COVID-19 Response

Dear Community Partner,

We’re reaching out in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and in the spirit of cultivating communities that flourish.

In times like these, it’s hard to imagine “flourishing” when so much of our energy and attention is required to focus on the needs right before us.  Even so, our shared vision for the community requires us to live with both the reality of our current situation AND the real hope required to move us through and beyond…and we will. Your friends at the Welborn Baptist Foundation want you to know that you and your organization are in our thoughts and prayers.

And we want you to know that we value the work that you do and we’re especially sensitive to how this pandemic will impact our local community and the nonprofit sector. We recognize that you are on the front lines, serving those most vulnerable, and we are sensitive to the difficulties you may be facing in these ever-evolving circumstances.

Thank you for your persevering work and love for our community. May the Lord give you an abundance of wisdom, strength, courage, unity, and an overflowing faith to trust him more.

With you,
Pat, the staff, and board of the Welborn Baptist Foundation

Important Financial Resources

The links below provide information related to the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program and the SBA Disaster Loan Assistance Application for Nonprofits.  Small businesses and Nonprofits can apply to these programs starting Friday, April 3.

CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program*

*The demand will be very high, so we suggest borrowers (Nonprofits) connect with their existing bank partner (allowing for a more seamless application process) or visit for a list of nearly 2,000 approved lenders. 

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance Application (for Nonprofits)

For more information on local funding efforts and opportunity, visit

Covid-19 Crisis Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Area

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, a team of funding partners has established a cross-sector, community-wide COVID-19 Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Region.  This response is designed to serve the community through the relief, recovery, and restoration phases typical of large-scale crises to catalyze hope in a time that perpetuates hopelessness and isolation.

Who created this fund?

This fund has been established in a collaborative effort between the Southern Indiana Grantmakers (SING), United Way of Southwestern Indiana (serving as the fiscal sponsor), Welborn Baptist Foundation, Community Foundation Alliance and the City of Evansville.  Individuals and organizations are encouraged to join the effort and donate to the fund.  These founding fund partners invite the broader community to contribute to the COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund as the primary and strategic vehicle designed to meet our community’s needs in the short, mid, and long term (18-month horizon).

What is the geographic reach of the fund?

The fund has been created to serve primarily Gibson, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties.

What will this fund support?

The fund will specifically support:

These above purposes are focused on short-term relief.  Criteria for the recovery and restoration phases will be determined as needs and opportunities emerge in the coming months.

Is there a financial goal for the fund?

The fund launched with over $1,000,000 committed by initial partners.  The initial goal is to raise $6,000,000 but that could change as the crisis continues.

How will distribution work?

An Allocation Committee consisting of regional representatives will identify organizations to which the fund will make initial contributions. Timely, informed grant-making decisions will be made on evolving needs over time.  Organizations receiving funds will be required to report on the use of the monies granted.

What is the timeframe?

Distributions for the relief phase should begin within the next few weeks.  While we don’t know how long this crisis will last, this response is designed to serve the community through the relief, recovery, and restoration phases typical of large-scale crises

Simple definitions

  1. Relief – meet immediate need; a temporary fix for now
  2. Recovery – a transitional foothold for a ‘new normal’
  3. Restoration – a transformational foundation, for what’s next

Who’s supported the fund thus far?

How can I get engaged and donate?

Get updates: Visit the Covid-19 Crisis Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Region’s Facebook Page.

Ways to donate:

  1. Go to
  2. Cash and Check donations are accepted at all Old National Bank and Heritage Federal Credit Union branches. Please reference “COVID-19 Crisis Response” with your donation.
  3. Send payment to:
    United Way of Southwestern Indiana,
    318 Main Street, Suite 504
    Evansville, IN 47708
  4. For Stock or ACH payment please call 812-421-7476