COVID-19

The effect of the Corona Virus on Oregon and SW Washington communities has quickly changed our way of life and philanthropy is in a unique position to be a part of a coordinated effort to address the impact of the pandemic. We know that this is a disconcerting experience for all of us, but Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington is ready to be your resource for the latest information and offer you ways in which your foundation can support our collective responses. This is our moment to pull together as a community and we are here to help.

The situation with COVID-19 in Oregon and SW Washington has escalated significantly. As your local philanthropy-supporting organization, GOSW is here to maintain a convening and centralizing role for such a critical effort in the philanthropic community. We have an email list of over 700 people in philanthropy throughout the region, so our ability to get the information out to you is second to none. We are working in partnership with our members to keep you informed and to connect you to other sectors who will share in our efforts to manage this situation. This is especially important because you will certainly be called upon to help and likely at times, lead our communities through these difficult times. Therefore, we are here to help make it possible for you to do what you do best: support our communities and neighbors in good and challenging times.

This is a fast-moving situation and communication is very important, so the following items will update you about what is happening so far:

Beneficial State Bank 


Beneficial State Bank is working closely with the SBA to provide both information and access to the loan programs that have been outlined in the $2T stimulus program (CARES) by the Federal Government. Beneficial Bank has begun processing loan applications for both business and our non-profit partners.

Financial institutions around the nation, including Beneficial State Bank, are surprised and pleased that the SBA is recognizing that 501(c) organizations should be included in this opportunity as community service providers and small businesses. With over 1.5M nonprofits in the United States, this opportunity has significantly increased the amount of requests to all lenders. As a community, we know that COVID19 will affect most of our basic needs services: housing, food security, shelter, mental health resources, recreation, the arts.

Beneficial continues to connect with clients and is ready to assist as needed with information, application resources and funds. Now, more than ever, these relationships are crucial. We are in this together as the situation evolves hour by hour. Read More.

Benton Community Foundation


BCF has established a rapid response fund to provide resources to local nonprofit organizations that have expanded their operations or encountered unique funding challenges while responding to COVID-19. Read More.

Community Foundation for Southwest Washington


Managed by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, this fund will provide flexible financial support to trusted nonprofit partners across our region who are responding to increasing needs as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Read More.

First Tech Federal Credit Union


One of the many deep inequities highlighted by our current crisis is that the Oregon Department of Education estimates more than 75,000 students across Oregon lack a device suitable for distance learning. As we look toward an uncertain summer and school year, with at least some distance learning on the horizon, we know that access to technology for online learning, connecting to teachers and meeting other essential household needs like telehealth will be critical.

In partnership with Free Geek, businesses across the region are linking arms to support the TechNOW Campaign – a series of contactless drive-through technology collection sites across the Portland Metro and Salem region from May 27 – June 7. We are collecting used laptops, tablets, and cell phones during this campaign. Our goal is to provide 10,000 computers to students in need, which will be refurbished by Free Geek and distributed through schools and culturally specific organizations to students and families.

Businesses and community leaders can support TechNOW in three ways:
– Make a corporate donation of equipment or cash
– Share with your employees and encourage their donations
– Promote with customers, partners, and through social media

Please consider promoting the TechNOW campaign to mobilize employees, customers, and other partners to donate personal technology and dollars. We’ve created a campaign webpage with communications toolkits and resources, including an overview and FAQs, to make it easy for you to share.

If you can make a corporate contribution, please reach out to Tom Cox, thomas.cox@freegeek.org, Free Geek Business Development Manager, for a corporate hardware donation or to Hilary Shohoney, hilary.shohoney@freegeek.org, Geek Community Development Director, to make a financial contribution of any amount.

Intel Foundation


The Intel Foundation will provide $4 million to support coronavirus relief efforts in communities where the company has significant presence. The foundation will also offer a special match opportunity for every regular full-time and part-time employee and U.S. retiree to a total of $2 million for relief efforts around major Intel sites. Read more.

