Chinook Fund’s Response to Coronavirus (3/13/20)

Dear Chinook Fund community,

As coronavirus (COVID-19) becomes a growing public health crisis, we are committed to centering the health and well being of grantees, Giving Project members, staff, board members, and other community members. We are grounding our action in our core values of community and interdependence. It is time to responsibly adapt the way we conduct our work, events, and meetings. To do our part to stem the spread of this virus and to promote health and safety, Chinook Fund is enacting the following guidelines:

  • As tenants of the Posner Center, we have adopted the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers plan. The building is now closed to the general public and will be keycard access only until further notice.
  • Beginning today, all Chinook Fund business will be conducted remotely until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and anticipate this shift through at least April 30th.
  • Staff will work remotely.
  • Employees who are sick (e.g., respiratory illness symptoms and/or fever) or living with sick individuals are required to stay home and may work remotely as needed. Refer to CDC guidance for specifics.
  • All board, committee, and GP alumni meetings will be held remotely.

For the Spring 2020 grant cycle and Giving Project sessions, we are enacting these guidelines:

  • Upcoming Giving Project cohort and informational sessions will be held virtually.
  • Spring 2020 grant applicant site visits will be conducted via phone or Zoom. If you are a current applicant and receive a site visit request, you will be contacted by a Giving Project member to confirm the best way to connect and to share Zoom resources as needed.
  • Meet the Changemakers public event, to be held April 21st, will be converted to a virtual gathering. Stay tuned for details on how to join. We are working on the logistics to move forward with Spanish interpretation for those requesting it.

We know well that frontline communities, including the grassroots groups we fund, will be disproportionately impacted by this pandemic. In this spirit, we encourage you to directly support them at this time. Click here for the list of current grantees. We are all in this together.

In solidarity,

Crystal Middlestadt
Executive Director

Resources

For community responses and resources from our friends at the New Economy Coalition please see: