The Foundation for Delaware County has committed $100,000 to a Delaware County COVID-19 Response Fund to help nonprofits through this pandemic and has raised an additional $175,000 in 14 days from generous community members.
The fund stood at $275,000 as of Tuesday. Grants will start to be awarded from the fund in the next several days.
The goal is to raise $400,000 or more for nonprofits serving Delaware County as much more is needed to meet the overwhelming need generated by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Fund provides immediate and long-term resources to nonprofits serving vulnerable county residents.
The local nonprofit organizations have proven track records and are trusted by the communities that are most affected by this crisis.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to intensify locally, it will have vastly disproportionate health, economic, and social impacts on vulnerable citizens.
Most vulnerable are disadvantaged communities — including older adults, people with compromised immune systems, low-wage workers, and the homeless.
The foundation encourages everyone to make a gift and maximize the impact the Response Fund. To make a gift, visit www.delcofoundation.org.
A Response Fund advisory committee is chaired by Mike Magnavita, president of the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union. Others members are:
Cyrise L. Dixon, Chief of Staff, City of Chester Police Department
Dr. Joy Gates Black, President, Delaware County Community College
Grant Gegwich, Director of Public Relations, Independence Blue Cross
Joseph McLaughlin, Jr., Chairman & CEO, Haverford Trust
Robert Simpson, BrinkerSimpson; Chairman, Delaware County Chamber of Commerce
Kelly Thornton, Partner, Price Waterhouse
Malcolm Yates, Office of Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon
Brian P. Zidek, Delaware County Council
Joanne Craig, Vice President for Programs, The Foundation for Delaware County
To find out more about the COVID-19 Response Fund, visit here.