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MANSFIELD -- In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees has redirected its Unrestricted/Community Fund to meet emerging needs.

The foundation's board made the decision today during a special session conducted via video conference. Richland County Foundation President Brady Groves made the announcement via a Facebook post.

The Community Fund will provide grants for basic needs such as food and housing, along with other essential health and human services on a rolling basis to nonprofit organizations in Richland County, the foundation said.

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"Whether seeking ways to expand current services or to minimize the consequences of curtailing services to reduce health risks to our community, the Foundation wants to alleviate financial burden in this current environment," the foundation said in a statement.

Nonprofits may seek general operating revenue.

A community team made up of people working in the health and human services sectors will make grant recommendations.

The foundation is accepting online grant applications on a rolling basis.

To support this effort, we encourage donors to contribute to the Community Fund.

Any Community Fund gifts received throughout 2020 will be used to assist nonprofits directly impacted by COVID-19.

"We know that many nonprofit organizations may be experiencing financial difficulties. In the next couple of weeks, we will relaunch Richland Gives as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic," Richland Foundation said.

Richland Gives traditionally is held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. However, many nonprofits need operating revenue now. The Foundation will pay for the 4 percent Mighty Cause platform fee. So now, donors will only need to cover a credit card fee.

About the Richland County Foundation

The Richland County Foundation, a not-for-profit 501c3, was established in 1945 as a way for individuals to pool and invest their gifts for the long-term good of Richland County and its residents.

The Foundation helps people in Richland County give back to their community by investing their gifts for charity wisely so that grants can be made to improve the quality of life for all of the county’s citizens. Working together with donors, the Foundation meets important needs today and plans for a strong future.