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$20,000 Challenge from Anonymous Donor

The Community Foundation announced $20,000 challenge from anonymous donor.

The Community Foundation has a fund holder that will provide a dollar for dollar match, up to $20,000 for new gifts given to the COVID-19 HR Community Response Fund which means this could be an additional $40,000 to this new Fund. We are very excited to share this news with the community and encourage everyone to consider giving to raise an additional $40,000 to the Fund.

When asked, why did you give to this Fund, an anonymous donor responded, “The need is great and there are a lot of people out there that don’t have the luxury to have savings to live on. We just wanted to help the community and challenge people to give to the COVID-19 Fund to help people who are hurting through no fault of their own”. They continue, “The reason we are doing the challenge is to get other people who are financially able to step up and assist the rest of the community”.

About a week ago, The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County and the United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County announced a joint partnership to raise funds for the COVID-19 HR Community Response Fund.  To date over $180,000 has been raised. This Fund will provide funding to community based nonprofit organizations that provide access to food and safe shelter. The first phase of funding will be sent out as early as this week.

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Donate Today to the COVID-19 HR Community Response Fund

The United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County and The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County have announced the establishment of the COVID-19 HR Community Response Fund. “In unprecedented times such as these, a collaborative effort to support the most vulnerable members of our community is essential,” explains Laura Toni-Holsinger, United Way Executive Director. This fund will strategically deploy resources to assist nonprofits in helping build their capacity to respond to this crisis. Phase 1 grant funding will focus to support 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations providing access to food and access to safe shelter. Grants will help fund front line human services organizations that have deep roots in the community and strong experience working with those vulnerable in our community.

A special team will guide the distribution of funds. This is an opportunity for everyone in our community to support those impacted by COVID-19. Both United Way and fund holders of The Community Foundation will provide seed money for the fund. “We are deeply appreciative for the generosity of our fund holders and welcome everyone in our community who is able to be a part of this joint venture,” says Revlan Hill, Executive Director of The Community Foundation.

One hundred percent of the funds raised will go to support recovery efforts. With intention, this new fund is established with flexibility to ensure that these resources may support our local communities as conditions, circumstances, and needs change throughout this crisis. Updates will be included on both organizations’ websites as soon as they are available and we will be completely transparent regarding the use of these funds.

The situation is fluid and the prioritization of needs will change. A group of community leaders will work strategically with local nonprofit organizations to provide grants to agencies to meet both immediate and long-term needs related to the impact of the virus in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County area. One hundred percent of contributions to this fund will be distributed to nonprofit organizations swiftly as needs arise.

No Administration Fee – The Community Foundation has waived its administration fee to manage the COVID-19 HR Community Response Fund.

How to Contribute to the COVID-19 HR Community Response Fund

Checks may be made payable to The Community Foundation for “COVID-19 HR Response Fund,” may be mailed to: P O Box 1068, Harrisonburg, VA 22803. Click HERE to make an online gift. Normal credit card fees apply to on-line gifts.

Who Is Eligible for Funding?

While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, some community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support will be eligible.