CLAYTON — The St. Louis Community Foundation has launched a new coronavirus “Regional Response Fund” to direct philanthropic resources to local people and institutions most affected.

“Modeled after a similar effort undertaken by the Seattle Community Foundation, this initiative is the fastest, most efficient way to get funds to the local nonprofits serving people most affected,” Amelia Bond, president and CEO of the St. Louis Community Foundation, said in a statement.

The St. Louis Community Foundation, which manages endowments and charitable giving in the region, has committed $100,000 from its own emergency relief fund and has started soliciting contributions from private donors.

Though needs are likely to change, the fund initially plans to direct money to pay for medications, food and help with rent, mortgage and utility payments for those who are quarantined. It also plans to help children who need access to technology and the internet so they can participate in online classrooms and also to seniors so they can communicate while isolated.

“We intend for this effort to serve as a framework for us and our partners when a natural disaster — or other event creating regional distress — requires a comprehensive regional response from philanthropy, business, and other interested stakeholders,” Bond said.

Those working with St. Louis Community Foundation on the Regional Response Fund include: the United Way of Greater St. Louis, the Boniface Foundation, Catholic Charities, the Clark-Fox Foundation, the Incarnate Word Foundation, Gateway Center for Giving, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, the Marillac Mission Fund, the Missouri Foundation For Health, the Regional Business Council and its affiliate Social Venture Partners, the St. Louis City Seniors Fund, the St. Louis Mental Health Board, the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the Trio Foundation, the City of St. Louis, and St. Louis County.

Donors and the general public can make contributions to the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund by visiting or by contacting the St. Louis Community Foundation at 314-588-8200.

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