COVID-19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND
Thank you to all of our partners who shared their experience.
Tara Lynn Gray
Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce
Community Medical Centers
Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Central California
Shantay R. Davies-Balch
Black Wellness & Prosperity Center
Main Street Hanford
United Way-Fresno/Madera Counties
Madera County Public Health
Kikku Japanese Food
Matt St. Pierre
Lilia Gonzales Chavez
Fresno Arts Council
Due to the rising impact of the COVID-19 virus, the Central Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) has launched an Emergency Response Fund to help our region meet the developing challenges linked with this virus.
Based on input from our nonprofit community partners, CVCF has focused grantmaking on three high priority community needs (Food and Essential Services, Support for Frontline Health Workers, and Coordination of Resources), and while CVCF will continue to focus on these priorities, we have now included a second phase of grant making, ‘Inclusive Recovery and Sustainable Re-Opening,’ which includes supporting:
(particularly for undocumented people and those not eligible for stimulus funds); and
– Community, medical, and public health collaboration that supports sustainable and safe re-opening.
Read more about the impacts of the virus and economic crisis on the San Joaquin Valley, and CVCF’s response.
- Contributing directly to the CVCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, or
- Giving directly to local nonprofits from your Donor Advised Fund at CVCF
CVCF is a 501c3 organization. Your donation is tax-deductible as permitted by law
CVCF created the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund on 3/16/2020. Since that time, we have raised $3.7 Million and distributed/appropriated $3.5 Million throughout the 6-county Central Valley. We’ve delivered and are continuing to donate 476,000 masks to healthcare partners and rural communities and organizations. 1,800 of those masks were handmade by dedicated volunteers.
TOTAL FUNDS RAISED: $3,730,105
- $1,285,770 contributed by 133 individual donors
- $2,444,335 contributed by 15 funders
- Grants were distributed to nonprofits in all 6 counties of the Central Valley (Merced, Mariposa, Madera, Fresno, Tulare, and Kings)
- $160,000 – Communications: safety information and available resources
- $301,839 – Support and supplies for frontline healthcare workers
- $574,000 – Food and essentials
- $1,240,000 – Business and household assistance
- $1,250,000 – Critical food production worker health
- 176,335 masks delivered between March and May (47,225 to rural communities, and 129,110 to healthcare/clinics)
- 300,000 masks & 176,000 gloves distributed in June & July
Click here to download our rollup document.
To date, CVCF has disbursed 62 grants totaling over $2,300,000 to organizations in six counties.
- Central California Food Bank – The Food Bank regularly provides food to over 70,000 households monthly and has seen a 50% increase at distribution sites throughout the Central Valley throughout this crisis. Since March 1, the Foodbank has provided enough food for 12 million meals throughout Madera, Fresno, Tulare, and Kern counties.
- Break the Barriers – Providing (now remote) support to improve physical and cognitive performance for disabled veterans.
- Fresno EOC/United Way of Fresno and Madera Counties – Implement a coordinated rapid pandemic response for African American residents in Fresno County to ensure equitable access to critical financial relief, education, resources, food, stabilization, and case management to minimize adverse health outcomes and socioeconomic disparities, with targeted focus in the Fresno GROWS Best Babies Zone. These dollars were matched by United Way of Fresno and Madera Counties.
- Insight Garden Program – Provide staff support as they work to process an influx of early releases for inmates at Avenal State Prison due to COVID-19.
Merced County Veterans Services – Connecting veterans with essential services and support through the “Project Veterans Information and Access” sites.
Neighborhood Industries – Through the Take Care Program, Neighborhood industries is delivering nearly 750 boxes of groceries each week to vulnerable populations in over 60 cities in 7 Counties (Alameda, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, and Tulare).
Valley Crisis Center-Alliance for Community Transformations – Based in Mariposa and Merced counties, provides responsive and preventative services to individuals and families through partnerships and collective action to create safe, healthy, and socially just communities where every member thrives.
Wings Advocacy Fresno – Provides valuable services and household goods to the most vulnerable families in Fresno including veteran-headed households.
- Power of One Foundation – Provided food assistance through a food distribution event in Mendota.
Support for Healthcare Workers
- Community Medical Centers – Providing resources, equipment, and support to frontline healthcare workers at CMC sites.
