The United Way of Central Indiana announced the creation of a COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund Friday to help those affected by the global pandemic.
There is already a $16.5 million commitment from local philanthropic groups, including $15 million from the Lilly Endowment. The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, Eli Lilly and Company Foundation and UWCI also contributed $500,000 each. Central Indiana Community Foundation and Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust will also participate.
UWCI President and CEO Ann Murtlow says the new fund builds on work they have done in the past.
"Modeled on the successful community economic relief fund created by community funders, following the economic downtown in 2008 through 2010," says Murtlow.
Local nonprofit groups that already serve vulnerable populations will distribute the funds as needed. Services will include basic needs like food, child care and utility payment. The fund is designed to be flexible to respond to what is needed most.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett says the support is critical.
"We are blessed with a philanthropic community that is ready and willing to show the level of commitment that they have to our city," says Hogsett.
Funds will be distributed in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion and Morgan counties. A new web page is set up for anyone to contribute.