In the last year, we have braved a global pandemic that created an economic crisis and joined the call for racial justice. Across the country, and here at home, our small businesses suffered, families living paycheck-to-paycheck were left in financial peril, and the education of our students was dramatically disrupted.
The day the stay-at-home orders were announced in Los Angeles, the California Community Foundation launched the COVID-19 LA County Response Fund to address the immediate needs of our most vulnerable residents. You inspired us with your outpouring of support and inquiries on where you could help.
In real time, food banks and local pantries, homeless shelters and health clinics, and organizations supporting essential workers received the vital resources needed to continue their work in our communities. You rose to the challenge and did so in an extraordinary way.
To share the accomplishments of the COVID-19 LA County Response Fund and uplift inspirational stories from leaders and community members, we have prepared the following impact report for you.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of working in partnership, across intersections, to address the needs of our most vulnerable communities. Our grantmaking and advocacy expertise, along with deep relationships within communities, help us to understand and address what our region needs to rebuild in a more equitable way. Read more about the work our grantees are doing to create better outcomes for those individuals disproportionately impacted by this pandemic.
PASS IT ALONG FUND: Many families who were living paycheck-to-paycheck were left in financial peril when the pandemic hit. CCF scaled-up hardship assistance to those with the most urgent needs. Learn more.
FOOD INSECURITY Q&A: With the increase in food insecurity due to record unemployment and COVID-19 related illness, organizations on the frontline stepped-up to address the food crisis. Learn more.
SUMMER LEARNING INITIATIVE: As the historic school year ended in June 2020, there was an urgent need for summertime learning to mitigate learning loss and to address the social-emotional needs of youth during the pandemic. Learn more.
MASS-VACCINATION: CCF is collaborating with community-based organizations to advise LA County on plans to vaccinate vulnerable communities, often the ones who have been hardest hit by the pandemic. Learn more.
Over the next year, CCF will begin the gradual transition from hardship assistance to the long-term stability of our local ecosystem of nonprofit partners. We invite you to continue your support of the COVID-19 LA County Response Fund as we begin the road to recovery, starting with vaccination education and safety rollout, helping our students overcome learning loss, and investing in community-based solutions for an equitable and sustainable future for all.
To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click here.
You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the COVID-19 Response Fund. Checks should be mailed to:
California Community Foundation
221 S. Figueroa St., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012
For donors with Donor Advised Funds at CCF, go to the grant recommendation page and enter a grant to CCF with “COVID-19 Response Fund” in the Charitable Purpose section.
For additional information, please contact Terri Mosqueda, Vice President of Development and Donor Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tammy Johnson, Director of Donor Relations, at email@example.com.