About the COVID-19 Response Fund

The Community Foundation of Elkhart County and United Way of Elkhart and LaGrange Counties are partnering to establish a COVID-19 Community Response Fund to meet the needs of our community.


The fund will support nonprofit and other community organizations engaging in immediate basic needs relief, short-term response and longer-term recovery in Elkhart County impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

How to Apply

A Single Application

A single application will be reviewed by a team from both organizations and you’ll get a single, direct response after review. During Phase One, priority will be given to community-based organizations providing basic needs services to people who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. As the situation evolves, so will the grantmaking so that the fund remains flexible and responsive.

Focus areas include:

  • Childcare for healthcare workers and first responders
  • Food security
  • Support for those most at-risk, including children birth to age 8 and the elderly
  • Community advocacy

Grant Eligibility

Based upon the charitable structure of the COVID-19 Community Response Fund, grants are limited to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools and other public entities. We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501c4, 501c5, and 501c6 organizations. Aid to individuals will be handled through nonprofit organizations in our region with established processes for determining need.

Granting Approach
The Community Foundation and United Way, in consultation and partnership with other community entities, will administer grants from the fund in phases to help address immediate needs and short-term and longer-term impacts of the outbreak and recovery.

How to Donate

How to support the COVID-19 Community Response Fund:

The Community Foundation and United Way are waiving all credit card and administrative fees for this fund.

Give Online

Please use our Give Online donations page to make a gift. You may select a one-time gift or a recurring monthly gift. Access the giving portal here: https://www.unitedwayec.org/COVID-19

Give by Check

Please make checks payable to “United Way/COVID-19.”
Mail to: United Way COVID-19 Fund, PO Box 3048, Elkhart, IN 46515

Grant from a fund within the Community Foundation

Please e-mail Jodi Spataro or Carrie Berghoff at the Community Foundation.

Grant from a fund at a foundation other than the Community Foundation

Make grants payable to the Community Foundation of Elkhart County designated for the COVID-19 Community Response Fund.

IRA Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD)

Make distributions payable to the Community Foundation of Elkhart County designated for the COVID-19 Community Response Fund.

For gifts of stock and securities, wire transfer or other assets

Please contact Jodi Spataro, jodi@inspiringgood.org, 574-220-8669


Helpful Resources to Navigate COVID-19

General Resources

United Way “2-1-1” is a hotline with local resource navigators that are the best way to find local resources. You can call 2-1-1 or visit the Indiana page on COVID-19. https://in211.communityos.org/COVID-19

COVID-19 Resource Hub | Indiana Philanthropy Alliance – https://www.inphilanthropy.org/COVID19-HUB

Responding to the Coronavirus Outbreak: Resources to Help Nonprofits – The Chronicle of Philanthropy – https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Responding-to-the-Coronavirus/248231

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

COVID-19 Resources | Indiana Small Business Development Center – https://isbdc.org/indianacovid19smallbusiness/

No Business Continuity Plan? Take These 4 Steps – Nonprofit Risk Management Center – https://nonprofitrisk.org/2020/03/no-business-continuity-plan-take-these-4-steps/

Coronavirus Advice for Nonprofit Leaders – 20° – https://20degs.com/coronavirus-advice-for-nonprofit-leaders/

Indiana Small Business Grants – For small businesses up to $7M in revenue/500 employees - If you know of an entrepreneur or small business that has been or anticipates being impacted by the coronavirus, please ask them to complete this form:  https://isbdc.org/indianacovid19smallbusiness/

Engaging with Donors during COVID-19

4 Ways to Engage Major Donors During the Covid-19 Crisis – The Chronicle of Philanthropy – https://www.philanthropy.com/article/4-Ways-to-Engage-Major-Donors/248266

5 Ways to Raise Money When Donors Are Consumed by Nonstop News – The Chronicle of Philanthropy – https://www.philanthropy.com/article/5-Ways-to-Raise-Money-When/239219

Fundraising During the Corona Outbreak: Answers to 5 Pressing Questions – The Chronicle of Philanthropy – https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Fundraising-During-the-Corona/248280

Internal & Employee Transitioning during COVID-19

Making Working at Home Work for Everyone – The Chronicle of Philanthropy – https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Making-Working-at-Home-Work/155009

How to Lead Your Team Through a Stressful Time – The Chronicle of Philanthropy – https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-to-Lead-Your-Team-Through/239551 

Nonprofit HR Coronavirus Digital Information Portal | Nonprofit HR – https://www.nonprofithr.com/covid19/

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan Template – https://thecommunity.nonprofitnewyork.org/s/article/Business-Continuity-and-Disaster-Recovery-Plan-Template 

What Nonprofit Board Members Should Be Doing Right Now to Address the COVID-19 Situationhttps://blog.boardsource.org/blog/what-nonprofit-board-members-should-be-doing-right-now-to-address-the-covid-19-situation