Quick Response Community Fund

About the Fund

In this time of crisis, local nonprofits are working hard to provide the services that our community relies on. But they need your help.

How do you decide which organization to support? If you’re not sure, the Quick Response Community Fund offers a great option. ECCF, in collaboration with United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley (UWGCV), established this fund to rapidly deploy resources to nonprofits at the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Eau Claire area. 

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Your gift will truly make a difference.

Donation Options

  • Credit Card donations can be made online by clicking link above, which leads to our safe and secure donation portal.
  • Checks can be mailed to:

ECCF
Attn: Quick Response Community Fund (can be abbreviated to QRCF)
306 S. Barstow St., Suite 104
Eau Claire, WI  54701

  • Recommend a gift from your donor advised fund

To make a donation using other assets like stock or mutual funds, or to direct an IRA Qualified Charitable Deduction (QCD) to the fund, contact ECCF Executive Director Sue Bornick at suebornick@eccfwi.org  or 715-552-3801.

About the Quick Response Community Fund

Hosted by ECCF and supported by UWGCV and Marshfield Clinic Health System, this fund provides flexible and rapid resources to Eau Claire area nonprofits working with those who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and its economic consequences.  

ECCF administers grants in collaboration with UWGCV. Together, they review grant applications and recommend funding awards. Funds are released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs. 

Click here for an updated grantee list.

Click here to learn more about some of the Quick Response grantees.

Contact Us

  • General questions and inquiries about making requests for emergency grant funding can be directed to Rebecca White Body at grants@eccfwi.org.
  • Interested donors and partners can contact Sue Bornick at suebornick@eccfwi.org.

How to Make a Grant Request

Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution.

Any nonprofit organizations that meet these criteria and serve the Eau Claire area are eligible to apply. Those addressing basic needs like food, shelter, and medical care will be prioritized in the initial phase of this emergency grant cycle. Urgent operational needs will also be considered. We’re working closely with UWGCV to ensure that the grants awarded meet the community’s most urgent needs.

Click here to make a grant request. 

Requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and responses will be made as soon as possible. 

FAQs

Is there a geographic area of focus for the Fund?
The Quick Response Community Fund will support community-based organizations serving the Eau Claire area.

What will be included in the first phase of funding?
We anticipate multiple phases of funding to address both the acute needs now and the outbreak’s longer-term impacts as we enter the recovery phase. In this first phase, we’re prioritizing community-based nonprofits serving those who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis as well as nonprofits’ urgent operational needs.

Should I give to this Fund instead of making other donations?
This Fund was not created to be the only support for critical community activities during this outbreak. Rather, its intention is to quickly channel resources to where they’re needed most. If the Fund’s priorities align with your values, please consider making a donation. However, please continue to give directly to organizations you regularly support as well as others that need your help at this crucial time.

I want to donate. Can I restrict my funding to a prioritized grantee?
To ensure that we move resources as efficiently as possible, we’re not considering restricted donations at this time. If you want to support a particular nonprofit, please contact that organization directly.

Is there a fee to contribute?
Because of the current emergency situation, there is no administrative fee for contributions to the Quick Response Community Fund. 100% of donations will support local nonprofits. Gifts can also be mailed to ECCF.  

How will the funding priorities change over time?
The Fund’s priorities may evolve as our region adapts to the COVID-19 outbreak. We’ll initially prioritize the nonprofits in most urgent need of resources to address basic needs like food, shelter, and medical care as well as nonprofits’ urgent operational needs.

I’m an individual who’s been affected by COVID-19. Can this Fund help me?
We understand that many people have been affected by the outbreak already, and more will continue to be affected. While the Fund can’t provide grants to individuals, it will be funding community-based nonprofits that have strong experience in providing support to people in need.

For immediate assistance, please call 2-1-1 or check the 2-1-1 Wisconsin web page.