PHL COVID-19 FAQ

GENERAL

I want to help. Can I give to PHL COVID-19 Fund?

Yes. We are all in this together. It will take all of us doing our part – from practicing good hygiene, calling to check in on our elderly neighbors – to get through this stronger. We will also need resources. If you want to donate please go to www.PHLCovid19Fund.org where you will find a button to donate.

Is my contribution tax deductible?

Yes, all contributions to the Fund are tax deductible.

Will all of my donation go to nonprofits or will there be a fee?

100 percent of donations go to nonprofits that receive grants from the PHL COVID-19 Fund. There are no administrative or credit card fees.

I’m a resident who lives in the greater Philadelphia/South Jersey region, how can I get help? Can I apply to the fund?

We understand many individuals and families are being affected by the outbreak. The Fund is focused on moving resources to community-based organizations that directly support local residents and families who are experiencing health, economic and social impacts from COVID-19.

While the Fund will not provide grants to individuals, we will be funding organizations that are trusted in communities and that are providing people and families with services and support. If you are an individual who needs help now, please contact the COVID-19 helpline at 800-722-7112 (available 24-7), or follow @PHLPublicHealth on Twitter. More information is also available at www.phila.gov/COVID-19.

I’m not able to give money at this time but can I help in another way? Can I volunteer?

Yes, please visit www.PHLCovid19Fund.org and there is a section where you can learn about skills-based, virtual volunteer opportunities. You will be connected to a portal that connects professionals to nonprofit organizations based on talents and current needs.

FOR GRANT APPLICANTS

How are grant decisions made?

Proposals received through the application process are reviewed by the Fund’s Grantmaking team and the Rapid Action Grants Review Committee. The Review Committee is comprised of philanthropy professionals from across the region who provide guidance and expertise during the review and selection processes.

In the decision-making process, the Grantmaking team considers the overall diversity of the slate of grants, including but not limited to: geographies served, size of organizations, vulnerable populations served and request types.

Organizations that receive grants demonstrate urgent and immediate needs, and support for populations that are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.  These include seniors, children and families who are experiencing food insecurity, and those who have disabilities or who are experiencing homelessness.

When will my organization hear back from the Fund?

PHL COVID-19 Fund Community Reopening Grant awards will be announced no later than June 30.

Which organizations have received grants so far?

Awardees are featured in our press releases, which can be found in the news section of www.PHL Covid19Fund.org.

May my organization apply again?

Applications for Community Reopening Grants are now closed.

My organization received a grant. What are the reporting requirements?

We are collecting additional data from applicants and grant reports are in development. We are in touch with peer funders to discuss ways that we can understand the impact of our funding without creating undue burden on grantees.  More information will be shared with grantees once requirements are finalized.

How can I stay in touch with the Fund?

For more information and ongoing updates, please follow the fund on Twitter at twitter.com/phlcovid19fund. If you have specific questions, please contact COVID-19@philafound.org.