Philanthropy Ohio's Response

Due to the current pandemic, all Philanthropy Ohio programs scheduled before June 18 have been changed to virtual convenings or rescheduled. Please check our events page for the latest information.

Philanthropy Ohio's Response to COVID-19 - March 18 Blog post details our CEO's full message.

Philanthropy Ohio is compiling information on what Ohio funders are doing to address this crisis. Send your information to Martha Wood,

Contacting staff

Staff are telecommuting at this time and can be contacted via email or telephone.

What can we all do?

While the full economic impact of the virus is far from being known, we recognize that workers who rely on hourly wages, freelance work or gig-economy jobs do not have the safety-net resources of paid sick days and other employer benefits — meaning they will likely suffer a heavier economic burden should they or someone they care for fall ill.

Stay informed. CSH provided a summary of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201).

Follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and take sensible precautions, especially while traveling.

Find out more about Ohio's Guidance on the coronavirus from the Ohio Department of Health.

Read WHO's guidelines for coping with stress and helping children cope with stress.

Do you want to help those impacted by COVID-19? Your local community foundation can help.

Coronavirus: Prevention Tips

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). According to the CDC, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Keep 6 feet between yourself and others. 

As funders with close ties to the people and places you support and serve, we encourage you to be mindful of the important role philanthropy plays in ensuring responses to the coronavirus epidemic align with our values, especially in light of racist and xenophobic attacks against Asians and Asian-Americans.

Do you want to help those impacted by COVID-19? Your local community foundation can help.

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Philanthropy Ohio is compiling information on what Ohio funders are doing to address this crisis. Send your information to Martha Wood,

Ohio Funders

Akron Community Foundation Community Response Fund to help address emergency needs that arise in Summit and Medina counties related to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

American Electric Power Foundation is donating $1.5 million in emergency funds, including nearly $500,000 in Ohio, to support basic human needs. 

Foundation for Appalachian Ohio Emergency Response Fund to the Coronavirus.

Ashland County Community Foundation established an emergency response fund at Ashland County Community Foundation to help Ashland City Schools and The Salvation Army Kroc Center provide free lunches to the school district’s students during the remote learning period. 

AT&T contributed $20,000 to the Ohio Association of Foodbanks and is keeping track on its resource page of all it is doing to help communities and employees.

Athens County Foundation has activated its Emergency Response Fund.

Bank of America announced $100 million investment in our communities affected by the coronavirus. 

Barberton Community Foundation emergency Response Fund and creates the Barberton Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loan Fund

Battelle to support food banks during coronavirus pandemic

bi3 and Bethesda Foundation are awarding $30,000 to the TriHealth Team Member Emergency Fund to help provide childcare and related costs for clinical team members.

CareSource commits $500,000 to immediate Coronavirus relief efforts and kickstarted the REOPEN Downtown Dayton Grant program with a donation of $500,000.

The Catholic Community Foundation and The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland set up an emergency response fund.

Chillicothe-Ross Community Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Fund makes immediate, emergency grant awards to help local nonprofits helping individuals and families affected as a result of the Coronavirus crisis.

Cincinnati Bell will donate $20,000 to Cincinnati Public Schools via a GCF Fund.

Citizens Bank allocates more than $5 million in support across its service area.

Greater Cincinnati Foundation COVID-19 Regional Response Fund

Led by the Cleveland Foundation, a coalition of 40+ Northeast Ohio philanthropic, corporate and civic partners have joined together to create the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund.

The Cleveland Browns Foundation launched the "Hats Off to Our Heroes" Fund.

The Columbus Foundation has developed a response plan and activated its Emergency Response Fund to assist those in our community affected.

Community West Foundation announces COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

The Coshocton Foundation issued two $20,000 grants this week: one to the local United Way and one to the Coshocton Port Authority for their emergency fund to assist small business owners.

The Community Foundation for Crawford County sent $1,000 from their emergency fund to every food pantry in the county. A volunteer is working to establish a fund in their support organization, Projects, Inc., that would help support local small businesses. The Community Foundation for Crawford County created a Program Related Investment Fund to provide emergency loans to small businesses.

The Dayton Foundation and United Way of the Greater Dayton Area's COVID-19 Response Fund for Greater Dayton is awarding grants on a rolling basis.  

The Defiance Area Foundation partnered with United Way of Defiance County to launch the COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

Delaware Community Foundation Crisis Community Fund are partnering with community-based efforts to ensure that food, housing and childcare are available to those who have lost the resources on which they depend. 

