COVID-19 Information and Updates
What Governor Burgum said at one of his COVID-19 press conferences bears repeating - “We are known for being North Dakota tough, but now, it’s time to be North Dakota Smart”. We will need both attributes as we face and defeat not only the COVID-19 virus, but also the effects of the measures mandated by government, common sense, and North Dakota smart.
The North Dakota Community Foundation has been building smart solutions for community betterment and most importantly, strong relationships all across our beautiful state for over 40 years. We work with literally hundreds of community volunteers in every corner of North Dakota. We also have over 700 fund owners. We know you have questions about the impacts of COVID-19 on NDCF and also, what we can all do to help combat this virus.
To begin with, NDCF is still open for business and operations. Some NDCF staff members have chosen to work from home at this time, but all are available via email and/or phone. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your fund or our grant-making this year. I greatly appreciate our staff and all of our many volunteers across the state and want to emphasize the importance of self-care during this pandemic. Please make sure you are not only washing your hands and following the guidelines of the CDC and ND Department of Health, but also are taking care of your mental health. This is a stressful time for everyone - please find ways to reduce your stress levels, whether it be a quick walk outside, deep breathing exercises, or a call to someone you can talk to about your concerns.
Second, we are currently assessing the situation in our communities across the state to better understand how we can help in this crisis. We appreciate all of our grantees and volunteers who provide essential services in their communities, especially to our most vulnerable populations. This situation is changing rapidly and we will do our best to work with you throughout the long-range disaster.
Third, we have created a ND COVID-19 Community & Nonprofit Response Fund to provide financial assistance to nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies in the state that are impacted by the pandemic. NDCF's Board of Directors has committed $50,000 of our Statewide Greatest Need Fund grantable dollars to seed this fund and we are asking individuals, businesses, and other foundations to consider a donation to help our nonprofit community at this time. Many of our nonprofits provide critical services to our most vulnerable populations - the elderly, in particular - and these services will be in high demand, at the same time as their fundraising events are being canceled.
There is additional information on this website that might be of interest to you regarding the COVID-19 Community & Nonprofit Response Fund, as well as how the current market conditions affect our grantmaking. As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Kevin J. Dvorak,
President & CEO