COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Response Fund - The Long Island Community Foundation

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About Our COVID-19 Philanthropic Response

COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Response Fund

The Coronavirus is impacting everyone across the country and globe but is having a particularly devastating impact on vulnerable populations. Long Island is home to a high percentage of low-income workers and others who may be at particular risk, yet our needs are often overlooked, and Long Island receives far less funding, proportionally, to its NYC neighbor. Our local municipalities, health care facilities, and the nonprofit sector which were already under-resourced prior to the pandemic continue to be stretched to the limit while doing what is required to save lives and support our neighbors in need.

The COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Response Fund was established to aid nonprofit service providers struggling with the health and economic effects of the coronavirus.

The fund is a joint funding effort administered by LICF and includes Alpern Family Foundation, Apple Bank, Bencivenga Family, Billy Baldwin, BNB Bank, Charlie’s Fund, The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, Davis Family, Dharia Family, Doniger Family, Greentree Foundation, Joel Hershey, Holstein Family Fund, Horace and Amy Hagedorn Fund, Karp Family, Kisner Family, Lewis Family, Long Island Community Foundation, Marcin-Pastula Family, Joe Mitola, Fred and Gilda Nobel Foundation, NYS Health Foundation, Rauch Foundation, Sandy River Charitable Foundation, Staller Family, The Wheeler Foundation, Yurman Family Foundation, and many other generous donors.

Since 1978, LICF has been and continues to be a critical part of Long Island’s philanthropic response. LICF co-created the Building Back Stronger Fund after Superstorm Sandy devastated our region and has taken leadership on issues affecting Long Islanders for decades.

The needs are only increasing, even as our region is reopening. There’s so much more that needs to be done.



The chart below reflects more than $1.5 million in grants that were made to Long Island nonprofits.

The funding allowed nonprofits to provide meals and groceries, the transition to online health & health services through the use of telehealth equipment, and the purchase of protective supplies. Grants also helped groups with increased staffing costs and childcare for essential workers, support victims of domestic violence, provide free legal services to nonprofits and individuals, and much more.

As Long Island begins its recovery from the grueling repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, local nonprofit organizations continue their work and are beginning to look towards the future. Beyond the health impacts, there are economic hardships with a large percentage of job losses and businesses closing. Issues with domestic violence and mental health conflicts posed by the pandemic have also increased.

See a list of grantees

In the videos below, learn about the critical work of some of the hundreds of organizations that received grants through this fund.

Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services

Watch the video from Jeffrey Friedman, CEO of Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services explain the importance and impact of the funding they received from the COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Response Fund.

Community Action Southold Town

A grant from the COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Response Fund helped CAST with costs associated with food/meals for individuals and families in their community. Watch the video.

Allied Foundation Diaper Bank

The COVID-19 Long Island Response Fund grant helped to purchase diapers and wipes for families in need. Watch the video.

With a grant from our COVID Response Fund, LIFQHC were able to purchase supplies and materials for health centers.

Centro Corazon de Maria received a grant from our COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Response Fund to establish a hotline and provide food and supplies to immigrant families.

The COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Response Fund allowed the Interfaith Nutrition Network to purchase supplies needed for soup kitchen operations.

A $15,000 grant from our COVID-19 Response Fund helped to purchase equipment for FQHC to provide improved healthcare for backstretch families.

Donations to date
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For Donors

COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Response Fund (L511)

  • The easiest way is to use your credit card (right).
  • Mail a check payable to the Long Island Community Foundation, 900 Walt Whitman Road, Suite 205, Melville, NY 11747 (Indicate COVID-19 LI Fund on the memo line)
  • Existing donors can transfer funds by going to MyNYCT.
  • To donate by wire transfer, contact Marie Smith at

For Nonprofits

Donors to the fund aim to have an efficient and expedited review process so that recipient organizations receive funds in a timely fashion.

For questions about applying to this fund, you can email Sol Marie Alfonso-Jones Please include your contact information in the email.

Download the FAQ’s regarding this RFP, here.

We are continuing to fundraise for this issue and hope to offer more grants to the nonprofits addressing these urgent needs. Please continue to check our website and social media for announcements.

We thank all our nonprofits for the incredible response and work they are doing to help and support all Long Islanders.