April 13, 2020
Many non-profit agencies are justifiably concerned with their financial health, their ability to serve their missions, and take care of their clients and staff. Not surprisingly, organizations are inquiring about how funding strategies will change based on COVID 19. In response, the following is our best thinking at the moment, obviously subject to change, about our grant making through the remainder of 2020.
- Our most significant immediate concern is the ability of the healthcare safety net to meet the urgent medical needs that may arise in the coming days, weeks and months. Along with many of our foundation partners, we are in close contact with key medical providers, including Santa Barbara County Public Health and Cottage Health, to understand what role private philanthropy can play in this regard. Given the uncertainty of the need in the weeks and month ahead, it is very possible that we will increase the amount of funding to these existing grants. Currently the Foundation is supporting:
- Our next set of concerns are the economic, social, and psychological impacts of COVID and the response to COVID on people in our community, particularly the most vulnerable. For this need, we will provide support mostly through shared funds at the Santa Barbara Foundation and the UndocuFund and through existing grantees. Currently the Foundation is supporting:
- We also recognize that many of our current partners are pivoting to respond to COVID in a way that aligns with their mission, skills and abilities. We are working with many of those partners to modify existing funding arrangements, and to the degree it makes sense to do so. They include:
- CALM– With the closure of schools for the rest of the semester, the classroom and school based Mental Health Consultation (MHC) program has shifted entirely to telehealth. The need for this work has not been reduced – in fact it has increased – and it has moved to homes and neighborhoods. In following the MHC model, CALM will be supporting teachers in their efforts to meet the social and emotional needs of their students during this time of online learning, and will provide tele-counseling and support to students and families.
- Hospice of Santa Barbara – HSB, along with most providers, has shifted to a full tele-health model, and is focusing their work on isolated seniors with serious long term illness, and Spanish speaking families.
- We have a grant cycle that generally starts in June with funding decisions made in fall. At this point it time we are not cancelling the grant cycle. Assuming it goes forward, we will most certainly be focusing even more on our key funding areas and existing relationships. This means that funding for new relationships and program expansion are very unlikely. In addition, some funding amounts may be reduced compared to previous grants. As the time approaches please give us a call or email if you have any questions about your group or project.
As always, we are open to your input, comments and questions.