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.
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, click the the button below.
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.
With an outpouring from gifts from individual donors, corporations and foundations, CCF has awarded over $24 million to 370 nonprofits across LA County since the start of the pandemic to provide relief to our most vulnerable communities during the ongoing health and economic crisis.
We are deeply grateful to our funders including Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation, Ambassador Nix-Hines Fund, Annenberg Foundation, AG Adriano Goldschmied, Inc., Aramont Charitable Fund, Attias Family Foundation, Gwendolyn Baba Family Fund, Ballmer Group, Jim and Diane Berliner Family Fund. Leah M. Bishop and Gary M. Yale Fund, Blue Shield of California Foundation, The California Endowment, California Wellness Foundation, Calley Foundation, Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation, Joseph Drown Foundation, Edison International, Jane and Robert Ettinger Foundation, Fairchild Boreham Family Foundation, Fineshriber Foundation, First Republic, General Motors, Global Giving, Greater Public Schools Now, Harman Family Foundation, Hearst Foundation, Hilton Foundation, The Ho Family Foundation, Neil Lane-Jacobson Family Foundation, The Lund Family Foundation Fund, The Elizabeth and Rhys Marsh Charitable Fund, Mia Becar Foundation, JP Morgan & Chase Company, MOZAIK Philanthropy, Murphy Family Fund, Charles and Peggy Norris Family Fund, Oaktree Capital, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Reissa Foundation, Rite Aid Foundation, Rose Hills Foundation, Sermoonjoy Fund, Smidt Foundation, Stuart Foundation, Target, Tom and Janet Unterman Family Gift Fund, UniHealth Foundation, United Health Foundation, Venable Foundation, Weingart Foundation and Wells Fargo Foundation.
The COVID-19 crisis is exposing what we have always known: deep inequities and a broken safety-net leaves millions of people without help or relief. Today, the painful realities for those who don’t have the ability to access paid sick leave, unemployment benefits, or social safety net programs to help them weather this storm are suddenly at the forefront.
Addressing these issues is not new to CCF. We have long been committed to strengthening our most vulnerable communities to create a more thriving Los Angeles. We have the grantmaking and advocacy expertise along with the established relationships within community to understand and address these needs to help our region rebuild in a more equitable way.
The fund continues to distribute grants on a rolling basis addressing emerging needs in the community with a focus on education, health, housing and homelessness, and individual hardship assistance through our nonprofit partners. Examples include:
Hardship Assistance – Grants supported nonprofit partners to make aid available to help individuals and families address an immediate, emergency. CCF is supporting dozens of community-based partners to administer this assistance, often aligned with case-management and other services, though its Pass It Along (PIA) Program, RUSH Fund for college students and additional nonprofits serving vulnerable communities throughout LA County.
Education – Grants helped school districts and service providers respond to needs of students and families to ensure access to educational resources and technologies, meals, to socio-emotional supports. We sought to ensure the needs of vulnerable youth who could not remain safe and effectively learn in distance learning settings. We focused on foster youth, English learners and students with disabilities.
Health – Grants helped community clinics, hospitals and other health providers offer COVID testing, telehealth care at sites serving people experiencing homelessness and coordination of care across LA County especially for communities at greatest risk of health disparities.
Housing – Grants helped housing providers and shelter operators respond to needs for outreach, social distancing, isolation and for increased demand for emergency services. Grants also supported families through a rental recovery pilot program.
Food Security – Grants funded the expansion of food security programs by supporting area foodbanks and meal distribution centers. Food insecurity has increased with the current economic conditions and is projected to stay at an elevated level for the next several months.
Immigration – Grants supported organizations working to serve the needs of vulnerable families severely impacted by the current health and economic crisis. Millions of immigrants and their families are navigating the current pandemic restricted from accessing health and economic relief due to their immigration status.
Arts – Grants supported artists facing hardship and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in LA County as they rebuild and reimagine a new path forward.
Civic Engagement and Policy Advocacy – Support community organizing, policy and advocacy efforts for equitable access to health care, housing, education and economic relief for communities that are not captured in the safety net.
Please review our FAQ sheet.
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:
Mayor’s Fund for Los Angles
The Mayor of Los Angeles has identified priority areas for COVID-19 response and relief funds: Support for families, relief for healthcare workers, equipment for health response, services for unhoused neighbors and powering real-time research. More information: https://mayorsfundla.org/covid19/
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
United Way of Greater Los Angeles created the Pandemic Relief Fund to support 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/
Women’s Foundation California
Women’s Foundation California is offering rapid response funding to offset unexpected costs incurred for disruptions to operations as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Relief grants will help off-set costs incurred to maintain operations or adapt to health and financial impacts caused by COVID-19. More information: https://womensfoundca.org/donate-community-power-fund/
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/
Supporting funding gaps the CDC is unable to support 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 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
The Rapid Response Fund is 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/
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. 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 to provide 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/
In addition, the following resources may be helpful:
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