The Delta Dental Foundation created a $500,000 COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund; nonprofits who meet the funding criteria can apply here for grants.

Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation has committed $1 million to aid COVID-19 efforts across our service territory, including a $250,000 grant to the American Red Cross.

Duke Energy Foundation is contributing $1.3 million across its seven service territories to provide hunger relief and critical health and human services.

Erie Community Foundation COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund partnered with Erie Insurance, United Way, Hamot Health Foundation and Highmark/Allegheny Health Network to raise $285,000 in lead gifts to encourage additional donations from the general public. 

Fairfield Community Foundation has created a "Community Assistance Fund" to help area nonprofit agencies.

Fairfield County Foundation and United Way of Fairfield County established the Fairfield County COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Fifth Third Foundation has created emergency funds to address immediate needs in all regions, committing $8.75 million.

The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation established the Community Emergency Support Fund to assist nonprofits in their long-term recovery efforts.

First Federal Bank and Home Savings Bank are making a $100,000 commitment to help local nonprofit partners in many areas of Ohio.

First Financial Foundation is contributing $1 million to put funds in the hands of agencies actively working throughout communities such as United Way, United Fund and other community agencies.

FirstEnergy Foundation is donating $500,000 to food banks.

Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation, Arts Cleveland and NoteWorthy Federal Credit Union created a $250,000 Emergency Loan Fund for artists.

GAR Foundation awarded a $150,000 grant to United Way of Summit County to support Akron Summit County COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund. 

The Greater Columbus Arts Council is temporarily redirecting $150,000 in Support for Professional Artists grant funds to the COVID-19 Emergency Relief for Artists program and launched a campaign to raise another $100,000.

Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation to donate $14,000 to food banks to help those impacted by coronavirus.

The George Gund Foundation joined the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, is offering flexibility for grantees to use funding for general operations, is extending grant report deadlines, is waiving the March application deadline and will continue considering requests of $10,000 or less on a rolling basis at any time.

The Haslam 3 Foundation donated $1.5 million to coronavirus relief in Ohio

The HealthPath Foundation completed an emergency round of funding totaling $200,000 for COVID-19 related needs. Grants were made to 25 organizations covering 27 counties for food access, housing/shelter, caregiving and health care.

Healthy Lakewood Foundation donates more than $130,000 to address COVID-19 community needs.

Read Honda's pledge to communities and customers in response to COVID-19.

Martha Holden Jennings Foundation made provisions to allow teachers awarded the 2020 summer fellowship to apply that plan to the summer of 2021.

Kaulig Charitable Giving Programs

KeyBank Foundation is shifting all its resources to respond to community needs. KeyBank announced an initial commitment of $1 million across Key’s footprint. Employee gifts made March 1 – April 30 will be matched 2:1 by the foundation, up to a total match amount of $2,000.

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation contributed $500,000 to support United Way of Summit County’s Akron Summit County COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund.

Knox County Foundation provide emergency nonprofit funding due to COVID-19

L&L Nippert Charitable Foundation announced the donation of more than $1 million to 14 Greater Cincinnati organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Licking County Foundation partnered with United Way of Licking County to establish the Licking County COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Lindy Infante Foundation diverted its funding directly to feeding children and families in need, committing to donating 2,000 meals and more in the coming weeks.

Community Foundation of Lorain County and six area funders established the Lorain County Cares COVID-19 Response Fund.

Lubrizol is pledging $2M to help fight coronavirus.

Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley established the Mahoning Valley Community Response Fund to support nonprofit partners. 

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation gave $1 million to Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

Marietta Community Foundation created the COVID-19 Community Response Fund to support community-based organizations.

Marion Community Foundation is collaborating with United Way to direct emergency fund donations to United Way. The foundation is compiling a list of internal fund resources that can eventually be granted to agencies once the needs are fully assessed.

MetroHealth received $1 million from tech entrepreneur to assist with COVID-19 preparedness.

Middleton Community Foundation approves $50,000 fund to help with coronavirus impact. 

Burton D. Morgan Foundation has allocated $432,500 in emergency funding to address community and small business needs and continues to evaluate additional opportunities to address the COVID-19 crisis.

Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation is providing a $250,000 grant to the Jewish Federation of Cleveland for response to coronavirus.

Muskingum County Community Foundation will use its newly created Community Cares Fund to support urgent needs in Muskingum County.

The Nationwide Foundation will provide up to $5 million to partner organizations.

New Albany Community Foundation expedited a $10,000 grant to the New Albany Food Pantry, awarded a $10,000 grant to New Albany Schools to support student learning and needs and provided a $20,000 grant to The COVID-19 Fund of The Columbus Foundation.

