We began our initial response to the COVID-19 crisis in mid-March with the announcement of the LVCF COVID-19 Response Fund, focused primarily on supporting organizations providing safety net services to vulnerable populations. People needed access to food, shelter, healthcare, income supports and other services, and they still do. We continue with our response efforts and distributions from our LVCF COVID-19 Response Fund to address these needs. But, we also now look to the future and what a “recovery” might look like, including a “reimagination” of our sector.
With that view, we are proud to announce and share information with you about the Lehigh Valley Arts & Culture Relief Fund at LVCF. During this very challenging time arts organizations and artists everywhere are suffering from loss of revenue, redirected grants, and other significant revenue loss. The Arts & Culture Relief Fund will provide critical support to Lehigh Valley nonprofits focused on such an integral element of our region’s identity and economy. These organizations are woven into the fabric of our region’s life, and we need them to be here when our “new normal” begins.
We thank the Cultural Coalition of Allentown for taking the important first step of raising awareness of, and financial resources for, this Fund. They continued to be our partner in these efforts. The Community Foundation will lead the administration of the Fund including the grantmaking process and decisions. We have organized an advisory committee who will provide insight into needs and gaps. This approach will provide oversight in ensuring that dollars are distributed using an equitable approach, with diversity in organization type, geography, and other factors.
As you consider your philanthropic choices, especially as we move into a recovery period for our region, we hope that you consider a contribution to this fund. Or, we ask that you provide direct support to the theater, festival, museum, choir, band, or other element of the arts that means so much to you. Please contact Erika Riddle Petrozelli to learn more about these giving options and how we can help: email@example.com.
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 Lehigh Valley Arts & Culture Relief 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.
For your reference, the charts below illustrate some of the results from a survey conducted by the Cultural Coalition