Community Foundations and United Ways

Response and relief funds by U.S. community foundations and United Ways

We are currently tracking the growth of COVID-19 funds managed by local United Ways and community foundations (those independent public charities that raise and distribute resources within a specific geography, often defined as a county, but usually a state or smaller). We are collecting data from organizational websites, Twitter posts, and news releases.

As of June 30, 2020, a research team led by Charles Stewart Mott Chair on Community Foundations Laurie Paarlberg had identified 1,119 organizations supporting COVID-19 funds, with 244 funds being jointly supported in partnership with at least one other neighboring United Way or community foundation. As of November 30, 2020, we estimate that these funds have raised more than $1.148 billion and distributed at least $749 million to financially vulnerable individuals and nonprofits at the front of local response. (Both numbers are an estimate and under report the magnitude of community philanthropy as only 60 percent of funds are currently publicly reporting resource flows.)

COVID-19 funds map

Response to COVID-19

Because we collected our data from social media and web-based resources, it may not fully represent the COVID-19 related activities of your organization. If you would like to help us tell the story of your work and how community philanthropy has responded to COVID-19, please complete the form below. We will be updating data on a regular basis.

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