How to Help Our Community Thru COVID-19

While it is impossible to predict what will happen in the coming weeks and even months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Community Foundation is responding the best way it can. Please read below for the most up-to-date information. 

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March 24, 2020
Dear Friends: 

Last week (Mar. 20)The Foundation announced a partnership with United Way of Greater New Haven to create a Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund,  and to share other news of The Community Foundation’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.  Please read below for updates: 

  • The Community Foundation will make grants from the Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund in partnership with United Way of Greater New Haven. Together we will proactively identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on potential recipients from community advisors, and recommend final awards. The initial prioritization is for healthcare and basic human needs agencies.
  • In order to move resources quickly and not further burden organizations on the frontlines of the pandemic, we are not hosting a formal application process at this time. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases. The Fund expects to make an initial round of grants the first week of April. We are reviewing community needs on an ongoing basis and will shift priorities as needed.
  • The Community Foundation and United Way of Greater New Haven are reaching out to community donors to support the Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund and to give to nonprofits directly. To give to the fund, please go to You can make a gift to nonprofits important to you directly through their websites or through®.
  • Because of the current nature of remote working, please make your gift online with credit cards. Please do not send checks because we are not able to process them until the state emergency order ends. For more information and ways to give, including how to make your gift directly from your bank account, please email either Linda Estacion, Director of Donor Services, or Liana Garcia, Director of Gift Planning. You may also refer to
  • Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time. Now is the time to double down for our community as we gain greater awareness of the depth and scale of the long-term ramifications of the outbreak. As I mentioned previously, you can make a gift to nonprofits important to you directly through their websites or through®.
  • The Foundation is proceeding with The Great Give® 2020 with the revised theme:  “Coming Together While We’re Apart.” Details about the adjustments being made to this annual community-wide giving event will be coming soon.
  • The Foundation is accelerating $1.1 million in current multiyear grant payments that under normal circumstances would not be made until the fall of 2020 or later. These payments will be made on March 27, 2020.
  • The Foundation is also working with the Connecticut Council of Philanthropy, other Connecticut-based community foundations and a group brought together by Governor Lamont to help coordinate charitable projects with statewide impact. 
  • To learn more, please see this FAQ page on our website, which answers many common questions we are hearing from the community.

To contact us:

  • Inquiries about the Fund and general questions can be directed to or
  • To share information about your organization’s need for volunteers or in-kind donations, please see United Way’s website, and enter your organization’s needs.
  • For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact The Community Foundation’s Director of Communications, Patricia Bogie.
  • To make a donation, please contact The Community Foundation’s Director of Donor Services, Linda Estacion.
  • To inquire about your organization fund, please contact The Community Foundation’s Senior VP for Investments, CFO and Chief Compliance Officer, A.F. Drew Alden.

With wishes for your and your family’s health and safety,

William W. Ginsberg
President & CEO

March 20, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis is impacting our local nonprofits and the people they serve in unprecedented ways. Therefore The Foundation is taking a series of extraordinary steps to address these challenges.   

  • In partnership with United Way of Greater New Haven, The Community Foundation has established a Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund. The organizations will work together in promoting the fund to donors and in decision-making for grants from the fund. The Community Foundation is launching the fund of more than $1 Million with approximately $500,000 of its own resources, and the generous support of our leading donors. Members of the community wishing to donate to the Fund can do so at 
  • The Foundation is also accelerating payments on approximately $1 Million in existing multiyear grants that under normal circumstances would not be paid until later in the year.  We plan to distribute these grants within a week’s time.
  • The Foundation is also offering recipients of approximately $400,000 in current multiyear project and program grants the opportunity to repurpose them for general operating support so that the funds can be used to ameliorate the impacts of COVID-19, as well. Nonprofits can see more information about this here
  • We are also monitoring the performance of the endowment which like all economic activity and markets has experienced declines.  Although the value of the endowment and those we manage for others has been reduced, we remain confident in our long-term approach, our sub-advisors, and the diversified allocation model that mitigate situations like these. Through mid-March, the endowment experienced a -18.8% overall reduction compared to the world equites’ loss of 28.8% and domestic equities down 26.1%.  See investment performance message here

Throughout our work we are listening to community members, government and business leaders and nonprofits-- those that are unable to operate such as theaters, galleries and youth groups, and those on the front lines of providing services to our neighbors such as health clinics, shelters and food pantries.  We are talking about what they are doing, what they need, and how philanthropy can help. Learn what we are hearing from nonprofits.  See resources here

Please see our recent press release here

Please read below for our notice about modified office hours and event adjustments.

We welcome hearing from you. Please be in touch with questions, comments and suggestions. Contact us here.

William W. Ginsberg

March 10, 2020

Keeping Our Community Healthy, Safe and Informed

To Our Greater New Haven Community:

Health officials recommend social distancing as a course of action to combat the spread of the COVID-19; social distancing is widely seen as the most effective means of slowing the spread and reducing the impact of COVID-19 among our employees, their families and the communities in which we all live.

On this advice:

The Community Foundation office at 70 Audubon Street in New Haven is closed until further notice to visitors; however, The Community Foundation is open (virtually) for business. What this means:

  • The staff of The Foundation are available to conduct business via email or by phone during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.).
  • Our community is encouraged to contact staff members either by email or phone to conduct business during normal business hours. In cases where a staff member is not immediately available by phone, please leave a message and your message will be returned as soon as possible. See staff directory here.
  • To reach The Foundation's President & CEO, Will Ginsberg, please use email.
  • Please do not come to The Foundation's office at 70 Audubon Street in New Haven until further notice.

The Community Foundation will not hold events or host external meetings in person. Therefore,

  • The Foundation's Annual Meeting and upcoming donor briefing are postponed.
  • Capacity building workshops will also be rescheduled.
  • As soon as alternative plans are confirmed, we will notify people by email and news will be posted to The Foundation’s website at 
  • When possible and desirable, meetings and other gatherings will be held virtually; you will hear from Foundation staff about these arrangements.

The Community Foundation is gathering information about the impact of COVID-19 on our community's nonprofit sector and the people served by our nonprofit community. Like for-profit organizations, nonprofits are grappling with an unprecendented situation, as they work to protect their clients, donors and staff members against the spread of COVID-19. They will need our community's support. As more is known, this page will be updated with ways you can help our nonprofit community. For now:

  • For a list of nonprofits serving The Foundation's 20-town region, please visit Once there, you can search for a nonprofit by name, keyword or major area of impact; you can also make a secure, online donation.
  • The Community Foundation has created a fund in partnership with the United Way of Greater New Haven to help nonprofits and the people they serve get through this difficult time. The two organizations will work together to direct grants to those in most need. Learn more about the Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund.  
  • The Valley Community Foundation, Valley United Way, Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Valley Health & Human Service Council have come together to establish the Valley Community COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to rapidly deploy resources to organizations serving Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton who support those in the area who are most significantly affected by the pandemic.

The Foundation encourages our staff, donors, nonprofits and all members of our community to stay informed about COVID-19 and to practice safe habits. The CDC website is a good resource for both. You may also call 2-1-1, text "CTCOVID" to 898211 or visit the State's coronavirus information website at

Thank you for your patience; as updates are known, we will communicate about them. Information will be shared via The Foundation's website (, email and social media channels. You may also call us at 203-777-7098 to hear a recorded message.

last updated 03.21.20 8:30 a.m.


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