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COVID-19 Update

Help Our Students Now!

Cumberland Community Foundation and Cumberland County Schools "CCS" have joined forces to help our students during this difficult time. Donate now to the CCS Fund for Student Emergency Needs. This fund was created to support the emergency needs of students of Cumberland County Schools, including but not limited to tools necessary to learn at home (Chromebooks, internet access, mobile hot spots in neighborhoods), emergency assistance for food and clothing, and other support for students in need.

Ways to give:

  • CLICK HERE to give online now. 
  • Mail a check to Cumberland Community Foundation, PO Box 2345, Fayetteville, NC 28302 (Checks should be payable to Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. with CCS Student Fund in the memo line.)
  • Contact Cameron Sims, Donor Services Manager, to donate stock, transfer directly from your IRA (must be 70 1/2 or older), or to make a grant from your donor advised fund. Cameron@CumberlandCF.Org or 910-483-4449 x107.

Cumberland Community Foundation is a tax exempt charitable organization (tax id 58-1406831). All gifts will be acknowledged for tax purposes. (Gifts online - You will receive an immediate letter by email; Gifts by check, stock, and other - Please allow a week due to remote office status.) 

Thank you for helping students in need today!

---- Other COVID-19 Actions ---- 

Effective March 23, 2020, Cumberland Community Foundation will be working remotely: 

  • The office will be closed. Staff will maintain normal business hours while working remotely: Monday to Thursday 9am - 5pm and Friday 9am - 1pm. Staff members will return calls and emails throughout the day, though there may be a delay.
  • Distributions from the Rapid Response Grant Fund were paid according to donor intent on March 23, 2020. Additional distributions will be made as funding becomes available. 
  • Grants and scholarships will be paid promptly. 
  • Gifts by check or stock will be acknowledged by mail weekly. Gifts online will be acknowledged automatically by email. 
  • Nonprofits, please check back in May for information on additional funding available. 
  • Donors, as always, we are available to help you design your legacy with an endowment to support favorite causes.

Stay safe and we hope to see you as soon as COVID-19 is history! 

Mary Holmes, Executive Director, 910-483-4449 x103 or Mary@CumberlandCF.Org  

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Email sent on March 13, 2020: 

Dear Friends,

We are fortunate to be part of this caring community. The needs of local nonprofits, students, donors, volunteers, and our employees remain a top priority.  Here is a quick update on Cumberland Community Foundation’s response to COVID-19.

Response: CCF is prepared and ready to ensure that charitable giving in our community continues stronger than ever during this time of need. We are waiting to develop a fund to receive gifts, as we are still assessing the unmet needs. More to come on that later this month.

Information: We will provide additional updates and recommendations in the coming days and weeks via e-mail, our website, and Facebook. 

Offices: Due to recommendations for social-distancing, CCF’s offices will be closed to the public beginning March 16, 2020. All CCF staff will be working and available by email or phone during normal business hours. (Monday through Thursday 9AM–5PM, Friday 9AM–1PM). Both on-site and off-site meetings will be rescheduled or converted to phone or video meetings. (Our staff will contact previously scheduled attendees to notify them of these changes.)

Fundholders: Grants submitted by donor advised fundholders will be processed on the normal schedule. We remain available to assist you by phone or email with questions about your funds, statements, and grants.

Donors: Online giving continues via our website – www.cumberlandcf.org. Our online grants catalog is open for donors to “shop” and give to special programs – www.cumberlandcf.org/catalog

Students: CCF’s scholarship program will continue as scheduled – www.cumberlandcf.org/scholarships/

Grantees: Be assured that grant payments will be made as scheduled.

Ways to help:

· Please continue to support small businesses and individuals whose income depend on direct services. Their financial state is often fragile. You can help.

· Please continue to support local nonprofit organizations that work with vulnerable residents and also provide quality of life services. Many of these organizations provide essential services with the funds they raise from their special events which are now being canceled. Yet, the community still needs their services.

· Please keep you and those in your community safe by closely monitoring updates and accessing health and safety resources from the State of North Carolina, the Centers for Disease Control, the NC Department of Health and Human Services, and the Cumberland County Department of Public Health.  

A special message to our nonprofit partners:

· We understand that the effects of COVID-19 will be far-reaching. We know that you have lost revenue due to canceled fundraising events. You are struggling to pay your existing staff members that manage your essential programs. You are expecting an increased demand for your services with fewer resources available.

· Please know that we are strategizing with community leaders and other funders on a response to support community nonprofits, and we will be back in contact as soon as those plans emerge.

· Meanwhile, please check the helpful resource developed by the NC Center for Nonprofits – Nonprofit Pandemic Resources .    

We will share additional information as we have more information about the needs in the community. We appreciate your support during this difficult time.  

 

Sincerely,

Mary M. Holmes, Executive Director, 910-483-4449 x103