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March 10, 2020

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The Columbus Foundation Establishes COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

Financial assistance available for Franklin County nonprofits negatively affected by Coronavirus

COLUMBUS, OH (March 10, 2020) — The Columbus Foundation announced today that it has established an Emergency Response Fund to support Franklin County nonprofit organizations as they assist in responding to the spread of COVID-19 in the community and experience financial challenges in doing so. 

The Foundation will seed the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund with a $1 million contribution from its own funds. The Foundation has been coordinating with public authorities, including the city, county, and Dr. Amy Acton, the Director of the Ohio Department of Health. Dr. Teresa Long, former Columbus Public Health Commissioner, will act as an adviser to the fund. 

“Readiness is all. Of course, we hope none of these steps are needed and that there will be little or no spread of COVID-19, but we want to be ready so we don’t have to rush if things turn worse. It is our responsibility to our community to do so. We cannot forsake forethought, kindness, and love in the presence of concern and fear.”

DOUGLAS F. KRIDLER, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE COLUMBUS FOUNDATION

Those who wish to contribute to the Emergency Response Fund may do so here.

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