Contact: Eric Brown, San Francisco Foundation
ebrown[at]sff.org, (415) 733–8589
Grants are being released on a weekly basis.
The San Francisco Foundation announced today that it has awarded a second ground of grants totaling $377,000 to 62 organizations from its SFF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. The fund has now made a total of $627,000 in grants since it was launched three weeks ago.
The Emergency Response Fund makes grants of $5,000-$25,000 to nonprofit organizations that are serving: low-wage workers most affected by the crisis; residents who are homeless or in danger of losing their homes; people who may not be able to get food during this time; and communities who have been targeted because of their race as a result of hysteria around the pandemic.
The fund was launched on March 17th to provide quick funding to nonprofit organizations in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Mateo counties.
An essential component of the fund is to get resources to the community quickly.
“Two areas that are particularly challenging right now are access to food and the need to protect unhoused people,” said Fred Blackwell, CEO of the San Francisco Foundation. “We are doing what we can to help fill the gaps and to move as quickly as humanly possible to get support out into the community.”
“We know that so much more help is needed,” said Elena Chávez Quezada, Vice President for Programs. “At the current rate of support, we are likely to run out of funding soon, so we are asking donors, corporations, and anyone who can help to do what they can.”
“We have been able to provide emergency funds to almost a hundred organizations in just a few weeks,” said Ruben Orduña, the foundation’s Chief of Philanthropy, who oversees the foundation’s fundraising activities. “We are especially grateful to our donors, who are providing essential resources at a time of incredible need. This includes corporations, foundations, fund holders at the foundation, and individuals who are eager to support members of the community who are most in need. Their continued support is so valuable and so welcome.”
To donate to the fund or apply for emergency funding, visit www.sff.org.