COVID-19: A Just East Bay Response Fund

Frequently Asked Questions


I want to donate. How can I do that?

  • Donations can be made safely online via credit card via the COVID-19: A Just East Bay Response Fund online donation form.
  • BCF Fundholders can grant from their DAFs by submitting a grant recommendation in Donor Central and indicating the purpose as “COVID-19: A Just East Bay Response Fund”.
  • To make a wire transfer, please contact the Finance Department at or (510) 208-0811
  • Checks should be made out to “East Bay Community Foundation.” 200 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland CA 94612. In the note line, please specify “COVID-19: A Just East Bay Response Fund.”
  • For donations of stocks, bonds or mutual funds, please click HERE for instructions.

Can I restrict my funding to a prioritized grantee?

We are not able to accept restricted grants to the COVID-19: Just East Bay Fund. Please rest assured that the Fund is investing in organizations that meet the immediate priority needs of our region as described above. These priority needs will shift and expand as we move through this emergency response and recovery phase and receive more feedback from our stakeholders.

You may still of course make grants to specific organizations of your choosing directly from your EBCF Donor Advised Fund. If you would like specific recommendations, please contact your relationship manager at EBCF, or our Vice President of Development, Alexandra Aquino-Fike at

Should I give to this Fund instead of making other donations?

If your personal situation allows it, please consider giving to this Fund, while continuing or increasing your support for nonprofits in other areas that you believe in. The need in our region is greater now than ever. We encourage everyone to consider giving as much as they can to support one another, and the individuals and communities that are facing critical, needs.

Will EBCF charge a fee on my contribution?

No. EBCF is not charging a fee on any contributions to this fund. If you are making a contribution by credit card, you may opt to cover the processor’s (PayPal) fees. If you opt to not cover the fees, EBCF will ensure that the nonprofit receives 100% of your donation.


Can corporations and institutional funders get involved?

Absolutely. EBCF welcomes your leadership and support. Corporate and Institutional Funders should contact Sachi Yoshii, Vice President of Strategy & External Relations, to explore a potential partnership at

Is EBCF collaborating with other funders?

Yes. We continue to be in conversation with our sister community foundations, regional, and national funders around both a regional approach and the distinct needs of each Bay Area county. Our goal is to coordinate our efforts and maximize resources for our community partners.

Is EBCF charging any fee?



I’m an individual who’s been affected by COVID-19. Can this Fund help me?

This Fund may be able to provide assistance through one of our selected grantees. It will not give financial assistance to individuals directly, but during the first phase of this Fund, we are selecting local East Bay organizations with the capacity to provide direct financial assistance. We will strive to share more information about our partners within the next several weeks and then on a rolling basis as we move forward.

My organization is interested in resources from this Fund. Can we be considered?

EBCF’s COVID-19: A Just East Bay Response Fund will make grants to organizations that meet the following criteria:

  • 501(c)(3) status or fiscally sponsored project.
  • Have a focus on the following priority populations: undocumented immigrants, unsheltered individuals, those employed via cash economy (e.g. day laborers, domestic workers), uninsured and under-insured, youth, victims of domestic violence, low-income seniors, and formerly incarcerated.
  • Whose work aligns with the four funding categories listed below.
  • EBCF will prioritize existing grantee partners for support from the COVID-19: A Just East Bay Response Fund, and may consider additional organizations as funds become available.

Funding Categories

Direct financial assistance to individuals and families experiencing extreme economic hardship

Frontline organizations providing essential services to priority populations General Operating Support to existing grantees to support their operations and related impacts during the crisis Organizing and Systems Change

My organization does not meet these criteria, but we provide other valuable services in the East Bay, and we are facing immediate revenue challenges that are threatening our sustainability. Can I apply for funding now?

EBCF is aware of the unexpected and acute revenue shortfalls resulting from COVID-19. This first phase of the COVID-19: Just East Bay Response Fund will focus exclusively on organizations that meet the criteria above. However, we are actively working with our partners to ascertain and secure financial support for nonprofits facing critical financial and sustainability challenges that do not meet the above criteria. We are hopeful that we can provide such support in the second phase of the Fund.

If you have received funding from a donor at EBCF in the past, we encourage you to reach out to your relationship liaison at EBCF to inquire if that donor might be able to support you with additional funds right now.


Other Resources

Below are links to other resources for nonprofits being impacted by COVID-19:

  • Philanthropy CA : Up-to-date listing of COVID-19 response funds, events, resources, and public policy information
  • California Association of Nonprofits: Funding resources, employer/employee resources, resources for individuals
  • Independent Sector: Latest information on federal CARES ACT eligibility criteria, timelines, and application information for nonprofits.

How Can I Apply?

There is no Request for Proposals (RFP) or application process. EBCF, with input from our community partners, will select organizations on a rolling basis to support through this Fund. If you believe you qualify based on the criteria listed above, please contact us at: Please do bear with us as we are facing a higher than normal volume of inquiries for support. We will make every effort possible to respond within 1 week.

We continue to actively solicit feedback from our community partners about the biggest needs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. If you would like to share the needs and challenges that communities in your area are facing, please email us at:

When will funding be disbursed?

We anticipate the first wave of grants will be issued by the end of March.

Is there a geographic area of focus for the Fund?

Yes. This fund will support nonprofit organizations serving Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Grantees may be headquartered elsewhere, but a significant portion of their services and population served must be centered in these two counties.

When will you share who you fund?

We will announce the first wave of our grantees on a rolling basis over the next four weeks.