Support Southern Illinois COVID-19 Community Fund

Southern Illinois Community Foundation (SICF), is an umbrella organization overseeing more than 60 charitable funds in the 17 southernmost counties of Illinois. The foundation also has launched the COVID-19 Community Fund to distribute ongoing resources to its existing network of partners in those counties.

What will my donation support?

Your donation will be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the Southern Illinois serving individuals, families and communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund will swiftly deploy additional financial resources to local nonprofits to support residents in need of 

  • emergency food and basic supplies

  • housing, rent and utility assistance 

  • support for children and other vulnerable populations. 


This fund will work in tandem with other funds ensuring that resources go where they are needed most. Your contribution is a tax-exempt charitable donation to a 501(c)3 organization

what we are already doing

Food pantries and shelters in 15 Southern Illinois counties will receive $100,000 to help with relief from the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. The funds will be distributed both in person and with checks being cut and mailed at 4 p.m. Friday (April 10).


The $100,000 is being distributed by the Southern Illinois Community Foundation (SICF) and the United Way of Southern Illinois.  SICF is an umbrella organization overseeing more than 60 charitable funds in the 17 southernmost counties of Illinois. 


The $100,000 distributed Friday comes from the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund. SICF director Byram Fager said the money represents the first of several rounds of grantmaking from the state level and that this first round focuses on food and basic shelter. He said future funds are expected to expand to help with primary healthcare, utilities, rent, interim housing and to help children and other vulnerable populations and nonprofit safety and operations.


While the $100,000 is sorely needed by local relief organizations, the need for help is ongoing, and many from Southern Illinois have asked what they can do, given the limits of traditional volunteerism with social distancing in place.


With the ongoing need in mind, SICF has authorized the creation of the Southern Illinois COVID-19 Relief Fund. 


“SICF understands many individuals and families have been affected by the outbreak already and more will continue to be affected,” Fager says. “SICF is also aware that we are a compassionate country and people are looking for a way to help each other as we work to survive this pandemic.”


With a number of individuals already contacting SICF to donate some or all of their $1,200 stimulus checks that they don’t need because they continued to work, SICF has set up the new fund to grant resources to established community-based organizations directly supporting local residents and families most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts


Fager says that organizations like the Good Samaritan House in Carbondale and the Murphysboro Food Bank are serving 10 to 20 percent more people in April than they did last month. That number is likely to only rise. Another group helping to meet food needs is the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Illinois, which is supplementing school lunches with dinners for youth and their families.


To help SICF identify funds that will be available, we are asking people to pledge any portion of their stimulus checks or to make any donation by visiting and clicking on the COVID-19 banner.


Checks can also be mailed to:

Southern Illinois Community Foundation

PO Box 1772, Marion, IL 62959


Beginning April 15, 2020, non-profits seeking support will be able to complete a grant application which will be posted at

Some of the non-profit's we are supporting
  • 4C's Christian Community Compassion Center

  • Benton  West City Food Pantry

  • Benton Township

  • Bethany Village

  • Bethel Temple Evangelist Ministy

  • Bibleway Food Pantry

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of SI

  • Cambria Food Pantry

  • Community of  Christ Church

  • Community United Food Pantry

  • COPE Food Pantry

  • Crosswalk Community Action  Agency

  • Daystar Community Program

  • Desoto Food Pantry

  • Du Quoin Food Pantry

  • Elkville Christian Church

  • Feed My Lambs Ministy

  • First  United  Methodist  Church

  • Friends of Jesus Food Pantry

  • Gallatin County Food Pantry

  • Good Samaritan Food Pantry

  • Goreville Ministerial Alliance

  • Grace Baptist Fellowship

  • Greater Galatia Food Pantry

  • Guardian House

  • Harvest Deliverance Center

  • Herrin House of Hope

  • Jesus Es El Senor Methodist Church

  • Johnston City Manna  Mission

  • Landmark House of Praise

  • Least of the Brethren

  • Marion  Ministerial  Alliance

  • Marion VA Medical Admin-Food  Pantry

  • Murphysboro Food Pantry

  • Reformed Presbyterian Church

  • Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church

  • Salvation Army

  • Salvation Army Marion

  • Second Baptist  Church Food Pantry

  • Shawnee Development Council - Hardin County

  • Shawnee Development Council - Pope County

  • Shawnee Development Council - Union County

  • Stonefort Food Pantry

  • The  Promise Mission

  • The Roads, Crossroads Church

  • The Carbondale Warming Center

  • Turning Point Church Hands of Hope

  • Victory Dream Center

  • Vienna First Baptist Food Pantry

  • We Love White County

  • Western Egyptian EOC Du Quoin

  • White County Senior Center

  • Women's Center

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