Nearly $1 million Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund Available
Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund of nearly $1 million is available as four Agencies join forces to provide COVID-19 funding. Critical organizations that provide assistance to the most vulnerable residents in the TampaBay area will be helped thanks to a unique partnership that has nearly $1 million of funding assistance available to non-profit 501©3 organizations and governmental agencies.
The Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund (TBRF) is a new strategic collaboration of the Pinellas Community Foundation, Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg and United Way Suncoast. The new partnership has been launched to provide assistance to the most vulnerable of our local residents being affected by the COVID-19 public health crisis.
The Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund also provides a trusted and reliable way to donate to recovery efforts, and 100 percent of the funds collected thorough this effort will be directed to address immediate and mid- to long-term needs through the provision of grants to select nonprofits. Distribution of funds will be overseen through a collaborative process by the funding partners above to ensure the funds are distributed fairly and equitably as they work together to address the community’s most serious needs.
In addition to the nearly $1 million startup fund, the organizations will mutually collect donations and provide assistance through this resiliency initiative that will support organizations in Desoto, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties.
Nonprofit 501(c) organizations and governmental agencies will be eligible to receive assistance. Funding allocations will be prioritized generally among the following three categories: protection of human life, mitigation of additional harm, and strengthening nonprofits related to critical intervention services to the community.
By working together and pooling resources, these organizations are leveraging individual relationships and expertise to speed help to those who need it the most across our greater community. Pinellas Community Foundation is serving as the fiscal agent for this fund. For more information or to donate, visit www.pinellascf.org/TBRF.
Four Agencies Join Forces For Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund:
Here is a little more information about each of the four agencies joining forces to make this funding possible.
“This public health crisis is having wide-reaching impact from immediate needs for individuals to long-term changes in how organizations will operate. Our goal is to help fill critical gaps that are unaddressed by federal, state and local government.” Duggan Cooley, CEO, Pinellas Community Foundation (LEFT)
“As the world, our state, and local communities are turned sideways, many of our non-profit partners – and the historically vulnerable people we serve together – face unprecedented challenges. As a funder committed to social justice, we have a responsibility to support our community in every way we can. I’m grateful to join with other funders in a collaborative effort to address urgent issues and anticipated future needs of our communities.” Eileen Coogan, President & CEO, Allegany Franciscan Ministries (Right)
“There can be no doubt that race and economic fragility compound the serious and sometimes deadly results of catastrophic events that impact people in our communities. This partnership and fund are designed to prioritize a response toward our most vulnerable neighbors. Our communities, cities, counties, and region require long-term systemic solutions to mitigate harm and accelerate recovery in response to these events.” Randall H. Russell, President & CEO, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg (LEFT)
“We are grateful for leadership and critical support that the Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund is providing our region and are honored to be a part of such an important and timely effort during this time of crisis. These are unprecedented times that require significant and immediate action. The Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund will directly and swiftly address the pressing needs of the most vulnerable families in our community impacted by this crisis. This includes food, emergency financial assistance, and essential worker child care. Jessica Muroff, CEO, United Way Suncoast (RIGHT)
More About the Agencies Behind the Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund:
Pinellas Community Foundation
Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF) was founded in 1969. With over $100 million in charitable assets, PCF seeks effective solutions for Pinellas County’s most challenging social, environmental and educational issues, while supporting the advancement of arts and culture.
PCF is the only charitable foundation providing donors with customizable giving opportunities to enhance the quality of life for Pinellas County residents. More than 262 charitable organizations have received $55 million in donor-funded grants to support their community programs. PCF’s mission is made possible thanks to the generosity of donors. For information, call 727-531-0058 or visit www.pinellascf.org.
Allegany Franciscan Ministries
Allegany Franciscan Ministries seeks to improve the overall health of individuals and communities. A member of Trinity Health, Allegany grew out of the health care ministries of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, New York.
In addition to awarding grants, Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ staff and volunteers work collaboratively with community partners and other funders to create healthier, safer, and more connected places where the most vulnerable residents can prosper. For more information, call 727-507-9668 or visit www.afmfl.org.
Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg
The Foundation for a Health St. Petersburg is a private foundation working with the communities of Pinellas County to eradicate inequality, achieve racial equity to advance health equity, and improve population health.
The Foundation inspires and empowers people, organizations, ideas, and relationships to ensure that every person equitably achieves optimal health and well-being. For more information, call 727-865-4650 or visit www.healthystpete.foundation.
United Way Suncoast
United Way Suncoast staff, volunteers and trusted community partners fight for the education and financial stability of every person in our community because everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Across DeSoto, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Sarasota counties United Way Suncoast works to break the cycle of generational poverty through educational programs that give children the skills to succeed and help adults achieve long-term financial stability, as well as provide support services to those who need it most. For more information, call 813-274-0900 or visit www.unitedwaysuncoast.org.
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