The Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund was created in March 2020 to address the needs of the Kansas City region’s most vulnerable communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund was established by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, United Way of Greater Kansas City, LISC Greater Kansas City (Local Initiatives Support Corporation), and the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC).
Between the four organizing partners, major funders and thousands of individual donors, the Fund collectively raised more than $23 million for 522 grants to nonprofit and public organizations to help the Kansas City region during this critical time of need.
The Fund supported charitable organizations in maintaining their operations and services and increasing their capacity to serve those impacted by the pandemic. The Fund was intentionally designed to incorporate national best practices in disaster philanthropy and to apply an equity lens to the process, in recognition of the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on low-income communities and communities of color.
We applaud the community for coming together to support the Fund and thank the Fund’s Advisory Board for diligently working to deploy the dollars raised over the past several years. This work demonstrates Kansas City’s generosity, compassion and collaboration during uncertain times.
The final report, available to download below, captures the remarkable impact of the Fund in helping our community navigate the challenges of the pandemic.