The Eastern Colorado Community Fund (ECCF), the United Way of Morgan County, and the Bank of Colorado are partnering to establish the Morgan County COVID-19 Response Fund. As with other disaster response initiatives, the objective is to provide leadership and collaborative funding to support those who face the greatest need.
The coronavirus has stunned the world and is taking its toll on every individual and organization, including our community's nonprofits. To help respond to this unprecedented challenge, this effort will provide funding to local nonprofit organizations that work with people disproportionately affected by the consequences of COVID-19. Initially, these recipients include human service organizations that address food insecurity, especially for youth and older adults.
The Fund began with a $10,000 gift from a friend of the ECCF (an anonymous Morgan County donor), followed by $5,000 from The United Way of Morgan County, and another $5,000 from The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado. These organizations are eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions from private foundations, corporate partners, and individual donors. As a corporate sponsor, the Bank of Colorado branches in Morgan County contributed $15,000 to be used as matching funds.
The ECCF and United Way of Morgan County will administer grants from the COVID-19 Fund with the assistance of community volunteers who will sit on the grant selection committee. Grants will be distributed to nonprofit organizations throughout Morgan County through the course of the crisis. The goal is to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs. Neither United Way nor the Foundation will charge an administrative fee for this fund.