To date, the Rapid Response Fund has issued a total of $170,000 to 17 nonprofits serving Knox and Warren Counties. Contributions to the Rapid Response Fund reached $270,000.

GALESBURG, Ill. (May 4, 2020)– The Rapid Response Fund at Galesburg Community Foundation issued the second round of grants to three local nonprofits serving the front lines due to COVID-19 in Knox and Warren Counties. The Rapid Response Fund stipulates that priority be given to local nonprofits providing front line services and nonprofits providing basic services to communities already vulnerable before the emergency or disproportionately affected by the emergency. Grants from the Rapid Response Fund are made possible thanks to generous local foundations, organizations and individuals.

Joshua Gibb, president & CEO of Galesburg Community Foundation said, “We are grateful that local philanthropy continues to aid us in responding to the needs of our nonprofits as they provide essential services to the people who call our region home. Together we are stronger and we are thankful for the many people who continue giving to make our communities stronger and healthier.”

The following nonprofits serving Knox & Warren Counties were issued grants:

  • Eagle View Community Health- Tele-health technologies and testing equipment
  • Gordon Behrents Senior Center- Meals and wellness checks for senior community members
  • Learning Connections of Galesburg- Childcare for children of essential workers

To date, with the addition of these three grants, the Rapid Response Fund has issued a total of $170,000 to 17 nonprofits serving Knox and Warren Counties. Contributions to the Rapid Response Fund reached $270,000, thanks to the initial $145,000 from the Community Foundation, The Twomey Foundation, the G.L. Vitale Family Foundation, the McClean Family Endowment Fund, the Warren County United Way, the United Way of Knox County and many generous organizations and community members who have given to the fund with gifts of all sizes.

Donations of any size may be made to the Rapid Response Fund online at and search for Rapid Response (click here for direct link) or via check written to Galesburg Community Foundation with Rapid Response Fund noted in the memo and mailed to Galesburg Community Foundation, 246 E Main Street, Suite 101, Galesburg, IL 61401.

Grants from the Rapid Response Fund will be granted on a rolling basis during times of need, allowing for necessary resources to be available in the most responsive manner possible. For more information about the Rapid Response Fund visit

About Galesburg Community Foundation

Galesburg Community Foundation develops and supports the efforts of local people and organizations to promote healthy communities. The Community Foundation makes giving easy and believes that generosity can positively change Knox and Warren Counties forever. The Community Foundation partners with individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits to help them have the greatest impact with their giving. The Community Foundation is working for the good of your community.

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