Westchester Community Foundation Launches the Westchester COVID-19 Response Fund

Monday, March 23, 2020

Westchester Community Foundation Launches the  Westchester COVID-19 Response Fund

An anonymous donor will match all contributions up to $1 million. 

Funding will go to support frontline nonprofits working to address the basic needs of Westchester County residents impacted by the novel coronavirus.

HARTSDALE – March 23, 2020 – Westchester Community Foundation announced today that it has established the Westchester COVID-19 Response Fund. An anonymous donor has pledged to match all donations up to $1 million. This fund is in addition to a $1 million contribution by RXR Realty to the RXR Building Community Fund at the Westchester Community Foundation. 

Initial funding will go to established nonprofits working on the frontlines to address the most pressing basic needs—immediate, short term, and long-term—of our most vulnerable Westchester residents. It is the Foundation’s intent to help stabilize nonprofits so it can minimize the social and economic impact of this pandemic on the County’s high-need populations. RXR's commitment will support response efforts in the City of New Rochelle. 

Laura Rossi, executive director of Westchester Community Foundation: “As a community foundation, we will be able to act swiftly and strategically to support Westchester’s residents as they struggle with the unexpected consequences of this public-health crisis, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor and RXR Realty. We invite the business community and the general public to contribute to the Westchester COVID-19 Response Fund. Working together we can shore up those most in need and strengthen our community.” 

Marsha Gordon, president and CEO, The Business Council of Westchester: “The Business Council of Westchester applauds RXR Realty for its generosity and commitment to the communities in which they build. This is a great example of the corporate social responsibility of this great company, a leading member of Westchester’s real estate development community. We also salute the Westchester Community Foundation for their vision in meeting the needs of New Rochelle, a city most affected by COVID-19. A great partnership between business, not-for-profit, and government.” 

Scott Rechler, Chairman and CEO, RXR Realty: “Building community is embedded in RXR’s DNA. If we are to make it through this ongoing public-health crisis successfully, then we must come together as a community more than ever. We’re proud to join the Westchester Community Foundation in supporting those on the frontlines of responding to this global public-health pandemic.”

About Westchester Community Foundation 

Since 1975 the Westchester Community Foundation, a division of The New York Community Trust, has worked to improve the quality of life in Westchester by addressing community issues, promoting responsible philanthropy, and connecting donors to critical local needs. wcf-ny.org

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