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Urgent Needs Fund Grants Awarded; Gift Commitments Top $175,000

The first grant awards from the Urgent Needs Fund have been awarded to support four nonprofits in the region.

Grants awarded total $29,000 and are to support Benzie Area Christian Neighbors ($5,000), Leelanau Christian Neighbors ($4,000), Love Thy Neighbor ($5,000), and Goodwill of NWMI ($15,000).

“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,” said David Mengebier, Community Foundation president and CEO, “and helping ensure those organizations are able to maintain services in this critical time, as well as meet the increasing need for their services.”

Mengebier added that 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 on a rolling basis. Local nonprofit, educational, and governmental organizations are encouraged to apply for funding at www.gtrcf.org/give/urgentneeds.

To date, more than $175,000 has been committed to the Fund. Mengebier said that the Fund’s organizers are encouraged by the initial response from donors, though it’s critical that donations continue to come in.

“With the number of coronavirus cases growing statewide and in Northwest Michigan, we know that the needs of individuals and families for food, clothing, shelter, transportation and other basic services will continue to be very significant,” said Mengebier. “We encourage everyone who is able to contribute to join us in building this critical resource for our region.”

The Urgent Needs Fund was 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.

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