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LVCF COVID-19 Response Fund

Support LVCF’s COVID-19 Response Fund to Help Nonprofits Meet Community Needs

In March 2020 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 had limited ability to leave the house to volunteer or show our support in other ways.  The Fund will support a regional, coordinated effort to rapidly deploy resources to community-based, front line nonprofit organizations in the Lehigh Valley as well as distribute grants directly to nonprofits.  

Overwhelming Community Response

We invited you to consider a donation to the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund to assist LVCF and its regional partners with responding to the impact of the crisis on the nonprofit community and your neighbors.  This request was met with an overwhelming community response, for which we are so very grateful. We announced a $50,000 match, and we met this match within weeks!  

We then announced an additional $25,000 matching opportunity.  With special thanks to the Fleming Foundation, we had the opportunity to inspire our community's continuing sense of generosity as our region recovers and rebuilds.  We are equally happy to announce that this match was met in June 2020.  

Through the generosity of our donors, we have raised over $200,000 for pandemic response efforts and beyond.  Our goal was to help our community in the initial stages of this pandemic, and we proudly contributed to regional efforts. 

We now turn to recovery and reimagining the delivery of safety net services in a post-COVID 19 environment.  We are here for long haul, in what could be months of rebuilding.  Your gift today will contribute to our ongoing involvement in this important and innovative work. 

Please read more about the Fund's grants to date, below.  

Make a Gift to the Fund

Gifts by members of the public and other non-fundholders to the Fund can be made by submitting a check, payable to the LVCF COVID-19 Response Fund, to the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, 840 W. Hamilton Street, Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18101.  Gifts can also be made via credit card by clicking the PayPal 'Donate' button below.  A PayPal account is not required to make an online gift to the Fund.


The Community Foundation Thanks the Following for their Support of the COVID-19 Response Fund

Caroline Accurso

Anonymous Donors

Arbor Insurance Group Foundation Fund

Walter & Alma Bastian Fund

Eric B. & Denise M. Blew Fund

Elizabeth Brown

Michael Brown

Burkholder's Heating and Air Conditioning,  Inc.

Cheryl H. Corsa

Danny Finocchio

Fleming Foundation (Matching Gifts)

Beall Fowler

Bob & Susan Gadomski

Aaron Gittelman

Margaretha C. Haeussler

Matthew Hawk

Kraft Hillman Family Fund

Ray & Donna Holton

Adrienne Kenny

Barry M.Kessler

Carol Koenig

Cynthia A. Lambert Durham & Fred S. Durham III

Jennifer Mann

Nicholas Nanovic

Northampton County Bar Association

Pamela Palmer

Tom & Jo Anne Riddle Fund for a Greater Lehigh Valley

Saucon Insurance Company Foundation Fund

Anna May Synder

Stershic Family Fund

Torry Family Fund

John & Chrissie Wagner Fund

Karen Wessner

Yeoman Family Fund

We are so grateful for your generosity, which touches so many lives.  We’re here to answer your questions and to discuss how your support can make a difference in helping address COVID-19.  Contact Erika Riddle Petrozelli at

What the Response Fund Grants Support

LVCF’s COVID-19 Response Fund provides an opportunity for individuals to support a regional response effort and also to support other emerging issues in an informed way. The LVCF Fund will first support a regional, coordinated effort (the Greater Lehigh Valley COVID-19 Community Response Fund, or “GLV CV19 Fund”) to rapidly deploy resources to community-based, front line nonprofit organizations in the Lehigh Valley. In addition to contributing to the regional response fund, the LVCF Fund may make grants outside of the regional effort’s scope, and the LVCF Fund may direct resources to future phases of support.

Round 1 Grants – April 2020:

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. 

A full list of funded organizations can be found below.  The organizations included a mix of those who focus on one service and those who offer multiple services.  More than half of the funding went to "small" organizations who cannot always access other supports (e.g. federal stimulus), including grass-roots organizations who are the trusted providers and messengers in deeply impacted neighborhoods.  

Round 2 Grants – May 2020: 

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 people of color.  LVCF contributed $30,000 to this round. 

A full list of funded organizations can be found below.  In this round, grant amounts ranged from $2,500 to $15,000, with almost $50,000 in total directed to organizations providing healthcare services such as mental health. 

Round 3 Grants – Upcoming: 

Funding for phase 3 will be distributed in July with a focus on advancing racial justice with a specific emphasis on supporting organizations that are led by Black individuals or Persons of Color. 

Round 4 Grants – Upcoming: 

The ongoing fourth and final phase of funding will engage communities in a co-design process of reimagining the Greater Lehigh Valley nonprofit sector to better reflect a new, post-COVID reality.  So far, LVCF has directed $90,000 to this innovative approach and is co-leading the effort with the United Way.

Grant Recipients as of June 2020: 

  • Benders Mennonite Food Bank
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley
  • Black Heritage Association of the Lehigh Valley
  • Boys & Girls Club of Allentown, Inc.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Bethlehem, Inc.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Easton, Inc.
  • Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
  • Care Net of Carbon County
  • Casa Guadalupe Center
  • Catholic Charities – Diocese of Allentown
  • Center for Vision Loss
  • Champion Center
  • Children’s Home of Easton
  • Cohesion Network
  • Community Bike Works
  • Connections for Women - Bloom
  • Domestic Violence Service Center
  • Easton Area Neighborhood Center
  • Family Connection of Easton, Inc.
  • Family Promise of Carbon County
  • The Fund to Benefit Children and Youth, Inc.
  • Grace Community Church – Panther Valley Food Pantry
  • Greater Easton Development Partnership
  • Greater Valley YMCA
  • Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley
  • Housing Association & Development Corporation Allentown
  • Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley
  • Jewish Family Service of the Lehigh Valley
  • KidsPeace Lehigh Valley
  • Center for Independent Living
  • Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • NAMI Lehigh Valley
  • New Bethany Ministries
  • Northeast Community Center
  • Northern Lehigh Food Bank
  • PA Outdoor Veterans
  • Pinebrook Family Answers
  • ProJeCt of Easton
  • Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley
  • Recovery Revolution, Inc.
  • Resurrected Community Development Corporation
  • Ripple Community, Inc.
  • Safe Harbor Easton
  • SELF! LV
  • Shepherd House
  • Slater Family Network Foundation, Inc.
  • Special Olympics Carbon County
  • St. Peter’s Community Resource Center
  • Summit Hill Heritage Center
  • The Lehigh Conference of Churches
  • The Literacy Center
  • The Ortiz Ark Foundation
  • The Salvation Army of the Lehigh Valley
  • Third Street Alliance on behalf of Regional Homeless Advisory Board
  • Treatment Trends, Inc.
  • Turn to Us
  • Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley
  • Unidos, Inc.
  • Valley Youth House
  • Via of the Lehigh Valley
  • Victim’s Resource Center
  • Victory House of Lehigh Valley
  • Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley
  • West End Food Pantry

*Two additional grants of $10,000 each were approved to support community mobilization and leadership efforts in the region.

ASK ERIKA | Ask me how the Community Foundation can help you make a difference in the community....

Erika Riddle Petrozelli, CPA
Vice President of Philanthropy

840 West Hamilton Street, Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18101
610 351-5353   Ext. 13 |