04.09.20

Weekly Update: COVID-19 Response Fund Boulder County

Dear Friends,

 
Today, thanks to your extraordinary generosity, we are making our second round of grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund Boulder County, as part of our "Phase 1: Prevention" strategy. 
 
This round will see $210K go to the organizations listed below, prioritizing people experiencing homelessness, seniors living in poverty, family resource centers, and emergency food provision. Additionally, these grants expand our COVID-19 grantmaking to include domestic violence shelters, nonprofit medical clinics, and organizations serving undocumented families and individuals. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is granting $60K of this total from their Donor-Advised Fund at your Community Foundation Boulder County, as part of a national effort to co-fund the priorities of community foundations with whom Knight has a relationship.
 
  • Attention Homes
  • Boulder Shelter for the Homeless
  • Bridge House
  • Clinica Family Health Services
  • Coal Creek Meals on Wheels
  • Colorado FriendShip
  • Community Food Share
  • El Centro Amistad
  • El Comite de Longmont
  • ELPASO
  • Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA)
  • Harvest of Hope Pantry
  • HOPE – Homeless Outreach Providing Encouragement
  • Hopelight Medical Clinic
  • Imagine!
  • Inn Between of Longmont
  • Longmont Meals on Wheels
  • Meals on Wheels of Boulder
  • Mother House
  • Nederland Area Seniors, Inc.
  • Nederland Food Pantry
  • Our Center
  • Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley
  • Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN)
  • Salud Family Health Centers
  • Sister Carmen Community Center
 
The Community Foundation is providing COVID-19 funding in three phases  prevention, intervention, and recovery. These grants are the second wave of funding in the prevention phase. 
 
Thus far, we have issued grants as soon as sufficient funds were available. We know, however, we must deploy our grant funds strategically. There is no certain predictor of what will happen next, when it will happen, or how long it will last. We are continuing to raise funds and plan the next round of grants in response to what we are hearing from the field. 
 
We will continue to update you weekly so that you know about the flow of dollars in and out of the foundation, how those dollars are being put to work, and what we're learning about quickly changing community needs. We couldn't have gotten this far without the challenge matches issued by Brad Feld and Amy Batchelor, and two anonymous Donor-Advised Funds. Our deepest gratitude goes out to these donors, and to everyone for digging deeper during these emotionally and financially stressful times.
 
As of April 6, donors have committed $1.1M to our COVID-19 Response Fund Boulder County. In the first four weeks of COVID-19 grantmaking, $330K in funding has been distributed to frontline nonprofit organizations – $270K from the COVID-19 Response Fund and $60K from the Knight Foundation. 
 
Please access timely and helpful information about COVID-19, and share and listen to your stories of connection and inspiration through the TRENDS Diary
 
Finally, as I wrote last week, Census 2020 has taken on new importance. The number of residents we count relates directly to the amount of federal funding Boulder County will receive – funding needed now, more than ever. Please complete the Census online nowYou will help free up census workers to focus on residents who experience barriers to participation. 
 
Above all, let's take good care of ourselves and each other. Although we are apart, we have never been closer.
 
Yours in community,
Jeff Hirota, CEO
 

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