SECF Members Responding to COVID-19 Coronavirus
Author: Southeastern Council of Foundations
Dozens of SECF members have taken action in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. This includes numerous community foundations have have launched rapid relief funds with support from private foundations, as well as other support targeting specific areas, ranging from housing to the arts. Across the region, the outpouring of support has been largely geared toward supporting nonprofits that work with marginalized populations who are most at risk as the result of the outbreak and its increasing economic consequences.
If your foundation has taken action in response to the pandemic and is not shown here, please contact David Miller, director of marketing and communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to the list below!
For direct donation links to all rapid response funds, visit our COVID-19 Resource Hub!
- Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Quantum Foundation: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Relief and Recovery Funding - Palm Beach, Martin & St. Lucie Counties
- Arkansas Community Foundation: Responding to COVID-19 in Arkansas
- Athens Area Community Foundation: COVID-19 Community Response Fund
- Baptist Community Ministries: Baptist Community Ministries Awards $500,000 in Grants to Local Partners to Offer Critical Community Support During COVID-19 Pandemic
- Benwood Foundation, Lyndhurst Foundation: ArtsBuild Announces Artist Emergency Fund
- Black Belt Community Foundation: Black Belt Community Foundation Corona Virus Relief Fund
- Central Carolina Community Foundation, South Carolina Grantmakers Network, Together SC Philanthropic Partners: One SC Fund
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation Commits $2.1 Million to COVID-19 Response
- Blue Grass Community Foundation: Response fund launched to provide relief across Central and Appalachia Kentucky
- Charlottesville Area Community Foundation: CACF launches new fund to help with coronavirus impacts
- Coastal Community Foundation, Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation, The Chapin Foundation: COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund
- Cobb Community Foundation: Cobb Community Foundation starts coronavirus fund
- Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation: Community Emergency Needs Fund
- Community Foundation for a greater Richmond: Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund
- Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, Coca-Cola, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation: Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund | Coca-Cola Co. and Woodruff Foundation pledge $10 million to COVID-19 fund | Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Announces Nearly $5.4 million in Funding for COVID-19 Relief Efforts
- Community Foundation for Mississippi: Mississippi Community Response and Recovery Fund
- Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area: COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
- Community Foundation of Central Georgia, Peyton Anderson Foundation: COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund
- Community Foundation of Greater Memphis: Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund
- Community Foundation of Louisville, James Graham Brown Foundation, Humana, Gheens Foundation: Mayor Fischer announces One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund to help Louisvillians impacted by virus outbreak
- Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama: Recovery Fund of $250,000 Established by CFNEA
- Community Foundation of Northeast Florida, Jessie Ball duPont Fund: Coronavirus: Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund reactivated
- Community Foundation of South Georgia: COVID-19 Relief Fund
- Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, Dogwood Health Trust: CFWNC and Dogwood Health Trust partner on emergency response to COVID-19
- Cone Health Foundation: 'This is rough': Advocates for the homeless struggle to keep them safe during the new coronavirus pandemic
- Couchman Noble Foundation: Sandy Springs and philanthropic couple help to fund Community Assistance Center amid pandemic
- The Duke Endowment: The Duke Endowment Awards $2.5 Million in COVID-19 Relief for the Carolinas
- East Tennessee Foundation: Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund
- Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky: Two statewide health advocacy groups asks public to help prevent spread of highly contagious COVID-19
- Foundation for the Carolinas: The Howard R. Levine Foundation and Truist Financial Corporation each commit $1 million to COVID-19 Response Fund
- The Frist Foundation: Frist Donates $1M to Response Fund
- Greater New Orleans Foundation: Greater New Orleans Foundation Activates Disaster Response & Restoration Fund For The New Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
- Harvest Foundation: Harvest Foundation task force tackles child care needs for working parents during coronavirus school closures
- The Healing Trust: Supporting Our Grantees During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Hollingsworth Funds, Community Foundation of Greenville, Jolley Foundation: Community Relief Fund launches to support human service needs in Greenville County
- J. Marion Sims Foundation: Catawba Connect: COVID-19 Relief Fund
- Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust: Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Announces $1.5 Million in Immediate, Flexible Funding to Respond to COVID-19 in N.C.
