"No strategic plan survives contact with a global pandemic."
That’s true for our foundation—and probably your nonprofit as well.
For the rest of 2020, we will be monitoring the needs generated by the pandemic and looking to invest our remaining grant funds where we see opportunity to make a significant impact on those needs throughout our service area.
Rather than conduct another regular grant cycle, we are leaving the door open for agencies and coalitions to reach out to us with regional initiatives aimed at COVID-related basic needs like food, housing, or direct assistance to individuals and families. If your organization is engaged with this type of project, please feel free to give us a call to discuss it. Once we’ve chatted, we can advise you whether and how to submit an application. We’ll be reviewing apps on a rolling basis.
None of us can predict when the pandemic will end (or at least decline) and things will return to some semblance of normal. And the pandemic is only one of the forces driving change in our nation today. The renewed focus on racial justice and structural inequities in our society, combined with the pandemic and its effects, are calling us to build a new "normal."
In August, our board is launching a strategic planning process that will determine the Liberty Bank Foundation's future direction. We'll be looking at how COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter and other forces are revealing new needs and ways of addressing them, and trying to discover our best opportunities to drive positive change. Your input will be important to that process, so watch for your chance to weigh in!
Meanwhile, we can't say for certain when we might open our next regular grant cycle. At soonest, it would be toward the end of the year, with requests reviewed in the first quarter of 2021. We'll post any updates on this page, so stop back here from time to time. And if you have questions, please don't hesitate to call us.
We realize that this is a difficult and uncertain time for all of us. Please know how much we appreciate how all of our nonprofit partners have risen to the challenge of COVID-19. You’ve been there for our friends and neighbors, executing on your missions and adapting to every new situation that presents itself. We’re ever so grateful…but not so surprised. That’s just how you roll.
Count on us to keep on rolling with you. Thanks—and stay well!