In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the crisis created by it in our local nonprofit organizations, the Board of Directors of the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation has established the EWVCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. Targeted to assist nonprofit organizations in the five-county region served by the Community Foundation (Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, Hampshire, and Hardy), the new fund will focus on critical needs in our communities. CLICK HERE to learn more about the grants and to download the grant application.
While the long-term impact of the pandemic remains unknown, many charities that are struggling to survive are continuing to provide critically needed services. By creating this fund to address these needs, the Community Foundation has gathered and deployed resources in a responsive, unified, and flexible way. To date, sixty-nine grants totaling more than $250,000 have been awarded by the Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to nonprofit organizations in the region.
This pass-through fund is an extension of EWVCF’s commitment to supporting donors and nonprofit organizations in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. Now in its 25th year, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $10.5 million in grants and scholarships from 250 endowed funds.
“Although community foundations are better known for building permanent charitable endowments, they also play an active role during challenging times like these.” Stated EWVCF Executive Director Michael Whalton. “Being able to respond to extraordinary community needs is an essential element of the Foundation’s work and role in the Eastern Panhandle.”
Individuals, corporations, donor advisors, and private foundations are encouraged to join EWVCF in these supportive efforts by contributing to the fund. All gifts are tax-deductible and 100% of the donations collected will be used to support local organizations as they adjust to changing demands. The Community Foundation will charge no fees for administering this special pass-through fund.
Thanks to several generous donors, the Fund has grown to nearly $332,000. Contributions can be made online or with a check. To donate on our website, CLICK HERE.
Donations by check may be sent to our office – Payable to EWVCF with COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund in the memo line. Mail the check to EWVCF, 229 E. Martin St. Suite 4, Martinsburg, WV 25401