3/19/2020 7:00:00 PM
Tulsa Community Foundation (TCF) and Tulsa Area United Way (TAUW) have established the Tulsa Area COVID-19 Response Fund to provide support for nonprofit organizations that can assist individuals and families experiencing COVID-19 related hardships due to temporary lost income and unplanned expenses.
Currently, generous individual donors, area charitable foundations and corporations have come together to provide $3 million in relief funds to help people in the Tulsa Metropolitan Area with food, health care, and living expenses as the COVID-19 virus changes everyone’s daily lives.
Of the total raised to date, $2 million will be used to seed an emergency fund to which the public can also donate at https://tulsacf.org/covid19/
$1 million has been directed by the foundations to specific organizations outside of the emergency fund. The emergency fund will be housed at the Tulsa Community Foundation and jointly managed by TCF and TAUW.
Last week, as cancellations mounted and as businesses and social service offices faced closures, the organizations and philanthropic leaders began talking about how best to assist those impacted by lost wages and other economic hardships. Calls with nonprofits helped determine what needs are most pressing.
Donations to the fund will be quickly disbursed in the form of grants to a pre-selected group of nonprofit organizations that will be ready to respond to community needs. Since these organizations are also facing the challenges of a remote workforce, the fund organizers continue to work behind the scenes to ensure recipient organizations have the processes and resources they need to assist families and individuals. The fund hopes the first round of grantmaking will happen within 7 days.
“Once again, Tulsans are coming together to support one another during an incredibly challenging international crisis. In a matter of days, funders have contributed $3 million to directly support our fellow Tulsans during a time of urgent need” according to Tulsa Community Foundation CEO, Phil Lakin. “What we’ve raised is not near enough though. If you personally want to help others right now, make a donation to this fund so we can quickly meet the most basic needs of our neighbors in need.”
“People who never thought they would need help are now finding themselves facing a new reality. Many won’t know where to turn. That includes people who have given to their community and likely donated to the United Way campaign before,” said Tulsa Area United Way President and CEO, Alison Anthony. “I know that those who can will help today, realizing that they may be the ones who need help down the road. We will get through this together.”
Major donors to date include the following, though donations are continuously being made and this list will continue to expand and be updated:
George Kaiser Family Foundation
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation
Coretz Family Foundation
Hardesty Family Foundation
Hale Family Foundation
The Judith and Jean Pape Adams Charitable Foundation
ONE Gas Foundation
Public Service Company of Oklahoma
Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation
Bank of Oklahoma
Kivisto Family Fund
To donate now by credit card, go to https://tulsacf.org/covid19/
Donations by check should be made payable to Tulsa Community Foundation and include“Tulsa Area COVID-19 Response Fund” in the memo of the check. Mail checks to Tulsa Community Foundation, 7030 S. Yale Ave., Suite 600, Tulsa, Okla., 74136. All donations are tax- deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
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