OC COMMUNITY RESILIENCE FUND FORMED TO COLLECTIVELY SUPPORT VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES MOST IMPACTED BY COVID-19 REACHES $2 MILLION IN CONTRIBUTIONS IN JUST 10 DAYS
Fundraising will Continue to Bolster the Efforts of Local Nonprofits Struggling to Serve the Community During the Pandemic
Newport Beach, Calif. (March 27, 2020) – The Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF), St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund, Charitable Ventures and OC Grantmakers, along with a number of local foundations, launched the OC Community Resilience Fund on March 16 to collectively tackle the immediate impact of COVID-19 on our most vulnerable communities. Just ten days later, thanks to an outpouring of generosity from the Orange County community, the Fund reached its initial $2 million goal a week ahead of schedule.
This rapid response will enable the quick and strategic deployment of funds to tackle the unprecedented challenges facing our local nonprofits, and all those who depend on them. Additional contributions will be accepted on an ongoing basis, and every contribution, no matter the size, helps meet the challenges to the community that are to come. OCCF and St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund are covering 100% of the administrative costs associated with this pooled fund, so all contributions go directly to those who need them most.
“The response to the Resilience Fund is a testament to the heart and generosity of the Orange County community, as we come together to support those facing the greatest impact from COVID-19,” said Shelley Hoss, president and CEO, OCCF. “The generous response to the Fund will allow us to focus resources, reduce duplication, support innovative nonprofit efforts, and maximize impact in areas of greatest need.”
The OC Community Resilience Fund will provide three types of grants to local nonprofits:
- Support community clinic operationsto provide preventative and medical services for those affected by COVID-19, especially those caring for uninsured or underinsured patients to offset the costs of uncompensated care.
- Support emergency grants to individualsaffected by COVID-19 due to quarantine (i.e., as a result of personal illness or to care for a family member), business closures and/or layoffs and school or other community program closures and/or layoffs.
- Support community-based organizational operationsfor nonprofits serving vulnerable populations directly impacted by the medical or economic effects of the pandemic.
A review committee comprised of staff from OCCF, St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund and Charitable Ventures will review applications and make funding decisions.
To learn more and contribute to the Fund, visit: https://charitableventuresoc.org/resiliencefund/
Questions on the grant opportunities can be directed to ResilienceFund@charitableventuresoc.org.