James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation


James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation is working with other funders interested in supporting our statewide arts and cultural communities whose gatherings, galleries, performances, productions, and exhibitions are closed for the time being. If you are interested in learning more visit millerfound.org or write to martha@millerfound.org

Also, you may be interested in the Portland Area Artist Emergency Relief Fund

M.J. Murdock Trust


The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust announced its first round of grants providing emergency support related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, Trustees approved $5.4 million in grants to 49 nonprofits. The primary focus for investments with this round of grants has been in three areas:

 

  • Medical research regarding COVID-19 treatment and testing ($1.5 million)
  • Reinforcing supplies and capacity for front-line healthcare providers, including increased COVID-19 testing capacity ($2.7 million)

Contributing to community impact funds managed by the outstanding community foundations of the Pacific Northwest to provide immediate resources to those in need ($1.4 million). Read more.

McKenzie River Gathering Foundation (MRG)


MRG Foundation has decided to release $300,000—30% of its operating reserves—to start a Community Response Fund. The Fund will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak in Oregon. More Information.

Meyer Memorial Trust


In uncertain times, a steady partner makes a bumpy road feel a little more manageable.

Meyer Memorial Trust is committed to being a dependable neighbor, partner and funder as we all navigate the unfamiliar terrain brought on by the novel coronavirus COVID-19. We honor your work and our relationship and want you to be reassured that you have our support in these challenging times.

Last week, Meyer’s board of trustees made some key decisions to provide some relief to current grantees facing unprecedented orders to limit operations, shelter-in-place and practice social distancing. I wanted to share the details with you here. More Information.

Multnomah Athletic Foundation


The Multnomah Athletic Foundation is dedicated to supporting our community through shared resources, information, and accessibility during the COVID-19 outbreak. The foundation has a vested interest in our community grant partners, scholarship recipients, and donors, and we would like to give you the opportunity to access the most current information as we see it in our landscape. More Information.

New Relic


New Relic is committed to helping our customers, employees, and communities cope with the realities of COVID-19. Today, through our NewRelic.org Corporate Social Responsibility program, we are launching two initiatives to leverage our technology, people, and financial resources to provide support in unique ways.

First, we’re expanding our Nonprofit Customer Donation Program to provide free access to the entire New Relic One platform, for 90 days, to any new customer organization–nonprofits and beyond–engaged in COVID-19 relief efforts with a specific public benefit, subject to our standard terms of service. These include organizations focused on direct humanitarian relief, public and private school education delivery, and relief coordination efforts. Read More.

Northwest Health Foundation


NW Health Foundation will be making 7 immediate changes in response to COVID-19:

  1. Convert all open NWHF project grants and sponsorships to general operating support, retroactively to the grant start date. 
  2. Defer all grant reports for 90 days automatically.

Read More.

Oregon Community Foundation


Established in collaboration with partners throughout the state, the Oregon Community Recovery Fund will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak. Donations are coming in from around the state – from business, individuals, other foundations – all stepping up to support our fellow Oregonians.

Oregon Community Foundation joined more than 100 top philanthropies, in the U.S. and around the globe, in a pledge to provide our nonprofit partners flexible funding support during the #COVID19 crisis. #PhilanthropyPledge2020. http://cof.org/pledge @COF_ #coronavirus #philanthropy.

Oregon Community Foundation


OCF launched a philanthropic fund to support Oregon’s small business owners as they grapple with the realities of severely constricted economic activity during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Seeded with a $300,000 investment from OCF, the Oregon Small Business Stabilization Fund provides emergency capital to nonprofit community lenders in both urban and rural communities, increasing these lenders’ capacity to offer low-interest and no-interest loans and technical assistance to small businesses. Small businesses dealing with reduced sales and revenue can use the loans to continue to retain employees until economic activity picks up in a few months. Donate to the Fund.

Oregon Jewish Community Foundation


The Oregon Jewish Community Foundation has joined with the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, our community partners and leaders to establish a COVID-19 emergency response fund for the Jewish Community. Read More.

