The Community Foundation of North Central Florida’s Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

In these unprecedented times, our community has united in a spirit of caring and resilience. Residents, businesses, public agencies and organizations have stepped up to do their part to lessen the potential spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and to help those impacted by its effects. The health, safety and well-being of the Community Foundation of North Central Florida team and our community is our top priority. We value your commitment to serving our community and we pledge to remain your trusted partner in philanthropy, especially during this challenging time. Please feel free to reach out if you have questions, suggestions or comments.

As the coming weeks unfold so will emerging needs for the livelihood of our community. Here are some ways you can help:

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CFNCF News and Updates

  • May 27th Wednesday Webinar
    • This week’s Wednesday Webinar covered the Nonprofit Provisions in the CARES Act covering the PPP (Paycheck Protection Program), EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan), Employee Retention Credit, and more. Presenters included:
      Jeffrey Hogue, Senior Vice President Wealth Management Portfolio Manager at UBS Financial Services Inc.
      Samantha Hopkins, Senior Vice President Wealth Management Institutional Consultant at UBS Financial Services Inc.
    • The webinar can be viewed via our YouTube channel!

 

  • Four resources from the last week

 

  • April 29th Wednesday Webinar
    • This week’s Wednesday Webinar was presented by Aidan Augustin, Co-Founder of Feathr and covered The Basics of Ad Retargeting for Driving Donations and Promoting Programs. Great, relevant content covering how to upgrade and pivot your marketing strategies during a crisis. From Retargeting ads to e-mail mapping to geofencing, Aidan provided insight on how and what the nonprofit community should be focusing on while navigating life during COVID-19.
    • The webinar can be viewed via our YouTube channel and we invite you all to review.
  • April 22nd Wednesday Webinar
    • This week’s Wednesday Webinar recapped the recent updated Needs Assessment and how our local nonprofits faired in the their requests for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The second half of the webinar covered Crisis Fundraising: Lessons From the Field focusing on how local nonprofits are pivoting and making adjustments to fundraise through digital platforms with presentations from Becker Holland (Development Director at PACE Center for Girls), John “JT” Thomas (Director of Development at GRACE), Deidre Dodd (Council Director at Girls on the Run), and Margot DeConna (Director of Development at the Humane Society of North Central Florida). Lots of local insight and clever ideas to maintain programming here in North Central Florida.
    • The webinar can be viewed via our YouTube channel.
  • April 15th Wednesday Webinar
      • This week’s Wednesday Webinar consisted of 3 presentations from Kattell and Company, P.L. and James Moore Certified Public Accountants and Consultants. Steve Kattel presented on “Managing the Finance Office in a Crisis” while Corinne Turcotte and Julie Kniseley from James Moore presented on“Dealing with Human Resource Issues in a Crisis”. Very informative conversation covering extremely relevant topics pertaining to our current situation.

    The webinar can be reviewed via our dropbox.

  • Launching NCF Cares
      • NCF Cares is a community relief fund designed to strategically deploy resources to local organizations working to serve and support residents of North Central Florida during times of crisis and is a collaboration between the Community Foundation of North Central Florida and the United Way of North Central Florida. Contributions to the NCF Cares fund can be made on the Amazing Give platform.

    Questions regarding the fund should be directed to office@cfncf.org.

  • April 8th Wednesday Webinar
      • There were two presentations for this week’s Wednesday Webinar covering “What Your Board Should be Doing Now” by Barzella Papa (President and CEO at the Community Foundation of North Central Florida) and “Using Social Media During A Crisis” by Ben Tobias (National Media Team Senior Consultant at Allstate). Great content, conversations and questions for local nonprofits professionals but can be applied to any organization!

    The webinar can be reviewed via the recorded presentation.

  • April 1st Wednesday Webinar
      • This week’s Wednesday Webinar discussed the findings for the Needs Assessment completed last week, a presentation on the Community Foundation of North Central Florida’s efforts during the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis, the resources currently being offered in the community including the United Way’s 2-1-1 line, and an update from the Florida NonProfit Alliance’s Executive Director Sabeen Perwaiz on the latest Federal, state, and local responses and recovery initiatives.

    We strongly encourage our local nonprofits to review the materials presented via the recorded presentation and the accompanying powerpoints.

