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An Overview | Actions Taken in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

For months now, people across our state and beyond have been focused on COVID-19, even as we "open up" society again.  But, uncertainty seems to be the only certainty. Our first thoughts go out to those across the world who are ill and to their families. Our next thoughts must turn to the question of what this pandemic and its impact will mean for our community. 

If history has shown us anything, our region is resilient. We WILL make it through this crisis. Many aspects of our previously “normal” life may change, and we must now define that new normal—as individuals, as neighbors, as organizations, as philanthropists, and in any other role we play. 

LVCF worked hard to develop an appropriate response to this crisis as an employer; a funder; and a community leader and partner.   

First and foremost, we kept a pulse on evolving community/nonprofit needs as well as developments within the community foundation sector and government legislation.  The entire team collected information in various ways, and this information continues to inform our communications to donors; our grantmaking strategies; and our overall role in response to this crisis.  We have taken the following actions in the wake of this pandemic:

We addressed current and future grants on our Foundation-directed grants platforms.

We provided flexibility to grantees and released restrictions where possible and applicable.  We recognized this is a critical time for resources and community needs are changing.  To the extent allowed, we aligned our grants strategies for fiscal year 21 and next to support the nonprofit sector in the best way possible in the wake of this crisis.

We established the LVCF COVID-19 Response Fund for immediate needs in partnership with other Lehigh Valley funders and leaders.

LVCF established the LVCF COVID-19 Response Fund to unite with individuals who have an interest in giving back to our local community during this time of crisis, when we have limited ability to leave the house to volunteer or show our support in other ways.  The Fund supported a regional, coordinated effort to rapidly deploy resources to community-based, front line nonprofit organizations in the Lehigh Valley. 

Donations to this fund, up to a total of $75,000, were 100% matched.

Gifts to this Fund played a key role in the response and recovery in the short, medium and long-term.  See Resources for Nonprofits | COVID-19

We also established two additional funds to support nonprofit organizations during this time of crisis:   

We established the Upper Bucks COVID-19 Response Fund  for immediate needs in the wake of this crisis. We recognized the power of partnership in our community and in times of crisis.  LVCF established the Upper Bucks COVID-19 Response Fund to unite with individuals, business, and other organizations who have an interest in giving back to their local community during this time of crisis.  The Fund deployed resources to nonprofits providing assistance (primarily, safety net services) to Upper Bucks County residents. Learn more...

The Community Foundation established the Lehigh Valley Arts & Culture Relief Fund to help support arts and culture-oriented institutions severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. During this very challenging time we understood that arts organizations and artists everywhere were suffering from loss of ticket revenue, redirected grants, and other significant revenue loss. Learn more...

We encouraged donors to continue to support the organizations and causes that are important to them, with unrestricted grants.

We recognized the critical importance of continued support of all organizations that are near and dear to donors in a time of crisis.  Nonprofits needed your unrestricted support more than ever.  

Over the past two years, LVCF has shifted Foundation-directed grantmaking to be unrestricted or operations-focused grants to organizations doing really good, impactful work.  To support our donor advisors who have adopted this approach, LVCF matched 50% of unrestricted grants from donor-advised funds through June 30, 2020, up to a match of $1,250 per fund and up to a total of $25,000.  

ASK CARRIE | Ask me which type of fund is right for you and how the Community Foundation can help you create a lasting legacy and make a difference in the community....

Carrie Krug Nedick
Director of Donor Services

840 West Hamilton Street, Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18101
610 351-5353  Ext. 10 |