The City of Philadelphia, businesses and philanthropic foundations established a fund to support local nonprofits on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The PHL COVID-19 Fund will distribute money to nonprofit organizations that have a track record of helping at-risk groups such as seniors, people with disabilities, the economically disadvantaged and people experiencing homelessness. Funds can go to 501(c)(3) nonprofits in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania; and Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May and Cumberland counties in New Jersey.
The fund has already raised $6.4 million from dozens of organizations like the Lenfest Foundation, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and Independence Blue Cross, including a $3 million gift from the William Penn Foundation. Donations can be made at phlcovid19fund.org.
“We hope to grow this much beyond that,” said Bill Golderer, CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.