Pritzker, nonprofit organizations launch Illinois COVID-19 response fund

More information about the initiative can be found here. (Photo Pixabay)


By Neil Doyle

SPRINGFIELD –  Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday announced the launch of the “Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund” (ICRF), a new statewide fundraising effort to support nonprofit organizations serving those who have been affected by the pandemic.

Pritzker joined the United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations to unveil the new fund.

“My team and I are incredibly grateful for all of the businesses, leaders and organizations who have stepped up to meet this moment,”said the governor. “This is a fund to support all of Illinois: from Chicago to Carbondale, Cairo to Rockford. No one is immune to this virus — and nobody should be left to recover without help. We will get through this if we work together and stand up for one another.”

$23 million has already been raised and the fund will go towards emergency food and basic supplies, primary health care services, utility assistance, and more.

More information about the initiative can be found here.

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