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Urgent Needs Fund Established to Support Local COVID-19 Response

An Urgent Needs Fund has been 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.

“We know that there are community members who want to support the local response and that the effects of COVID-19 will put increased pressure on our nonprofit partners to meet the needs of the many who will be impacted,” said David Mengebier, Community Foundation president and CEO. “The Urgent Needs Fund provides opportunity to connect that community giving to emerging needs.”

The fund is being seeded with initial contributions from the Community Foundation, Rotary Charities of Traverse City, Oleson Foundation, the United Way of Northwest Michigan, DTE Foundation, Herrington-Fitch Family Foundation, and the Huckle Family Foundation. Others interested in contributing can give 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.

“We are seeing this type of coordination among philanthropy in other communities and believe it to be an effective way to mobilize resources – both for individuals inspired to contribute and for the nonprofits on the ground in our communities,” said Seth Johnson, United Way of NWMI president.

The Fund will be used make grants to local nonprofit, governmental, and educational organizations that are providing vital services and basic needs and will support efforts that are impacting and benefiting communities across Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties.

“The Urgent Needs Fund will use a single process for nonprofits to access funding,” said Becky Ewing, Rotary Charities executive director. “We feel it is important to streamline access through a coordinated application so that our nonprofits have easy access to submit funding needs and can continue to prioritize meeting needs in our communities.”

The application is available on the Community Foundation website at www.gtrcf.org/give/urgentneeds.

“It is inspiring to see the creative ways in which our region is responding to continue offering critical services and supports,” said Kathy Huschke, executive director of the Oleson Foundation. “We are grateful to those working on the ground and to be able to contribute resources to support efforts and we hope others in the community will join us.”

Additional Contacts:

·       David Mengebier, Community Foundation, 231-534-5095

·       Becky Ewing, Rotary Charities, 231-668-2942

·       Kathy Huschke, Oleson Foundation, 231-519-2079

·       Seth Johnson, United Way of NWMI, 641-583-0107

·       Colleen Rosso, DTE Foundation, 248-496-3536


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