Community foundations across the U.S. have been stepping up their response to COVID-19 — creating new funds to support those affected and partnering with local governments and health organizations to help contain its spread. As the our community’s philanthropic first responder, the Community Foundation of Collier County has activated its emergency relief funds to collect donations to aid in Coronavirus relief.
The Collier Comes Together Fund for Coronavirus Relief complements public health officials’ work and expands local capacity to address the outbreak as effectively as possible. Donations to this fund will help us address immediate and long-term needs such as food, medical expenses and supplies, rent, education, technology and legal assistance.
Thanks to our donors, together, we are making a difference in meeting the critical needs of our community.
To date, we have received almost $1.4 million in donations. This tremendous amount of local support is a testament to how passionate our community is to helping their neighbors in need. In turn, we have distributed over $700,000 so far from the Collier Comes Together Fund and an additional $200,000 from donor-advised funds held at the Community Foundation for COVID-19 relief.
Grants that went out this week include:
We will be also be responding with grants in the coming weeks for other PPE, such as disinfecting wipes and masks.
Here at the Community Foundation, we are making plans for our phased reopening starting on June 1. Rest assured whether we are in the office or working remotely, the CFCC team continues to seamlessly serve our fundholders, donors, nonprofits, and the community in these new and uncertain times.
We are also making plans and providing funds to help pour nonprofits to help them with the reopening process. We know our nonprofits need extra help right now, so our program grants have been converted to general operating support or COVID-19 relief. Applications for this grant cycle for nonprofits of all sizes serving Collier County is now open through May 22. Please visit the Apply for Grants page on our website to learn more.
We know our community is passionate about supporting our area in times of crisis. With the activation of the Collier Comes Together Fund, we can help support our nonprofits who will in turn provide aid to the community.
We want to assure donors that help will reach its intended cause. Too often, crowdsource fundraising sites can be a scam. Please note that the Community Foundation does not accept bitcoin. Any emails stating this are fraudulent. Do not click on donation email links sent on behalf of a third party. Delete the email or report it to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
As the Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, donations are tax deductible. 100% of all funds will be distributed for Coronavirus relief with no administrative fees.
If you would like to support the Lee County Coronavirus Relief effort, please visit our partners at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.
The Community Foundation of Collier County is not able to directly help individuals, but supports our nonprofit partners who do. To learn more about organizations in your community that can offer help, please call 211 or text your zip code to 898211.
Please see the staff directory if you wish to reach a certain member of the CFCC team.
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A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1.800.435.7352 WITHIN THE STATE OR AT WWW.FRESHFROMFLORIDA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. 100% OF EACH CONTRIBUTION IS RETAINED BY THE FOUNDATION. CFCC SOLICITATION REGISTRATION NUMBER IS CH327