March 18, 2020
To our Fort Atkinson Community,
The Fort Atkinson Community Foundation has today opened a fund to receive donations from businesses, families and individuals who want to support our community during the tumultuous times we are experiencing as we work hard to protect our citizens from the threat of Covid-19. Every donation received will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, by the Community Foundation, up to $50,000.
We have taken this action because we know that many local nonprofits will face an increasing demand for critical services and supplies. In addition, the impact on our local economy and workforce will create immediate and long-term hardships for many residents.
Grants from the Fund will be awarded to qualified, nonprofit organizations or government organizations, and not to individuals. Grants will be paid as reimbursements in an effort to make whole those organizations which had to spend money in an extraordinary fashion to support our community during this crisis.
If you would like to support the effort, you can mail your donation to the Community Foundation at 244 North Main Street, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538. Checks should be made out to the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation with a note in the memo line that the gift is intended for the Covid-19 Relief Fund.
For your convenience, we have also set up an online method to donate to the fund via credit card. You can access this by going to our website, www.fortfoundation.org, where you will see the button for donating.
Keep in mind that all donations to the Relief Fund are tax-deductible. They will be held in a designated account and will not be invested in the market. In addition to matching all donations, the Foundation will also cover all fees so 100% of your donation will go to support our nonprofit community.
Should the amount in the fund exceed needed Covid-19 relief, after a reasonable amount of time, any remaining money will be transferred to the Foundation’s permanent Doris Highsmith Social Services Fund where it will continue to support our nonprofit community.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our best to you all,
Sue Hartwick, Executive Director
Fort Atkinson Community Foundation