In response to an overwhelming outpouring of community support to help those whose well-being has been jeopardized due to the pandemic, the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Fund was founded by the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance (“TVNPA”) in March 2020.
Just a few short months beforehand, the economic fallout of the COVID-19 virus was already stretching the resources of many nonprofit organizations in the Tri-Valley beyond their usual capacity – even before medical impacts were evident.
By the end of February, 2020, CityServe of the Tri-Valley reported that their usual requests for rental assistance had grown from several thousand per week to $50,000 per week. By mid-March, Open Heart Kitchen found their meal program suddenly expand from 1,000 per day to 3,500 per day.
These organizations are known as “safety net” service providers. They regularly address the basic needs of vulnerable populations such as senior citizens, children, the disabled, veterans, those living paycheck-to-paycheck, and the homeless by providing food, clothing, safe housing, behavioral health assistance, wellness checks, transportation and medical care. They also work as informal extensions of local governments to help manage human service needs in our communities.
The cities of Dublin, Livermore, and Pleasanton identified six safety net service providers as best positioned to meet the increased demand for basic needs and services during this time. They have highly developed infrastructure, extensive programming, broad reach throughout the valley, and vast networks of resources. Though located in Alameda County, they serve all of the communities of the Tri-Valley, including some in Contra Costa County.
TVNPA partnered with the Community Health & Education Foundation to act as the fund’s Donation Management Partner. In addition to managing the online donation infrastructure, CHEF has generously waived all costs associated with their role, and has seeded the matching funds program with $20,000. Thanks to CHEF, 100% of donation dollars received will go directly to the six organizations, and the impact of each donation up to $20,000 will be doubled. Businesses and organizations can contribute to the Matching Fund Program by contacting TVNPA CEO Kathy Young at email@example.com.
Funds will be distributed equally among the organizations and are unrestricted for use in mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 on their organizations. The ultimate goal is to help avoid interruptions to and decreases in service delivery to our community members during this crisis and during the time of economic recovery that will follow.
While donating to any one of these organizations is a great choice, donors to the TVNF can double their impact and wrap a blanket of services around their neighbors, providing food, shelter, healthcare and more with just one donation.
Donating to the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Fund is a win-win for donors, beneficiaries and the entire community. To find out more about the fund, click here.
Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance
The Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance is a 501©3 organization that strives to strengthen and advocate for nonprofit organizations by providing education, resources, and a supportive professional and community network. Tax ID: 47-4672151. Find out more at www.TVNPA.org
About the Community Health & Education Foundation
The TVNPA has engaged the Community Health & Education Foundation (“CHEF”), a 501©3 organization, as our donation management partner for the fund. CHEF’s mission is to provide resources and opportunities for Tri-Valley nonprofits to foster a community of giving. Tax ID: 82-1408737. Learn more at www.ChefGivingCommunity.org