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COVID-19 Response

Supporting human service needs during economic distress associated with COVID-19

The Issue


As a result of the coronavirus public health and economic crisis, our most critical nonprofit organizations that serve on the front lines of any community emergency (shelters, food pantries, healthcare organizations) have felt the strain from the impact of the pandemic. In many instances, demands for their services have doubled or tripled for extended periods since March 2020, while they simultaneously navigated the challenges presented by decreased financial resources.


Nonprofit organizations also faced the additional challenge of providing support to those in need with reduced staffing levels and fewer volunteers to sustain their respective missions. Operational challenges for nonprofits mounted at a time when the needs were unprecedented.

Our Response


In March 2020, United Way and Foundation For The Carolinas launched the COVID-19 Response Fund. In partnership with Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, corporations, houses of faith and others, the fund supported organizations helping to serve the needs of residents in Mecklenburg County impacted by the crisis, especially our most vulnerable populations.


As stewards of our community's investments, we are providing this report to illustrate how our donor's generosity has impacted our community


Mapping the Impact: COVID-19 Response Fund

See where and how the COVID-19 Response Fund has made an impact across the Charlotte region and learn more about the nonprofits that received grants—compiled in an interactive map created by Maggie Sellers.

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In The News

In latest round of grants, COVID-19 Response Fund awards more than $3 million to 72 nonprofits aiding those impacted most by the pandemic

More than $3 million has been awarded to 72 nonprofits in the fifth round of grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund.

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In latest round of grants, COVID-19 Response Fund awards more than $4.3 million to 97 nonprofits aiding those impacted by pandemic

More than $4.3 million has been awarded to 97 nonprofits in the fourth round of grants from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg COVID-19 Response Fund.

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COVID-19 Response Fund announces more than $275,000 in grants to local arts organizations in support of artists, staff, online education and programming for children

In a supplemental round of grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund, $275,500 was awarded to 11 local arts and cultural organizations to support artists, staff and online programming and educational opportunities for children and families.

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COVID-19 Response Fund awards more than $3.5 million to 67 local nonprofits aiding victims of coronavirus crisis in third round of grants

More than $3.5 million has been awarded to 67 local nonprofits in the third round of grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund.

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Cabarrus COVID-19 Response Fund awards $67,500 to seven local nonprofits serving those impacted by the pandemic in latest round of grants

$67,500 has been awarded to seven local nonprofits in the third round of grants from the Cabarrus COVID-19 Response Fund.

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Pamlico Capital commits $1 million to support COVID-19 Response Fund, bringing fundraising total for effort to $18.5 million

Pamlico Capital announced it is committing $1 million to support the community-wide efforts of the COVID-19 Response Fund. To date, more than $18.5 million has been raised for the fund.

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COVID-19 Response Fund surpasses $17 million in donations

In just over a month since launching, the COVID-19 Response Fund led by United Way of Central Carolinas and Foundation For The Carolinas surpasses $17M.

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Cabarrus COVID-19 Response Fund awards more than $165,000 to 18 local nonprofits serving those impacted by the pandemic in latest round of grants

More than $165,000 has been awarded to 18 local nonprofits in the second round of grants from the Cabarrus COVID-19 Response Fund.

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Iredell County COVID-19 Response Fund grants $143,000 to 12 local organizations serving those impacted by the pandemic

In the latest round of grants, $143,000 was awarded from the Iredell County COVID-19 Response Fund to 12 nonprofits serving those impacted by coronavirus.

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COVID-19 Response Fund announces new round of grants to local arts organizations to support artists, staff and online programming

In a supplemental round of grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund, more than $434,000 was awarded to five local arts and cultural organizations to support artists, staff and online programming for children and families.

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On The Blog

How United Way’s COVID-19 Response Spans 5 Counties

June 17, 2020

As a result of the coronavirus crisis, our most critical nonprofit organizations that serve on the front lines of any community emergency (shelters, food pantries,…

51 Nonprofits Tackling COVID-19 with United Way’s Help

April 15, 2020

As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, our most critical nonprofit organizations that serve on the front lines of any community emergency (shelters, food…

Launch of Iredell COVID-19 Response Fund Welcomes Support

April 7, 2020

Across our region, local nonprofit agencies are experiencing the impact of COVID-19 and straining to address increased needs as the economy tightens, stay-at-home mandates and…

How United Way is Supporting Nonprofits During COVID-19

March 31, 2020

As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, our most critical nonprofit organizations that serve on the front lines of any community emergency (shelters, food…

Pulling Together During the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 23, 2020

THE ISSUE   As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, our most critical nonprofit organizations that serve on the front lines of any community…

United Way, Foundation For The Carolinas Launch COVID-19 Response Fund

March 16, 2020

Charlotte-based LendingTree announced Monday that it is donating $1 million to a community-wide fund to assist those affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Foundation For The…

Get the Answers: FAQs about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 13, 2020

As an organization dedicated to the well-being of our community, United Way of Central Carolinas is closely watching the developments surrounding the spread of Coronavirus…