Other Ways You Can Help
Birmingham Strong Fund
In partnership with the City of Birmingham we have also opened the Birmingham Strong Fund. This emergency loan fund is for small businesses in Birmingham to help stabilize employment, stimulate economic vitality and offset losses related to the coronavirus. You can help by donating here.
To make a donation by check or other assets to either of these funds, please contact the Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Services team
Community Foundation Crisis Response Update
In times like these community matters more than ever. Such situations can bring out the best in our humanity. As we try to understand the ways the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the people and organizations we serve, we wanted to give you and update on how the Community Foundation and others are responding to the needs of our region.
Community Foundation Operations
First, while our offices are closed, our entire team is working closely to support response to the immediate and long-term needs of the community. Through various platforms we are continuing to work with our donors and community partners to manage day-to-day business. In addition, we will continue to communicate important information through social media and email messages like this.
Community Foundation Response
Our board has committed $250,000 of our own grantmaking funds to provide a dollar-for-dollar match for every contribution made to our Covid-19 response funds. That means that for every dollar you donate, two dollars will go to relief efforts. If you are interested in supporting the Foundation’s efforts, you can read more in the links below or reach out to our Development Team. Together, we can meet this challenge and ensure that our region has the resources it needs to weather the challenges ahead and emerge stronger than ever.
The Foundation has reopened our Emergency Response Fund to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. This fund has been utilized for more than 20 years to support our region during times of need. This fund will allow us to raise and mobilize resources and provide support to communities throughout our region that are disproportionally impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
In addition, our Programs Team is communicating with nonprofit and community partners to identify pressing needs as well as efforts to recover, rebuild and plan for the future.
Please learn more about this crucial fund by clicking here.
The Foundation has also partnered with the City of Birmingham to launch the Birmingham Strong Fund. This emergency loan fund will support small businesses in the city of Birmingham to help stabilize employment, stimulate economic vitality and offset losses related to the coronavirus. More than 60 individual community members and a number of local corporations and business leaders have already donated to this fund.
More information about the city’s #BhamStrong efforts can be found here.
Finally, the Community Foundation is partnering with United Way of Central Alabama to reactivate the Long-Term Recovery Committee that will convene local organizations and funders to align response efforts. This committee was a vital resource in recovery efforts after the 2011 tornadoes that devastated our region, and we are confident that it will make a meaningful difference during these uncertain times.