Issued March 26, 2020
As we confront the challenges of COVID-19 right here at home in the United States, we can only imagine the challenges it poses for you and your communities. We are thinking of you, your staff, and organizations. Many of you are often the first responders—sometimes the only
responders—in emergency situations like these. And we know how daunting and draining these moments can be for everyone.
Please count on the IAF as you rethink your programming in this new context, whether through the pandemic or during its aftermath. In the coming days, Local Liaisons and Foundation Representatives will be reaching out to learn about your specific challenges, concerns, and ideas you may have about adjustments to your planned activities. Please do not do anything that puts you or the communities you serve in harm’s way to meet grant obligations.
Meanwhile, here in Washington, we are working remotely and will continue to do so through the foreseeable future. We are not traveling or holding any in-person meetings or events, just as we have encouraged our colleagues in countries to do, following local health guidelines. That being said, our virtual community is as strong as ever and we hope yours is there too. Thank you for your steadfast commitment to resilient and empowered communities, no matter what tomorrow brings us. We look forward to continuing working with you in these difficult times. Please do not hesitate to contact us and let us know how you are doing.
All the best,
President and CEO