  • 3/31/2020 – Gainesville Police Foundation Fund is accepting donations for those wanting to show appreciation to local officers.
      • The Gainesville Police Foundation Fund is ready to accept donations for those wanting to show appreciation to local officers, in lieu of food donations. Over the next few months, donations made through this the fund will be directed to assist with the department’s needs as it relates to the effects of COVID-19.

    To learn more about this initiative and the fund, please see the following release for more details

  • 3/27/2020 – North Central Florida Funders Create Joint Form for COVID Relief and Recovery Resources

    To learn more about this collaboration, please see the following release for more details.

  • 3/24/2020 – Nonprofit Needs Assessment
    • In collaboration with the United Way of North Central Florida, we are gathering information through our Nonprofit Needs Assessment survey to better understand needs of nonprofits during the COVID-19 virus pandemic. We are grateful for your organization’s role in supporting our community. We are asking that the appropriate leader of each organization respond to the following questions by Friday, March 27. We will continue to reach out every few weeks to survey the local nonprofit needs.
  • 3/19/2020 – Amazing Give Emergency Relief Initiative
      • The Amazing Give has been repurposed into an Emergency Relief platform to assist in raising critical funds for nonprofits in North Central Florida during this time of exceptional need.

    For more details, please see following release.

 
 


Ways to Give

If you are a foundation or community funder looking to provide assistance, please email office@cfncf.org.

  • Immediate Relief
    • NCF Cares
      • NCF Cares is a community relief fund designed to strategically deploy resources to local organizations working to serve and support residents of North Central Florida during times of crisis. This fund is a collaboration between the United Way of North Central Florida and the Community Foundation of North Central Florida.
      • Please consider making a contribution today!
      • Questions regarding the fund should be directed to office@cfncf.org.
    • The Amazing Give Emergency Relief Initiative
      • The Amazing Give has been repurposed into an Emergency Relief platform to assist in raising critical funds for nonprofits in North Central Florida during this time of exceptional need. Upon donating, nonprofits will have fund deposited directly into their bank accounts within 1-3 business days. Please consider making a contribution today
    • Local Nonprofit Needs Request
      • The Needs Request Form one way that the Community Foundation of North Central Florida, the United Way of North Central Florida, other funders and organizations are working to help nonprofits in our community. Click here for a list of local needs in our community. For information about the form and how to submit a request click here.
  • Long Term Relief Efforts
    • Cofrin COVID-19 Medical Response Fund
      • If you are looking to support the medical response to the COVID-19 crisis, please consider contributing to this fund. Thanks to the generosity of Gladys Cofrin and Dan Logan, M.D., the Cofrin COVID-19 Medical Response Fund was established to cover any materials or expenses associated with the local production of 3D printed or fabric masks. Funds raised through this campaign will go to aid our healthcare providers working in the frontlines of this pandemic.
    • Working Food Relief – COVID-19 Local Food Relief
      • The COVID-19 Crisis and associated loss of economic activity in Alachua County has resulted in new and acute food insecurity. Prior to COVID-19, food insecurity was affecting one in three children and nearly half of all households in North Central Florida.This number is rapidly increasing as an estimated 600 service workers are now out of work due to COVID-19 closures. Private funders have come together to to address this need in our community. Visit our Working Food Relief page to learn more and you can contribute directly to the fund here.
    • Nonprofit Designated Funds
      • Many of our nonprofit partners currently have funds through the Community Foundation of North Central Florida. Your contributions to these funds will help our local sector in what will surely be a trying time during the recovery efforts after this Public Health Crisis. A list of designated funds can be found on our nonprofit designated funds list.
        • If you have any questions on where and how to give, please email us at office@cfncf.org.
    • Financial Advisors
      • If you are in need of a Financial Advisor during this time, our Advisors page is great source of information, including references, to help you navigate this Public Health Crisis.

