COVID-19 Response Strategy

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Phase One: Response

In partnership with our generous donors and supporters, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has awarded over $1.6 million in COVID-19 relief funding during Phase One of its COVID Response Strategy. This includes $300,000 to help minority and women-owned small businesses and nonprofit organizations access PPP loans and $25,000 to provide pivot grants for local artists and arts organizations.

CFSA’s COVID-19 Response Grants have directly supported those most affected by the crisis with access to basic necessities like food for youth, families, and seniors, childcare for medical workers, legal services and rent assistance for low-income community members, diapers for infants and incontinence supplies for seniors, and protective equipment for first responders.

During Phase One, CFSA’s Center for Healthy Nonprofits also launched a “Coping With COVID” webinar series to support nonprofits as they quickly pivoted to working remotely and dealt with all the technical and operational challenges involved in that process.  The Center hosted six Coping with COVID workshops in Phase One with 147 participants.

Phase Two: Recover + Renew

As we enter the second phase of our COVID-19 Response Strategy, CFSA remains committed to connecting nonprofits with the resources they need throughout a long and difficult rebuilding process.

In May 2020, we reached out to our nonprofit partners to better understand their anticipated short- and long-term needs in response to COVID-19.  Nonprofits shared that continued grant funding along technical assistance were top priorities.  The results of that survey, along with key takeaways from a survey conducted by the Alliance for Arizona Nonprofits, helped shape the strategies and focus of Phase Two: Recover + Renew.

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During the Recover + Renew phasewhich begins August 1st, CFSA will continue to provide Community Support Grants and strategic capacity building workshops and training through the Center for Healthy Nonprofits  .

In addition, we have expanded our Catchafire Grant program to provide 500 nonprofits with unlimited, expert support with everything from HR guidance to building new a website, or even pivoting their fundraising program to use new online tools.  CFSA has also established strategic partnerships with the Eller College of Management and the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona to provide additional support to nonprofit organizations in Southern Arizona.

The partnership with the College of Architecture will specifically address the challenges of safely reopening childcare centers.  CFSA will also work with the Eller College to provide short-term, highly-relevant courses to nonprofit professionals, along with consulting for specific organizational projects and connections to Eller’s network of alumni volunteers.


Many thanks to the generous CFSA donors, fund holders, local foundations and corporations, and community partners who have contributed to these funds!

CFSA COVID-19 Community Response Funds Sponsors