Fund for Women donates $200,000 to address COVID-19

DOVER – The Fund for Women (FFW), an endowed fund at the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF), has donated $200,000 to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative.

The FFW’s gift, which will support grants to nonprofits addressing community needs resulting from the pandemic, was divided evenly between the COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund at the DCF and the Delaware Does More COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund at United Way of Delaware.

The Rapid Response Fund at UWDE is focused on alleviating the near-term impact of COVID-19 by working to supplement and support efforts related to children in low-income households, the working poor and seniors. The Strategic Response Fund at the DCF targets emerging and evolving needs of the state’s most-impacted communities for the longer term needs of the state. Philanthropy Delaware is working with both UWDE and the DCF.

Commenting on group’s decision, FFW Chair Lynn Kokjohn said, “While we recognize the many grant applications we received are vitally important to women and girls in Delaware, we also acknowledge that because of the COVID-19 crisis, we are in a very different environment today. We decided to dramatically change course and to redirect this year’s funding into the critical community work being managed by United Way and the Delaware Community Foundation.”

The two funds have already given $940,000 to 38 organizations, including the Food Bank of Delaware (statewide), First State Community Action Agency (Georgetown), the Modern Maturity Center (Dover), Little Sisters of the Poor (Newark), and CHILD, Inc. (Wilmington).

Nonprofits can submit applications for the Strategic Response Fund at the DCF on a weekly rolling basis at Gifts to the fund can be made at

Helpful Coronavirus links

Delaware Division of Health Coronavirus Page
CDC: About the Coronavirus Disease 2019
CDC: What to do if You Are Sick
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
AP News Coronavirus Coverage
Reopening Delaware: Resources for Businesses
Delaware Phase 2 guidance

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