 
 


Local and Nonprofit Community Resources

  • Grant and immediate funding opportunities
    • Nonprofit Needs Request Form for area nonprofits
      • The Nonprofit Needs Request Form is one new way that the Community Foundation of North Central Florida, the United Way of North Central Florida, other funders and organizations are working to help nonprofits in our community. This is not a competitive grant process. It is an innovative way to share specific needs with us, our fundholders as well as other funders and organizations in our community.After completing the simplified Nonprofit Needs Request Form, your needs will be included within a database of requests from our community. If your nonprofit’s request is matched with a donation, we will notify you and transmit funds to address the request as quickly as possible. The Nonprofit Needs Request Form can be found here. Funding details will be released as soon as possible. For more information, please review our Nonprofits Needs Request Form page.
    • The Amazing Give Emergency Relief Initiative
      • The Amazing Give has been repurposed into an Emergency Relief platform to assist in raising critical funds for nonprofits in North Central Florida during this time of exceptional need. Upon receiving a donation through this platform, funds will be deposited directly into your bank accounts within 1-3 business days.
        • If you are interested in setting up an Emergency Relief page, please contact Lesley Banis at lbanis@cfncf.org.
    • Women’s Giving Circle
      • We are currently working with the Women’s Giving Circle Grant Committee to finalize a plan to grant dollars within the community. More information on this grant making process will be available in the near future.
    • Collaborations, grants processing and distributions
      • This shall continue and will be a fluid process as we anticipate multiple phases of funding and are collaborating with other local organizations to learn more about community’s immediate needs. Together, our organizations will coordinate resources to further support the changing government and private measures that are being developed.
      • Please email office@cfncf.org. if you have any specific questions or requests.
  • Upcoming Center for Nonprofit Excellence Trainings and more
    • We will be hosting virtual trainings, webinars, and starting a book club for our Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) members. Make sure to check our CNE page for more updates!
  • Wednesday Webinars
    • Starting Wednesday April 1, we will be hosting weekly webinars covering the needs of the community during this public health crisis. These webinars are designed to be informational for nonprofits based on the feedback and challenges you are sharing with us. The webinars will occur each Wednesday at 2 p.m. as we navigate our way though this challenging time together. You can register for these free webinars here.
  • Nonprofit Resources
    • Florida Nonprofit Alliance’s COVID-19 Nonprofit Resource Toolkit
      • The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain non-profits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.
    • Here is a list of nonprofit advice and fundraising resources we highly recommend reviewing during this Public Health Crisis that you may find helpful.
    • We also compiled a list of resources for virtual meetings & working remotely that we have also found helpful.

 
 


Fund Holders: Preparing for what comes next

  • Investment Performance
    • As global markets continue to experience volatility we want to assure fundholders and nonprofit endowment partners that the Community Foundation focuses on making investments with an eye towards the long-term and sustaining the wellbeing of our region.
    • A statement regarding the global markets from the Community Foundation and our investment firm, Tillman Hartley LLC, is available for your review.
    • As always, you can access and review your fund on our fund management site.
      If you have any questions regarding your fund, please email office@cfncf.org.

 
 


The CFNCF Office

  • Access To The Office and Our Staff
    • The staff of the Community Foundation are currently working remotely, following recommendations from public health officials related to social distancing. Our staff remain accessible and we are communicating with our nonprofit partners to assess the needs of our community as we move through this Public Health Crisis. Our main phone line, 352-367-0060, will be monitored daily and staff will return messages as soon as possible between our normal office hours of 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. We will review this policy on a daily basis following guidelines from the State, CDC and presiding local governments while sharing updates as needed.
  • Room Usage
    • Per recommendations from the CDC and the Florida Department of Health, all scheduled room reservations of our training and conference rooms have been canceled until further notice, effective immediately. Any organization that has scheduled use of any of our office spaces for the remainder of March will be notified directly via phone and/or email. We apologize for any inconvenience and will work to reschedule dates on a case-by-case basis

 
 


COVID-19 Resources and Information

 
 


Media Coverage

  • 4/24/2020 – Local leaders: Together we can build a stronger civic ethos – Gainesville Sun
    • Recently, Mayor Lauren Poe, Alachua County Commission Chair Robert Hutchinson, University of Florida President Kent Fuchs, Santa Fe College President Dr. Paul Broadie II and Alachua County Public Schools Superintendent Karen Clarke came together to write an editorial piece in the Gainesville Sun on how collaboration is key during these unprecedented times. The Community Foundation of North Central Florida was honored to be mentioned as they described our efforts through NCF Cares and the Amazing Give. The full article can be reviewed on on the Gainesville Sun’s website.

 


“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

With collaboration and innovation, we will get through this together!

Your Friends, Family and Community Neighbors: The Community Foundation of North Central Florida!