03.20.20

First grants from COVID-19 Response Fund Boulder County

Dear Friends of Community Foundation Boulder County,
 
One week ago, your Community Foundation created the COVID-19 Response Fund Boulder County. Since then, a lot has happened. Before I provide you with an update, please know all of us at the foundation are thinking of you and hoping good health for all. 
 
Our Boulder County community has stepped up. To date, we have collectively raised $521K, of which $129K has been deposited, $148,500 is in progress, and another $244,500 has been promised. Thank you to everyone who has contributed. I want to express special gratitude to Brad Feld and Amy Batchelor who made a $100K matching gift to encourage early donations, and the community quickly blew past the challenge.  
 
Today, Community Foundation Boulder County announced the release of the first round of 14 grants totaling $120K from the COVID-19 Response Fund Boulder County. These grants are being given to frontline organizations serving county residents who are most at risk of the virus, and living in poverty or belonging to an historically underserved population. The grants, which will be awarded to the organizations below, focus on general operating support or restricted funding to be used to meet the needs of undocumented individuals and their families:  
Boulder Food Rescue 
Boulder Shelter for the Homeless 
Bridge House 
Coal Creek Meals on Wheels 
Community Food Share 
Cultivate 
EFAA 
HOPE 
Longmont Meals on Wheels 
Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund/ via Lyons Community Foundation 
Meals on Wheels Boulder 
Nederland Area Seniors, Inc. 
Our Center 
Sister Carmen 
 
We have done our best to collaborate and coordinate with our partners to ensure we are strategically investing to support Boulder County residents at the crossroads of most at risk and most in need. Since we announced the fund, we've been in touch daily with other funders around the state and county, and foundation staff and a committee of community advisors jointly developed the above list of grants.  
 
We have a long way to go before our community clears this crisis, and it is rapidly evolving. 
 
As the COVID-19 Response Fund Boulder County grows, we will continue to make grants to organizations serving the most vulnerable. Please note that given the dynamic nature of this crisis, the list of recipient organizations and funding strategy may change over time based on changing community needs and available funding. 
 
An anonymous donor stepped up late this week with another $100K match from a Donor-Advised Fund. Please meet her challenge by donating today and encouraging your networks to do the same.  
 
If you are a Donor-Advised Fundholder at the foundation and wish to make a grant from your fund, please use your Donor portal or contact PhilanthropicServices@commfound.org (303.442.0436 x103). 
 
In addition to grantmaking, the foundation will share informative and inspiring stories and foster community connection during this time of "social distancing" and heightened stress. Please stay tuned to our blog, emails, and social media in the coming days to learn more.   
 
Remember to visit the foundation's COVID-19 Information page, which we are updating regularly. Here you can learn about volunteer and giving opportunities, as well as local resources.  
 
While our staff moved to remote operations on March 17, we remain committed to serving you and all our neighbors in Boulder County. You can reach all of us by email and phone. We will continue to provide regular updates on this dynamic situation, and we send our virtual but caring embraces for your good health. 
 
Yours in community, 
Jeff Hirota, CEO

 

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