Community Foundation of Broward Coronavirus Response Updates

May 15, 2020

Emergency Grant Helps 2-1-1 Broward Answer The Call For Struggling Residents


The 2-1-1 Broward helpline is ringing off the hook as Broward residents struggle to survive the health and economic effects of the coronavirus. This 24/7 helpline has become a lifeline – connecting people to vital community services and crisis support during their moment of need.

As the coronavirus crisis unfolded, the Community Foundation of Broward reached out to 2-1-1 Broward and learned that this critical community resource was unable to keep up with increased demand.

Click here to learn how the Community Foundation has responded with an emergency grant that enables 2-1-1 Broward to meet the growing call volume from thousands of Broward residents.

Professional Advisors Council Stays Connected Amid Crisis


A pandemic couldn’t stop the Community Foundation of Broward’s Professional Advisors Council from a chance to learn more ways to make a bold impact for their clients.

The council is an elite group of attorneys, accountants and financial advisors who have referred clients who create charitable Funds at the Community Foundation. And on May 13 the council held its first ever virtual meeting.

Click here to learn more about how this invitation-only video conference helped council members learn the latest about the Community Foundation’s coronavirus response as well as the estate planning effects of the new SECURE Act.

New Help For Struggling Families To Stay in Homes


In a community where about half of our workforce was already living paycheck to paycheck, the coronavirus crisis has pushed many Broward families to the brink of economic despair.

That includes about 40 percent of the 500 homeowners served by Habitat for Humanity of Broward who have been furloughed, laid off or had their wages cut due to the coronavirus. Now they find themselves unable to pay the mortgage on the home they’ve worked for their entire lives.

But help is coming, thanks to an emergency grant from the Community Foundation of Broward.

Click here to learn how with this infusion of support, Habitat for Humanity will be able to offer much-needed counseling, mortgage relief and emergency assistance to families impacted by the crisis.

Kearns Family's Collaboration With Community Foundation Fuels Coronavirus Relief


The Kearns family steps up during times of crisis.

They do it with philanthropy that provides a hand up, so struggling people can become self-sufficient.

It’s a family legacy of philanthropy that Dick and Ginnie Kearns cemented through the creation of the endowed Kearns Family Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation.

Click here to learn how their Fund is stepping up in a big way to help Broward’s most vulnerable residents face the coronavirus crisis.

Community Foundation Boosts Support To Help Broward Residents Face Coronavirus Crisis


Food deliveries to isolated seniors. Rent assistance for families struggling after layoffs.  Help to connect more Broward residents to crisis response services.

These are examples of the bold impact coming from the Community Foundation of Broward’s latest action to tackle the coronavirus crisis.

Click here to learn more about the Community Foundation’s new wave of support, which includes $500,000 in grants for seven projects that target the dire needs of some of Broward’s most vulnerable residents.

Broward Nonprofits Deliver Dynamic Online Services During Stay-At-Home Orders


When the coronavirus threatened to close the curtain on an arts program that breaks through senior isolation, the Slow Burn Theatre Company decided the show must go on.

So the Fort Lauderdale-based theatre group launched its online Elder Arts Workshops. These engaging videos are a fill-in for preshow workshops that were cancelled, along with the shows, by coronavirus stay-at-home orders.

Slow Burn Theatre Company’s new website videos are just one example of how local nonprofits are finding innovative ways to provide online services that help Broward residents face the local effects of the coronavirus.  

Click here to learn how more nonprofit groups are able to pivot and provide dynamic online services thanks to help from Fundholders at the Community Foundation of Broward.

Statewide Survey Shows Need For More Local Philanthropy To Face Coronavirus Crisis


Insights from a newly released statewide survey show that nonprofits on the front line of Florida’s coronavirus response are struggling.

Almost 80 percent of the more than 1,400 nonprofits surveyed across Florida say they have already experienced a negative financial impact because of the coronavirus.

And as more nonprofits have to cancel fundraisers and deal with a dip in donations during these uncertain times, that imperils their ability to feed struggling families, engage isolated seniors and provide a host of other services needed now more than ever.

Click here to learn how the results of this survey confirm many of the concerns we are hearing and what the Community Foundation of Broward is doing to respond.

Door-To-Door Care Packages Fuel Economic Independence During Coronavirus Crisis


Care packages delivered in hard-hit Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods are just one example of how nonprofit groups are springing into action to help people who need it the most during this crisis.

Food, toiletries, cloth masks and grocery store gift cards are among the much-needed supplies included in these care packages. This immediate relief is being delivered to people recently laid off from their jobs, people who are ill, the disabled, elderly residents isolated from vital community services and others struggling to adapt to life under lingering stay-at-home orders.

Click here to learn how this collaboration between H.O.M.E.S., Inc. and the Central City Alliance – with support from the Community Foundation of Broward and donations from community partners – helps residents who may miss out on help from other local agencies.

Community Foundation President/CEO Discusses Coronavirus Impacts With WLRN Public Radio


WLRN’s Sundial program recently gathered a panel representing community foundations across South Florida that are looking for ways to help nonprofits survive during this time of crisis.

The panel featured Linda Carter, President/CEO of the Community Foundation of Broward, who discussed the innovative ways nonprofits are continuing to provide services She also shared how endowed charitable Funds at the Community Foundation have made it possible to provide support quickly to local nonprofits most in need.

Click here to listen to the interview and learn more about more local philanthropy can help sustain nonprofits that face canceled fundraisers and increased demand for services

Community Foundation Provides Grant Flexibility To Help Nonprofits Face The Coronavirus


As the coronavirus threatened to make life harder for Broward residents who already struggled to get by, the FLITE Center sprang into action.

This innovative nonprofit – dedicated to helping Broward’s young adults transition from foster care to life on their own – has launched an emergency pantry stocked with food, baby supplies, toilet paper and other much-needed essentials for day-to-day living.

The FLITE Center’s new pantry is just one example of how the Community Foundation’s new grant flexibility is helping nonprofits across Broward adapt and respond to the coronavirus crisis.

Click here to learn more about how nonprofits on the front lines of this crisis are finding innovative ways to respond – and why they need more local philanthropy to continue.

Answers To Questions About The Estate Planning Surge


As the number of people infected by the coronavirus continues to grow, lawyers in Broward and across the country are seeing a huge increase in requests to prepare wills and update estate plans.

Estate attorney and Community Foundation Board Member Kurt Zimmerman is helping clients navigate this renewed interest in estate planning.

Click here to learn more about his insights regarding the importance of estate planning and how to leave a positive legacy.

How Lesley Mitchell Jones' Philanthropy Will Support Broward During Times Of Crisis And Beyond


Lesley Mitchell Jones of Fort Lauderdale is among more than 150 forward-thinkers in our Legacy Society who use their estate plans to help define Broward’s future.

She chose to partner with the Community Foundation to help organize her giving today – and ensure her estate continues making a difference for the community long after she’s gone.

Click here to learn why she trusts the Community Foundation to help her make a bold impact, during times of crisis and beyond.

Innovative Collaboration Delivers Coronavirus Relief Answers For Nonprofits


With local nonprofits facing an uncertain future, the Community Foundation of Broward used the power of collaboration to deliver fast answers to important questions about new federal coronavirus relief opportunities.

It happened quickly too. Just days after the $2 trillion CARES Act was signed into law, the Community Foundation joined forces with the region’s other major philanthropic organizations for an exclusive webcast. It connected local nonprofits to financial experts who could help them navigate complicated rules for getting federal loans to fill budget shortfalls and keep people employed.

More than 1,000 people participated in the first-of-its-kind webinar, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Broward, The Miami Foundation, The Jewish Federation of Broward County, United Way of Broward County and United Way of Miami-Dade.

Click here to learn more about the ongoing help from this dynamic collaboration.

How An Endowed Charitable Fund, Created A Decade Ago, Is Tackling Coronavirus Response


Mary Mackenzie didn’t know the coronavirus was coming when she established her unrestricted endowed charitable Fund at the Community Foundation of Broward more than a decade ago.

Mary did know she wanted to create a bold and lasting impact for the community she loved. She wanted her philanthropy to fuel solutions to Broward’s biggest needs of the day – as well as the unknown challenges that would come our way.

So, Mary created her endowed Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund with no restrictions – able to evolve with Broward. She didn’t keep her Fund narrowly focused to one issue because she knew the community’s needs would change over time. She wanted her Fund to help make a difference, come what may.

Click here to learn how today, when Broward needs local philanthropy more than ever, Mary’s Fund is at the forefront of the local response to the coronavirus.

CARES Act Helps Broward Philanthropists Respond To The Coronavirus


“What can I do? How can I help?”

We are hearing from Community Foundation of Broward Fundholders and other concerned residents who want to do more to help the community they love during this unprecedented crisis. Now is the perfect time to step up and BE BOLD to ensure Broward has the philanthropic muscle it needs to survive this uncertain time and thrive in the future.

And the new CARES Act presents an extraordinary opportunity, this year only, for you to amplify your philanthropy.

Click here to learn how this new federal coronavirus relief law features tax incentives that make 2020 an ideal time for more charitable giving – just when our community needs it the most.

Community Foundation Announces Coronavirus Response To The Issues That Matter


This is the time to BE BOLD for Broward and the Community Foundation of Broward is providing more than $3.5 million in support to help current grantees and nonprofits with Foundation endowments tackle coronavirus-related relief efforts in our community.

These resources – to sustain and grow much-needed community services – are being made available through modifications to existing Community Foundation grants and changes to our annual distributions from endowments. Endowed charitable Funds, established by local philanthropists who give through the Community Foundation, are fueling this short-term relief.

We are also working to identify additional endowed resources to enable the Foundation to strategically address Broward’s long-term recovery and the wide-ranging effects of the coronavirus crisis, which could linger for years. Our long-term strategy will focus on Broward’s Issues That Matter. They are Broward’s 10 biggest challenges, which have long been a priority for our Fundholders and have grown even more daunting due to the coronavirus.

Click here to learn more about the Foundation’s multipart response.

Community Foundation Answers About Coronavirus Response And Helpful Contact Information


At the Community Foundation of Broward, we are doing our part to help slow the spread of coronavirus to reduce the risk to our staff and our stakeholders. For everyone’s safety, we have closed our office and our staff is working remotely.

Even though we’re not in the office, our expert team is available and ready to serve our Fundholders, Legacy Society Members, Professional Advisors and Nonprofit organizations.

Click here to for answers to many of the questions we have received since the health crisis began. Also included is the direct contact information for members of our expert team who can provide further assistance. All calls and email will receive a response within 24 hours during the business week.

Contact Information

You can reach the Community Foundation of Broward at and 954-761-9503.

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