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815CRT is urging funders to support the local COVID-19 response by donating to the COVID-19 Emerging Needs Fund and/or the 81Thrive Initiative. The COVID-19 Emerging Needs Fund will support the needs of residents and their children to help alleviate hardships they may be experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

There are several ways to donate to the Emerging Needs Fund:

  • Text the word TOGETHER to 40403 

  • Make an online donation by clicking here

  • Mail a check made payable to United Way of Rock River Valley, 612 North Main Street, Suite 300, Rockford, IL 61103
    (Indicate "Emerging Needs Fund" in the memo line of the check)

Interested in being an active participant in 815CRT? Contact Us!


As nonprofits and communities at large face unprecedented challenges and shift resources and activity to respond to these challenges, funders are also determining in what ways their philanthropic resources can best be deployed.


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Introducing 81Thrive -- To provide a partnership with nonprofit organizations impacted by COVID-19, supporting their mission work and helping them build capacity to operate with strength and sustainability. ​

81Thrive seeks to harness the collective generosity of Rockford to help our nonprofits to REBUILD organizations and systems impacted by the worst economic storm of our lifetime in a way that builds capacity and sustainability, REDESIGN and adapt to new realities while infusing financial resources to meet operational needs, and SUSTAIN. Nonprofits are critical to the health of our community, we need them to thrive now and into the future.


Each nonprofit selected to participate in the 81Thrive Initiative will be awarded one of the following: A discretionary financial award for the organization not to exceed $50,000 along with capacity building services up to $25,000 to assess, rebuild, redesign and sustain operations, OR a discretionary financial award toward the development of a collaborative not to exceed $50,000 along with professional facilitation to support a collaboration or system improvement. 


The 815CRT’s goal is to raise and deploy $2 million in support of vital nonprofit organizations in our community. “We are reaching out to the community to ask you to join us, other grantmakers and donors as we pool resources to respond to needs of our nonprofits. We recognize that we have more leverage and greater potential impact working together. We believe our collective work can do more than individual efforts and coordination will reduce duplication and expedite results,” claims Clark Reidenbach. “This is a rare opportunity to work together in the best interest of our community and the nonprofits we all support.” To learn more about how to give to support area nonprofits, contact:


Pam Clark Reidenbach

Executive Director, NICNE


We are compiling a list of many types of resources related to COVID-19. The list continues to grow as more resources become available.​

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