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.
Your gift will truly make a difference.
- 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:
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 email@example.com or 715-552-3801.
About the Quick Response Community Fund
Hosted by ECCF and supported by UWGCV and Marshfield Clinic Health System, this fund will provide flexible and rapid resources to Eau Claire area nonprofits working with those who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and its economic consequences.
ECCF will administer grants in collaboration with UWGCV. Together, we will review grant applications and recommend funding awards. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs. We expect to issue an initial round of grants within the next two weeks.
- General questions and inquiries about making requests for emergency grant funding can be directed to Rebecca White Body at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jan Porath at email@example.com
- Interested donors and partners can contact Sue Bornick at firstname.lastname@example.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.
Requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and responses will be made within a week of submitting the proposal. In order to move resources quickly, the request form is short and easy to complete. If a nonprofit is not immediately funded, its request will continue to be reviewed weekly.
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.
When will you share your list of grantees?
We anticipate making a first round of emergency grants in the coming weeks and will post the list of grantees, along with short descriptions of the services they’re providing, on our website and on social media. We hope this will help the community navigate available resources.
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.