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FAQs – COVID-19 Charitable Giving

Should I give to this Fund instead of making other donations to nonprofits?

This Fund was not created to be the only way to get needed resources into the community, but to help channel resources that will have the highest impact into the community, and to help facilitate coordination among entities. We encourage individuals to support our community in the way you are drawn to.

My organization is interested in resources from this Fund. Can we be considered?

We understand the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for their services, lost revenue due to closures and cancelations, as well as other challenges. We are working closely with partners and the nonprofit community to ensure that the grants awarded meet the greatest needs in communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. In order to move resources quickly, we are not hosting a formal application process for the Fund. You may email us at [email protected] to make sure we are aware of your needs and can keep them in mind as the granting process progresses and needs become more clear.

I’m an individual or small business that has been affected by COVID-19. Can this Fund help me?

Placer Community Foundation is working to move resources to nonprofit community-based organizations that are directly supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts. While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals or businesses, it is funding community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. As we begin to award grants, we will post them on our website. Please check back for a list of the organizations that may be able to assist you.

I want to donate. Can I restrict my funding to a particular grantee?

To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to needs of communities most impacted, we are not considering restricted donations at this time. The COVID-19 Response Fund was created in hopes of providing a way to coordinate as many resources as possible.

When will you share who receives a grant?

We anticipate making grants as soon as possible and will publish the list of selected grantees on Placer Community Foundation’s website, along with short descriptions of the services and support they are providing.

Is the Placer Community Foundation office open?

As our staff works proactively to combat the spread of COVID-19, we are making adjustments to our operations to promote social distancing and help our community flatten the curve. Employees whose duties allow them to work remotely will stay home through the month of April. We have also postponed all our in-person events and meetings for the time being. Please contact [email protected] with questions or needs regarding our office hours.

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Donate and help mitigate the community impacts caused by the COVID-19 crisis by addressing increased needs across vulnerable populations and supporting the safety net institutions that serve them.
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