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Scranton Area Community Foundation’s Response to COVID-19

03.18.20

The Scranton Area Community Foundation believes that coordination is critical in order to respond to the most immediate needs of our communities. During this challenging time for our region, we are working with other philanthropic partners and government officials in the Northeastern Pennsylvania region to ensure that these urgent needs are being addressed in a responsive and effective manner.

We are collaborating in various ways in order to assist organizations who are deeply affected by this crisis. Like our other funding partners, we strongly encourage the continual updating and use of the resources 211 and Neighborly PA so that the most relevant, impactful information is available to all individuals.

A sampling of the resources that we are working on to assist our community is as follows:

NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund
A field of interest fund will be established with other partners with the goal of responding to the needs of organizations working with those who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the related consequences of the outbreak. The Fund will be designed to expand local capacity to address aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible, particularly those that might be unable to be effectively addressed otherwise. The Scranton Area Community Foundation will serve as administrator of the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund with the disbursement of funds suggested by a collaborative of partners from the philanthropic, nonprofit, and civic sectors. The goal is to move resources effectively as the need arises to meet needs.

Gifts to this fund may be made online here or by check indicating “NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund” in the memo line payable to Scranton Area Community Foundation, 615 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 102, Scranton, PA 18510.

Support the NEPA COVID-19 Fund

Critical Needs Grants
The Scranton Area Community Foundation will continue to review critical needs grants applications, which are intended for emergencies or pressing, unanticipated needs and which are available on a rolling basis. In general, critical needs grants will be made at a level at or below $10,000. Submit a Letter of Intent here.

NEPA Nonprofit Resources Google Group
In order to quickly respond to and understand the changing needs of our local organizations, this discussion-focused group has been created for nonprofit, civic, government, and funding organizations to share information, needs, questions, concerns, and resources with each other and with those who may be in a position to assist with pressing needs that extend beyond funding. Members of this group can include executive directors, board members, case managers, and support staff of nonprofit, government, and civic organizations. Though members must request to join, all relevant parties will be accepted and encouraged to start or take part in discussion topics. Join here.

Emergency Planning for Nonprofits Webinar
Now is a critical time to review or create a specific continuity of operations plan for your organization. In partnership with the Moses Taylor Foundation, the Scranton Area Community Foundation’s Center for Community Leadership and Nonprofit Excellence will host a webinar on Emergency Planning for Nonprofits Thursday, March 19 at 3:00 PM.  Danny Rosenthal from Human Services Council of New York will conduct this 90-minute webinar and a full recording will be distributed to registrants afterward. Register for this complimentary training here.

At the Scranton Area Community Foundation, we are proud to serve our region and are focused on working quickly and collectively to support those most impacted in this challenging time. Please let us know how we can support you.


For more information about our response to COVID-19, please contact us at 570-347-6203.

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