Covid-19 Fund

The CFRBA COVID-19 Response Fund is working to rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations that are supporting local workers and families most affected by the coronavirus crisis.

About the COVID-19 Response Fund

Housed at The Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany, the Fund makes grants to nonprofits that are working on the frontlines to provide our communities with emergency assistance. The fund will be concentrating on essential services to ensure that families can get by day-to-day through this crisis makes the most sense for our service area.

Initially fund will focus on shelter, food, childcare, and equitable access to the Internet for children who are now out of school and being taught virtually. Input from the nonprofit sector, churches, fire and rescue, and other organizations on the front line of the local response will play a critical role in helping us better understand specific issues faced by the communities we serve. Additionally, we will work to complement rather than duplicate the distribution of State and Federal resources. 

As the local impact of the pandemic unfolds, our community’s desire to help has been inspiring. Contributing to this new fund is one of many ways in which everyone can make a difference. Tax-deductible contributions to the COVID-19 Local Response Fund may be made using this online link or by check made payable to the Community Foundation (P.O. Box 20 Lexington, VA 24450).  The new fund will provide resources to charitable organizations supporting the residents of the cities Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County impacted by COVID-19. 

Guiding the distribution of resources will be a partnership consisting of the Community Foundation, Main Street Lexington, Rockbridge Area Chamber of Commerce, officials from the local municipalities, business leaders, and others. “Local needs are multiplying in terms of both magnitude and complexity,” Lori Turner Executive Director of the Community Foundation.

“The partnership guiding the use of the COVID-19 Local Response Fund will leverage each member’s strengths and connections to direct the resources where they are needed the most and advise the distribution committee of the area needs. The Community Foundation also pledges to contribute their fee for the administration of this fund. As a result, 100% of every contribution will benefit local residents. Please email the Community Foundation at lori.turner@cfrba.org for assistance with making charitable contributions to the COVID-19 Local Response Fund. 

“We have only just begun to assess how this pandemic will affect our community,” noted Turner, “and it is highly likely there will be a disproportionate effect on certain residents.” 

Robert Glidden, Chair of the Foundation’s board of directors, added that “this is a time for each of us to look beyond our own personal needs and to invest in our neighbors. We are at our best when we act together with the needs of others in mind.” 

In order to move resources quickly without further burdening organizations providing critical services and support, we are not hosting a formal application process at this time. We have assembled a COVID 19 response fund distribution committee which will oversee the funds and make distributions. Grants are made on a rolling basis. As fundraising continues through the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, the Fund will adapt to emerging needs as the situation evolves.

Fund Partners

Thank you to our partners who have come together from philanthropy, government, and business to support our community through the COVID-19
Response Fund.

Philanthropy: Board of Directors of the Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath & Alleghany and United Way of Rockbridge
Government: Cities of Lexington and Buena Vista, County of Rockbridge
Business Partners: CornerStone Bank, Edward Jones-Christy Harris, CHEFS Catering, Artist – Natalie O’Dell and Truist
Individual Donors: Buddy & Carol Bryan, Joshua and Fran Elrod, Mimi Elrod, Robert & Rene Glidden, Tom and Carol Gosse,  Ben & Carol Grigsby, Steve & Frances Grist, Chuck Smith & Elizabeth Knapp, Bill & Barbara Luton, Greg & Kelly Madsen, Clyde and Angelyn Moore, Duncan Ritcher & Stephanie Wilkinson, Paul & JoAnne Robblee and Woody & Lori Sadler

Special thanks to Jennifer Young of Ionic Media for the production of the Covid-19 video.

In times of crisis, coordination is vital and valued in getting critical resources to communities most impacted. We are grateful to the philanthropic leadership of our community working quickly and collectively to support those most impacted in this dynamic time.

FAQ

I’m an individual who’s been affected by COVID-19. Can this Fund help me?

We understand many individuals and families have been affected by the outbreak already and more will continue to be affected. On behalf of the Fund’s partners, CFRBA is working to move resources to community-based organizations that are directly supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts.

While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, we will be funding community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. As we begin to award grants, we will post them on this page. Please check back for a list of the organizations that may be able to assist you.

My organization is interested in resources from this Fund. Can we be considered?

We understand the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for their services, lost revenue due to closures and cancellations, as well as other challenges.

In order to move resources quickly, we are not hosting a formal application process for the Fund at this time. You may email us at lori.turner@cfrba.org to make sure we are aware of your organization’s work supporting economically vulnerable residents and families.

I want to donate. Can I restrict my funding to a prioritized grantee?

To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to needs of communities most impacted, we are not considering restricted donations at this time. The COVID-19 Response Fund was created in hopes of providing a way to coordinate as many resources as possible.

Should I give to this Fund instead of making other donations?

This Fund was not created to be the only vehicle resourcing critical community activities during this outbreak. Rather it is working to facilitate getting more targeted resources into the community where it’s needed most. If the COVID-19 Response Fund priorities align with your values, please consider making a donation.

However, this is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations who’ve benefited from your giving in the past, as well as those who’ve had to cancel their annual fundraising events or depend heavily on public gatherings. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time. Now is the time to double down for our community as we gain greater awareness of the depth and scale of the long- term ramifications of the outbreak.

Who will receive support from the Fund?

Based upon the charitable structure of the COVID-19 Response Fund, our grants are limited to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax- deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities. We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501c4, 501c5, and 501c6 organizations.

When will you share who you fund?

We anticipate making a first round of distributions in the coming weeks, and will publish the list of selected grantees on the CFRBA website, along with short descriptions of the services and support they are providing.

Is there a fee to contribute?

With a focus on getting resources out to the community in this critical time, there is no administrative fee for participating in the Fund. 100% of donations will go to community groups and leaders on the ground, except for a credit card fee for online donations, which are 3.75% + $0.35 per transaction. CFRBA is donating its staff resources to support this effort.

How will the Fund shift gears if needed?

The Fund priorities may evolve as our region adapts to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will continue to prioritize communities most impacted, recognizing deep and historic inequities that are likely to be magnified in times of crisis. Crisis philanthropy recognizes the need to provide immediate resources for triage, as well as the importance of recovery resources to ensure community resilience.