The Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Region recently activated its Nonprofit Relief Fund to address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in Grand Forks, Walsh, and Polk Counties.
The Knight Foundation initially funded the Nonprofit Relief Fund with $200,000 for organizations specifically in the City of Grand Forks – one of 26 national Knight Communities.
This past week, the Community Foundation's Board of Directors committed $25,000 to expand that reach across all three counties. These dollars are being redirected from the annual Community Opportunity Grant Program, typically held in August of each year.
Additionally, a number of donors and fund holders at the Community Foundation have directed funding to the relief efforts, bringing the fund's total to over $230,000.
Grants from the Nonprofit Relief Fund will go to qualified nonprofits organizations affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The application is now open and available at gofoundation.org/grants. Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis as long as funding remains available.
ABOUT OUR REGIONAL NONPROFIT RELIEF FUND
The Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Region is focused on helping our community and area nonprofits during the COVID-19 crisis. We acknowledge a rising public concern in these unprecedented times, but our faith in philanthropy has not wavered.
To enhance our regional response to this pandemic, the Foundation has created the Nonprofit Relief Fund to provide immediate support for nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 disaster in Grand Forks and Walsh Counties in ND and Polk County in MN.
Donations to the fund are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. There will be no administrative fees, allowing 100% of the funds to assist charitable organizations impacted by the coronavirus crisis. For online donations, standard credit card fees will apply.
To make an online gift, visit gofoundation.org/relief. Alternatively, checks may be written to the Community Foundation with “Nonprofit Relief Fund” written in the memo line.
Donations can also be made to any of the Foundation’s four Impact Endowments: Arts & Culture, Community & Human Services, Environmental Sustainability, and Human Rights. These unrestricted endowments ensure long-term charitable support while allowing the Foundation to be responsive and flexible as community needs change over time. Donors who give to these funds may also benefit from the 40% Endowment Tax Credit. Learn more at gofoundation.org/give-fund.
The current global circumstance highlights just how essential compassion and generosity are to our region’s wellbeing, and we extend our sincere gratitude to who have already given to ensure that others may face fewer hardships, both now and in the months to come.