Disaster Response for COVID-19

COVID-19 continues to be an evolving situation. As cases continue to occur in Linn County, we are increasingly aware of the impact this pandemic is having on the people we care about, local nonprofits and our health care system. We also know it is having a disproportionate impact on the health and economic well-being of children and families, older adults, and the homeless population. As residents respond to the August 10th derecho, there is a growing and immediate need for food, housing and shelter, medical support and more. This is placing enormous stress on local nonprofits.


Give to the COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund to provide rapid response to needs in our communities and address human service needs of our most vulnerable populations. Funding is being allocated where it is most needed and will adapt to evolving needs, particularly those not being met by existing nonprofit, local, state and federal programs.

Thank you to United Way of East Central Iowa and The Hall Perrine Foundation for helping to launch the fund. To view other lead supporters to the fund, click here.


The Community Foundation is working to pool and distribute resources and funds in an effective, efficient and impactful way. There are four areas the Community Foundation is supporting the nonprofit sector.

1. All nonprofit organizations that received a grant in 2019 and earlier from the Program Fund and Organizational Development Fund may use the money where it is most needed.

2. Grant cycles for the Funds for the Community have been adjusted to provide funding that reflects the realities of the pandemic. To learn more about funding opportunities, click here.

3. The COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund helps address health and human service needs that have emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic crisis, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations. To learn more about the application process, click here.

4. Nonprofit resources, peer connection and learning opportunities to help nonprofits respond to the crisis and support organizational sustainability can be found here.


Click here to give a gift and impact those who need it most.

To view a list of grants made so far in 2020, click here.