In a crisis, there is one thing we know: we can depend on each other
From volunteering your time and talent, to directly supporting nonprofit organizations, to contributing to funds established at the Rhode Island Foundation, you helped in so many ways.
Though it was only March, it can be hard to remember just how much was unknown about the pandemic that would soon shut our country down. As we rushed to make projections and plans, there was one thing we were sure of: that we could count on the generosity of Rhode Islanders.
So as the scale of health and economic damage started to become clear, we watched with pride as so many of you stepped up.
From volunteering your time and talent, to directly supporting nonprofit organizations, to contributing to funds established at the Rhode Island Foundation, you helped in so many ways. The first of the COVID-related funds at the Foundation, the COVID-19 Response Fund, was established on March 17 in partnership with United Way of Rhode Island, to support nonprofit organizations providing direct assistance to Rhode Islanders with financial need or demonstrable hardship resulting from COVID-19.
The response from the community was swift and inspiring. Just three days after the initial announcement, $4 million had been contributed to help with Rhode Islanders’ basic needs, including food, relief from rent and other household expenses, and access to health care. And on March 27, less than two weeks after the fund was established, a first round of crisis response grants was announced, with 27 organizations sharing the initial $1.2 million in grant support.
At this writing, nearly 900 donors have generously contributed approximately $7 million to the COVID-19 Response Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.
We are truly grateful for the generosity of our long-time partners, new donors to the Foundation, individuals who contributed stimulus checks, people who made multiple gifts, businesses and individuals who contributed proceeds from products and events. The list goes on.
Though the ripple effects of COVID-19 will likely be felt for years, the nonprofits working to make a difference know they can count on us because we know we can count on you.