COVID-19 LA County Response Fund

Since its discovery in December 2019, the global novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has rapidly evolved and expanded across our region. COVID-19 has since spread into over 100 countries—including the United States, killing several thousands of people.

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization officially named this outbreak a pandemic. COVID-19 cases continue to mount across LA County. Government officials are taking sweeping measures to halt the spread of the virus by closing schools and colleges, delaying travel, cancelling events and enacting social distancing policies.

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.

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CCF is a community foundation and our community is Los Angeles County. By being responsive during times of uncertainty, we embrace our leadership role to respond to the evolving needs of our diverse residents. To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, please click here.

Update – As of March 24th, this fund has granted $1.7 million to address the immediate needs of the most vulnerable. The 1st round of 70 grants focuses on the needs of Youth, Homeless, Immigrants, Uninsured & Under-Insured. Click hear to learn more.

No Administration Fee – CCF has waived its administration fee to manage the COVID-19 LA County Response Fund. Credit card contributions remain subject to third party fees.

FUNDING PARTNERS

Together with an outpouring from gifts from individual donors, corporations and foundations, the COVID-19 LA County Response Fund has attracted commitments since March 13th  from a growing list of philanthropic partners, including: The Annenberg Foundation, The Ballmer Group, The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, Fairchild Boreham Family Foundation, Leah M. Bishop and Gary M. Yale Fund, Murphy Family Fund, Ronus Foundation, Sale Family Foundation, Southern California Edison, The Weingart Foundation, and Wells Fargo Foundation.

FUNDING PRIORITIES

The fund will make grants on a rolling basis addressing emerging needs in the community with an initial focus on education, health, homelessness, and individual hardship assistance through our nonprofit partners:

  • Mitigating Impacts of School Closures – Grants will help school districts and service providers respond to needs of students and families from ensuring access to educational resources and technologies, meals, to socio-emotional supports.
  • Homeless Residents – Grants will help housing providers and shelter operators respond to needs for outreach, social distancing, isolation, and for increased demand for emergency services.
  • Health Clinics & Hospitals – Grants will help community clinics and hospitals respond to increased patient flow, triaging those who are sick, exposed or in need of testing, and to support isolation and quarantine sites being established and operated across LA County.
  • Hardship Assistance – Grants to nonprofit partners in CCF’s Pass It Along (PIA) Program to make aid available to help individuals and families address an immediate, emergency

Pass It Along Program Expands Hardship Assistance

Economic hardship is rapidly emerging as a central concern of our nonprofit partners and communities across Los Angeles County, particularly for working poor families furloughed in industries like service, hospitality and construction.

For extremely vulnerable workers like day laborers, street vendors, domestic workers and undocumented immigrants with limited eligibility for relief aid from public agencies, hardship support is needed to help families with immediate needs for utilities, gas, housing assistance, food, and additional resources to support home schooling.

Our approach to hardship assistance is to activate and fully fund the Pass It Along program. The Pass It Along program is a proven network of long-standing direct service providers who have provided emergency assistance with CCF support for over 20 years.

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QUESTIONS:
For general inquiries contact – disaster [@] calfund [.] org
Interested donors/foundations/corporations can contact – Terri Mosqueda at tmosqueda [@] calfund [.] org
Media Inquiries – Roshin Mathew at rmathew [@] calfund [.] org

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 For individuals seeking direct assistance, we recommend contacting local governmental agencies and relief organizations in your community. The following sites may be helpful: 

Local

United Way of Greater Los Angeles  United Way of Greater Los Angeles created thePandemic Relief Fund tosupport L.A. County’s unsheltered residents who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, and low-income individuals, students and families at imminent risk of homelessness and hardships due to health and economic impacts of coronavirus.  

More information: https://www.unitedwayla.org/en/give/pandemic-relief-fund/ 

Regional

Believe in Students  The Student Relief Fund is a collaboration by Believe in Students, Edquity, and the Rise Education Fund to support students affected by COVID-19-related campus shutdowns.  

More information: https://www.studentrelieffund.org/ 

Nationally 

CDC Foundation  Supporting the gaps the CDC is unable to fund in the communities affected by COVID-19.  

More information: https://www.cdcfoundation.org/coronavirus 

Center for Disaster Philanthropy  

Supporting local nonprofit organizations working in areas identified as having high numbers of affected individuals and those who are working with the most vulnerable populations in these areas to help build their capacity for response.  

More information: https://disasterphilanthropy.org/cdp-fund/cdp-covid-19-response-fund/ 

Direct Relief  

Direct Relief is coordinating with public health authorities, nonprofit organizations and businesses in China and the U.S. to provide personal protective equipment and other items to health workers responding to coronavirus (COVID-19).   

More information: https://www.directrelief.org/emergency/coronavirus-outbreak/ 

Silicon Valley Community Foundation  

Funds from SVCF’s COVID-19 Coronavirus Regional Response Fund will support lead organizations representing each of the ten Bay Area counties and their immediate efforts in addressing COVID-19 related challenges in their respective counties. 

Including community foundations and agencies from: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz Solano and Sonoma  

More information: https://www.siliconvalleycf.org/coronavirus-fund 

Ventura County Community Foundation  

TheRapid Response Fundis to support those organizations providing basic human needs to individuals, families, and small business in Ventura County.  

More information: https://vccf.org/ventura-county-community-foundation-response-to-covid-19/ 

International

Give2Asia  

Give2Asia has launched a response fund to partner with local NGOs across Asia to support frontline health workers and institutions responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.  

$5M (US) raised at this time.  

More information: https://give2asia.org/coronavirus-pandemic-response-asia/ 

International Medical Corps (IMC)  

International Medical Corps is leveraging its relationships with local and national ministries of health in more than 30 countries to provide expertise, equipment, training, and triage and treatment services. IMC is focused on regions where the disease has spread or where populations and health systems are particularly vulnerable.  

More information: https://internationalmedicalcorps.org/emergency-response/covid-19/ 

Children of Persia (COP)  

COP is working with Relief International to raise funds to support individuals and families impacted by COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) in Iran. COP is helping toprovide the needed suppliesof protective medical gear for frontline health workers battling the coronavirus in Iran.  

More information: https://childrenofpersia.org/help-us-fight-the-coronavirus/ 

 UNISEF

UNICEF staff members worldwide are working around the clock to:

  • Provide lifesaving information about handwashing and sanitation
  • Supply personal protective equipment including gowns, masks, goggles and gloves, and other essential supplies
  • Distribute emergency education kits and distance learning opportunities
  • Support affected children with psychosocial counselling

More information: https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/covid-19

Save the Children
Save the Children is providing crucial support which includes:

  • Training of health teams worldwide on how to protect themselves and prevent further spread of the disease
  • Supplying the personal protective equipment and other supplies frontline health staff desperately needs
  • Protecting children and families that may be separated due to quarantine

More information: https://www.savethechildren.org/us/what-we-do/emergency-response/coronavirus-outbreak

In addition, the following resources may be helpful: 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

California State Public Health Department 

County of Los Angeles Public Health 

City of Los Angeles 

Council on Foundations 

Center for Disaster Philanthropy 

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