Pass additional COVID-19 relief funding

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

As communities continue to struggle amid the pandemic, Philanthropy Ohio called for Congress to pass additional COVID-19 relief funding and sent the below letter to the federal delegation. We recommend key provisions for nonprofit support, access to food, rental and mortgage moratoriums, extending CARES Act funding deadlines and increasing unemployment benefits. We encourage you to contact your representatives and urge them to support additional COVID-19 relief. 

December 3, 2020 

Dear Legislator, 

Philanthropy Ohio, our members and all Ohioans greatly appreciate your continued support and leadership during these unprecedented and uncertain times: thank you. As you look to consider another relief and recovery bill to help the millions who are impacted by this pandemic, we ask you to include the following key provisions: 

  • Support nonprofits through expanded access to loans and charitable donation incentives;
  • Assure access to food for millions who are still out of work;
  • Keep people housed with rental and mortgage assistance and extend the moratorium on evictions and mortgage foreclosures;
  • Extend the December 2020 deadline for expenditure of CARES Act funding to state and local governments; and
  • As the number of Ohioans filing for unemployment continues to rise, fund and extend the increased unemployment benefits. 

Over the course of this pandemic, over 94 Ohio foundations have established emergency relief funds that together have provided over $35 million to their communities: while significant, it’s a drop in the ocean compared to what the federal government is investing in these times of extraordinary need. Philanthropy cannot fill the needs, which is why I co-wrote a recent op ed published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer that calls for more funding. 

Please don’t end this session of Congress without passing another relief bill and reach out if I can be of any assistance; we are all in this together. 


Claudia Y.W. Herrold
Chief Communications & Public Policy Officer  

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