The Evanston Community Foundation has launched the Evanston Community Rapid Response Fund to foster a unified philanthropic response to address the impact of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in the Evanston community. Several initial funders have already partnered in helping seed the fund, including the Finnegan Family Foundation, Hagerty Consulting, and Northwestern University Dance Marathon (NUDM).
We are working closely with community-based organizations to identify how to strategically use these funds to support community needs as they evolve. We invite everyone who is currently able to give to contribute to this community-based initiative. With your support, ECF will work to provide flexible resources to organizations working with community members who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak.
With the spread of COVID-19, nonprofit partners are feeling its impact, ultimately affecting our most vulnerable neighbors. ECF is currently surveying and engaging our nonprofit partners to better understand the specific implications of the virus. The Foundation understands the needs that will be greatly exacerbated by this crisis: loss of paychecks, lack of housing, and unmet basic needs leading to the inability to maintain the health standards required to stay safe from the pandemic. We are preparing to address both immediate and long-term needs.
Our mission is to help Evanston thrive now and forever as a vibrant, inclusive and just community, and our efforts focus on Illinois residents.
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