COVID-19 Response Fund FAQ

Thank you for your interest in the COVID-19 LA County Response Fund at CCF. We have prepared this resource guide to answer the most frequently asked questions about the Fund.

What is the COVID-19 LA County Response Fund?

California Community Foundation (CCF) launched the COVID-19 LA County Response Fund to address the immediate and emerging needs of our region’s most vulnerable residents—from hardship relief to long-term recovery. This fund will support community needs identified by our partners in health, housing, education and immigration, and will aid impacted individuals through our Pass it Along Fund.

How can I contribute to the Fund?

The fund receives donations from the public and distributes them to 501c3 nonprofit organizations that serve communities and individuals affected by COVID-19. We currently accept donations via credit card on our website, check, wire transfer, or stock. Instructions: https://www.calfund.org/covid-19/

Can I fundraise for the Fund?

The fund receives donations from the public and distributes them to 501c3 nonprofit organizations that serve communities and individuals affected by COVID-19. While CCF is happy to receive general donations from your company/organization for the COVID-19 LA County Response Fund, at this time we are not entering into any partnerships or Commercial Co-Venture Agreements for the Fund.

How does CCF handle company gift matching for employee donations?

Companies may provide CCF with instructions on completing a matching form for any employees who have contributed to the COVID-19 LA County Response Fund. CCF will verify the employee’s donation via the company’s own matching form/process.

Will CCF promote my contribution on social media?

CCF cannot create content to promote the donation on our own social media, but the company is welcome to tag CCF in posts that CCF may then share or retweet. 

How will I receive a gift receipt for my contribution?

Individuals contributing via credit card will automatically receive an email acknowledgement from our web portal. Individuals and organizations sending a check will be mailed an acknowledgement within 1-2 weeks of receipt of their contribution.

Will I be added to a mailing list after contributing to the Fund?

CCF will not add donors to the COVID-19 LA County Response Fund to any general mailing lists, however we may send contributors to the fund 1-2 email updates specifically about COVID-19 relief and the impact of their donation.

How do nonprofits apply for a grant from the Fund?

We do not currently have an open RFP process and are still assessing the needs of vulnerable populations in areas affected by COVID-19. However, you are welcome to briefly share the work your organization is doing to support communities and populations affected by the virus. Please forward a brief summary to the following inbox. Our staff will follow-up if and when relevant grant opportunities become available. Email: disaster [@] calfund [.] org

Given the fluid and rapidly evolving nature of the COVID 19 pandemic, we are working in rapid response fashion.  We are in an ongoing continuous process of raising resources, identifying immediate needs and deploying resources.

How I can apply for individual hardship assistance from the Fund?

COVID-19 LA County Response Fund receives donations from the public and distributes them to 501c3 nonprofit organizations that serve communities and individuals affected by COVID-19. We recommend contacting local governmental agencies and relief organizations in your community along with the following resources:

State-wide

Los Angeles County

Los Angeles City

How can I establish an employee assistance fund for my company?

For your convenience, we have compiled this list of resources for employee hardship funds:

  • Emergency Assistance Foundation
    • The Emergency Assistance Foundation, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity created to design and operate multiple employer-sponsored disaster relief and employee hardship funds. These funds allow domestic and international employers and employees to help their coworkers in times of crises. More information: https://emergencyassistancefdn.org/
  • Emergency Assistance Foundation AKA Charitable Solutions
  • America’s Charities
    • An Employee Assistance Fund (EAF), also known as an Employee Relief Fund or an Employee Crisis Fund, is a program to help employees cope with unexpected hardships that place undue financial stress on them and their families. More information: https://www.charities.org/employeeassistancefund

Can I contribute goods/in-kind donations to the Fund?

The COVID-19 LA County Response Fund accepts monetary donations only, then grants to 501c3 nonprofit organizations in the affected areas. Monetary gifts are most needed and helpful at this time as opposed to physical items, as organizations cannot always anticipate the needs of the communities they are serving and thus monetary gifts allow for that necessary flexibility. Monetary gifts can be made through out website, or by check. Instructions: https://www.calfund.org/covid-19/. We recommend contacting local governmental agencies or relief organizations in affected communities about in-kind donations for those affected by COVID-19.

Where I can find housing assistance?

The COVID-19 LA County Response Fund accepts monetary donations only, then grants to 501c3 nonprofit organizations in the affected areas. We recommend contacting the local governmental agency about temporary housing for those affected by the virus.

How I can volunteer?

CCF does not maintain a listing of volunteer opportunities, however we recommend you follow up with nonprofit agencies directly working in the affected areas as they can best guide you to ways to volunteer in their community.

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