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OC Community Resilience Fund Report

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Background The OC Community Resilience Fund, which reached more than $3M in contributions within two weeks of launching, is a coordinated philanthropic effort to support non- profit organizations working to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Orange County residents. The Fund allows the region's foundations and donors to focus resources, share infrastructure, reduce duplicative efforts, support innovative responses, and maximize impact in areas of greatest need. The Fund is awarding grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to local nonprofits that support our county's most vulnerable residents, including veterans, low-income seniors, households under the poverty line, children of all ages and their families, and individuals who are homeless, disabled or underinsured. The Fund was designed to support three types of grants: • Support for community clinics that provide services to prevent or treat COVID-19 • Support for individuals through grants to organizations that can re-grant to individuals affected by COVID-19 • Support for community-based organizations facing direct impact on operations or finances from COVID-19 The Fund's key objectives for success include: • Effectively triage needs and respond to emergency requests • Reduce grant administration and grant application burden for both donors and nonprofits • Push $3M in emergency philanthropic support to the nonprofit sector quickly and effectively • Align and coordinate philanthropic funding • Keep open lines of communication between donors and nonprofit organizations • Build a plan to provide longer-term support that incorporates what we are learning from our front-line nonprofit providers. Round 1 funding in the amount of $1M was distributed on April 1 to 36 organizations. First round grant decisions were made with reference to a priority framework 1 , which was created to provide the selection committee objective criteria to identify the highest needs. Additional rounds of funding will be deployed as more contributions are received. What follows is a report that captures what we have learned from the non- profits who submitted the first round of applications, and represents a first glimpse of the impact of COVID-19 on the Orange County nonprofit sector. OC Community Resilience Fund Round 1 Proposals and Nonprofit Needs: Topline Findings 1 Each application received a "priority score" which helped to rank applications based on level/amount of essential services provided, vulnerable communities served, and potential for greatest and immediate impact. Those organizations that were anticipating shortfalls in revenue (e.g. canceled events) or that were not providing essential services to vulnerable populations did not score as high. Beyond the score, the committee was able to review their OC Nonprofit Central profile when available to gauge financial health, level of reserves, and scope and capacity to help determine final awards. April 10, 2020

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