Oregon Worker Relief Fund


COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has ravaged the lives of many low-wage employees, including many immigrant Oregonians. The global pandemic has exposed the structural inequities in our society. Immigrant Oregonians have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Latinx Oregonians account for 22% of all cases of COVID-19, yet they are only 13% of the state’s population. The federal government has ignored our essential and tax-paying immigrants, and our immigrant neighbors cannot access public benefits.
 
The Oregon Worker Relief Fund would solve this problem by creating a rapid community-based system that would provide financial relief to Oregonians that cannot access public benefits. Many Oregonian immigrants fall under classifications that make them ineligible for unemployment insurance (UI). For instance, many Oregonians operate as independent contractors or are ineligible for public benefits due to their immigration classification. The Oregon Worker Relief Fund would provide temporary financial support for those that are falling through the cracks during our current pandemic.
 
Oregon Worker Relief Fund leaders are asking GOSW members to give to MRG Foundation to help build the electronic and organizational infrastructure needed for the 20 organizations that will help their communities navigate the process. Please contact Se-ah-dom Edmo, seahdom@mrgf.org for more information. Read More

PacificSource Foundation


The PacificSource Foundation Board has approved several immediate actions intended to help with a rapid response, while also considering additional opportunities to provide support to community-based organizations. The PacificSource Foundation Board has approved these initial steps:

  1. Automatically deferring all grant reports for 90 days, with additional flexibility as needed.
  2. Accelerating all multi-year grant payments for 2020 to ASAP, unless otherwise desired. 
  3. Providing the opportunity for the majority of grant recipients to convert active, unspent grant funds to general operating support. 

Note: If you elect to flex your funding in this way, you will need to sign a new agreement. Read More.

Portland General Electric


The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed our world. The impacts of this public health crisis are felt in our health and safety, our financial well-being and even in how we live and work. Now more than ever we are focused on delivering safe, reliable and affordable power to customers. Read More.

Pride Foundation


Pride Foundation launched the Crisis Community Care Fund as part of its efforts to support community groups and organizations responding to this crisis, and whose work is being impacted by the factors surrounding the spread. Read More.

Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC)


RACC’s Emergency Fund for Individual Artists supports creative professionals who have experienced a financial loss due to the pandemic. RACC is also working with several local funders to establish a pooled fund supporting nonprofit arts organizations impacted by COVID-19; details will be announced soon. Other relief resources for artists and arts organizations are posted on RACC’s website. Read More.

The Bloomfield Family Foundation


Immediately after the Oregon state of emergency declaration, The Bloomfield Family Foundation sent a message to each grantee (including those in other states) to the effect that all funds awarded for 2020, whether for operational support or program support, could be used at the non-profit’s discretion, for any urgent need. Read more.

The Ford Family Foundation


If you are already a grantee of The Ford Family Foundation, we recognize that COVID-19 may disrupt your organization’s ability to operate as planned. Grant-related activities (services, meetings, reporting) may need to change. In the spirit of flexibility and with no required documentation, we are automatically approving:

  • A conversion of three months’ worth of grant funds planned for Spring 2020 use to general operating dollars to meet your highest needs now; and/or
  • The extension of grant deadlines as needed..

Read More

The Healy Foundation


At the Healy Foundation we believe the nonprofit teams working throughout Oregon and Hawaii — where we live — are the experts in their fields. We do not want them spending hours re-inventing the wheel on existing programs and preparing tailored project budgets and reports unique to us. 100% of our grants are for unrestricted funding. We have two grant programs: COVID-19 response grants awarded weekly; and our ongoing trust-based grants awarded quarterly. Read More.

The Standard Charitable Foundation


A coalition of Oregon’s leading businesses has stepped up to help nonprofits, small businesses and vulnerable Oregonians hit by the Covid-19 crisis. These companies have contributed more than $2.5 million and in-kind equipment and support to community-based nonprofits and small businesses. Read more.

