COVID-19: Philanthropic & Nonprofit Resources

Donors: What is Needed & How to Give

If you have a donor advised fund at Manatee Community Foundation, email or use the Donor Central Portal to recommend a grant.

New and urgent opportunities to support local nonprofit organizations and those they serve are developing every day. Here are some giving recommendations:

Contribute to Manatee Community Foundation’s “Manatee County COVID-19 Community Response Fund.”
The Manatee County COVID-19 Community Response Fund was established with a generous $500,000 gift from an anonymous donor to provide support for health and human services organizations impacted by this public health crisis. Give with your donor advised fund, online, or by mailing a check to Manatee Community Foundation, 2820 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton FL 34205, with COVID-19 in the memo.

Provide unrestricted support for trusted nonprofits.

Unrestricted support is even more important today. Many organizations are working to keep their operations open and to adapt to a new way of working and reaching those they serve. Your charitable gifts allow them to pivot rapidly when new needs and conditions emerge.

  •  We are gathering information about local nonprofit needs in specific areas such as education, mental health, foster care, food security, human services, and animal welfare. Email Jennifer Abbott at for specific recommendations for giving based on the missions that are most important to you and trusted organizations.
  •  If you purchased tickets or sponsorships to an arts performance or special event that was canceled, please donate them back to the organization.

Support individuals and families with one-time emergency financial assistance. 

  • The Season of Sharing Fund assists individuals who require one-time assistance with utility, rent, transportation or other needs, allowing them to remain in their homes. You can designate Manatee County residents when you make a gift. The Patterson Foundation has provided matching funds of 1:1 up to $500,000.

Nonprofits: Supporting Your Needs

  •  If your organization is providing support for health and human service needs to Manatee County residents, learn more about the Manatee County COVID-19 Community Resource Fund here.
  • Small businesses, private non-profit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) since Jan. 31, 2020, may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.
  • “Responding to the Coronavirus Outbreak: Resources to Help Nonprofits” By Margie Fleming Glennon
    Excellent Resource in The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • COVID-19 & Nonprofit Response: Health, Fundraising, and Risk Assessment
    Free Webinar with The Nonprofit Times
  • Florida Blue has partnered with New Directions Behavioral Health to offer a free bilingual helpline to assist all Floridians with the stress they may feel during the COVID-19 health crisis. The toll-free helpline connects individuals with specially trained behavioral health counselors who can assist anyone experiencing feelings of stress, anxiety, trauma and grief due to the health crisis.24-Hour Toll-Free Helpline
    Free Bilingual Emotional Support