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Legacy to fund relief in wake of COVID-19


Last updated 3/27/2020 at 12:58am

FALLBROOK – Legacy Endowment Community Foundation is taking its past success in making a difference and moving it forward during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The creation of its Out of The Ashes Fund was their 2017 response to helping those affected by the Lilac fire by making special grants possible for individuals as well as nonprofits who were overextended in the delivery of programs and services.

Today, COVID-19 is affecting our community and local nonprofits again with a significant increase in individuals and businesses needing help. This time, the demand is even greater.

Legacy’s Community Fund was created by its board of directors to provide for the deployment of funds when the highest and most urgent needs arose. The intent is to again provide some measure of funding relief or to provide for increased service demand due to a community crisis.

Making contributions to community foundations, particularly those like Legacy Endowment that strive to work with local government, health agencies and community partners is a real and direct way to help those affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

“We encourage generous giving either directly to Legacy Endowment or to other nonprofits in the area,” executive director Jean Larsen said. “Giving at this time means you will be making an important and profound impact for those most severely impacted in our area by the loss of those things we can immediately foresee such as jobs and business revenue, but also food shortages, transportation issues and medical difficulties.”

“The list of needs will likely grow and become more diverse,” Larsen said. “Meaning these nonprofit organizations will need the Community Fund for a measure of extra funding when individuals or even entire families are on the cusp of a crisis and some or all of the resources needed could reach beyond the scope of a nonprofit’s mission, program or service delivery.”

For information about donating to Legacy Endowment, contact [email protected] or call (760) 941-8646. The new application process for the Community Fund is underway but, in the meantime, information is being captured until the process is fully formalized.

Submitted by Legacy Endowment Community Foundation.


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