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.
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 May 4 this fund has granted $11,922,500 million to address the immediate needs of the most vulnerable. CCF is also proud to be partnering and leveraging its efforts with its donors who have collectively given $27.6 million dollars out of their donor advised fund to respond to COVID-19 related needs within Los Angeles, representing 90% (or $24.8M), and the remaining throughout the nation and the world. Click here 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.
With an outpouring from gifts from individual donors, corporations and foundations, the COVID-19 LA County Response Fund and Pass It Along Fund have raised a combined total of $17 million from a growing list of philanthropic partners. This support, added to other COVID pooled funds, has generated a grand total of $28.5 million in support.
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, 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 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. Specifically, we seek to ensure the emerging needs for vulnerable youth for whom initial triage response by districts may not be enough to remain safe during “safe at home” and effectively learn in distance learning setting. These include foster youth, English learners and students with disabilities.
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.
Food Insecurity — Recognizing food insecurity has increased with the current economic conditions and is projected to stay at an elevated level for the next several months, grants will fund the expansion of food security programs by supporting area food banks and meal distribution centers.
Uncovered Immigrant Families – Grants to support organizations working to serve and uplift 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.
Immigrant workers and businesses concentrated in impacted sectors have been disproportionately hard hit at the onset.
Hardship Assistance – Grants to 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 and additional nonprofits serving vulnerable communities throughout L.A. County.
Civic Engagement and Policy Advocacy – Grants to support community organizing and policy and advocacy efforts to uplift equitable access to health care, housing, education and economic relief for communities that are not captured in the safety net.
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.
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:
Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the foundation’s board of directors. This charge will appear on your credit card statement as a payment to “Calif Comm Fdn – CCF”. In addition, California Community Foundation incurs a third-party administrative fee of 2.7 percent for credit card contributions. The foundation will charge the fee directly to the individual fund.