In our efforts to aid communities and nonprofits in need due to the coronavirus outbreak, the South Dakota Community Foundation established the Coronavirus Response Fund. The Fund will provide support to verified nonprofits and community organizations directly addressing the needs of those affected by coronavirus, whether due to actual infection by the virus or by efforts to curb or prevent infections. The latter include the ramifications of such actions as closing schools and universities, canceling large gatherings and events, business closures and job losses, and other proactive interventions that nonetheless cause significant disruption and hardship.
We are still not certain of the longer-term effects the situation will have on our partners, but we are working to respond as needs arise.
In order to expedite our response, we will not be accepting grant applications for the Coronavirus Response Fund. We are working directly with partners at the state and local level. SDCF will prioritize the most immediate needs.
Examples of immediate need:
Access to food. With recent school closures, many children are missing out on daily food service and access to weekend backpack programs.
Shortage of volunteers. Social distancing protocol has many stepping back from their volunteer duties, requiring many nonprofits to reevaluate how they deliver services to those in need.
Healthcare sector support. Coronavirus poses unique challenges to educating, diagnosing and treating patients.
Human services sector support. Many families need childcare and other supportive services.
As a statewide community foundation, we work to serve and strengthen communities across South Dakota every day. We are committed to working with communities and nonprofits as they deal with the myriad of issues posed by coronavirus. We appreciate the opportunity to respond to our partners, and together with your help, we will continue to build a stronger South Dakota. Thank you.