Funds Raised to Date

About the Fund


As the COVID-19 crisis unfolded last March, local funding partners developed a cross-sector, community-wide critical response to the growing economic impact of the pandemic. As a result, the COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Region was established to serve primarily Gibson, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties.

Thanks to generous founding partners, the Fund launched with more than $1,000,000 and now, more than $5.1 million has been raised. The overall goal of the Fund is to ensure responsiveness in the human services sector, with special attention to vulnerable and at-risk populations. This Fund has been designed to serve the community through the relief, recovery, and restoration phases.

How does the Fund work?

  • Nonprofit agencies in the Greater Evansville are eligible to apply online to be considered for funding.
  • The Advisory Committee determines a pool of available money to be allocated for each round of funding.
  • The Allocations Committee with members from broad-reaching, representative organizations review and evaluate applications based on published criteria.
  • Applicants are notified of their application status in an open and timely manner. Those applications who do not receive funds receive feedback regarding the decision, including methods in which the organization can improve its opportunity to be funded.
  • Recipient organizations are required to report on the use of the monies granted.

While the initial rounds of funding focused primarily on immediate relief, the Fund is now moving further into the phases of recovery and restoration, providing both stabilizing support to vulnerable agencies and investment to reimagine how nonprofits can serve our communities for years to come.

How To Help

We invite the broader community to #DoWhatYouCan and contribute, regardless of the amount. Rest assured your contributions are used wisely. Our Allocations Committee works diligently to identify and address the most critical needs in our communities. As the crisis continues, we need all of us working together to ensure that our families and our region emerge more stable and resilient than before.  

Ways To Donate

Donate Online

Click the icon to donate online. Credit and debit cards, PayPal and Apple Pay are all accepted.

Bank Branches

Cash and check donations are accepted at all Old National and Heritage Federal Credit Union branches. Note "GERF" on donation.


Send your check, made payable to United Way of Southwestern Indiana, to: United Way SWI 318 Main Street, Suite 504 Evansville, IN 47708

Text to Donate

Text the phrase DoWhatYouCan to the number 41-444 on your smartphone

Fund Leadership

Advisory Committee
Click here for a listing of Advisory Committee members.

Allocations Committee
Click here for a listing of Allocations Committee members.

Reporting & Evaluations Committee
Click here for a listing of Reporting and Evaluations Committee members.

Founding Funders & Early Fund Adopters

Chapman Family Foundation
Bob and Lisa Jones
Hamman Foundation
Bussing-Koch Foundation
Dan & Scherri Arens
Romain Family