FRESNO, CALIF. – One week after launching the GiveHelpNow campaign from the Central California Food Bank, the Valley Future Foundation has received more than $150,000 in direct contributions and additional pledges of more than $100,000 from community members.
Combined, the total marks more than half of the campaign’s goal of raising $500,000 from the public.
“I can’t thank enough the hundreds of people who have given much-needed resources to these hardworking organizations during this crisis,” Fresno Mayor-Elect and GiveHelpNow spokesman Jerry Dyer said. “Even while we are apart, sheltered in our homes, our community is closer together than ever. But we’re not done yet and we need to keep pushing forward!”
Through Thursday, the average donation to GiveHelpNow was $372.
“As we’ve said all along: these nonprofits have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic with increased demand and decreasing funds. To see the community step up to the plate and ensure that the neediest in our community are served is truly awe-inspiring,” Valley Future Executive Director of Philanthropy Terra Brusseau said.
Every dollar contributed to qualifying nonprofit organizations by the public will be matched, up to $500,000 – thanks to a commitment from a group of generous local community and business leaders.
Nonprofits providing emergency food and shelter to families in Fresno County are eligible for matching funds.
Residents interested in contributing may give via GiveHelpNow.org The campaign concludes May 2. Funds will be distributed to nonprofits in early May.