergency. That brings the total awarded to 22 nonprofit organizations so far from the fund to $275,000! READ MORE

Thanks to the people, businesses and organizations that have given to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund, the total gifts and corporate commitments received has exceeded $540,000!

The fund was established March 17 by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and United Way Fox Cities, with $50,000 from each organization, and additional gifts have been pouring in from the community. Read more here!

Thanks to gifts generously donated to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund established by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and United Way Fox Cities, four nonprofits were recently awarded grants to assist their efforts as they respond to the unfolding public health emergency. Read about them here.

A donor within the Community Foundation has made a truly life-saving donation to area hospitals as they prepare to care for community members diagnosed with coronavirus. The anonymous donor gave more than $170,000 to Ascension St. Elizabeth Hospital and ThedaCare for the purchase of much-needed ventilators.   READ HERE

Within minutes of the Community Foundation and United Way Fox Cities announcing the creation of the COVID-19 Community Response Fund within the Community Foundation, Kimberly-Clark contributed $50,000. And the region’s corporate generosity continued to show. Check out all of these generous businesses and organizations!

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and United Way Fox Cities have partnered to establish the COVID-19 Community Response Fund within the Community Foundation. The fund supports local nonprofit and other community organizations engaging in immediate basic needs relief, short-term response and longer-term recovery in Outagamie, Calumet, Shawano, Waupaca and the Neenah-Menasha area of Winnebago counties impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Both organizations are starting the fund with $50,000 each, for a total of $100,000 and are asking for additional donations from the community.

Celebrating Volunteers  In order to keep the community safe and healthy during this coronavirus pandemic, the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and NBC26 have canceled the Celebrating Volunteer 2020 event April 21. We are evaluating how to honor our award recipients. Thank you for your gracious support of the community’s generous volunteers.

Navigating Your Community Foundation & Charting a Course for Grantseeking – March 25 event cancelled. Sign up for our May 25 event.

To protect the health and safety of our staff, the Community Foundation office will be closed to the public, effective Monday, March 16, until we can evaluate the ever-changing situation. Operations in the office will continue with necessary staffing. Our staff will work remotely for the unforeseeable future, with full access to information and technologies to continue to support your philanthropic needs.

What does this mean?

  • You can continue to reach our team members via their office phone numbers and emails.
  • We will continue to receive contributions to charitable funds and process grant requests.
  • Our staff will participate in all meetings via phone or videoconferencing.
  • If you have any questions about our business operations during this time, please contact Steve Veldhorst, chief financial officer

READ OUR LATEST LOOP ARTICLE: Operating with intention as we navigate the coronavirus pandemic

NPLI is working closely with our partners, vendors and the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region to bring you additional information regarding local resources and topics like technology, philanthropy, human resources and more as you lead through this new work environment.

Below is information collected by InterSector for your information.

Like all organizations, your nonprofit may be scrambling to respond to the uncertainty surrounding the global response to coronavirus.

Two concrete actions you can take: (1) Proactively develop a policy or procedure guiding your team and those you serve, and (2) Prepare yourself to lead with resiliency through this crisis.

InterSector has assembled several resources to support your efforts to do so. As with all policies, review by your own legal counsel in light of your specific context is recommended.
Click below for these resources:
InterSector Blog: How will you respond

Inside the blog you will find a link to this training.
FREE Training: [email protected] – Leading through Crisis
InteraWorks, the company behind Effective EDGE, in partnership with the J. J. Keller Foundation, InterSector and the Nonprofit Leadership Initiative will provide a free web-based training on April 2, 9-11 a.m.
Register here.
Deadline is March 25th. Space is limited.

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region is closely monitoring the local impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While this situation is quickly developing, there is still much we do not know. At the Foundation, we are focusing on how we can best prepare and support our staff and our community.

Our Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Plan has been activated:

We will remain operational throughout this ever-changing crisis, and I can assure our donors and nonprofit partners that our ability to receive donor gifts and our ability to issue grants will continue.

We are in regular communication with our philanthropic partners and service providers in our communities, to ensure that we’re ready to assist, once the direct impacts of COVID-19 become clearer. We will continue to monitor developments daily and will provide updates when timely.

Our Office and Staff

The health and safety of our employees and all our visitors is of great importance to the Foundation. We are following the guidance of the Center for Disease Control and Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and are taking proactive steps to implement additional health safety measures in our office to do our part to keep everyone healthy. If we close our office, we will let our stakeholders know and will make every effort to continue programs and services even if only virtually.

Upcoming Foundation Events

The Foundation hosts many events throughout the year, and we are currently discussing individual contingency plans for each event that is coming up in the next few months. When any changes are made, registrants and stakeholders will be informed in a timely fashion.

We hope that everyone in our community and our nation remains safe and healthy as we work together to address this crisis.

Your Community Foundation and COVID-19

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region is actively monitoring fast-moving developments of the global coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

We have activated our Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Plan.

We are committed to the health and safety of our staff and community members and are closely monitoring CDC and Wisconsin Department of Health Services guidelines.

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

NOTE: To protect the health and safety of our staff and our visitors, we’ve closed our office and our team is working from home. We are keeping our virtual doors open for business, and our daily operations will continue. Details Here