Ways to Help

What You Can Do to Help Nonprofits Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

Unavoidably, nonprofits are working to protect their clients, donors and staff members against the spread of COVID-19. Some are providing food and housing and others are providing care for the children of health workers serving the sick. They, like so many others, are spending unprecedented dollars on cleaning and sanitizing efforts. While others are feeling the effects of lost ticket sales, participant fees, and other regular income sources.

Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and to 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.

Here are some ways you make a difference locally, right now:  

Give to the COVID-19 Community Fund


  • a partnership between The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and United Way of Greater New Haven
  • for immediate relief and long-term recovery
  • grants directed by the two funding institutions, that have expertise and direct knowledge of nonprofits and needs; funding priority for first round of grants is to basic needs and health service providers

Give directly to nonprofits

  • to provide very-needed general operating funds to specific nonprofits
  • visit a nonprofit's website or www.givegreater.org for a list of nonprofits serving Greater New Haven (Please note: the giveGreater.org website is currently redirected to The Great Give website until The Great Give is finished at 8:00 p.m. on May 6).

Special note: please make your gifts online via credit cards because of the current nature of remote working. Please do not send checks to The Foundation, as we are not able to process them until the state emergency ends. The Community Foundation has an alternative to making a gift by transfer directly from your bank account, if you prefer. Email Linda Estacion, Director of Donor Services, or Liana Garcia, Director of Gift Planning, and they will be glad to provide you with these instructions. See more information on ways to give.

For more regional relief and response efforts, please visit our COVID-19 Community Resources page.

Dotty Weston-Murphy

Sr. Vice President, Development and Donor Services

203-777-7081

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Linda M. Estacion, CAP

Director of Donor Services and Development Operations

203-777-7069

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