COVID-19 IMPORTANT UPDATES
The health and wellbeing of our community is a top priority for North Texas Community Foundation. We are closely monitoring the local impact of the global coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. We are working in close collaboration with our partners to ensure we’re ready and available to mobilize resources where they are most needed.
In times like these, philanthropy becomes even more important.
The COVID-19 outbreak poses many challenges to public health and safety, economic stability and community service delivery. Our most vulnerable populations will be hit the hardest — those who are one paycheck away from hunger or homelessness, the elderly and families in need of childcare. It is critical that our health and human service organizations continue to operate at the highest capacity, particularly as they brace for a potential surge in demand for services.
Meanwhile, many local nonprofits are facing the immediate reality of lost income as they cancel key revenue-generating activities. We encourage you to consider making a general operating grant from your Donor Advised Fund to your favorite local agencies so that our neighbors can access basic needs in this time of crisis. Please visit our Good Grants page for information on COVID-19 related grant opportunities.
The Community Foundation also launched the Better Together Fund to rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations that are working on the frontlines to provide those most in need with assistance, such as financial support, nutrition, healthcare, and childcare.
INFORMATION FOR NONPROFITS
In order to move resources quickly without further burdening organizations providing critical services and support, we are not hosting a formal grant application process at this time. We are reviewing proposals submitted through the North Texas Cares regional grants platform to receive funding through our Better Together Fund.
OUR OFFICE AND STAFF
Based on recommendations from public health officials related to social distancing, all Community Foundation staff are working remotely.
Our main number, 817.877.0702, will be operational from 8:30 am to 5 pm weekdays and staff will be virtually accessible. All meetings scheduled at our office will be held telephonically or postponed until a later date.
Any grants submitted by Community Foundation fundholders via Donor Central will be processed and mailed out as quickly as possible during this period. We encourage fundholders to limit mailing paper grant recommendation forms if possible.
For grant related questions, please contact Vicki Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For professional advisor questions, please contact Laura McWhorter at email@example.com.
For financial questions, please contact Stan Ninemire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, we are here for you. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Rose Bradshaw at email@example.com.
UPCOMING COMMUNITY FOUNDATION EVENTS
North Texas Community Foundation hosts many events and meetings throughout the year for our stakeholders. Based on recommendations from public health officials related to social distancing, we encourage all who partner with North Texas Community Foundation to stay home if they are experiencing symptoms. We will provide timely updates on any event postponements or cancellations as they arise.
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, many organizations are experiencing a significant increase in demand for services and a decrease in their number of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, we encourage you to contact the organizations listed for more information. Please continue to adhere to CDC guidelines when volunteering. If you are considered at-risk for COVID-19 but want to volunteer, we suggest contacting your favorite nonprofits to inquire about remote opportunities.
To view COVID-19 relief volunteer opportunities, click here.
COVID-19 is believed to be spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to the way the flu and other respiratory viruses are spread. Symptoms can be fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
The CDC recommends the following actions to prevent the spread of illnesses like coronavirus or the flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Updated information about COVID-19 can be found through the following resources: