Community Foundation of Utah COVID-19 Response

How Donors Can Help Fight COVID-19

Many of the nonprofits in our community are struggling to find sufficient resources to take care of those most vulnerable during this crisis. This is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations who have benefited from your consistent giving, as well as those who’ve had to cancel their annual fundraising events. Generous donors can help nonprofits keep their doors open and continue to provide important services. 

A mid-March 2020 survey of Utah nonprofits completed by the Utah Nonprofits Associations showed:

  • 75% will have significant operations impact
  • 90% are cancelling events and programming
  • 67% are concerned about increased budgetary strain
  • 59% have cash reserves for fewer than six months

We strongly encourage everyone to support local nonprofit organizations that work with the people and families who are most vulnerable in our community. Community health centers, homeless shelters, food pantries, and others will likely become stressed. In times like this, philanthropy can shine. Also, please remember that many nonprofits may be forced to cancel fundraisers and programs, or experience other related financial impacts from COVID-19. Unrestricted funding is particularly useful during uncertain times; it is critical Utah’s unparalleled spirit of generosity continues in the weeks and months ahead. 

Keep yourself and your family healthy during this time can also help slow the spread. Use this guide from SafeHome as a reference for properly sanitizing your home.

If you would like to discuss more about how to give most meaningfully during this time, please reach out to Micaela Weil, Philanthropic Services Manager at or 801-559-3005 x4.