our commitment to the community
Our Commitment to the Community in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic
The Community Foundation is committed to COVID-19 pandemic response that is efficient and effective.
Together We Can Help
The Community Relief Fund is an essential community resource. It was designed to rapidly distribute grant funds where they can have the greatest impact during a disaster, and then to support our community as we recover and rebuild.
The foundation's Board of Governors activated the Community Relief Fund in March 2020 and tasked staff to assess regional needs and devise grant distribution processes for maximum efficiency and impact.
The Community Foundation seeded the fund with $50,000 from our board-directed, unrestricted Community Fund. By June 30, 2020, our generous community had donated another $516,614 to the Community Relief Fund to support area nonprofits as they increased and adapted their programs to meet new needs.
Phase II: Community recovery grant applications are now closed. In its second phase of grantmaking, the Community Relief Fund will provide funding to meet any operational or program needs of nonprofit organizations serving the region. Our goal is to support community organizations impacted by COVID-19, especially as they support vulnerable communities and communities who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Nonprofit applicants will be notified in late January 2021.
The Community Foundation is actively seeking additional donations to support this effort across the community. Click here to donate now.
The Community Foundation is uniquely positioned to lead community philanthropy to help area nonprofits meet the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more than 20 years, the foundation has built a long-term network of donors and nonprofits. The Community Foundation is a 501 c 3 nonprofit. All gifts to The Community Relief fund are fully deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Assessing the Impact in Our Region
In order to make efficient and effective grants to address our region’s pandemic response needs, we need timely information about the regional nonprofit landscape. The Community Foundation is actively gathering information about the experiences of area nonprofits and the people they serve in order to offer the most effective support.
Read our initial Snapshot of Community Needs report and learn more about The Community Foundation's ongoing research and assessment work in partnership with the George Washington Regional Planning Commission.
We are Engaged in Collective Efforts
Foundation leadership is staying closely connected to emerging efforts to support and protect our community. We are actively exploring ways that collaborative philanthropy can direct resources to the greatest need and most vulnerable people.
Our Commitment is Unchanged
While The Community Foundation’s finances have undoubtedly changed significantly since the Coronavirus pandemic began, we are committed to sustaining a high level of grant support in 2020.
We are Committed to Taking Care of Each Other
The Community Foundation embraces our shared responsibility and aims to demonstrate the best of ourselves, through our collective work.
From all of us at The Community Foundation, thank you for your unwavering commitment to our community.
Please stay safe and healthy.