Trail Blazers Foundation


In collaboration with the Portland Trail Blazers organization and players, the Trail Blazers Foundation is establishing a COVID-19 Relief Fund to support local nonprofits serving the community. Read More.

Umpqua Bank


In the days immediately following the COVID-19 outbreak, Umpqua Bank responded, joining a coalition of businesses, members of the Oregon Bankers Association and the Portland Business Alliance, to take immediate action in helping small business get through this challenging time. Read more.

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette


United Way’s Safety Net funding mobilizes nonprofits across our four counties (Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington and Clark, WA) to help individuals and families meet their basic needs. In the wake of the new virus, and the rippling effect it will have, we remain committed to providing critical services including short-term housing assistance, utilities assistance and access to food boxes and pantries. Read More.

Women’s Foundation of Oregon


COVID-19/Coronavirus Rapid Response Fund: Given the emerging and uncertain nature of COVID-19, we recognize this moment will have large and lasting impacts on service providers and organizations working with those most vulnerable in our communities in Oregon and surrounding Indigenous communities and nations. Read More.

COVID-19 News

Executive Order to Stay Home Except for Essential Needs

On March 23, Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-12, directing everyone in Oregon to stay at home to the maximum extent possible and adding to the list of businesses that will be temporarily closed to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. The order is effective immediately, and remains in effect until ended by the Governor.

Executive Order to Stop Residential Evictions During COVID-19 Crisis

On March 22, Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-11, placing a temporary moratorium on residential evictions for nonpayment in light of the public health emergency caused by the spread of coronavirus in Oregon. The order is effective for 90 days.

Governor’s Executive Orders

COVID-19 Philanthropy Funds and Collaboration Opportunities

If you are interested in joining a group of foundations and philanthropists who would like to contribute to a COVID-19 Philanthropy Fund, please click here. There are several foundations who have already begun to join forces around this idea, so we are gathering a list of others who would like to participate. Once we have put together a list of interested members, we will share information about next steps that will include answers to the “who, what, how and when” questions that we will need to answer as a community regarding a COVID-19 Philanthropy Fund.

GOSW has created a new tool that connects nonprofits with COVID-19-related needs with funders. The Resource Connector is a simple way for funders to support nonprofits who are facing challenges that emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here.

GOSW is also working with several partners to provide our members with a place to pool their resources. Currently, the Oregon Community Foundation has generated a Community Response Fund that is an option for foundations who would like to place their money in a pooled fund that will be distributed by OCF. The MRG Foundation has also released $300,000—30% of its operating reserves—to start a Community Response Fund. The Fund will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak in Oregon. 

 

How to Support our Nonprofit Partners

As a means of ensuring that philanthropy receives the latest and most pertinent information from the nonprofit sector about the impact of COVID-19, GOSW is officially working in collaboration with Jim White and his team at the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO). We are planning several joint sessions to collaborate and maximize our efforts because it is important that we work together in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. The negative impact that COVID-19 is already having on the nonprofit sector is huge, so these are the times that we hope that you will:

  • support nonprofits by investing in the work they are doing;
  • be flexible in how their funds are being used;
  • and support operations whenever possible. 

We also know spring is one of the major fundraising seasons where nonprofits raise a significant portion of their revenues. For those who have had to cancel or are canceling fundraisers, consider not asking for refunds, but instead donate those dollars back to nonprofits that you care about in support of the important work they do.

WHAT'S NEXT

GOSW’s Action Plan

  • GOSW will offer weekly teleconference calls every Tuesday from 10:00 am – 11:00 am, beginning March 17th. These calls will be used to share information that we receive, as well as offering our members an opportunity to talk with one another about what they are experiencing as funders in this crisis and ways in which we might work together to address them.
  • GOSW will offer twice weekly e-communications with updates for those of you who cannot join the weekly call and to cover any fast-moving information.
  • We are working with state and local government officials to provide informational conference calls so that we can engage in a dialogue about the most significant COVID-19 concerns and how we can partner to address them. Keep your eye on this space for more details.