Responding to Coronavirus
About the Fund
The Columbus Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund was activated on Monday, March 9, 2020, to help Franklin County nonprofit organizations as they assist those in our community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Within a week of launching the fund, grants were already being deployed to help nonprofits support the most vulnerable in our community.
We are one community. During times of crisis it is critical we join forces to support each other. The Foundation is committed to being a point of access for those who seek to assist others, while also working with our nonprofit partners to put these resources to greatest use in the community.
DOUGLAS F. KRIDLER, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE COLUMBUS FOUNDATION
As of March 30, 2021, the Emergency Response Fund has granted $7.9+ million to 160+ Franklin County nonprofit organizations. View the full list of grants from the Emergency Response Fund. Here are some of the organizations that received funds.
Action for Children was granted funds to support IT hardware and software to allow remote work as the organization delivers technical assistance, and for the pandemic childcare interactive map.
The Buckeye Ranch received a grant to support several apartments at My Place to house youth identified by Star House as medically compromised or who have a newborn.
WOSU Public Media was granted funds to cover COVID-19 programming, including Spanish-language translation, distance education, and storytelling.
A grant was made to Cristo Rey Columbus High School to support three months of internet hotspots for 40 students.
Volunteers of America was awarded funds to cover staff overtime and technology improvements in the emergency shelter and supportive housing.
The awarded funds from the Emergency Response Fund to The Refuge went to providing uninterrupted services to the men’s and women’s long-term substance abuse treatment programs during this time when the residents are unemployed.
With funds from the Emergency Response Fund, Central Community House was able to support technology purchases for youth, increase hours for van drivers, increase staff hours replacing volunteers, and direct client assistance.
With their awarded funds, Welcome Warehouse could distribute personal care items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and deodorant) to an estimated 6,500 youth receiving meals at Dublin City Schools’ Grab-n-Go breakfast and lunch.
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