Cleveland Philanthropy Becomes Infectious During COVID-19


The Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund was established on March 18, with corporate and philanthropic partners contributing $3.95 million to the fund. By March 23, the fund had grown by $1.42 million since its launch, totaling more than $5.37 million within the first five days. The Fund, housed at the Cleveland Foundation, was designed to assist nonprofit organizations serving on the front lines of the pandemic. Corporate and philanthropic partners, as well as individual donors across the region, have continued to donate to the fund.

The Fund complements the work of local public health officials and has expanded capacity in addressing all aspects of the coronavirus outbreak. During the Fund’s first phase, partners granted more than $8.6 million to nearly 160 nonprofit groups and organizations within Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties. On Sept. 1, 2020, a coalition of partners announced the creation of Phase II of the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, thereby extending the focus of Phase I. Funding will continue to support nonprofit organizations offering community safety nets and working to address the immediate needs of populations left most vulnerable by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For a complete list of funders and information on funding support eligibility, visit Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund

To donate to the Fund, please visit


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