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Douglas County Community Foundation Establishes COVID-19 Recovery Fund

Foundation accepting donations to support local nonprofits

Posted on April 7, 2020 2020Health and Human Services

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In these unprecedented times, nonprofit organizations that serve your community become all the more critical in our lives. Rapid response funding is needed today to strengthen and stabilize local nonprofit community organizations responding to, and impacted by, COVID-19.

Answering the call for a solution, the Douglas County Community Foundation has established the COVID-19 Recovery Fund in support of the immediate and long-term needs of the most vulnerable among us during this crisis. This program will provide funding to local nonprofit organizations that are experiencing budgetary impacts due to the COVID-19 crisis. Priorities include, but are not limited to, food banks, food delivery, health care, housing, mental health, workforce development centers and COVID-19 prevention communications. Priority will also be given to the most vulnerable populations in our community, including seniors, those with disabilities, immune-compromised populations and those living in poverty. Grants may be used for operations or delivery of services.

“This initiative reflects the heart of why the Community Foundation exists,” said Donna Scott, Douglas County Community Foundation Board Chair. “We have the infrastructure, relationships and experience to convene community resources and respond rapidly when action is needed. This fund is designed to be nimble and responsive, and it will evolve to meet the greatest needs of the community as they unfold. We are looking forward to the opportunity to work collaboratively with our community to provide meaningful support.”

The Foundation is contributing proceeds from the board-advised Douglas County Gives Back Fund and other donors who have committed seed money to start this fund. DCCF is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions from private foundations, corporate partners and individual donors.

The Community Foundation will administer grants from the COVID-19 Fund with the assistance of community volunteers who will sit on the grant selection committee. Grants will be distributed to Douglas County organizations throughout the course of the crisis. The goal is to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs.

View Douglas County Commissioner Abe Laydon’s message to the community here.

Please Give Where You Live – TODAY – and help us improve and save lives. Visit DCCF.org  to give and for more information on the fund.

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