March 19, 2020

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland joins philanthropic community in creating $3.95 million Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland has joined 18 organizations in creating the $3.95 million Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, which will soon distribute grants to nonprofit organizations serving on the front lines of the pandemic throughout Greater Cleveland.

The foundation and other funding partners are urging other foundations, corporate entities, individual donors and other organizations to contribute to the fund via Donations of any amount are welcomed, and all contributions are tax deductible.

The Rapid Response Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand capacity in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties by strategically and efficiently addressing impact from the outbreak. Initially, grant funding will support nonprofit organizations that provide community safety nets (e.g. food pantries, homelessness and housing assistance, credit counseling, etc.) and have strong experience working with the immediate needs of populations made vulnerable by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Based upon the charitable structure of the Rapid Response Fund, grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations and other public entities.

Initial support of $3.95 million for the fund was made possible by:

  • The Abington Foundation
  • The Bruening Foundation
  • City of Cleveland
  • Cleveland Cavaliers and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse organization
  • Cleveland Foundation
  • Cleveland Indians Charities
  • Cuyahoga County
  • The George Gund Foundation
  • HealthComp Foundation
  • Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation
  • KeyBank Foundation
  • Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation
  • Reinberger Foundation
  • Saint Luke’s Foundation
  • Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland
  • Third Federal Foundation
  • The Thomas H. White Foundation, a Key Trust
  • United Way of Greater Cleveland

The United Way is also mobilizing its 211 call center to marshal volunteers, including for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, which has activated its disaster plan and asking for donations and volunteers to meet the increased need.

The Ohio National Guard will also assist food banks, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Wednesday.

Learn more about the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund's purpose, priorities and grantmaking process here.

Read more about the fund in Crain's Cleveland Business, The Plain Dealer, and on

The Sisters of Charity Health System is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland.

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