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April 21, 2020   |   By the Long Island Community Foundation
COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Response Fund Provides Half a Million Dollars in Grants to Long Island-Based Nonprofits

The Fund has raised more than one million dollars from many generous donors and has rapidly deployed $450,000 to the region’s nonprofits to provide vitally important services during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Contact: Marie C. Smith, Director of Communications (516) 578-5666, msmith@licf.org

Melville, NY April 21, 2020 – The COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Response Fund in the Long Island Community Foundation announced today that 36 Long Island-based health and human services organizations responding to the coronavirus health crisis have received grants.

“While the Coronavirus has affected all people across the country, its impact on communities of color, families with mixed immigration status, low-income workers, seniors, and people living in group homes have been profound,” says David Okorn, Executive Director, Long Island Community Foundation. “Beyond the health impacts, communities of color are disproportionately affected by the interconnected economic crisis, with a large percentage of these residents losing their jobs. These communities are the least equipped to withstand these economic hardships. As a result, we are making grants to nonprofits on the front lines addressing the needs of vulnerable populations. As the needs are much greater than our current resources, we are requesting contributions to the Fund.”

“The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation responded immediately to support the COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Response Fund. We are proud to join with other foundations as a unified front to direct emergency funding to our vulnerable and essential nonprofits on Long Island,” said Peter J. Klein, CFA, President, The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation.

“Long Island was the beloved home of Amy and Horace and they did a lot to make sure others were able to enjoy it as much as they did. Our family is proud to continue their legacy and commitment to this region, especially when there is such dire need.” – Advisors of the Horace and Amy Hagedorn Fund

The Long Island Community Foundation established the COVID-19 Philanthropic Response Fund to increase and coordinate philanthropic resources in order to support emergent and critical health and human service needs of the region’s most vulnerable, and the nonprofits that are on the front line of this crisis. This resource is the only pooled fund in the region supporting the nonprofit sector. The Fund was launched on March 31st in partnership with Actor/Director Billy Baldwin, The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, Greentree Foundation, Horace and Amy Hagedorn Fund, Long Island Community Foundation (LICF), Rauch Foundation and many other donors. Over the past weeks, the fund has grown to over $1 million dollars thanks to the contributions of foundations, corporations, and individuals, including the NYS Health Foundation, Apple Bank, JM Kaplan, Fred and Gilda Nobel Foundation, Sandy River Charitable Foundation, and other donors from our family of funds.

Below is a list of organizations that have received funding through the COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Response Fund.

Food/Economic Insecurity

  • Allied Foundation Diaper Bank – $5,000
  • Centro Corazon de Maria – $10,000
  • Choice For All – $7,500
  • Community Action Southold Town – $10,000
  • Eastern Farm Workers Association – $10,000
  • Island Harvest – $25,000
  • Long Beach Christmas Angel – $10,000
  • Long Beach Latino Civic Association – $10,000
  • Long Beach Soup Kitchen – $5,000
  • New Ground – $5,000
  • New Hour for Women and Children – $7,000
  • New York Communities Organizing Fund – $10,000
  • North Fork Spanish Apostolate – $6,500
  • People Loving People – $8,000
  • Rural & Migrant Ministry – $15,000
  • SEPA Mujer – $10,000
  • Springs Food Pantry – $15,000
  • Suffolk Y JCC – $15,000
  • Tri Community and Youth Agency – $25,000

Childcare/Education

  • Belmont Child Care Association – $10,000
  • Child Care Council of Nassau – $10,000
  • Child Care Council of Suffolk – $10,000
  • Friedberg JCC  – $10,000
  • Glen Cove Youth Bureau – $7,500
  • Turkish Cultural Center – $6,000
  • YMCA LI – $20,000

Mental Health/Residential Facilities

  • Adults and Children with Learning Disabilities – $20,000
  • Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services – $20,000
  • EAC Network – $15,000
  • Family Residences and Essential Enterprises – $20,000
  • Little Flower Children and Family – $20,000
  • Quality Services for the Autism Community – $10,000
  • Transitional Services of New York – $20,000

Family Violence

  • LI Against Domestic Violence – $9,000
  • Retreat – $20,000
  • Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk – $7,500

Interested donors and organizations can get more information here.

Through the generosity of our donors, the Long Island Community Foundation invests in nonprofit organizations that create positive change and improve the quality of life on Long Island. To learn more about the COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Response Fund and the Long Island Community Foundation, visit our website at www.licf.org. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @LICommunityFndt, connect with us on LinkedIn and find us on Instagram.

Since 1978, the Long Island Community Foundation has been the home of charitable Long Islanders who share a passion and commitment to improve their communities. LICF supports an array of effective nonprofits that help make Long Island a vital and secure place to live, learn, work, and play, while building permanent resources for the future. The Foundation has made nearly $190 million in grants from hundreds of funds established by individuals, families, and businesses. LICF is a division of The New York Community Trust, one of the country’s oldest and largest community foundations.

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