COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund Raises Nearly $240,000

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) announces its COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund raised nearly $240,000. Undertaken in collaboration with The Community Chest, the Fund provides one time only grants to support urgent funding needs of small local nonprofit organizations and also nonprofit arts organizations and nonprofits providing arts programs and services in Bergen County to build community engagement in a time of isolation.

Nonprofit, 501 (c) (3) organizations in Bergen County may apply. Information about the Fund is available online. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 29.

The Northern NJ Community Foundation launches the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund.

Support for the Fund comes from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NEC Financial Services via the NEC Foundation of America, Visions Federal Credit Union, as well as individuals.  NEC Foundation of America donated to the Fund to support healthcare professionals working on the frontlines in hospitals.  With this donation, the Fund awarded initial grants to: Englewood Hospital (Englewood Health Foundation), Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation, Holy Name Medical Center Foundation, and The Valley Hospital Foundation.

“Upon joining the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation as the pandemic crisis was unfolding, I saw the opportunity for the NNJCF to assume a leadership role in addressing the local impact of this virus. It is gratifying to see the community come together and raise so much in a short period. As the virus spreads, we see residents’ needs and the organizations serving them continue to grow. These funds help local nonprofit organizations working in our backyards.  They also support our neighbors through this crisis,” said Mary Blanusa, Executive Director of the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.

Donate to COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund

Frontline nonprofit organizations continue to address escalating demands for services during the pandemic.  Individuals, businesses, and organizations may donate to the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund. Donations to the NNJCF’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund may be made on the organization’s website.   Contributions may also be sent by check made out to ‘The Northern NJ Community Foundation’.  Enter ‘COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund’ in the memo line.  Send the contribution to the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, 1 University Plaza, Suite 128, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601. Donations are tax-deductible, as permitted by law. For further information, contact or 201-568-5608.

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