Through the NiSource Charitable Foundation, Columbia Gas of Ohio has committed to supporting COVID-19 relief efforts.

The Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation established the Ohio Restaurant Employee Relief Fund to provide grants to restaurant, foodservice and hospitality employees.

Community Foundation of the Ohio Valley created an emergency impact fund to provide grants to organizations with decreasing means of support. 

OMNOVA Solutions Foundation donated $25,000 to support three emergency funds in Northeast Ohio – the Akron Community Foundation’s Community Response Fund for Nonprofits, the Cleveland Foundation’s Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund and United Way of Summit County’s COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund.

Osteopathic Heritage Foundations allocated $1.3 million to organizations delivering critical services to vulnerable populations. The foundations have also collaborated with other funders to support a broad network of local nonprofits as the crisis continues.

Ottawa County Community Foundation initiates Rapid Response Effort.

Oxford Community Foundation launches the Greater Oxford COVID-19 Organizational Assistance Fund.

Pelotonia pledges $1 million to research coronavirus effects on the cancer community.

Pickaway County Community Foundation Feed Our Kids Fund

The Reinberger Foundation has approved $100,000 to the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, $50,000 to Community Shelter Board (Columbus) and a pool of $50,000 for trustees to direct to urgent needs. Organizations with grants in place are able to redirect the dollars to their most urgent need.

Richland County Foundation has redirected its Unrestricted/Community Fund to meet emerging needs.

The Saint Luke’s Foundation joined the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund and is offering flexibility to grantees due to COVID-19.

Samuel Adams is issuing $1K grants to Ohio service workers impacted by coronavirus shutdowns.

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation is supporting The United Way of Central Ohio COVID-19 Community Response Fund and The Union County Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.

The Community Foundation of Shelby County and the Shelby County United Way, along with other funders, have created a charitable fund.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is a founding partner in the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, is waiving standard reporting requirements for grantees and is expediting their Good Samaritan Grants program.

Social Venture Partners launched We Care For CLE, an online tool to track COVID-19 community response and impact.

Social Ventures Partners Cincinnati is collaborating with Cincinnati Cares to help local nonprofits impacted by the spread of COVID-19.

Springfield Foundation donated $10,000 to Second Harvest. 

Coordinated by Strengthening Stark, the Faith in Stark Fund has been established through Stark Community Foundation to provide one-time grants to small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Stark Community Foundation, in partnership with Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton and other local funders, has activated the foundation's Immediate Impact Alert Fund.

The Stocker Foundation awarded $25,000 to ideastream for increased programming while students engage in at-home learning.

Greater Toledo Community Foundation created a second fund to aid with coronavirus efforts.

The Troy Foundation established the Emergency Response Fund. 

UC Health launched the UC Health Crisis Response Fund.

The Union County Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

United Way of Central Ohio COVID-19 Community Response Fund

United Way of Clark, Champaign & Madison Counties created the Clark Champaign Madison COVID-19 Community Fund. These funds will be used to directly support emergency needs by supporting the Foodbanks, Food Pantries and homeless shelters.

United Way of Greater Cincinnati collaborating with local partners to activate Regional Response Fund. 

United Way of Greater Cleveland hotline helps connect families with resources amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The United Way of Coshocton County has announced the first awards from its emergency relief fund.

United Way of Licking County mobilized the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund with $52,808 raised so far.

United Way of North Central Ohio created a community relief fund to assist its partner agencies in Marion, Crawford and Wyandot counties affected by the coronavirus outbreak. 

United Way of Ross County is offering community support micro-grants.

United Way of Summit County Akron Summit County COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund.

United Way of Trumbull County launches COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund with Trumbull County Community Foundation, Northern Trumbull County Community Foundation, Trumbull 100 and the Community Foundation of Western PA and Eastern OH.

United Way of Williams County and Bryan Area Foundation partnered to launch The Williams County Ohio COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund.

Upper Arlington Community Foundation launched The Good Neighbor Fund and awarded $25,611 in grants to Upper Arlington residents and small businesses in need in the last month.

The Wayne County Community Foundation has established a new fund to support COVID-19 response efforts.

The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty establishes the Community Health Fund.

Westfield supports national and regional nonprofits and initiatives for their ongoing work in disaster recovery and preparedness.

Women's Fund of Central Ohio has created a COVID-19 resource page.

Women's Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation Regional Response Fund

Yellow Springs Community Foundation creates COVID-19 Community Support Funds.




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