We Raise Foundation President Shares a COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

We Raise Foundation -- Generosity Multiplied

March 18, 2020

Dear Friends,

Paul C. Miles, President and CEO

We are, indeed, living in extraordinary times. As I write you today, parts of the country are being quarantined, schools are closed, businesses are drastically impacted, and we are learning to live with a new reality. I’m sure you share our fervent hope this will be an abbreviated time with limited impact to our healthcare community and those with compromised immune systems.

You have been an important part of our work at We Raise so I wanted to connect with you and share what we are doing in response to the COVID-19 virus.

First, we recognize the unique impact this virus is having on the organizations we are in partnership with. Our grantees are serving many vulnerable communities, with individuals who live paycheck-to-paycheck and children and families who rely on after-school programs. The virus is certainly impacting all of us, but the daily requirements in these communities that lean on the support from non-profit organizations can often be even more significant. In recognition of this, We Raise has informed all of our grantees that the entirety of our support in this calendar year can be directed toward operational expenses, if needed. As you know, our commitment to being a programmatic funder has long been at the core of our grant making, but we believe these circumstances require us to consider our support, at least in the short-term, in a different way.

Secondly, we have extended our deadlines for grantees to report their progress to reflect the environment they are currently experiencing. We may push these deadlines back even further and fully recognize that some grantees will simply be unable to meet their initial objectives. The impact of the virus has us more focused on helping them survive this period so they can serve others for the long-term.

Finally, we want you to know how important your support of We Raise is during this period. If you, like us, remain committed to investing in the most vulnerable communities, we need you now more than ever. During this time, we can assure you that any gift you make to our work, whether digitally or through traditional mail, is accepted in a safe and secure process. However, our ability to respond quickly in acknowledging your contribution will very likely be impacted. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our staff and respecting the suggestion to work from home when possible. So, at this time we would encourage you to use our online donation form when making a gift. We will continue to process gifts sent by mail, but we ask for your patience in receiving a gift acknowledgement as we work through this period.

In closing, we encourage you to take care of each other. This crisis affords us the opportunity to show the best of our faith community. Love each other. Care for the vulnerable. Pray for all those impacted and serving the sick.

Our prayers are for your health and safety.

Gratefully,

Paul C. Miles
President and CEO

We Raise Foundation -- Generosity Multiplied

March 18, 2020

Dear Friends,

Paul C. Miles, President and CEO

We are, indeed, living in extraordinary times. As I write you today, parts of the country are being quarantined, schools are closed, businesses are drastically impacted, and we are learning to live with a new reality. I’m sure you share our fervent hope this will be an abbreviated time with limited impact to our healthcare community and those with compromised immune systems.

You have been an important part of our work at We Raise so I wanted to connect with you and share what we are doing in response to the COVID-19 virus.

First, we recognize the unique impact this virus is having on the organizations we are in partnership with. Our grantees are serving many vulnerable communities, with individuals who live paycheck-to-paycheck and children and families who rely on after-school programs. The virus is certainly impacting all of us, but the daily requirements in these communities that lean on the support from non-profit organizations can often be even more significant. In recognition of this, We Raise has informed all of our grantees that the entirety of our support in this calendar year can be directed toward operational expenses, if needed. As you know, our commitment to being a programmatic funder has long been at the core of our grant making, but we believe these circumstances require us to consider our support, at least in the short-term, in a different way.

Secondly, we have extended our deadlines for grantees to report their progress to reflect the environment they are currently experiencing. We may push these deadlines back even further and fully recognize that some grantees will simply be unable to meet their initial objectives. The impact of the virus has us more focused on helping them survive this period so they can serve others for the long-term.

Finally, we want you to know how important your support of We Raise is during this period. If you, like us, remain committed to investing in the most vulnerable communities, we need you now more than ever. During this time, we can assure you that any gift you make to our work, whether digitally or through traditional mail, is accepted in a safe and secure process. However, our ability to respond quickly in acknowledging your contribution will very likely be impacted. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our staff and respecting the suggestion to work from home when possible. So, at this time we would encourage you to use our online donation form when making a gift. We will continue to process gifts sent by mail, but we ask for your patience in receiving a gift acknowledgement as we work through this period.

In closing, we encourage you to take care of each other. This crisis affords us the opportunity to show the best of our faith community. Love each other. Care for the vulnerable. Pray for all those impacted and serving the sick.

Our prayers are for your health and safety.

Gratefully,

Paul C. Miles
President and CEO

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