The City of Lincoln, philanthropic organizations, and business partners today launched the Lincoln COVID-19 Response Fund to assist nonprofits that serve vulnerable individuals in the community. Individuals, institutions, companies, and other funders are encouraged to contribute to the Fund. Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird said the Fund is designed to rapidly deploy grants to nonprofits working with those disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic, including those who have become newly vulnerable as a result of this public health emergency.
“This is a crucible moment. In the midst of this pandemic, our community is coming together to create something new and urgently needed.” said Mayor Gaylor Baird. “The Lincoln COVID-19 Response Fund will provide resources to some of our most impacted residents. I thank all those involved in the Fund’s creation – our philanthropic and business partners, as well as the grassroots donors – whose generosity of spirit during this challenging time is a testament to the power of community.”
The fund will be hosted by the Lincoln Community Foundation (LCF). The process, criteria, and decisions for making grants will be determined by the Lincoln COVID-19 Response Committee, with representation from a cross-section of the community. The committee is chaired by Bryan Seck, Director of Workforce Development for the Lincoln Partnership of Economic Development. Meagan Liesveld, Executive Director of the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County, serves as Vice Chair.
This fund will rapidly deploy resources to nonprofit organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic in Lincoln.
Hosted by Lincoln Community Foundation in partnership with a coalition of leaders from across philanthropy, government and business, the Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations in Lincoln working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Grants will fund organizations that have strong experience working with vulnerable populations stressed by the pandemic.
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