The Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance (“TVNPA”), the regional convener for Tri-Valley nonprofit organizations, launched the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Fund this week to help stabilize six area nonprofit “safety net” service providers responding on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
These nonprofit organizations were identified by the cities of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton as critical safety net providers best positioned to respond community-wide to the medical and economic impacts of the crisis being felt in the Tri-Valley communities located in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. They are:
- Axis Community Health
- CityServe of the Tri-Valley
- Open Heart Kitchen
- Senior Support Services of the Tri-Valley
- Spectrum Community Health (Meals for Wheels)
- Tri-Valley Haven
“Safety net” organizations meet the basic needs of vulnerable community members, including children, senior citizens, families, homeless, veterans, the disabled, unemployed, underemployed and those who live paycheck- to-paycheck. They provide food, clothing, shelter, safe housing, dental and medical care, behavioral health services, and more.
According to Becky Hopkins, Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Pleasanton, “These organizations have worked for decades to meet the basic needs of vulnerable residents in all our Tri-Valley communities. Their well- developed programs, broad reach, service delivery processes and resource networks have positioned them to scale quickly in response to the growing needs of our region.”
Unfortunately, at the same time the need for support and services is rapidly increasing, nonprofit funding is markedly decreasing. According to Kathy Young, CEO of the TVNPA, decreased funding may jeopardize the ability of these nonprofits to fulfill their missions at a time when they are needed most, and that’s why launching the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Fund right now made sense.
Our nonprofits are being asked to deliver on their missions at a rate and scale never seen before,” Young explained. “While It is understandably necessary to cancel annual fundraiser gatherings they rely on for support, we needed to find a solution to fill the funding gap quickly.”
Young continued, “These six organizations comprise the foundation of our safety net service delivery system throughout the Tri-Valley. If any one of them disappears, there are currently no other organizations large enough to fill the gap.”
TVNPA has engaged Susan Hayes, a nonprofit consultant and Human Services Commissioner for the City of Pleasanton, to join Young in fund development and strategic outreach efforts. Community Health & Education Foundation (“CHEF”) has also stepped in, acting as the fund’s Donation Management Partner. CHEF will manage the online donation infrastructure and has generously waived all costs associated with that role. Additionally, CHEF has seeded the matching funds program with $20,000.
“Thanks to CHEF, 100% of donation dollars received will go directly to the six organizations, and the impact of each donation up to $20,000 will be immediately doubled,” said Young. “We are actively talking with additional businesses and organizations about joining the Matching Funds Program as well.”
Funds will be distributed equally among the organizations and are unrestricted for use in mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 on their organizations. The ultimate goal is to help avoid interruptions and decreases in service delivery to community members during this crisis and the economic recovery that will follow.
Donating to the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Fund is a win-win for donors, beneficiaries and the entire community. There are three ways to get involved:
- Direct donations are being accepted online through the TVNPA website at TVNPA.org/tvnf and at www.ChefGivingCommunity.org/tvnf
- Community groups are hosting online fundraisers for the TVNF, such as concerts and “mask-a-thons.” Contact Michael d’Ambrosio of “Tri-Valley Community Help During Shelter in Place” at [email protected] and Evan Branning of “Unify Livermore” at [email protected] to find out more about community
- Businesses and organizations interested in joining the matching funds program can contact TVNPA CEO Kathy Young at 925-699-7323 or [email protected]
For more information on the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Fund, visit www.tvnpa.org/tvnf