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Gifts to Community Foundation for Urgent Needs Fund Being Matched $1:$1

The Community Foundation has received a $55,000 matching challenge gift for new contributions to the Urgent Needs Fund, effective immediately.

“Individuals have a great opportunity to give today and double their impact. Every gift is being matched dollar for dollar,” said David Mengebier, Community Foundation president and CEO.

The Urgent Needs Fund was established at the Community Foundation to mobilize individual giving and create a resource from which to support community response efforts to the impacts of the coronavirus. Donations can be made online at www.gtrcf.org/give/urgentneeds or by mailing a check to the Community Foundation at 223 Lake Ave., Ste. B., Traverse City, 49684.

Mengebier added that, while more than $220,000 has been committed to the fund so far, there is urgency to maximize this new matching gift. Funding requests are already outpacing available resources in the Urgent Needs Fund.

“We need individuals to join us in giving to leverage this opportunity,” said Mengebier. “All gifts of all sizes will help us capture this funding and continue supporting nonprofits in our region.”

To date, $76,500 in grants has been awarded. A second round of grants was awarded last week to the NWMI Food Coalition ($15,000), Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources ($5,000), Step Up ($2,500), Traverse City DDA ($5,000), Bethany Christian Services ($5,000), Title Track for local Native Elder community ($5,000), and the Women’s Resource Center ($10,000). A complete list of Urgent Needs Fund grants and additional detail, as well as the application to request funding, is available online at www.gtrcf.org/give/urgentneeds.

The initial priority of grants from the Urgent Needs Fund is to support organizations that are providing for the basic needs of individuals and families to help ensure those organizations are able to maintain services, as well as meet the increasing need for their services.

A steering committee of representatives from the Community Foundation, Oleson Foundation, Rotary Charities, United Way of NWMI, and the Herrington-Fitch Family Foundation is meeting weekly to review funding requests. The Urgent Needs Fund was seeded with initial contributions from these steering committee organizations, as well as from the DTE Foundation and the Huckle Family Foundation.

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