The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines has announced an initial $100,000 of donations it is making to nonprofit organizations from the Disaster Recovery Fund that has been established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

At this time, investments are supporting surges in service and capacity for local nonprofits that are continuing to provide critical safety net services to keep individuals from vulnerable populations in their homes, healthy and safe, the foundation said.

“We may not know what tomorrow will bring, but thanks to support of the Disaster Recovery Fund we have the confidence that we stand ready to meet the challenge,” said Kristi Knous, Community Foundation president. “Our community has proven time and time again that we are better together, and this collaborative spirit will once again prevail as we support our neighbors in need.”

Announced on March 16, the fund was created in partnership with disaster response and philanthropic organizations in Greater Des Moines to develop a collective strategy for charitable giving during times of disaster. The Community Foundation’s board committed an immediate $100,000 to the fund, which was matched by $100,000 from United Way of Central Iowa. 

The initial investments include the following: 

– Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC): Funding to support additional food acquisition and distribution needs to ensure effective and safe delivery to vulnerable populations. 

– Food Bank of Iowa: Funding to support additional food acquisition and distribution needs to ensure effective and safe delivery to vulnerable populations in Greater Des Moines.

– Iowa Legal Aid: Funding to support increased capacity needs to provide free legal services to vulnerable populations in Greater Des Moines who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

– Primary Health Care: Funding to support prevention, diversion and rapid rehousing for individuals and families who are homeless or may be imminently homeless due to the impact of COVID-19.

– Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa (RACI): Funding to support increased capacity needs of the RACI network to provide critical COVID-19 information for non-English-speaking members of Greater Des Moines.

To date, the Disaster Recovery Fund has raised over $625,000, thanks to support of the people, businesses and funders of Greater Des Moines. 

The Community Foundation is not charging any administrative fee for participating in the fund. In addition, donors making a credit card contribution can increase their gift amount to cover the credit card processing fee.  

The foundation did not release the amount given to each organization. 

“The long-term application of the fund will focus on additional needs that will inevitably arise,” Knous said in a statement. “This long-term recovery work will be ongoing and it is the intent that this fund continues to grow and serve as a source that can be activated quickly in the face of whatever the next disaster may be.” 

To give to the Disaster Recovery Fund or to learn more, visit www.desmoinesfoundation.org/disasterfund.