FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Message from Martin Garber-Conrad, Edmonton Community Foundation’s CEO
April 30, 2020 Edmonton, AB:
It’s good to be able to share some positive news about supporting vulnerable Edmontonians through ECF’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund. To the end of April, the Rapid Response Fund has granted $843,150 to 34 charities in the greater Edmonton area who are helping a variety of our neighbours. These initiatives have included food delivery to isolated seniors, mental health supports for young people, domestic violence intervention and more. And more grants are being provided each day.
I am so pleased to extend a sincere thanks to all the donors who helped make this happen. ECF seeded the Rapid Response Fund (RRF) on March 25th with $500,000 from its discretionary funds. The RRF quickly increased to more than a million dollars through contributions from donors and allocations from their Donor Advised Funds. And the fund received a boost early on from a generous EPCOR donation in the amount of $150,000!
An added bonus is that donations to the RRF received by May 31, 2020 will be matched by the Government of Alberta’s charitable donation matching program. If you wish to make a donation to be matched please visit the RRF donation page for more information.
On April 21st, the Government of Canada announced the creation of a $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund. This fund will help charities and non-profit organizations that support vulnerable populations in Canada who are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
This initiative will help community foundations across Canada, together with The Canadian Red Cross and United Way Centraide Canada, meet immediate needs and keep Canadians working in the charitable sector. ECF will help distribute those funds in our community.