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March 31, 2020   |   By the Long Island Community Foundation
The COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Response Fund Launched to Support Long Island Nonprofits

Contact: Marie C. Smith, Director of Communications,  msmith@licf.org

The Fund will support Long Island nonprofits to ensure they can continue to serve all Long Islanders with vitally important services.

Melville, NY March 31, 2020 – 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 generous donors today announced the launch of the COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Response Fund to aid nonprofit service providers struggling with the health and economic effects of the coronavirus. Grants will be awarded to Long Island nonprofits meeting emergent and critical needs affecting our local region. Priority will be given to nonprofits addressing essential health and human services and food insecurity, as well as arts and culture as it is directly tied to our communities’ health and wellness and economic recovery. As always, the Community Foundation will work closely with sector leaders to understand evolving needs and gaps in funding.

“This situation is unparalleled, but as in the past, the philanthropic community has joined together to respond,” said David M. Okorn, executive director of the Long Island Community Foundation. “The COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Response Fund will provide critical funding to nonprofits across our region as they struggle to keep up with the increased demand for their services. We are hoping everyone who cares about our communities and its people will contribute.”

Grants are limited to 501(c)3 organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive tax-deductible contributions such as faith-based organizations located in or primarily serving Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

The first phase of funding will be used to support the immediate needs of front-line direct service providers to strengthen their capacity to address the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, and the emergent needs of vulnerable populations caused by related closures and social distancing guidelines.

“The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation is proud to partner with LICF and other foundations to initiate the COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Response Fund.  By banding together, we can direct emergency funds to Long Island’s essential nonprofits to sustain their critical staffing and programmatic endeavors,” said Peter J. Klein, CFA, President, The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation. 

“The Donor Advisors of the Horace and Amy Hagedorn Fund are committed to the health and well-being of Long Island.  Our family owes much to Long Island and, as Horace said, ‘You can’t keep taking the good stuff out of the earth; You have to keep putting something back.’’’

“The Rauch Foundation is proud to partner with the Long Island Community Foundation, the Greentree Foundation, and others to show our support for all Long Islanders at this difficult time. We must respond immediately to the emergency needs of our most vulnerable children and families, the elderly and those who will not have access to government resources. We hope many more families and individuals will come forward and join us in this collaborative effort.” Nancy Rauch Douzinas, President.

The Long Island Community Foundation along with the founding member foundations, companies, and individuals, are building on their prior experience in local disaster recovery and funding, including the Building Back Stronger Fund after Superstorm Sandy which devastated our region.

“We are incredibly grateful to all the funders that have joined us to create the COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Response Fund,” says Marie Smith, director of donor relations and communications for the Foundation. “Foundations and individuals have acted swiftly, generously, and thoughtfully to pool resources for Long Island nonprofits.” 

The Long Island Community Foundation will continue to solicit donations from foundations, corporate partners, and individuals committed to the health and wellbeing of Long Island.  The donors to the Fund are committed to an expedited process for decisions and payment of funds to recipient organizations.

“Downstate, the City, and its suburbs, are experiencing the same effects of this crisis–LI has the same percentage of the population infected as NYC,” says Sol Marie Alfonso-Jones, senior program officer for LICF. “Our hospitals and municipalities are under-resourced and overstretched which in turn increases the need of services from an already overburdened nonprofit sector.”

Interested organizations can get more information and apply here.

Through the generosity of our donors, the Long Island Community Foundation invests in groups 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 improving 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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