April 10, 2020

March 2020 Impact Report

We are in the midst of truly extraordinary times, and nonprofits have been struggling to stay afloat because of the restrictions put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of these unique needs, we partnered with a few like-minded organizations in March and gave $8,986.75 to local charities, our largest month to date!

For the first time in Givable's history, we featured only one organization on March 19th — the St. Louis Community Foundation's COVID-19 Fund, which was created to support nonprofits serving local individuals and communities adversely affected by COVID-19. To date, the fund has issued $640,000 to 842 individuals and 20 businesses. Unfortunately, they have had to put a temporary pause on applications due to submission volume and the need to raise more funds. Please consider supporting their work by donating now.

Because of the astonishing support we received for St. Louis Community Foundation's COVID-19 Fund, J-Givable (a version of Givable created alongside the Jewish Federation of St. Louis for Jewish charities) featured only one nonprofit on March 31st — the Jewish Federation's St. Louis COVID-19 fund. We were thrilled to learn that at the same time, Michael and Carol Staenberg created a matching grant that doubled the impact of any gifts totaling up to $100,000. 

COVID-19 has created hardships for our community, but it has also brought us together like never before. Chipping in whatever you can whenever you can with Givable's donation platform or through other means goes a long way. We are committed to supporting St. Louis nonprofits and we have no plans of stopping!

ADDITIONAL WAYS TO SUPPORT

In March, we started highlighting charities on our social media that need your help now more than ever! Due to COVID-19, many have been forced to close their doors, stop providing services, and cancel important fundraising events. Watch the video below to learn more about how you can help Saving Grace, Craft Alliance, and St. Louis Fisher House.

Moving forward, we plan to share video features of at-risk organizations each week. Follow us on social media and help us by sharing these posts with your community!

HELPFUL READINGS

Social distancing and stay-at-home orders have some St. Louisans asking: How can I help those who need support while I am at home? Even many volunteer opportunities have been canceled. Learn a few ways that you can help right from your home via St. Louis Public Radio.

As we mentioned, local and national nonprofits are struggling to meet clients’ needs as the coronavirus sickens thousands of people and forces layoffs and school closures. The Washington Post shares a few more ways to support during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

LEARN ABOUT THE CARES ACT 

Financial assistance was also signed into law last week with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

On our website we have outlined how nonprofits and other businesses can retain current employees and rehire ones that were furloughed or laid off using the new CARES Act. This includes receiving forgivable loans if you use the money for specific things outlined by the law. Read more on our blog!

HELP US CONNECT WITH YOUR CHARITY

If your organization has been affected or you know of one experiencing hard times due to COVID-19, email us at stl@givable.org. We are here for you!

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