MESSAGE ON COVID-19

  • March 16 - April 30 MESSAGE ON COVID-19

    03/26/2020

    Dear Grantees,

    As the wide-reaching impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to take shape, we recognize your organization is facing new challenges and tremendous strain. During this time, The George Foundation’s focus is to accommodate, as best we can, the current demands our grantees are tackling. With this in mind, we wanted to apprise you of a few key updates we've implemented to support our grantees in the coming months.

    • Our Board of Trustees have stated a willingness to convert existing, active program or project grants to general operating grants in order to provide our grantees maximum flexibility to use funds where they are most needed. We trust our grantees to do what is best in the face of this crisis. If this is something that would be helpful to you, please contact me.
    • We now have the option to pay grants in a streamlined manner using ACH direct deposits. Particularly as remote work is now the norm and stay-at-home orders are in place, we want to ensure timely receipt of upcoming grant payments. Please notify me if your organization prefers to receive grant payments in this manner.
    • As stated in a prior message, the Foundation will be amenable to flexing on requirements related to our grantmaking; this means that application, grant report and other grant requirement deadlines and due dates are being pushed back for at least the next three months. If you have questions on what this means for your letter of inquiry, application, active grant or match grant requirements, please feel free to contact me to discuss revised schedules.

    Thank you for the incredible work you are doing to support our community at this time.

    Quynh-Anh T. McMahan, MSW
    Senior Program Officer

    The George Foundation
    (281) 435-7546 (cell)
    qmcmahan@thegeorgefoundation.org

    03/16/2020

    Dear Community Partners,

    On behalf of The George Foundation's Trustees & Staff, we hope you, your staff, families and clients are staying healthy and calm during these unprecedented times. As our nation and world experience a health crisis unlike any other, we recognize that you will be working in new and different ways to serve your constituents, while also personally and organizationally adjusting to the pandemic.

    At this time, we wanted to relay the following steps our foundation has taken to support our partners as we understand that nonprofits may be shifting bandwidth and priorities to best serve the community:

    Foundation Trustees commit to ensuring continuity of service to our partners, including paying out awarded grants as scheduled, deliberating on new grants and safeguarding the foundation’s assets to continue to allow us to meet our mission of serving Fort Bend County and its residents.

    Foundation operations will continue virtually; in following CDC suggested guidelines, and to support our team’s families, staff have been encouraged to work remotely if possible. Key staff contacts are listed below.

    The foundation has suspended all in-person meetings, workshops and events, including Excellence for Nonprofit Leadership and Youth in Philanthropy, until further notice. Future events for these Special Programs will be reassessed and communicated out to our partners. Grant-related meetings and site visits will be revised to virtual meetings and conference calls.

    The foundation’s Scholarship Program will continue to be reviewed by our third-party vendor, Scholarship America. No changes to the scholarship notification and payment schedules are anticipated at this time.

    The foundation will be amenable to flexing on requirements related to our grantmaking; this means that application, grant report and other grant requirement deadlines and due dates are being pushed back for at least the next three months. If you have questions on what this means for your letter of inquiry, application, active grant or match grant requirements, please feel free to contact our grants team to discuss revised schedules.

    Lastly, please let us know how you and your staff are doing, and what client needs you are witnessing now or anticipating for the future. While we recognize assessment of the pandemic’s damage is in the early stages, your perspectives will be critical to developing a clear understanding of the current state of local needs and emerging opportunities. To this end, the George Foundation is inviting your organization to participate in a regional nonprofit survey developed by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

    We welcome any questions about our programs or operations; please contact appropriate staff below:

    Roger Adamson, CEO, roger@thegeorgefoundation.org, (713) 557-7252 (mobile)

    Grantmaking Program: Quynh-Anh McMahan, Senior Program Officer, qmcmahan@thegeorgefoundation.org, (281) 435-7546 (mobile)

    Special Programs (Scholarships, Excellence for Nonprofit Leadership and Youth in Philanthropy): Ammie Blahuta, Director of Special Programs, ablahuta@thegeorgefoundation.org, (979) 533-4440 (mobile)

    We recognize this is a fluid situation and we will re-evaluate how we can best support our nonprofits and partners during these difficult times. We know that the shared strength and resiliency of our community will supersede the crisis. As always, we are grateful for what you do to serve our neighbors each day, and we encourage you to remain in touch.

    In appreciation,

    Roger Adamson, CEO

    The George Foundation