Health Foundation Partners on Central New York COVID-19 Response Fund

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While we are all dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of our neighbors face disproportionate challenges due to unexpected time off from work, unplanned child or health care expenses and lack of access to adequate food and shelter. A coalition of community partners in Central New York is banding together to give support to those who need it most.

The Health Foundation has joined a group of community partners led by the Central New York Community Foundation and including United Way of Central New York, Allyn Foundation, The Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation, the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County to establish a COVID-19 Community Support Fund.The fund will support nonprofit organizations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

The fund is designed to rapidly deploy flexible resources in the form of one-time operating grants on a rolling basis to nonprofits whose operations support vulnerable populations stressed by the outbreak. The Community Foundation will seed the fund with a contribution from its own funds and encourages individuals, institutions, companies and other funders to donate as well.

Donations may be made online at or by contacting Thomas Griffith, vice president, development at the Central New York Community Foundation at (315) 422-9538 or

To learn more and see a list of organizations that have been awarded grants to date, visit