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The Coronavirus Response Fund is hosted by Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley (CFCV) in partnership with United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley (UWCV).

The Fund is provides flexible resources to Columbus-area organizations working with our most vulnerable citizens: members of communities who are disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 and the economic consequences of the pandemic.

The Fund will consider projects addressing the immediate and basic needs of economically vulnerable populations caused by loss of work or reduced wages, school and business closures, and the increased demand for healthcare information and support among our most vulnerable community members. The Fund will also consider projects that minimize the number of people who are exposed to Covid-19 and/or raise the level of critical care available to people hospitalized with Covid-19.

Charitable grants will help fund organizations and programs that have deep roots in our community and strong experience working in areas such as access to food, healthcare, financial help for individuals, housing/shelter, childcare and youth services, and other basic needs.

  • Note: to maximize the impact of available funds, the Coronavirus Response Fund will limit grantmaking for food needs to organizations currently in partnership with Feeding the Valley, Inc.

CFCV makes grants from the Fund in partnership with UWCV and in close collaboration with community partners and local governments. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are regularly reviewed. Applicants will typically be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

Both CFCV and UWCV are waiving the administrative fees that would normally be associated with this Fund. Banking fees, including credit card transactions for contributions to the Fund, will apply.

Donate online: https://cfcv.givingfuel.com/coronavirus

Donate by text: Text the amount of your donation in numbers (10, 50, 100, etc.) to 706-523-GIVE (4483).

Donate by check: Make checks payable to Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley and indicate that your gift should be directed to the Coronavirus Response Fund. Mail checks to: Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Attn: Coronavirus Response Fund, 1340 13th Street, Columbus, GA 31901

CFCV can facilitate other types of donations, including donations from Donor Advised Funds and stock transfers. For questions about making a charitable donation, please contact JJ Musgrove at jmusgrove@cfcv.com.

If your business or company would like to join the coalition and provide a corporate gift, please email JJ Musgrove at jmusgrove@cfcv.com.

CFCV is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity and all donations to the Fund are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Through February 2022, the Fund has made grants totaling $1.55M to the following area organizations:

American Red Cross of Southwest Georgia Columbus, GA
Beth Salem Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)
Columbus, GA
Bethany Christian Service
Atlanta, GA
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley
Columbus, GA
Cathedral of Prayer
Columbus, GA
Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry
Columbus, GA
Columbus Dream Center
Columbus, GA
Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center
Columbus, GA
Columbus Hospice
Columbus, GA
Columbus Regional Medical Foundation
Columbus, GA
Columbus State University Foundation
Columbus, GA
Community Warriors
Columbus, GA
Easter Seals West Georgia
Fortson, GA
Feeding the Valley
Columbus, GA
Fellowship of Christians United for Service (FOCUS
Hamilton, GA
Fourth Street Day Care Center and Academy
Columbus, GA
Girls, Inc. of Columbus and Phenix-Russell
Columbus, GA
Homeless Resource Network
Columbus, GA
Hope Harbour
Columbus, GA
Hope Springs Community Church
Columbus, GA
Hopewell United Methodist Church
Pine Mountain, GA
House of TIME Incorporated
Columbus, GA
Keep the Faith
Phenix City, AL
Lee-Russell Council of Governments (for the Lee-Russell Aging Foundation)
Opelika, AL
MercyMed of Columbus
Columbus, GA
New Horizons
Columbus, GA
Open Door Community House
Columbus, GA
Operation Homefront
San Antonio, TX
Pastoral Institute
Columbus, GA
Power Through Christ Ministries, PTCME
Phenix City, AL
SafeHouse Ministries
Columbus, GA
Saint James O.U.T.R.E.A.C.H.
Columbus, GA
Sexual Assault Support Center
Columbus, GA
St. Anne Catholic Church
Columbus, GA
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
Hamilton, GA
Stewart Community Home
Columbus, GA
Take the City
Columbus, GA
TEARS (Teens Empowerment Awareness with Resolutions)
Phenix City, AL
The Family Center of Columbus
Columbus, GA
The Giving Kitchen Initiative
Atlanta, GA
The Life Church of Columbus
Columbus, GA
The Methodist Home for Children and Youth
Macon, GA
The Salvation Army
Columbus, GA
Truth Spring Incorporated
Columbus, GA
Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services
LaGrange, GA
UGrow
Columbus, GA
United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley (to support 211 services)
Columbus, GA
Village Table
Phenix City, AL
West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition
Columbus, GA
Young Mens Christian Association Columbus
Columbus, GA

In addition, the Fund has made grants to area hospitals to increase their Covid capacity; and has partnered with area governments, the West Central Georgia Health District, and a local foundation in a public awareness campaign to increase Covid vaccinations.

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For questions regarding the Coronavirus Response Fund, and how grant funds will be deployed, please email impactCRF@gmail.com. This email is monitored by:

Kelli Parker
Director, Grants & Community Partnerships
Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley

Jennifer St. John
VP, Community Initiatives
United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley

Betsy Covington
President and CEO
Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley
bcovington@cfcv.com

Ben Moser
President and CEO
United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley
bmoser@unitedwayofthecv.org

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand many individuals and families have already been affected by the outbreak and more will continue to be affected. On behalf of the Fund’s partners, CFCV is working to move resources to community-based organizations that are directly supporting 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, it is funding community-based organizations that have the experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. We will work to update you on the organizations that have received grant funding. If you are looking for resources now, please contact 211 for information about direct assistance organizations.

We understand the pandemic has impacted nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for services, lost revenue due to closures and cancellations, as well as other challenges. We are working closely with UWCV, local governments and community partners to ensure that the grants awarded meet the greatest needs in communities disproportionately impacted by coronavirus. Guidelines and the application are available here.

To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to needs of communities most impacted, we are not able to restrict donations at this time. The Coronavirus Response Fund was created in hopes of providing a way to coordinate as many resources as possible across our service area. If an organization you normally support is involved in this work and you would like to continue that support, we encourage you to donate to them directly (see the next question).

This Fund was not created to be the only vehicle for getting needed resources into the community, but to help facilitate getting more targeted resources into the community. 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.

We anticipate multiple phases of funding to address both the acute needs now and the longer-term impacts of the outbreak and recovery. In this first phase, we are prioritizing community-based organizations that are serving communities and individuals who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. Our immediate focus areas include access to food; access to health care and prescription medications; access to transportation, and access to child care.

Based upon the charitable structure of the Coronavirus Response Fund, our grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities. We will do our best to use philanthropic resources to address needs that are outside of governmental responsibility, but we also appreciate that philanthropy can often act nimbly in a way that government cannot.

The Coronavirus Response Fund will prioritize grants to community-based organizations within the Columbus, GA, area. We are doing this with a recognition that many nonprofits serve workers and residents in our neighboring counties.