ITHACA, N.Y. — The Community Foundation of Tompkins County has announced a fund to help support local non-profits hit by the COVID-19 outbreak.

With businesses, governments and other organizations all reeling from the economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak nationally and the precautions being taken locally to try and prevent its spread, Tompkins County residents have been left with more questions than answers as to what the future might hold.

In an effort to help alleviate some of those concerns, the COVID-19 Response Fund is being set up by the Community Foundation.

“With increasing anxiety, cancellations, and needs expressed coupled with the first local case announced in Tompkins County we now feel that the time is right for us to best contribute with this effort. We imagine that there will likely be additional and complementary efforts from other organizations in this regard,” said Community Foundation CEO George Ferrari. “We remain committed to collaboration, coordination and ease of use for both donors and grantees. This orientation will help us achieve effectiveness for us all. We will all continue to work together to serve our community in this time of great need.”

The fund is meant to provide flexible resources to nonprofit organizations in our region working to meet the basic needs of their communities. The funding is mean to address how they and their participants are impacted by this crisis, according to a release from the foundation.

Gifts may be made with checks indicating COVID-19 Response Fund in the memo line payable to:

Community Foundation of Tompkins County
200 E. Buffalo Street, Suite 202
Ithaca, NY 14850

According to the group, procedures for expedited access to the fund will be made available soon.

The Community Foundation can be reached at (607) 272-9333 and donations can be made to the Community Fund of Tompkins County’s COVID-19 Response Fund here.