Greater Toledo Community Foundation Working To Help Our Community During COVID-19 Pandemic

The David and Lura Lovell Family Foundation has committed $50,000 to the Fund

GTCF today granted $51,508 from the COVID-19 Response Fund to provide immediate relief to residents affected by COVID-19’s economic impacts in our area

TOLEDO, OHIO, March 31, 2020 – Greater Toledo Community Foundation is pleased to announce that, in addition to the $100,000 with which it seeded the COVID-19 Response Fund, local philanthropists, family foundations, corporations and businesses have stepped up to add an almost additional $200,000 to the fund in the first week, including a $50,000 donation from the David and Lura Lovell Family Foundation.

The Board of Trustees of Greater Toledo Community Foundation recently approved grants totaling $51,508 from the COVID-19 Response Fund to support northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan nonprofit organizations as they assist in responding to the spread of COVID-19 in the community and experience financial challenges in doing so. The next three rounds of recommended grants are in the process of being approved.

Initial grants from this newly-created fund were awarded to seven area nonprofit organizations:

Adelante: to provide basic needs items like food, cleaning supplies and toiletries to residents who are primarily Spanish speaking.

Center of Hope Family Services: to provide basic needs items like food and cleaning supplies for youth and adult participants of their programs.

Children’s Hunger Alliance: to provide shelf stable food supplies to children at locations that do not overlap with Toledo Public Schools distribution sites.

Home Non-profit Housing Corp.: to cover increased staff time at a site that serves 13 adult residents that are developmentally disabled, mentally ill or have a traumatic brain injury.

Salvation Army: to cover increased basic needs requests including supporting a food pantry, rental and utility assistance.

The Mareda Center: to provide basic needs items like food and cleaning supplies to approximately 50 low-income families.

Toledo Lucas County Homelessness Board: to coordinate and supply homeless service providers with basic needs items including sanitizing supplies, meals, hotel costs for quarantine stays and additional staff time needed to serve participants.

Greater Toledo Community Foundation created the COVID-19 Response Fund to support northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan nonprofit organizations as they assist in responding to the spread of COVID-19 in the community and experience financial challenges in doing so.

Donations to the COVID-19 Response Fund at GTCF are urgently needed to meet the huge demand for aid to Toledo Region residents affected by COVID-19’s economic consequences.

Donations can be made online at https://www.toledocf.org/

Says Greater Toledo Community Foundation President Keith Burwell, “Please join us by sharing this opportunity with those who may be in the position to give. Contributions of any amount are appreciated. The Community Foundation is pleased that we are able to immediately help fill ‘the gap’ in funding for basic human needs of some of the most vulnerable individuals in our community. We are continuing to monitor the greatest unmet needs of residents in our local communities and do what we can to help.”

GTCF will continue to make grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund as long as donations are received. GTCF will provide grants to northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan nonprofits and will not be giving money directly to individuals. GTCF is distributing 100 percent of funds raised.

Questions?

See our website for additional information at www.toledocf.org

Regarding making a donation to the fund, you can donate online at www.toledocf.org, or contact Mike George at 419-241-5049 or Mike@toledocf.org

Regarding applying for a grant (local nonprofit organizations), visit our Grants page at www.toledocf.org/grants, or contact Patrick Johnston at 419-241-5049 or Patrick@toledocf.org

About Greater Toledo Community Foundation
Greater Toledo Community Foundation is a public charitable organization created by citizens of our community to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in our area. In existence since 1973, the Foundation has more than 900 funds with assets of approximately $304 million. The Foundation provides philanthropic services for individuals, families, businesses and corporations to meet their charitable giving needs. For more information about Greater Toledo Community Foundation, visit www.toledocf.org or follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.