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Support in the Wake of COVID-19

An Announcement from Executive Director Diana Spencer

To Our Grantee Partners,

As the devastating COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate, we recognize the profound effects this is having on you personally and professionally.

We see the toll on individuals, families, and communities. During this unusual time, the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund’s primary focus is to support, as best we can, our partners in the five regions we serve as you face unprecedented challenges.

To this end, we have already approved $1.5 million in emergency funding in support of organizations that provide for basic human needs. We will continue to assess the needs of all McGowan regions and together make decisions on how best to help those in need and to strengthen and uplift our communities. Accordingly, if you’re planning to apply for funding on our regular schedule (the due date is May 1), requests related to COVID-19 can be made then.

We know you are extremely busy, and we want you to focus on serving your constituents. All grantees will have a three-month extension for any final report due between March 1 and June 30. If needed, we will adjust this timeframe on a case-by-case basis. In addition, we understand that you may not be able to complete specific projects supported by a grant, and we are happy to adjust timelines and to discuss a reallocation of funds.

Our founder, William G. McGowan, believed in the power of people and community. YOU and YOUR TEAMS do amazing work! We believe in your leadership and want you and your teams to be resilient and strong in this volatile environment so that your important work may continue through and beyond this crisis.

The McGowan board and staff are so grateful for the work that you do. We hope that you, your loved ones, and your teams stay safe and well.

With warm regards,

Diana Spencer