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April 9, 2020

Press Release

The Wayne County Foundation is continuing to make COVID-19 Crisis Response Grants . These grants have prioritized the work of nonprofits on the front lines of this crisis. It is our hope that funding can be utilized to help mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, particularly for those who may be most vulnerable.

Because of our history of unrestricted donor support, we have been able to respond to the unexpected and changing needs in the community. Our Board was able to make funds available from unrestricted grant-making specifically to this cause.  This will not reduce the amount available for the Spring Grant cycle. Since the announcement of the crisis response grants, over $13,000 has been distributed. The Women’s Fund of the Wayne County Foundation and the Women’s Giving Circle: Women Helping Others also distributed $4,500 to meet the urgent needs of Gateway Hunger Relief and Communities in Schools.

During the last two weeks, the Wayne County Foundation connected with local agencies that are providing front line care for those affected by the COVID-19 crisis. A lot of good work is happening throughout the community and there is a tremendous amount of need. Decisions for the COVID-19 Crisis Response grants were made in an effort to address these immediate needs brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Crisis Response Grants have been awarded to the following organizations:

  • Amigos – provide support for the Wayne County Latino community.
  • Bulldogs Helping Bulldogs – A consortium of 5 Centerville Churches – providing fresh and pantry items for families over the weekend.
  • Centerstone – for youth teletherapy engagement materials.
  • Circle U – supplies to move to take-out service.
  • Communities in Schools – support for children and families in need in Wayne County.
  • Quaker Hill Conference Center – 16 rooms are available for Reid staff serving COVID-19 patients.
  • Wayne County Food Council, Inc.- assist local farmers and producers with an online sales portal.
  • YMCA – to provide COVID-19 Essential Childcare.

How you can help?

You can help us meet these needs. A new Fund – the Wayne County Community Cares Fund – has been established as a means for human service providers to request targeted assistance for the vulnerable members of our community. This fund has been established by the Wayne County Foundation with funds used for unrestricted grantmaking and a generous contribution from First Bank Richmond . An additional gift has been received for this fund and offers a $1 to $1 match for gifts to this fund up to $25,000. Our goal is to bring this fund to $100,000 and make a significant impact throughout our county.

We know many of you will donate just by knowing the current critical needs—thank you!  However, since the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed, there are some additional advantages to giving to the Wayne County Foundation in 2020 that might make giving a donation valuable to you, too.

Consider these donor advantages outlined in the CARES Act:

  • A new “above the line” charitable deduction of up to $300.
  • For 2020, the income limit for cash contributions to charity rises to 100% of AGI (from the current 60% AGI limit).
  • The repeal of required minimum distributions (RMD) for 2020.



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About the Author KPass

Karole Passmore is a freelance writer who enjoys writing articles and short stories, interviewing local people, and researching non-fiction subject matter– preferably historical. Graduate of RHS, Ivy Tech Richmond, and Earlham College– with a major in History, Karole has spent most of her life in Wayne County and enjoys the quaint atmosphere of a small town.

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