Businesses step up with COVID-19 support

Posted on Mar 20, 2020 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive
Jessica Thiel
Posted by of Insight Publications

Generous businesses and organizations are quickly rallying support for the new COVID-19 Community Response Fund in Fox Cities, raising more than $260,000 in two days. In Green Bay, the Brown County United Way’s Emergency Response Fund received $155,000 in donations in its first three days.

Within minutes of the Community Foundation and United Way Fox Cities announcing the creation of the COVID-19 Community Response Fund within the Community Foundation, Kimberly-Clark contributed $50,000, and the region’s corporate generosity continued to grow.

The fund supports local nonprofit and other community organizations engaging in immediate basic needs relief, short-term response and longer-term recovery in Outagamie, Calumet, Shawano, Waupaca and the Neenah-Menasha area of Winnebago counties impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency. United Way and the Community Foundation started the fund Tuesday with $50,000 each and are asking for additional donations from the community.

The $260,000 raised brings the fund’s total to more than $360,000. Dozens of individuals also have donated online and in other ways.

“We are committing $50,000 to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund to ensure our local nonprofits will continue to have the funding they need to support our most vulnerable community members. This is a difficult time for many in our community, and we want to do everything we can to make sure families have the essentials they need.” said Kim Underhill, group president of Kimberly-Clark North America.

Other major donations include:

  • Thrivent Foundation: $50,000
  • Secura Insurance: $25,000
  • Microsoft: $20,000
  • Great Northern Corp: $10,000
  • Capital Credit Union: $5,000
  • Integrity Insurance: $5,000

In addition to these businesses, several funds or organizations within the Community Foundation have contributed. The William J. & Barbara A. Schmidt Family Foundation donated $50,000. The David L. and Rita E. Nelson Family Fund gave $25,000 to this effort as well as $25,000 to the Green Bay Community Foundation Emergency Response Fund. The Seifert Family Fund and Twinkle in her Eye Fund each added another $10,000.

In its first three days, the Brown County United Way’s Emergency Response Fund received $50,000 provided by the United Way and Greater Green Bay Community Foundation to launch the fund. In addition,  it received $30,000 from the Packers, $30,000 from CONNECT (formerly Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance) and Associated Bank and $15,000 from the WPS Foundation.

In addition to efforts in Green Bay and the Fox Cities, the  United Way of Sheboygan County and Oshkosh Area United Way/Oshkosh Area Community Foundation have also set up funds. Click on the links below to learn more or donate:

Insight will continue to follow this story as fundraising amounts and more efforts emerge. If your organization would like to share its efforts, please email us at [email protected].

To read more about how COVID-19 is affecting businesses and organizations in the region, please see our special coverage page here.