AN IMPORTANT UPDATE: OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Mar 18, 2020

MARCH 26, 2020 UPDATE:

Last week, we launched The Fairfield County COVID-19 Resiliency Fund to help alleviate the social and economic consequences of this global pandemic and to prevent the widening of disparities in education, employment, housing, and health. In just one week, our community has committed more than $1 MILLION to The Fairfield County COVID-19 Resiliency Fund. If you’re among those who made a donation, THANK YOU!

During that same time, however, we’ve already received funding requests from the nonprofit community in excess of $1.4 million…and we expect that the requests and need will continue to grow.

So, together, we’ve got more work to do.

In this time of great uncertainty, we hope you will consider making an incremental gift to FCCF’s Covid-19 Resiliency Fund. As an added incentive, any new gifts up to $10,000 to the Fund will be matched, dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000, by an anonymous FCCF donor-advised fundholder. Every donation will make a meaningful difference, so please be as generous as you can and also help us spread the word.

In addition to the deployment of critical financial resources to nonprofits, FCCF has launched a new Nonprofit Resources webpage. The Resources page will provide links to best practices, webinar trainings, and other tools to help Fairfield County nonprofits continue to provide support to those in need and to strengthen our region.

Thank you for your continued support, generosity and resilience. Stay Home. Stay Safe. Stay Healthy.

MARCH 18, 2020 UPDATE:

The Community Foundation has established The Fairfield County COVID-19 Resiliency Fund, which will rapidly deploy resources to trusted, frontline community organizations meeting basic needs of local residents in Fairfield County. This includes low-income individuals without health insurance and/or access to sick days; immigrants; persons with disabilities; and communities of color, among others.  The Fund has been set up with generous seed funding from a cross-section of individuals, private foundations, corporations and others.  Learn more & donate: FCCFoundation.org/Covid19ResiliencyFund

MARCH 11, 2020 UPDATE:

Dear Friends,

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation is fortunate to be part of a caring, generous, and resilient community. The health and safety of our partners, staff, and neighbors is always our top priority. Below we’ve provided updates on steps we are taking to address any impact the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) may have on upcoming events, activities, and operations.

We will provide additional updates and recommendations as necessary in the coming days and weeks via email, our website, and social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN).

We encourage all of our friends to closely monitor updates and review valuable health and safety resources from the State of Connecticut and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as your local health departments.

In addition, we encourage you to support local nonprofit organizations that work with the people and families who are most vulnerable in our community. Community health centers, homeless shelters, pre-school and after-school programs, food pantries and others, which are already dealing with reductions in state and federal funding, will be further stressed. In times like this, philanthropy can shine. If you’re a fundholder or donor interested in specific recommendations, please contact your relationship manager or email Karen Brown, VP of Development & Philanthropic Services at kbrown@fccfoundation.org.

Thanks to all of you for your support, strength, generosity, and resiliency.

Sincerely,

Juanita T. James
President & CEO

 

 

SOCIAL DISTANCING: REMOTE OFFICE / RESTRICTING ACCESS

Based on recommendations from public health officials related to social distancing, all Community Foundation staff will temporarily work remotely starting on Monday, March 16th. Our main number, 203-750-3200, will be answered as normal from 9am to 5pm weekdays and all staff will remain accessible as usual.

We are restricting access to our office in Norwalk by prohibiting visits from all outside guests effective immediately. FCCF meetings scheduled at our office will be converted to virtual meetings (see more in “CNE: Workshops” and “Community Foundation Room Rental” sections below).

Grants processing and distribution of grants will continue.

We will review this policy on a daily basis following guidelines from the State, CDC and the Norwalk Health Department and share updates as needed and, when appropriate, returning to our normal course of business.

 

THE FUND FOR WOMEN & GIRLS ANNUAL LUNCHEON

We are postponing The Fund for Women & Girls Annual Luncheon, originally scheduled for April 3rd at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich. We are working towards finalizing a new date.

All purchases of tickets and tables as well as sponsorships, exhibitors, and the purchase of program ads will be valid on a new date. The Community Foundation is developing a process for those guests who have already purchased tickets and are unable to attend on the rescheduled date. Stay tuned to The Fund for Women & Girls Luncheon webpage and your email for updates. For any questions, please email Tricia Hyacinth at fwglunch@fccfoundation.org.

 

CENTER FOR NONPROFIT EXCELLENCE: WORKSHOPS

We will be moving this month’s workshops — Giving Day Debrief (March 26th at 10am) and Human Resources 201 (March 31st at 10am) — to virtual webinar formats. More information, including links to register and join the webinars, will be available shortly on the Events page of our website. We will provide updates on the status of April workshops by the end of March.

 

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ROOM RENTALS

Per our plans to prohibit outside guests at our Norwalk office, we will be canceling all scheduled free rentals of our Training Room and conference rooms through April, effective immediately. Any organization that has scheduled use of any of our office spaces for the remainder of March and April will be notified directly via phone and/or email by close of business on Friday, March 13th. We apologize for any inconvenience and will work to reschedule dates on a case-by-case basis.

 

FUNDHOLDERS & DONORS: GRANTS & INVESTMENT PERFORMANCE

Any grants submitted to the Community Foundation by fundholders via the online Donor Portal will be processed and mailed out as quickly as possible during this period. We encourage fundholders to limit mailing us paper grant recommendation forms if possible. For questions, contact Mike Rosen at mrosen@fccfoundation.org or Steve Aubin at saubin@fccfoundation.org.

In addition, 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.

Our Investment Committee, comprised of local finance professionals and members of our Board of Directors, will continue to monitor our investments in the days and weeks ahead.

NEPC, our investment consultants, conducted a webinar last week that talked about their thoughts on the coronavirus and impact on the financial markets and the economy and a recent blog post. View them at COVID-19 Webinar and COVID-19 Blog.