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In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Scranton Area Community Foundation announces the third round of grants totaling $165,000 distributed to 25 nonprofit organizations from the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund.

To date, since the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund was established, a total of $405,000 has been awarded to 65 nonprofit organizations across Northeastern Pennsylvania to help address challenges they are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding recipients in the third round include Keystone Mission, Outreach – Center for Community Resources, Friends of the Poor, Lackawanna-Luzerne Medical Society, Goodwill Industries NEPA, Volunteers in Medicine, and many others.

View the Third Round COVID-19 Response Fund Grant Recipients

The Scranton Area Community Foundation created the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund to rapidly deploy responsive and flexible resources to community-based nonprofit organizations working with those who are impacted by COVID-19 and the related economic, social, and health-related consequences of the outbreak. The Scranton Area Board of Governors and the Robert H. Spitz Foundation trustees made an initial special distribution into the Fund, which has since been supported by numerous foundations, funds, and charitable individuals and businesses including the Margaret Briggs Foundation, Wells Fargo, the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, PPL Foundation, The Robert Cavanaugh Family Trust, M&T Bank, Wells Fargo, and Minooka Subaru.

“The NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund is quickly and effectively addressing the many challenges that nonprofit organizations are facing as a result of the crisis, particularly for those that might be unable to secure resources elsewhere,” stated Laura Ducceschi, Scranton Area Community Foundation President and CEO. “The need is absolutely there and we are working collaboratively with generous donors to help nonprofits continue their mission-critical work.”

The Foundation makes grant decisions on this fund with input from an advisory committee composed of partner organizations and representatives from the foundation, nonprofit, and civic sectors, based on available funds. Organizations can reapply to the fund as needed. A fourth round of grants is expected to be awarded within the next few weeks and the cycle will continue on a rolling basis during the crisis and recovery phases of the COVID-19 outbreak, as funds allow.

In addition to announcing the third round of grants, The Scranton Area Community is partnering with Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti to host Heart of Scranton, a virtual fundraiser for food insecurity today, April 30, at 7:00 pm on ECTV Channel 19, and the ECTV YouTube Channel. Through the generous support of the NEPA COVID-19 Fund and partners including Moses Taylor Foundation, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, The Geisinger Foundation, and Minooka Subaru, there is a dollar for dollar match available to donors contributing to this effort, up to $100,000. Donations will be accepted online at safdn.org/heart-of-Scranton or by check made payable to the Scranton Area Foundation indicating “Heart of Scranton” in the memo mailed to the Scranton Area Community Foundation, 615 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 102, Scranton, PA 18510.

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“To date, nearly $900,000 has been raised for the Fund, none of which would have been possible without the incredible generosity of our many funding partners and donors joining together to help in this unprecedented time,” said Laura Ducceschi, President and CEO of the Scranton Area Community Foundation. “The need amongst the nonprofit agencies and organizations in our communities, however, continues. Every donation to the fund helps, no matter the size,” she added.


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In addition to establishing the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund, the Scranton Area Community Foundation is maintaining a rolling critical needs grants pool and traditional grant funding pool. We have also implemented theNEPA Nonprofit Resources Google Group, a popular discussion-focused group created for nonprofit, civic, government, and funding organizations to be able to quickly share information, needs, questions, and resources with each other. Additionally, we have established a program of weekly webinars to help nonprofits, including training programs on crisis management, operations management, increasing fundraising revenue, and building sustainability, among other topics. Learn more about our response at safdn.org/covid19

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