The Southwest Florida Community Foundation in partnership with United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee has created the SWFL Emergency Relief Fund in response to COVID-19 to serve our neighbors in Southwest Florida.
The Fund will provide resources to local organizations working to provide aid to those impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and local government to expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.
The Community Foundation will proactively work with the United Way as they identify potential grant recipients and solicit guidance on potential recipients from other community funders and advisors. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues through the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs.
No fees are charged for relief funds, donors have the option to cover credit card fees.
Donors can give here or text: GIVESWFL to 444999, contributions from required minimum distributions (RMD) from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) is also available. If you are 70 ½ and eligible to receive your RMD, you can gift up to $100,000 to charity. Contact [email protected] for more information on other ways to give, or call 239-333-GIVE (4483).
Yes, if you want to specifically help a certain geographic area, you may restrict your donation to one of them. The SWFL Relief Fund was created in hopes of providing a way to coordinate as many resources as possible for our region.
This Fund was not created to be the only vehicle for getting needed resources into the community, but to help facilitate getting more targeted resources into the community. This is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations who’ve benefited from your giving in the past, as well as those who’ve had to cancel their annual fundraising events or depend heavily on public gatherings. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time. Now is the time to double down for our community.
Based upon the charitable structure of the SWFL Emergency Relief Fund, our grants will be limited to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities. We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501c4, 501c5, and 501c6 organizations.
The COVID-19 Response Fund will prioritize community-based organizations serving the Southwest Florida region. We are doing this with a recognition that many Southwest Florida nonprofits serve workers and residents in our neighboring counties.