UWGPSNJ, Philadelphia Foundation establish a COVID-19 emergency fund

The City of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Foundation (PF), and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) announced Thursday, March 19th the launch of PHL COVID-19 Fund, to aid nonprofits that are on the frontline of the pandemic, providing urgent resources throughout the Philadelphia region.

The PHL COVID-19 Fund will rapidly provide grants to Greater Philadelphia non-profit organizations with a successful track record of serving at-risk populations such as the elderly, people with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, and those who are economically disadvantaged. These grants will allow the nonprofits to continue providing community safety nets such as food pantries and health services, as well as preparedness and protection services, such as hygiene supplies and access to accurate information.

The PHL COVID-19 Fund is being kick-started with $6.4 million in funding, including a $3 million lead gift from the William Penn Foundation, thanks to the generous donations of partners demonstrating the power of all sectors working together in a unified effort. The PHL COVID-19 Fund will help combat the unique challenges that COVID-19 poses to increasing services including the ability to:

● Reduce administrative burden
● Minimize overhead costs
● Increase delivery services
● Procure protective gear
● Leverage supportive technology

The PHL COVID-19 Fund is a joint venture between PF and UWGPSNJ. Grants will be made collaboratively among UWGPSNJ, PF, and other invited philanthropic and community members through a civic leadership committee co-chaired by the two organizations and including community, government, and corporate leaders. This fund supports nonprofits in the Greater Philadelphia area—five Pennsylvania counties (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia) and five Southern New Jersey counties (Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, and Cumberland).

For information on the Fund and details on how to apply for a grant, visit www.PHLCovid19Fund.org.