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Cleveland Foundation COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund raises $5.37 million

The fund was set up to help the groups of people most impacted by COVID-19 in Cleveland.

CLEVELAND — Last week, The Cleveland Foundation set up the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund. The fund was set up to help groups of people heavily impacted by coronavirus in Cleveland. 

In five days, 27 different corporations and philanthropic partners have helped raise $1.42 million dollars in addition to the nearly $4 million it started with.

Among those who have made a substantial donation to the Rapid Response Fund are Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam. The Haslams announced on Monday that they have donated $1.5 million to coronavirus relief efforts in Ohio. $1 million of the donation has been earmarked for the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, which aims to aid the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.  

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The other $500,000 is being sent to the Columbus Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund, which assists non-profit organizations that are responding to the spread of COVID-19 and experiencing financial challenges by doing so.

Some groups of people that will benefit from the fund are those above the age of 60, healthcare workers, service workers, pregnant women, homeless people, people of color and disabled people. The funding will be allocated to different nonprofits that help these, and other, groups of people during this time. 

To learn more or to donate visit ClevelandFoundation.org/response

Front-line nonprofits that need this funding in this time of crisis can contact covid19response@clevefdn.org to learn more about the funding process. 

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