COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on our nonprofit partners, and the community as a whole. Across Central Texas, nonprofits are experiencing precipitous drops in fundraising and decreased revenue due to clients and patients’ inability to attend in-person visits (e.g. clinics). Meanwhile, many others have experienced tremendous jumps in requests for services due to layoffs and children being home from school (e.g. food bank and pantries, childcare centers for healthcare and other frontline workers).
Based on preliminary survey results of more than 450 nonprofit organizations, nearly 80% had already experienced significant disruption of services to clients or communities by April 1. Additionally, approximately one third of responding organizations only have enough funds to operate for two to six months under current conditions with nearly 20% expressing inability to operate beyond two months.
Source: Central Texas Nonprofit COVID-19 Immediate Needs Survey: March 26th-31st – Preliminary Insights Report. Mission Capital, April 2020.
In response to the current crisis and unprecedented circumstances caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, St. David’s Foundation has launched a $10 million COVID-19 Recovery Fund to support nonprofits and public entities during this challenging and uncertain time.
The fund will provide grants supporting both immediate and intermediate needs of nonprofits and public entities working on the front lines to provide emergency assistance to those impacted by COVID-19 in some of Central Texas’ most vulnerable communities.
This fund is designed to complement the efforts of local health departments, public health officials, and federal subsidies – while expanding local capacity to address aspects of the outbreak as immediately and efficiently as possible. Beyond these 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, and are committed to partnering with our neighbors throughout this time.
St. David’s Foundation has 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.
We are working hard to assess the long-term needs of our partners and the community as a whole. For the immediate term, keeping our partners as strong as possible during this time is paramount to us, and we have made the decision to convert most existing grants to fund general operating expenses, totaling nearly $16 million in funds. We hope this will provide immediate and necessary flexibility to these organizations.
St. David’s Foundation has compiled a list of resources for our nonprofit partners and the Central Texas community. The information provided on this page does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only. This resource page contains links to other third-party websites that are for the convenience of the reader. You should contact an attorney to obtain advice with respect to any legal question you may have.
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