Michelle Foster: Kanawha foundation awards $1.3M in response to virus

With the help of generous donors, the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation awarded a record 52 grants totaling $1,365,641 for COVID-19 relief in less than three months.

When the foundation launched the COVID-19 Relief Fund in March with $150,000, we had not fully realized the magnitude of the pandemic and how it would affect our nonprofit partners and the low-wealth citizens they serve. We now know that, regardless of their area of focus — from arts and culture to basic needs, education to health, community economic development to emergency aid — the sustainability and capacity of all nonprofits have been affected by COVID-19. These organizations need philanthropic and government support so they can emerge on the other side of the global pandemic.

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