The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically impacted the world in which we live and the Central Texas community we call home.
In response to the current crisis and unprecedented circumstances caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, St. David’s Foundation launched a $10 million COVID-19 Recovery Fund to support nonprofits and public entities during this challenging and uncertain time. Distributed across two phases, the Fund provided grants to support both immediate and intermediate needs of nonprofits and public entities working on the front lines to provide assistance and resources to those impacted by COVID-19 in some of Central Texas’ most vulnerable communities.
Beyond the immediate needs facing our community, we believe this public health crisis has created an extraordinary moment to call for greater and more equal health justice within our Central Texas community. St. David’s Foundation is committed to partnering with our neighbors throughout this time.
Across all of the Foundation’s goals and principles, we are guided by a commitment to achieve health equity. This requires the prioritization of available assets to those most in need in order to help remove barriers and provide relief where vital resources may be lacking. We remain committed to listening, learning and adapting our ways of working based on the ever-evolving needs of the community. We extend our sincerest thanks to those working on the front lines to serve our communities and provide emergency assistance and critical resources. Together, we stand strong as a community as we lift up Central Texas today and tomorrow and look ahead toward recovery and rebuilding.
St. David’s Foundation pledged $250,000 to the All Together ATX fund, a philanthropic partnership between Austin Community Foundation and United Way for Greater Austin to aid in the relief and recovery of those working on the front lines of the pandemic.
This community-led philanthropic fund will provide flexible resources to nonprofit organizations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak.
Additionally, the Foundation pledged $50,000 to the Hispanic Impact Fund to support COVID-19 recovery efforts.
The Foundation continues to work closely with our partners to assess the long-term needs of our community and how we can best support and provide resources to those in need. In the immediate months of the pandemic, keeping our partners as strong as possible was paramount to us. In April, we made the decision to convert most existing grants to fund general operating expenses, totaling nearly $16 million in funds, and providing immediate and necessary flexibility to the organizations serving our vulnerable communities.