These are difficult times. The coronavirus has impacted us all in so many different ways. Our hearts break for those who are enduring the virus, those exposed, and those living in areas where the numbers keep rising exponentially.
For 15 years we have been committed to helping the most vulnerable in our community—women, children and families struggling to get by. Today that work is more important than ever. So, what do we do in a crisis when critical needs change on a daily basis?
At this point, stay the course. We are known—and counted on—as a funder to local nonprofits on the front lines dealing with emergencies every day. We feel it’s in the best interest of our community and our local nonprofits to continue with our current grant cycle. These agencies are in it for the long haul, providing critical services for the health and safety of our community.
We will, however, remain flexible to new information as we receive it. The Board is reviewing our grantmaking options to understand how we may support local relief efforts when we have a better idea of where the need is greatest. Expediting grant funds, extending spending deadlines, considering an agency’s changing needs—all are under discussion.
If you wish to do more, please consider donating to a local nonprofit of your choice. In addition, there is a collaborative effort started by the Santa Barbara Foundation and the United Way of Santa Barbara County that is providing short-term relief for individuals and nonprofits. Learn more at SBFoundation.org/covid-19responseeffort or at the United Way at unitedwaysb.org/covid19.
We will keep you apprised of any changes and any new developments. If you have any suggestions or ideas, please send them to email@example.com. And let’s continue the good work we started together 15 years ago.
Women's Fund of Santa Barbara Board of Directors