Small Business and Employment Support
- Chinatown Fresno Foundation – Provided funding to establish the Re-New Chinatown grant program which will provide small business grants to those negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The historic Chinatown district, located between downtown and Southwest Fresno, will provide financial assistance to ten small businesses to be used to recover normal business expenses lost as a result of the pandemic. Priority was given to businesses with delayed open dates set forth from the state and local government.
- Downtown Fresno Foundation – Providing initial funding to launch the Re-Start Downtown Fresno grant program which awarded thirty-one small businesses one-time grant funds to cover business-related expenses to replace lost inventory, rent, utilities and payroll. Additional funders who joined in to support small business include JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo along with additional private donations from CVCF donors and Fresno Grizzlies.
Fresno Arts Council – Investment into the organization’s Safety Net Fund, providing support to those who enrich the local economic and community wellbeing through their art.
- Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce – Provided initial funding in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to launch the Re-Start grant to support small black business owners in Fresno who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The Fresno Metro Black Chamber will focus grant allocations to those businesses who did not receive financial assistance from emergency funds from federal, state and local entities looking to re-start their businesses as the state begins to re-open.
CVCF began grant making within three focus areas (Food and Essential Services, Support for Frontline Health Workers, and Coordination of Resources), and while CVCF will continue to focus on Phase One priorities, we are also moving into Phase Two of our grant making, ‘Inclusive Recovery and Sustainable Re-Opening,’ which will include supporting:
- Micro-enterprises and small businesses (particularly those not receiving Federal stimulus funds);
- Financial stability and employment opportunities for vulnerable communities (particularly for undocumented people and those not eligible for stimulus funds); and
- Community, medical, and public health collaboration that supports sustainable and safe re-opening.
Catholic Charities of Merced County – Serving families in crisis by supplying food, clothing, diapers, and other basic life necessities.
The Salvation Army – Assemble and deliver boxes of canned goods, shelf-stable food, fresh produce, and personal care items to families who have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
UC Merced Bobcat Pantry – The Bobcat Pantry provides weekly, prepackaged grocery bags of nutritious and healthy food for all graduate and undergraduate students.
Support for Healthcare Workers
Feed the Frontlines Fresno – Partner with local restaurants to provide meals for frontline workers so they can continue to save lives on the frontlines of the region’s COVID-19 crisis. Meals are delivered daily to each of the region’s hospitals from various local restaurants.
Small Business and Employment Support
Downtown Fresno Foundation – In response to the crisis, the Downtown Fresno Foundation, in partnership with the CVCF and JP Morgan Chase launched the “Re-Start Downtown Fresno Grant” to address the 75% decrease in revenues that small businesses in Downtown Fresno are experiencing. Businesses within the Downtown Fresno Property Based Improvement District area that did not receive Federal stimulus funds can apply for up to $2,500 in one-time grant funding to help cover business-related expenses, giving them a much-needed hand to replace lost inventory, pay bills, and pay employees.
Restore Merced – Community development effort focused on providing employment opportunities for extremely low-income residents in Merced, CA.
Click here to download PDF of this roundup.
Communications and Coordination of Resources
Agency-CBO Coordination Call – CVCF, the United Way, a half dozen additional community organizations, and the County of Fresno cohost a countywide “Agency-CBO Coordination Call” on Thursday mornings with over 500 participants. The agenda changes weekly to address topical issues including education, healthcare, and legal resources. To join the next call, or find material from past calls, please visit centralvalleycf.org/CovidCall.
Cradle to Career Fresno County – Leading work to coordinate communication throughout the community on available resources including food, childcare, and continued learning at all grade levels.
Fresnoland – Reporting and community engagement for rural/impacted populations on housing issues, including rent relief options, and hosting forums with housing experts and advocates.
GO Public Schools Fresno – Facilitating engagement to help parents transition to distance learning for their children and to navigate available resources.
- Helping Others Pursue Excellence – Providing vocational training, job placement, and resources for job seekers and entrepreneurs.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California – Providing mental health services, food and supply distribution, and support for vulnerable children and their families, as well as one-on-one relationships that change childrens’ lives for the better.
Centro La Familia Advocacy Services – Increased capacity for advocacy and resource distribution for low-income families throughout Fresno County.
- Community Service Employment Training (Tulare County) – Providing meals to over 750 senior citizens through CSET’s Senior Services in Tulare.
