Final Awards From Covid-19 Relief Fund

The Fort Atkinson Community Foundation recently awarded a second round of grants from its COVID-19 Relief Fund, amounting to over $100,000, to twelve local nonprofit organizations. These twelve human service organizations have been providing critical services to our community in a very stressful pandemic environment. Some have been challenged by increased demand and expenses while others struggled with
the inability to fundraise as usual.

“The health of our nonprofit community, especially the human services sector, is very important to us,” noted Foundation Chairman Michael Bender. “For this final round of grants, we really wanted to focus on those organizations that were helping people with critical services. We are grateful to the se nonprofits for their good work, and we are particularly grateful to everyone who donated to the Covid-19 Relief Fund, making these
grants possible.”

The recipients of these latest grants from the Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund are St.Vincent de Paul-Fort Atkinson, Badgerland After School Enrichment (BASE) Club, Bethel House, Dave Gallup Foundation, Jefferson Co. Literacy Council, Rock River Community Clinic, New Beginnings APFV, Catholic Charities, Jefferson Co. Human Services, Parents Cooperative Preschool, Your Friends in Action, and Fort HealthCare.

These twelve grants represent the final distributions from the Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund.

The Foundation originally opened the fund in March 2020, with a promise to match all gifts, up to $60,000. The intention was to provide a vehicle by which individuals and organizations could help the local nonprofit community weather the pandemic crisis.
Thanks to our generous donors, almost $60,000 was raised and then matched by the Foundation, resulting in $120,000 in grants going to fifteen local nonprofit organizations in July 2020.

As the crisis continued, donors continued to contribute to the fund and the Foundation again offered to match all gifts, this time up to $25,000.

By the Foundation’s April 2021 board meeting, the fund had reached over $28,000. At that point, the Foundation’s Board of Directors voted to match the full amount and add an additional $48,000 in support of this final round of grants.

To date, the total amount of Covid-19 relief funding distributed by the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation is $225,000.