PRESS RELEASE:

August 31, 2020 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Watching the impact of the pandemic on our non-profit sector has been heart wrenching. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of lost revenue from cancelled fundraisers and diminishing donations is making it difficult to continue providing the services we all know are critical. At the Foundation, we knew we needed to explore the role we could play to keep the non-profits positioned to fulfill their missions. A PIVOT Committee was formed. We explored ideas from the philanthropic sector, weighed each one against sound financial practices, good stewardship, and the obligation to continued growth for the future of the Foundation. I am pleased to share our PIVOT Plan.

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In order to provide additional support to the non-profit sector, gifts to the Legacy Fund will be divided 50/50: half to the 2021 Legacy Grants (NOW) — half to the Legacy Endowment Fund (For EVER).

With a goal of $100,000, we (YOU and the ACCF) can make a significant impact now and for ever. The organizations you have always entrusted us to support are in need. The need for their services still drives their work but they must also learn to navigate through this time of unprecedented crisis.

It is more important than ever that we come together, as partners, to see the non-profits in our community through this pandemic. Please make your donation today.

HOW CAN YOU GIVE?

* Text “NOW&FOREVER” to 44-321                                                              

* Donate on-line at www.alleganfoundation.org   

* Make and mail checks out to the ACCF at: 112 Locust St., Allegan MI  49010

(in the memo line please note Now & Forever)

PRESS RELEASE:

September 21, 2020 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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In these uncertain times, food insecurity is a grave concern. Our friends, neighbors, and family are in need. The Allegan County Food Pantry Collaborative’s 1st Annual SOUP Drive is an opportunity to help families through the upcoming months.  Any and every amount helps. Please donate today.

The Allegan County Food Pantry Collaborative (a program of the Allegan County Community Foundation) is excited to kick off our 1st Annual SOUP Drive!  The soup drive runs from October 1 – October 31, 2020. Our goal is 20,000 cans of soup – this sets the stage for the sixteen members of the Collaborative to provide soup for families during the cold winter months. This time for low-income families is especially difficult with increased food costs, rising unemployment, and the unknowns we are facing from the COVID-19 pandemic.

With COVID-19, we too, are having to make decisions now that may change later. We most certainly will be having a virtual soup drive.

HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE IN OUR VIRTUAL SOUP DRIVE?

* Text “SOUP” to 44-321 to donate                                                                

* Donate on-line at www.alleganfoundation.org   

* Make and mail checks out to the ACCF at: PO Box 278, Allegan MI  49010  

(in the memo line please note soup)

 

ACFPC member pantries: Allegan United Methodist Church, Christ Community Church, Allegan County Food Pantry, Hamilton Christian Reformed Church, Hungry for Christ, Christian Neighbors Plainwell, St. Margaret – St. Vincent DePaul, Martin United Methodist Church, Christian Neighbors Douglas, Ladders of Hope, Love, Inc. Pullman, Hopkins United Methodist Church, Christian Neighbors Wayland, Project Hope, Epiphany Lutheran Church and Community Action  House – Holland.

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Feed the Need Allegan Covid-19 Relief Fund Request

Non-profit partners and tax-exempt service providers:

The Feed The Need Allegan COVID-19 Response Coalition [United Way Allegan County – Allegan County Community Foundation – Community Action Allegan County] has established the Feed The Need Allegan COVID-19 Relief Fund to respond to your immediate and emerging needs as a result of COVID-19.

Entities serving Allegan County residents are eligible to apply for relief funds. These grant funds are intended to affect those most impacted by COVID-19. Preference will be given to those serving low-income residents and/or the ALICE population. (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed)

Frequently Asked Questions:

What can the funds be used for?
Expenses incurred due to COVID-19: programs/service initiated or expanded in light of COVID-19, increased operational expenses, or increased provisions to clients are examples of appropriate expenditures.

Will all requests be funded?
We simply do not know at this time. We will continue to provide updates.

How much can we receive?
Currently, we ask that you provide the full amount you are currently experiencing or anticipating due to the impact of COVID-19. We will be awarding COVID-19 grants of $1,000 – $2,000 at this time. Your data will be captured to assist with our efforts to seek additional funding.

What is expected of grant recipients?
We will be looking for the impact the awarded grants made as a result of how your organization responded to new or increased needs as a direct response to COVID-19. We will want to capture the number of people your efforts impacted, what the total financial impact of COVID-19 had on your organization, and if your services impacted the low income or ALICE population.

Is there a specific report format we should use?
A report link will be provided at a later date.

How quickly will we receive the funds?
The goal is to provide grant awards via ACH transfer within 14 days. If your application is selected, you will be contacted for account information.

Who do I contact with questions?
Theresa Bray: TBray@alleganfoundation.org or 269.492.4474

Is there a deadline to apply?
Not at this time. If funds are depleted, submissions will be suspended.

How do I apply for COVID-19 relief funds?
This link will take you to the brief application. You will be notified if your organization was selected to receive funds or not.

Please visit www.feedtheneedAllegan.com to learn more, register as a volunteer, find instructions on how to make a gift of food or goods, or to make a financial contribution.