Family Services of Tulare County – Providing emergency services including shelter for survivors fleeing violence, crisis intervention for those seeking sexual assault forensic exams, and emergency food and hygiene products at Freedom House youth drop-in center.
Fresno State Student Cupboard – Free food and hygiene pantry for current Fresno State students that is stocked with produce and pre-packaged grocery bags.
Madera County Food Bank – Serving Madera County including the cities of Madera, Chowchilla, and Fairmead, as well as Raymond, Coasegold, Oakhurst and North Fork. Due to the current crisis, demand has increased from 35,000 individuals per month to 78,000 per week.
Marjaree Mason Center – Domestic violence calls are up more than 30% and shelter and safety houses are at capacity; this grant is being used for hotel vouchers for women and children affected by domestic violence.
Merced County Food Bank – Serving Merced and Mariposa Counties to meet demand that has increased by 300-400% since mid-March.
Neighborhood Industries – Through the Take Care Program, Neighborhood industries is delivering nearly 750 boxes of groceries each week to vulnerable populations in over 60 cities in 7 Counties (Alameda, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, and Tulare). Neighborhood Industries employes individuals living in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty, who would otherwise be out of work due to the pandemic. Since March 15, Take Care has provided 50,000 meals.
Poverello House – Meeting the increase in need to serve meals and essential services for people who are hungry, homeless, and hurting throughout this crisis.
Ram Pantry: Fresno City College – Free food assistance program providing pre-packaged groceries for Fresno City College students.
Westside Family Preservation Services Network – Serving nearly 350 families per week in rural western Fresno County as well as providing health services and resources to those who are temporarily homeless due to domestic violence or unable to prevent child abuse and/or neglect in the home.
Support for Healthcare Workers
CVCF PPE Delivery – Leveraging its buying power and the generosity of philanthropic partners, Central Valley Community Foundation has delivered over 50,000 surgical face masks to date to clinics, hospitals, and public service organizations throughout the Central Valley with additional supplies on the way.
Clinica Sierra Vista – Testing and treating patients in rural Kern and Fresno Counties. By mid-April, Clinica Sierra Vista has tested 1,173 patients at 23 clinics.
Family HealthCare Network – Healthcare for rural populations and undocumented residents at 35 clinical sites throughout Fresno, Kings, and Tulare Counties.
The Pi Shop – The organization is making face shields and donating them to frontline medical professionals and retail/service workers.
United Health Centers – Providing healthcare and COVID testing for vulnerable rural and undoumented residents at 25 locations in Fresno, Kings, and Tulare Counties.
Valley Health Team – Serving patients at 11 locations in underserved, rural areas throughout western Fresno County.
Click here to download PDF of this roundup.
Communications and Access to Resources
- United Way of Fresno and Madera Counties – To fully staff the 2-1-1 Information and Referral Helpline to manage the increased volume of non-emergency calls from people looking for updated information and assistance. In addition to the call center, funding will support a regional communications campaign in multiple languages on various communications platforms to share information and community resources related to this virus.
- Fresno Building Healthy Communities – Text campaign to 2,400 low income, vulnerable residents to stay connected to resources: promote the use of 2-1-1 call center as well as a social media campaign sharing information about community resources to targeted populations.
- Central Valley Children’s Services Network – Increase resources available for small business child care centers, safety workshops, and assistance helping families find viable child care options during the crisis.
- Education Lab at the Fresno Bee – Support eight weeks of enhanced editing, reporting, community engagement/outreach, and education resources throughout the Central Valley, specifically targeted to vulnerable and impacted populations. Communications and Access to Resources
- Fresno Metro Ministries – Telephone enrollment of clients in Cal Fresh, specifically targeting non-English-speaking communities.
- Catholic Charities – Added support for food distributions to meet the 99.7% increase in need for the weekday food pantry and the weekly Healthy Neighborhood Market.
- Poverello House – Distributing over 2,000 emergency food bags to families and 12 organizations, churches, or schools across the Central Valley (a 300% weekly increase); also supporting increased capacity of the Multi-agency Access Program to quickly connect people to resources.
- Marjaree Mason Center – Domestic violence calls are up more than 30% and two women have been murdered by their partners since the shelter in place order occurred. Shelter and safety houses are at capacity and this grant is being used for hotel vouchers for women and children affected by domestic violence.
