Community Foundation News

A Word from Our President

As nonprofit organizations respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, many are relying now more than ever on contributed support. Some nonprofits have quickly scaled their services to meet significant demand. Others have reengineered their organizations to provide new programs that meet emergency needs. Yet many are left wondering if they will even survive the COVID-19 crisis.    

“Now is the time for people to give and give generously to our local nonprofits.”

We are fortunate to have a collaborative of organizations in Palm Beach and Martin Counties that are supporting nonprofits providing essential services to those in our community. Partners include the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, United Way of Palm Beach County, Quantum Foundation, Children Services Council, Lost Tree Village Foundation, Allegany Franciscan Foundation, Florida Blue, Admirals Cove Foundation, Palm Health Foundation, Jewish Federation and Pew Charitable Trust.  

Through an open grant process, the collaborative has received more than $26 million in requests. Thus far, the collaborative has been able to fund about 10% of requests.  

The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties joins community foundations nationwide in mobilizing more than $634.5 million and providing $212 million in grants to help those affected by COVID-19 in their communities. 

The value of local community foundations across the country has become very evident in this pandemic as they are uniquely positioned to respond quickly in times of crisis. They know their communities through years of involvement locally.  

The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties established a COVID-19 Response Fund on March 15 and has secured $3.2 million to grant to nonprofits affected by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Our first grants were deployed within days of the shutdown to places like FoundCare, Palm Beach Community Health Centers, Palm Beach Medical Society and Caridad Clinic for telehealth systems, coronavirus testing and medical supplies. Today, over $1.5 million in grants have deployed to organizations providing medical assistance, food and shelter to those with the most need in our area. 

Please support the organizations that you typically support now to keep the nonprofit sector secure. This sector is a lifeline for our most underserved. If you usually make your gifts at the end of the year, make them now. 

If you support a particular project or initiative, make your gift unrestricted so organizations can serve their clients without restrictions. If you are unsure about what organizations you may want to support, consider making a gift to the Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund

If we join together in our philanthropy, we will come out of this crisis stronger. 

Brad Hurlburt, President & CEO