March 11, 2020
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Oregon Community Foundation is actively monitoring fast-moving developments of the global coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.
We remain in close collaboration with our regional funding partners, our statewide network of community leaders and nonprofit partners to ensure we’re ready and available to mobilize resources, support and communications where and when they are most needed, particularly for Oregon’s most vulnerable populations.
Frequently asked questions
1. WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH OCF GRANT MAKING?
OCF grantmaking continues uninterrupted. Dollars budgeted for distribution in 2020 are protected from short-term market fluctuations like what we’re seeing this month.
We are staying in close touch with our philanthropic partners and service providers in communities, to ensure that we’re ready to assist, once the direct impacts of COVID-19 become clearer. In particular we’re paying close attention to the needs of our most vulnerable populations – especially those who will be most unable to meet basic needs, or who are likely to be impacted due to job shutdowns or interruptions in services like healthcare and childcare. We will continue to monitor developments daily.
2. WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO OCF DONORS?
We are closely monitoring the fast-moving developments of COVID 19, which represents challenges on several fronts: public health and safety, economic stability and community service delivery. As it’s not immediately clear where the need will be greatest for philanthropic dollars, we’re relying on a vast network of local community leaders to advise on gaps in services where we can best provide support. That support is particularly needed for nonprofit organizations serving our most economically vulnerable Oregonians – particularly those experiencing homelessness and those without health insurance or access to sick days.
3. WHAT IS OCF’S APPROACH TO EVENTS AND CONVENINGS?
While the community exposure risk may be low, our top priority is the health and safety of all those in OCFs network, and we are following the ‘social distancing’ recommendations provided by expert health authorities. We are approaching planned events through OCF on a case-by-case basis, and encouraging all who work with and for OCF to stay home if they’re experiencing any flu-like symptoms. We will provide regular updates on any event cancellations as they arise.