Disaster Relief – COVID-19 Response Fund
The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana’s Disaster Relief Fund is focused on providing relief to those affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The Fund receives donations from individuals, business, government and philanthropic partners to rapidly deploy flexible resources to organizations in Clark and Floyd counties that are working with those affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The Fund has been in existence since 2011 when the tsunami hit Japan and local residents wanted a way to help. In the intervening years the Fund has provided support for relief efforts for the March 2, 2012 tornadoes that hit our Southern Indiana communities and other natural disasters in our local area and around the country.
About the Disaster Relief – COVID-19 Response Fund
Hosted by the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, the Disaster Relief – COVID-19 Response Fund will award one-time grants on a rolling basis to non-profits whose operations in support of seniors, children, immigrants, workers and other vulnerable populations have been stressed by the outbreak. The Fund is designed to be adaptable in its goals and focus, which will evolve as community members and nonprofits in our region share their needs.
Given the immediate needs within our Clark and Floyd County service area, the Fund is currently focused on (1) providing support grants to 501c3 nonprofits whose operations address the basic needs of vulnerable populations that are under additional strain due to the pandemic; and (2) providing funding for emergency relief for small businesses affected by the cancellations and closures due to the pandemic. Grants for small business assistance for businesses in both Clark and Floyd County will be made through the Small Business Emergency Loan Fund at Caesar’s Foundation of Floyd County.
The Community Foundation encourages institutions, companies and other funders to contribute to the Fund, which will work in partnership with local leaders and other funders to ensure the Fund has maximum reach and effectiveness. We do not charge a fee on this Fund or on any contributions to the Fund, so 100% of each donation goes to address needs.
Please note: This is a fluid situation. We expect that there will undoubtedly be a crucial need for funds to aid in the rebuilding efforts and any unanticipated community needs many months from now. We will continue to update this page, and will evolve the structure and purpose of the Fund to respond to what we are hearing and learning directly from the community.
The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana’s Disaster Relief – COVID-19 Response Fund is just one of a number of resources that civic and philanthropic organizations are creating to support the needs of individuals, nonprofits and other organizations in Southern Indiana and the Greater Louisville Metro Area.
Visit our Other COVID-19 Resources page for a listing of other fundraising and nonprofit support efforts.
For general questions about the Disaster Relief – COVID-19 Response Fund, please direct your question to email@example.com
For media inquiries, please contact Kenton Wooden, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-948-4662.
Information for Donors:
The Community Foundation is actively seeking donors to the COVID-19 Response Fund. Your donations, large and small, will be targeted directly to organizations working most closely with communities feeling the greatest impact from the coronavirus outbreak – including seniors, children, residents without access to paid sick days, healthcare and gig economy workers, communities of color, immigrants and people with disabilities. The Fund will also provide support to small businesses affected by the cancellations and closures related to COVID-19 on an emergency basis.
If you choose, you may designate your gift for either “Other Pressing Needs” or “Small Business Relief” when you make your gift.
In its current phase, the Fund is providing general operating support grants to these organizations as well as grants to support specific work addressing COVID-19 issues by these organizations. 100% of your donation will go to address these needs.
For interested philanthropic and business partners, please contact our Director of Community Outreach, Kenton Wooden, at email@example.com or 812-948-4662.
How to donate:
To make donations by credit card, click here. (Please note: Minimum credit card donation is $50.)
To donate by check in any amount, make your check payable to “Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, Inc.” with “COVID-19 Response Fund” in the memo field and mail to:
Community Foundation of Southern Indiana
4108 Charlestown Road
New Albany, IN 47150
To donate from a Donor Advised Fund, make your donation to Community Foundation of Southern Indiana and write “For COVID-19 Response Fund” in the grant purpose. For grants from a donor advised fund held at the Community Foundation, request a grant in the usual manner and add “COVID-19 Relief Fund” to your request and we will make the transfer. You may do this by completing an online grant recommendation form found on our website here.
To inquire about transferring other types of assets, please contact our office at (812) 948-4662 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAQs for Donors:
How Do I Make a Donation?
- To make donations by credit card: Click on the donate links on this page. (Please note: Minimum credit card donation is $50.)
- To donate by check in any amount: Make your check payable to “Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, Inc.” with “COVID-19 Response Fund” in the memo field and mail to: Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, 4108 Charlestown Road, New Albany, IN 47150
- To donate from a Donor Advised Fund: Make your donation to Community Foundation of Southern Indiana and write “For COVID-19 Response Fund” in the grant purpose. For donor advised funds held at the Community Foundation, simply request a grant in the usual manner, for the COVID-19 Response Fund and we will make the transfer.
- To donate other types of assets: To inquire about transferring other types of assets, please contact our office at (812) 948-4662 or email email@example.com.
May I Target My Donation to a Specific Organization?
So that we can coordinate and share resources as quickly as possible, donors may not restrict their grants to an individual grantee. If you have a specific organization you would like to support, we encourage you to give directly to that organization.
Should I give to this Fund instead of making other donations?
This is your choice. This Fund is not intended to be the only vehicle to give funds to nonprofits working at the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak in Southern Indiana. We encourage you to give directly to organizations you may have supported in the past or nonprofits you know are however you like to help address needs in your community. This Fund is another vehicle through which those needs will be addressed. You can learn about other options on our Other Resources page.
Is there a geographic focus for this fund?
The COVID-19 Response Fund will prioritize funding for organizations in the Clark and Floyd County, Indiana area. Donors seeking to support organizations outside of that geographic area are encouraged to make direct gifts or reach out to that area’s community foundation for assistance in getting resources targeted to that region.
Why is there a $50 minimum on credit card donations?
Our resources for processing smaller donations are limited, so we require a $50 minimum on credit card donations. To give smaller amounts, you may donate by check or we encourage you to directly donate to community nonprofits of your choice.
COVID-19 Response Fund Supporters *
Community Foundation of Southern Indiana
Duke Energy Foundation
Kaiser Home Services
Floyd County Government
Metro United Way
Multiple Individual Donors
Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund Fundholders
* List will be updated weekly