THE FUND WILL SUPPORT COMMUNITY NEEDS AS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.
The Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund (MDRF) for coronavirus funds both short and long-term needs that arise within communities as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. Fund contributions will be directed to local community foundations, Minnesota Initiative Foundations and intermediaries. Funds will then be distributed by the community foundations or intermediaries.
First Grants Announced
The Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF) in partnership with the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation awarded $2 million in funds from the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund (MDRF) for coronavirus to a first round of grantees, $2.1 million in funds in the second round, and over $2 million in the third round. The fund continues to grow. As of April 16, $11 million has been raised for this fund.
Quick Facts About the Fund
Funds will be distributed by community foundations, Minnesota Initiative Foundations or intermediaries for needs that arise for individuals and families due to the impact of coronavirus. This may include nonprofits that are seeing increased demand for services or are struggling due to social distancing recommendations; and small businesses that have interrupted operations.
- 100% of fund contributions will be distributed to grantmaking organizations for disaster recovery efforts in the state of Minnesota
- Any remaining MDRF funds will be dedicated to recovery efforts for future disasters in Minnesota, after all coronavirus needs are met
- No fees will be taken by either the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation nor the Minnesota Council on Foundations for this work
- Funds will go directly to community foundations, Minnesota Initiative Foundations or other intermediaries that have an existing grant-making process in place
How to Contribute
Individuals interested in donating to the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund for coronavirus can give by visiting GiveMN.orgGiveMN.org
Interested philanthropic entities can donate directly to the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund for coronavirus through the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation. To discuss contributing, please contact Susie Brown, Minnesota Council on Foundations President, at 612.335.3557 or by email.Email Susie
Information for Nonprofits
Funds will not be distributed directly to nonprofit organizations. Rather, funds will go directly to community foundations, Minnesota Initiative Foundations or other intermediaries that have an existing grant-making process in place.
The intermediaries will distribute the funds to nonprofits, small businesses, and individuals and families. This may include nonprofits that are seeing increased demand for services or are struggling due to social distancing recommendations; and small businesses that have interrupted operations.
“ In times of need, the generosity of Minnesotans can be counted on to support community-led solutions for those who are vulnerable and at-risk in our state. As Minnesotans face risks associated with the coronavirus, that generosity will again be deployed through the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund.”
Eric J. Jolly, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation
The MDRF Advisory Committee is comprised of cross-sector community leaders from throughout the state of Minnesota with experience in disaster recovery and/or philanthropy. Members are charged with discernment of timely emerging disaster recovery needs, in addition to holding the authority for fund allocation recommendations.
Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation representatives on the Advisory Committee include Eric J. Jolly, Ph.D., president and CEO; and Carrie Jo Short, senior director of Community Impact.
View the press release announcing the Fund, which lists funders and the advisory committee members.