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Buchanan County Community Foundation Allocates $20,000 to COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund

Buchanan County Community Foundation
June 24, 2020

The Buchanan County Community Foundation (BCCF), an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, has allocated $20,000 of its 2020 discretionary grant funding to the Buchanan County COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund. The fund was established by the BCCF in March to respond to the increase in nonprofit need to serve individuals and families due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The BCCF has been partnering with the Buchanan County Disaster Relief Coalition to distribute the disaster response funds throughout Buchanan County.

“When the Buchanan County Community Foundation first established the COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund, our local governing committee made a unanimous commitment to financially support the fund as well as prioritize pandemic relief as part of our discretionary grant process,” said Pete Gaumer, chair of the Buchanan County Community Foundation governing committee.

Last week, the BCCF announced $106,043.37 in grant funding to 15 projects of organizations serving Buchanan County as part of its 2020 grant cycle. Roughly $28,000 was allocated specifically for COVID-19 support.

“There’s going to be a long-term impact on our communities due to COVID-19,” said Gaumer. “The need is great and if people have been thinking about giving back, now is a good time.”

The Buchanan County COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund provides an opportunity for the public to give in response to the local aspects of the disaster with the reassurance their donations will be used to quickly move resources to where they are most needed and to adapt to evolving needs. Gifts can be made to the fund by going to cfneia.org/buchanancovidfund and clicking on the “Give Today” button. Gifts can also be directed to the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, 3117 Greenhill Circle, Cedar Falls, IA 50613. Checks should be made out to Buchanan County COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund. Online gifts are strongly encouraged to have funds accessible for quick response to needs.

For more information about the Buchanan County COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund, contact CFNEIA at 319-287-9106.

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