COVID-19 | Resources for Nonprofits
The Community Foundation has several strategies to partnering with nonprofits and community leaders in addressing the COVID-19 health pandemic.
The Community Foundation has partnered with other funders and leaders to create the Greater Lehigh Valley COVID-19 Community Response Fund, which aims to strengthen safety-net services for community members who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 in Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties. The LVCF fund first supported the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley initiated Lehigh Valley COVID-19 Community Response Fund, a regional, coordinated effort to rapidly deploy resources to community-based, front-line nonprofit organizations in the region.
In addition to contributing to the regional fund, LVCF’s Fund continued to make grants outside of the regional effort’s scope, both are important factors to our region’s recovery.
The regional partnership of funders distributed over $320,000 to 43 nonprofits providing food, shelter, healthcare, income supports, and other essentials to our neighbors who live paycheck to paycheck, who are elderly, who have disabilities, or who are youth, among other vulnerable or marginalized populations in our community. LVCF contributed $50,000 to this round. The organizations included a mix of those who focus on one service and those who offer multiple services. See the list of grantees at LVCF COVID-19 Response Fund.
During May, the regional partnership of funders distributed $120,000 to 18 Lehigh Valley nonprofits. While food and housing access and income supports remained a top priority, special consideration was given to organizations that focus on mental health or substance use, as well as organizations led by Black Individuals or People of Color. LVCF contributed $30,000 to this round. In this round, grant amounts ranged from $2,500 to $15,000, with almost $50,000 in total. See the list at LVCF COVID-19 Response Fund.
In order to prepare for the recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, during the fall, the Community Foundation publicly launched Project Equity to engage communities in a co-design process of reimagining the Greater Lehigh Valley nonprofit sector to better reflect a new, post-COVID reality. Through a co-design process, stakeholders work together to design or rethink a service. Project Equity has invited the people most affected by COVID-19 and systemic inequities into the problem-solving and decision-making space to begin to shift the power structure that has perpetuated inequity.
LVCF has directed $90,000 to this innovative approach and is co-leading the effort with the United Way and Faces International. Project Equity is also supported by a grant from the United Philanthropy Forum's Momentum Fund. Project Equity is one of only three recipients in Pennsylvania of this competitive, national grant. To learn more about Project Equity, visit http://projectequitylv.com/.
In March of 2021, LVCF COVID-19 Response Fund recently granted $25,000 to nine Lehigh Valley nonprofits providing critical childcare and family support services during this tumultuous year. We acknowledge the continued hard work of the following organizations serving on the “front lines”:
- Boys & Girls Club of Bethlehem
- Boys & Girls Club of Easton
- Children At-Promise Early Learning Center
- Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley
- Community Services for Children
- Family Connection of Easton
- Greater Valley YMCA
- Ortiz Ark Foundation
- Unidos Foundation
We thank our donors for responding to the needs of neighbors and supporting COVID-19 relief work. We now turn our focus to an equitable recovery as we continue to monitor the environment and the impact of Federal stimulus dollars in our region to identify any gaps. Please feel free to reach out to us at any time to learn more.
LVCF COVID-19 Response Fund
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. Funding raised supported the Greater Lehigh Valley COVID-19 Community Response Fund, as well as other immediate needs identified by our stakeholders. For the past year, we encouraged fundholders to directly support their favorite organizations with an unrestricted grant recommendation through their established fund at the Community Foundation.
Providing Flexibility for our Foundation-directed Grant Strategy
LVCF also recognized the importance of unrestricted and immediate funding for nonprofit organizations during this time. We have shifted current and future grants on our Foundation-directed grants platforms to meet need. We have provided flexibility to grantees, converted some project-based grants into operational, and released restrictions where possible and applicable. To the extent allowed, we have aligned our grants strategies for this fiscal year and next to support the nonprofit sector in the best way possible in the wake of this crisis. LVCF will continue to seek out ways we can partner with nonprofits to respond to the COVID-19 health pandemic.
LVCF will continue to seek out ways we can partner with nonprofits to respond to the COVID-19 health pandemic.
We thank the nonprofit sector for their leadership and commitment during this difficult time of uncertainty. We’re here to answer your questions and to discuss issues related to COVID-19. Contact Megan Briggs at firstname.lastname@example.org.