Q: Is there a fee to donate to the fund?
100% of every donation to the Peninsula Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) will go to directly to relief efforts on the ground, with the exception of credit card service fee for online donations, about 3.25% + $0.35 per transaction. The Greater Gig Harbor Foundation is covering the cost of staff leading this effort. Additionally, to assure that 100% of every dollar goes directly into relief efforts, the Fund will be able to issue payments directly to providers (e.g., utility, phone, housing, etc.), to make certain other administrative fees are not captured downstream.
Q: I want to donate. Can I restrict my funding?
To ensure we move resources as quickly and efficiently as possible to respond to areas of greatest need, we are asking donors not to restrict their donations at this time. The Community Emergency Relief Fund was created in hopes of providing a way to coordinate as many resources as possible.
Q: Should I give to the Community Emergency Relief Fund instead of making other donations?
The emergency fund was created to aid in getting more targeted resources into the community, where the need is greatest, as quickly as possible. The Peninsula CERF is not meant to be the only vehicle to resource crucial community services and activities during this outbreak. Rather the Fund will work to accelerate finding, receiving and getting targeted resources into the community where it’s needed most – and as quickly as possible. If the Peninsula Community COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund priorities align with your values, we hope that you will consider making a donation to help make flexible resources available to our community as quickly as possible.
This is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations who have benefitted from your support in the past, as well as those who have had to cancel their annual fundraising events or depend heavily on public gatherings. We hope that you will continue to give to the organizations you regularly support. Now is the time to double down for our community as we have greater awareness of the depth and scale of the long-term ramifications of the COVID-19 outbreak. As other complimentary funds and efforts develop, we will be sure to keep partners informed.
Q: I/my family has been affected by COVID-19. Can this Fund help me?
We understand many individuals and families have been affected by the outbreak already and more will continue to be affected. On behalf of CERF’s partners, we will work to move resources to agencies and organizations directly supporting local families most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts.
While CERF is not able to provide grants to individuals, we will be funding a variety of needs as they are presented by organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families in our community with services and support. Developments surrounding COVID-19 have evolved quickly and we expect the same will be true for the emergency relief fund, as well as other forms of assistance that may be available. We will be sharing information on organizations and resources that may be available to you on the COVID-19 Community Resource page. If you are looking for resources now, please consider South Sound 211 and Pierce County Human Services Department.
Q: What will not be included in the first phase of funding?
We anticipate several phases of funding to address both the critical needs now and the longer-term impacts. In this first phase, we are prioritizing community-based organizations that are serving communities and individuals who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis.
Based upon the charitable structure of the Fund, grants are 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.
Q: Is there a geographic area of focus for the Fund?
The Peninsula CERF will prioritize community-based organizations serving the greater Key and Gig Harbor peninsula region. There are many organizations in Pierce County and beyond with broader footprints, that may serve organizations outside GGHF’s service area.
Q: When will information on those funded be shared?
We anticipate making a first round of investments in the coming weeks and will share the list of grantees on this website, along with short descriptions of the services and support provided. We hope that this will help the community navigate available resources.
Q: How will the Peninsula CERF change gears as needed?
CERF priorities may change as our community adjusts to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will continue to prioritize support for those most impacted. Crisis philanthropy recognizes the need to provide immediate resources for triage, as well as the significance of recovery resources to ensure community resilience.
If you have any additional questions please reach out to us!