Philanthropy Ohio's Response

Due to the current pandemic, all Philanthropy Ohio programs scheduled before April 3 have been changed to virtual convenings or rescheduled. Please check our events page for the latest info on program status. 

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.

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.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

(CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.)

View the COVID-19 webinar recording.

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.

Ohio Resources

Additional Resources


The Chronicle of Philanthropy:

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. 

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.

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.

Greater Cincinnati Foundation COVID-19 Regional Response Fund

The Cleveland Foundation is announcing the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response fund and more. 

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 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.  

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.

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.

The Fairfield County Foundation will utilize their Community Impact Fund to provide resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

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.

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.

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

Healthy Lakewood Foundation will focus its 2020 grantmaking on community needs stemming from the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis. A grant of $50,000 will be awarded to the Lakewood Community Services Center to support increased food procurement and distribution. A grant of $25,000 will be awarded to the Department of Human Services, City of Lakewood, for resident emergency needs.

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 Foundation and First Niagara Foundation are announcing 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

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.

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

Marietta Community Foundation is using grant funding to help the community with the Community Impact Fund.

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 made grants to Akron Community Foundation, United Way of Summit County and Wayne County Community Foundation to support nonprofits working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis. They also made a $50,000 grant to Hebrew Free Loan Association to support small businesses.

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.

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

Pickaway County Community Foundation Feed Our Kids Fund

The Reinberger Foundation have approved $100,000 to the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund. Organizations with grants in place are able to redirect the dollars to their most urgent need.

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

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 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.

Springfield Foundation donated $10,000 to Second Harvest. 

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. 

Greater Toledo Community Foundation seeds funds for nonprofits

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.

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.

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

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

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