Our community and the charitable sector are deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The sector will have a variety of needs well beyond the agencies that deal with fellow citizens who are directly affected by the virus. The whole sector is in danger as events are cancelled, people are laid off, and revenue is restricted. We want to help preserve the most essential work now, as well as the agencies and infrastructure that will be needed as we move to recovery and rebuilding.
Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF) is committing $500,000 of its unrestricted funds to seed a Rapid Response Fund to respond quickly to important needs not addressed by others. ECF will leverage its extensive granting experience and its excellent relationships with other funders and networks of charity partners to determine grant recipients and amounts granted that could make an impact now. Because the pandemic affects some groups and people in the community more significantly than others, we will use our support to address some of those inequities.
Thank you for seeing the potential for this kind of nimble and strategic response. Your gift will help us leverage other philanthropic capital increasing the value and therefore the impact of your contribution.