Ways to Give

United Way of Greater New Haven is on the frontlines of coordinating the response to the Coronavirus to help thousands of people who are struggling to meet their basic needs. Leveraging 100 years of experience, your support enables United Way of Greater New Haven to be responsive to the needs of our neighbors today and build a strong community for tomorrow.  

To meet the urgent needs of our community, UWGNH has developed strategic partnerships to efficiently distribute funds where they are needed most.  Learn more about how we are partnering here. 

Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund

The Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund, a partnership with the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, will fund non-profits in our region to ensure people have access to food, housing, emergency assistance, and health services.

  • I’m an individual who’s been affected by COVID-19. Can I apply for funds?
    • While the Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, we will be funding community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. The Fund is making more resources available to community-based healthcare and basic human needs organizations that are directly supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts. Click here to view a list of grantees.

      For information about other resources that may be helpful for individuals, visit United Way’s community resources page
  • My organization is interested in resources from this Fund. Can we be considered?
    • The Fund is now accepting applications for funding requests up to $40,000. Eligible applicants will be organizations that are working on the frontlines with those individuals most severely and disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis in the 20-town Greater New Haven region. Applications are due May 15 at 5:00pm.

      To learn more and apply, click here.

  • I want to donate. Can I restrict my funding to a prioritized grantee?
    • To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to needs of communities most impacted, we are not considering restricted donations at this time. We made this decision to ensure that The Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund can provide fast, responsive support to organizations in our area with minimal bureaucracy.  For more information and ways to give, please visit our donation page
  • Should I give to this Fund instead of making other donations?
    • This Fund was not created to be the only vehicle resourcing critical community activities during this outbreak and we recognize that there are other ways to support your neighbors. Our goal with this Fund is to facilitate getting more targeted resources into the community where it is needed most as quickly as possible. Our partnership with the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven leverages the strengths of both organizations to allow for a rapid response. 
      Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time. Now is the time to double down for our community as we gain greater awareness of the depth and scale of the long-term ramifications of the outbreak. 
  • What will NOT be included in the funding?
    • Based upon the charitable structure of the Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund, our grants are limited to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities. We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501c4, 501c5, and 501c6 organizations. 
  • Is there a geographic area of focus for the Fund?
    • The Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund will prioritize community-based organizations serving the greater New Haven region which include the following cities and towns:  Ansonia, Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, Wallingford, West Haven, Woodbridge.  
  • How will you share who you fund?
    • The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and United Way of Greater New Haven’s websites, along with short descriptions of the services and support they are providing. Click here to view a list of grantees.
  • Is there a fee to contribute?
    • With a focus on getting resources out to the community in this critical time, The Community Foundation and United Way will not be receiving an administrative fee. This will allow for 100% of donations to go to community groups and leaders on the ground, except for a credit card fee of 3% for processing online donations. 
  • How will the Fund shift gears if needed?
    • Crisis philanthropy recognizes the need to provide immediate resources triage, as well as the importance of recovery resources to ensure community resilience. 
      The Fund priorities may evolve as our region adapts to the COVID-19 outbreak and we will communicate any shifts in focus to the community as they occur. We will continue to prioritize communities most impacted, recognizing deep and historic inequities that are likely to be magnified in times of crisis.  
  • Who should I contact for information?
    We are encouraging people to use email to contact The Foundation.  Please see below.
    • General questions & inquiries about the Fund can be directed to [email protected] or [email protected] 
    • To share information about your organization’s need for volunteers and/or in-kind donations, please see the United Way’s website and enter your organization’s needs  
    • For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact United Way’s Senior Director of Marketing and Engagement, Mark Allegrini, [email protected] or The Community foundation’s Director of Communications, Patricia Bogie, [email protected]  

Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Response Fund

The Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Response Fund is a partnership with our fellow United Ways across Connecticut. The Fund will get financial resources to individuals and families who need it to pay for food, utilities and other basic necessities, including those who are out of work or have reduced work hours.  

  • Why was the COVID-19 Response Fund created?
    • United Ways across the state of Connecticut have joined forces to create the Fund in response to the increasingly dire economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know the needs are great and mounting for ALICE (an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households’ during this time. We also know that our state and federal governments are working hard to identify and put in place solutions on a broad scale. Connecticut United Ways stand ready with our other philanthropic partners to assist where gaps exist and contribute our expertise and resources where we can have the most impact.
  • What is the purpose of the COVID-19 Response Fund?
    • The Fund will rapidly deploy financial resources to individuals and families economically affected by the pandemic with a focus on meeting basic needs including food, shelter, medicine and emergency assistance.  The Fund and local United Ways are working in tandem with other philanthropic efforts being coordinated statewide.  
  • Who will the Fund benefit?
    • Individuals and families that United Way calls ALICEour hard-working neighbors who already live paycheck to paycheck. The Fund will prioritize and qualify those who will be eligible for assistance. CT United Ways are working with State agencies to identify the most impacted population and people in need who might otherwise not receive help through the state initially.  
  • How does an individual know if they qualify for support? 
    • CT United Ways are currently working with state agencies to determine criteria for eligibility. 
  • How can individuals get help from the Fund? 
    • We are partnering with local organizations who work directly with families in need to identify those who qualify for the funds. Those in need of help can contact the appropriate agency directly to discuss availability of funds.
  • What can individuals use the money for? 
    • Money will be provided to individuals who most need it to pay for food, utilities, gas, and other necessities, with the goal to immediately address the urgent household basic needs. 
  • What are the other ways for individuals to receive help?
    • United Ways around the state have set-up their own local funds to support people in the communities they serve in the short and long-term as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. United Way of Greater New Haven has partnered with the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven to launch the Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund to support local nonprofits.  Please call 2-1-1 to find out more ways to get help. 
  • How do individuals make a donation? 
    • To donate online to the Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Response Fund, click here.  Donors will have the option to pay a 3.09% credit card processing fee so that 100% of their donation can go directly to those in need. Connecticut United Ways will not charge any administrative fees on donations to the Fund. 
  • I represent another non-profit. Can we apply for funding?
    • Monies from this fund will be to support individuals. Funds are being created to specifically support non-profits who provide services across the State. United Way of Greater New Haven has partnered with the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven to launch the Greater New Haven COVID-19 Community Fund to support local nonprofits.  

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