In a time when there seems to be limits on everything that once seemed normal, one thing stands out in abundance. That is the amount of caring and compassion people are showing to one another. Rather than dwelling on what we are missing, we are asking, “What can I do to help?”
Grantmakers around the state are figuring out ways to help get funds out quickly to nonprofits who are responding to their community’s basic needs. Oregon Community Foundation and The Ford Family Foundation have established emergency funds for COVID-19 needs. Funds are limited, but the application and timelines have been streamlined to be as responsive as possible. Here are links:
OCF Oregon Community Recovery Grant Program: https://oregoncf.org/grants-and-scholarships/grants/oregon-community-recovery-grants/
The Ford Family Foundation: https://www.tfff.org/general-article-news-stories-etc/open-letter-our-grantees
Other organizations serving nonprofits and foundations offer regular news updates with information about COVID-19 efforts to help Oregon nonprofits and communities.
The Nonprofit Association of Oregon website posts COVID-19 updates every few days with information about programs and actions addressing the coronavirus impact: https://nonprofitoregon.org/
Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington website has a COVID-19 page that updates Foundation efforts around the state: https://gosw.org/covid19/
We will post other resources as they become available. And when we finally emerge from our homes and back into the sunlight – and we will – may we have a greater understanding and appreciation of what is truly important.