- North Georgia Community Foundation: Coronavirus relief fund for nonprofits set up by North Georgia Community Foundation
- Northern Piedmont Community Foundation: Emergency Response Fund
- PATH Foundation: Updates on COVID-19
- Richmond Memorial Health Foundation: Additional Funding Approved by Trustees
- Robins Foundation: An Equity Based Approach to Managing the Impact of COVID-19
- Southern Education Foundation: Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Truist/Truist Foundation: Truist announces COVID-19 relief measures for communities, clients and teammates
- Walker Area Community Foundation: Volunteer-led COVID-19 response begins Thursday across county
- West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation: COVID-19 Response Fund
COVID-19 Resource Round-Up
Author: Stephen Sherman
Your SECF colleagues may have advice to share about steps they are taking in response to the outbreak – our Member Listservs (login required) provide an easy way to reach out and learn from each other.
Our staff is also available to provide support – call the SECF offices at (404) 524-0911 and we can help connect you with other resources and information.
COVID-19 Coronavirus: What Foundations Need to Know
Author: Southeastern Council of Foundations
UPDATE (March 16, 2020): New guidance from the CDC released March 15 recommends postponing all gatherings of 50 people or more for at least two months.
The SECF staff is working remotely but remains available to support our members. You can reach our team via e-mail or by calling (404) 524-0911. Read more about our response here.
UPDATE (March 12, 2020): We have added new information from the CDC on steps foundations can take to slow the spread of the virus. See the links below in the How Foundations Can Prepare section.
UPDATE (March 8, 2020): New guidance from the CDC recommends that anyone in a higher-risk group for becoming very sick due to COVID-19 should "stay home as much as possible." Those at higher risk include "older adults and people who have severe, chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease."
More than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 coronavirus have been reported in the United States since January 21 – this includes cases reported in 10 of 11 states in the SECF footprint.
The spread of the virus has sparked discussion of not only how philanthropy can best respond, but also of how foundations can best operate in an environment where fears of the disease are running high and where separating fact from rumor and misinformation can be difficult.
SECF has put together a collection of resources to help members deal with the impact of this growing pandemic. In addition, our staff is available to provide further assistance if needed – please contact us at (404) 524-0911 if you need our support.
SECF's Response to COVID-19 Coronavirus
Author: Janine Lee and Regan Gruber Moffitt
Like many of you, SECF has been closely monitoring developments related to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, which was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11. As a membership association, we want to provide you with information on how you and your organization can best respond to this outbreak. We also want to update you on how SECF is responding, including the impact on our events and programs.
Last week we posted a collection of resources on SECF.org to help foundations take action to protect their employees and visitors – foundations, like any other workplace, should follow these guidelines and make their employees aware of actions they can take to limit the spread of the virus. We will continue to update this post as new information and resources become available. The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are also continually updating their COVID-19 pages with new information. SECF.org also includes links to resources from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy on how philanthropic organizations can support response and recovery to the outbreak.
Several of our members have contacted us regarding the status of upcoming SECF programs. The health and safety of our members and staff is our highest priority – in order to reduce the need for traveling and maintain social distancing, we have made the following modifications to our program schedule:
- The Atlanta Foundations Forum event scheduled for April 9 has been postponed. We are working to reschedule this event for a date later in 2020.
- We will announce by Friday, March 20, whether the CEO Forum, currently scheduled for April 23-24 in Sarasota, Florida, will need to be moved to another date later this year.
- No other changes to our program lineup have been made at this time; however, we will continually assess whether events need to be rescheduled as the situation develops.
The SECF staff will remain available to support you during this time. However, out of an abundance of caution, our staff will begin working remotely on Friday, March 13 through Friday, April 3, at which point we will evaluate whether to reopen our offices. We believe we have the technology in place to make this an easy transition, though we do ask for your flexibility and patience over the first two days of this process in case technical complications arise.