- Fresno Barrios Unidos – Delivering essential supplies to young families in need of formula, diapers, and baby wipes. Many family members are out of work or are undocumented and struggling to access resources.
- Every Neighborhood Partnership – Strategic coordination of community partnerships to bring resources to neighborhood residents: Distribution of food, personal care items, paper products, and 5,000 books. Working with local churches to make meals for seniors, delivering 600 meals each night.
- Central California Food Bank – In the 4 weeks since the shelter-in-place order, the Food Bank has served 140,000 families with food boxes (a 50% increase). This grant funds the purchase and distribution of food as well as a partnership with Neighborhood Industries to assemble and distribute family grocery boxes in Tulare and Madera counties.
- Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission – Supporting preparation and delivery of 75,500 meals and 21,700 snacks as well as distribution of 66,100 diapers, serving 631 families at two rural sites.
Support for Healthcare Workers
- HandsOn Central California – Coordinate distribution of 50 mask-making kits to seniors who are sewing a combined 600 reusable fabric masks for frontline healthcare workers at Hinds Hospice and San Joaquin Rehabilitation.
- Community Medical Centers – Providing resources, equipment, and support to frontline healthcare workers at CMC sites. The grant from the CVCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund inspired a 2:1 matching gift from other Community Medical Center Foundation donors.
- Clinica Sierra Vista and others – CVCF’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund underwrote the purchase of 500 plastic face shields custom made at The Pi Shop for Valley Childrens, Community Medical Centers, Fresno Surgical Center, Clovis Community, Oakhurst Healthcare Center, and LifeStar Ambulance; the Fund also procured 30,000 masks for healthcare workers at local health clinics.
Agency-CBO Coordination Call
- Effective crisis management starts with timely, correct information. Recognizing a gap in the region’s information-sharing capacity, CVCF, the United Way, and the County of Fresno came together with a group of other organizations to cohost a countywide “Agency-CBO Coordination Call” on Thursday mornings. The weekly agenda includes an update on public health, issues driving 211 resource referrals, and Q&A on featured topics based on current events and 211 activity. In the first three weeks of calls, registration has surged past 500 participants. To join the next call, or find material from past calls, please visit centralvalleycf.org/CovidCall.
Click here to download PDF of this roundup.
GRANTEES (As of April 6, 2020)
- Central California Food Bank
- Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission
- Catholic Charities Dioceses of Fresno
- Poverello House
- Marjaree Mason Center
- Fresno Barrios Unidos
- Fresno Metro Ministries
- Every Neighborhood Partnership
- HandsOn Central California Central
- Valley Children’s Services
- United Way of Fresno & Madera Counties
- Community Medical Centers
The Pi Shop, Blue Dolphin Design and Engineering, Inc., Ideaworks and Root Access Hackerspace to produce face shields
to help with the PPE shortage due to COVID-19.
CVCF has committed to purchasing the first 500 masks to donate to local healthcare workers.
Click here to download this roundup.
Support of the CVCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund has been made possible by
individual gifts from local donors and with the support of:
The California Endowment
California Wellness Foundation
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
The James B. McClatchy Foundation
The James Irvine Foundation
The Fresno Bee
League of California Community Foundation
(with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
PG&E Corporation Foundation
Sierra Health Foundation
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About the CVCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
The Central Valley Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will receive donations and make emergency grants to nonprofit organizations that have deep roots and strong experience supporting impacted communities, particularly those that are disproportionately affected by this global pandemic and its economic consequences.
Grant funding will focus on three critical areas: food security, support for healthcare workers, and coordinated communications strategies.
CVCF is working in close collaboration with local health agencies, nonprofits, businesses, and other community partners to identify needs. Funds will be directed to reliable institutional partners who can quickly deploy and leverage the funds for the greatest impact.
We expect the Fund to make an initial round of grants throughout March, with additional grantmaking as fundraising continues throughout this crisis.
As a community foundation, CVCF is uniquely built to attract and deploy resources quickly and to adapt to evolving community needs. For 53 years, we have been this community’s trusted philanthropic partner and we will continue to lead and serve throughout this crisis.
Thank you to our partners who have come together in this critical time. To join in the effort, please contact us or donate online.