Welfare Foundation’s Approach to the Pandemic
While the worst of the pandemic is probably over, there is little question that COVID-19 continues to present our region and the world with challenges. The Welfare Foundation is dedicated to working with nonprofit organizations to help improve the quality of life for those living in Delaware and southern Chester County and we are working collaboratively with other funders to address the systemic issues that this pandemic has either created or exacerbated, especially for the most vulnerable among us.
We continue to be inspired by the collective actions of nonprofit organizations and how the sector and community have come together in so many ways, despite the fact that there is still so much uncertainty about the future and when the pandemic will end. At the same time, we know there remains work to be done and we want to assure you we will be doing everything we can to support the nonprofit sector to the best of our ability during this time.
Regarding our foundation operations, as with a lot of organizations, we shifted our operations to remote work in March 2020 and suspended our typical approach of conducting site visits and having face-to-face meetings. For everyone's safety, we are generally planning to continue operating in this fashion in 2022 with occasional exceptions determined on a case-to-case basis. Please know that we will always make time to schedule meetings with grant applicants over the phone or Zoom, and we do still want to meet with you before you apply. You can find our contact information on our website and we promise to respond to you as quickly as possible.
We know there are many organizations still facing extreme challenges in many different forms. Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA) has developed a targeted response and a variety of resources to address the needs of nonprofits during this pandemic. We encourage you to utilize their expertise and reach out to them if there is something you need.
We thank you for the strength, care, and leadership you’ve already demonstrated and will continue to show until we see this through. We recognize the full impact of this crisis may not be known for some time, but please know that we are here for you and remain 100% committed to getting through this together.
Chris Grundner & Kristin Sommers