Foundation Fundraising in the time of COVID-19

As you face the flurry of decisions about how to respond to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and ensure that your staff, clients, and communities are safe and healthy, your foundation funders can be helpful partners. Below are some quick steps you can take to keep them in the loop and potentially get increased funding for your efforts.

Share your plan with your funders
Your funders will appreciate knowing that you have thought about the specific implications of the pandemic and social distancing efforts on your organization. Share your response plan with your funders. Here is a helpful list of resources you might need related to Covid-19 and creating a response plan. Also, here are CDC Foundation guidelines for nonprofits regarding COVID-19.

Determine your emergency funding needs
If your costs are going to increase due to an expected influx of clients, additional work you are taking on in response to the pandemic, purchasing supplies and/or equipment to ensure the safety of staff and clients (including costs for teleworking systems and technology, or other needs then share those costs with your foundation funders. When you share your response plan with your funders, include the costs you are expecting to incur and make an ask to them about what piece of it they might cover. Here’s an article about COVID-19 related costs to nonprofits that might help you think through your costs.

Provide steady and adaptive leadership
BoardSource has information to help guide your board as your organizations navigates through COVID-19. The Management Center has tools to help assess staff needs, cash flow and more.

Check out Covid-19 response funding
Many foundations and government entities are offering emergency funding. Your organization may be eligible for some of that funding. Below is a list of regional and national funding resources. In addition, Candid has compiled a website with a list of Covid-19 related RFPs. If you have questions about how to access this funding or you would like support with grant writing for these opportunities, please click here to reach out!

ACT For AlexandriaACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund

Arlington Community FoundationPrompt Respond Fund

Baltimore Community FoundationCOVID-19 Evolving Community Needs Fund

Center for Disaster PhilanthropyCOVID-19 Response Fund

Charlottesville Area Community FoundationCommunity Emergency Response Fund

Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, Inc.CFAAC Reponse to COVID-19

Community Foundation of the Central Blue RidgeCFCBR COVID-19 Local Response Fund

Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier CountiesCommunity Emergency Relief Fund

Eugene and Agnes Meyer Foundation – recommends that you reach out to your local Partnerships and Strategy Director (DC: Nadine Duplessy-Kearns, MD: Julian Haynes, VA: Sonia Quiñónez) to let them know how they might be helpful to you.

Greater Washington Community FoundationCOVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

Hampton Roads Community FoundationResponse to COVID-19

Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community FoundationCOVID-19 Community Response Fund

Northern Virginia Community FoundationCOVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia

United Way of the National Capital AreaEmergency Assistance Fund

Giving Compass has compiled a list of nationwide vetted funds addressing immediate and long-term needs related to coronavirus and COVID-19.

Here’s a Google search for Community Foundations with COVID funds to find additional local funds.

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