Four trusted philanthropic partners activate Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund for speedy aid in disaster response
CLEARWATER, FL — September 27, 2022 — If Hurricane Ian causes widespread disaster in Tampa Bay, The Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund (TBRF) is ready to rapidly distribute financial support to nonprofit organizations that render disaster relief.
The fund, administered through the Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF) is a collaboration of four philanthropic partners. Created in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, its purpose is to make the community more resilient to catastrophic events, and fill critical gaps unaddressed by local, state, and federal government. The fund is now ready to support organizations on the front line of disaster response for events like Hurricane Ian, said Duggan Cooley, CEO of Pinellas Community Foundation.
“Today, if a crisis hits our community, this partnership fund is nimble enough to mobilize quickly in emergencies,” said Cooley, noting its priorities are protecting human life, mitigating additional harm, and strengthening nonprofits engaged in critical intervention services.
Fund partners include PCF, Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, and United Way Suncoast. By pooling resources, these partners leverage individual relationships and expertise to rapidly disburse help to agencies responding to disasters across the community.
The Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund provides a trusted and reliable way for individuals and organizations, local or far away, to donate to recovery efforts in this community, knowing 100% of the funds collected address immediate and mid- to long-term needs through grants to qualifying nonprofits.
“Our local experience has taught us the importance of mobilizing quickly to meet immediate needs, as well as the importance of making long-term investments to support restoration and resilience,” said Cooley. “We are already familiar with nonprofits that serve specific disaster recovery needs, so we can reach out to known organizations and make funds immediately available.”
For more information, visit the Pinellas Community Foundation website at https://pinellascf.org/TBRF.
Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF)
https://pinellascf.org or call 727-531-0058
United Way Suncoast
https://unitedwaysuncoast.org or call 813-274-0900
The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg
https://healthystpete.foundation or call 727-865-4650
Allegany Franciscan Ministries
https://afmfl.org or call 727-507-9668