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March 30, 2020


The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA), in partnership with Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, have announced a $2 million gift to address the ongoing challenges facing our community as a result of COVID-19.

$1 million will be given to Augusta University (AU) to support the expansion of its COVID-19 testing capabilities. The other $1 million will be given to the CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. This fund was recently launched by the Community Foundation and United Way of the CSRA to raise support for nonprofits who are serving crucial roles in providing food, shelter, and educational and economic support for those most in need of help during this challenging time.

“The Community Foundation is immensely grateful to Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament for its leadership and commitment to the Augusta region, and we are pleased to work together to respond to local needs created by this pandemic,” said Shell Berry, President and CEO of the Community Foundation. “In addition to the expansion of testing, these dollars will give our nonprofit partners the security to focus on helping others and not worry quite as much about how to fund their work. The Community Foundation will continue leaning into its mission by using our resources generously when the community needs it most, including through our ongoing work with the United Way on the CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.”

The Community Foundation and the United Way have been working together to create a process to identify community need and gaps in funding, while seeking the guidance of community advisors to make grants available as efficiently as possible over the coming days and weeks. An Ad Hoc Advisory Committee has been formed and is comprised of the following respected leaders in our community:

Mr. Jim Armstrong, Community Foundation Board Member
Dr. Faye Hargrove, Community Foundation Board Member
Mr. Joe Klecha, United Way Board Member
Mr. Jordan Pierce, United Way Board Member
Ms. Tamera Toogood, At-Large Community Member

Augusta National Golf Club has donated more than $25 million to the Community Foundation for the CSRA, who has distributed these contributions to various local charities and philanthropic endeavors throughout the region. This generosity has inspired others to support the work of the Foundation such that more than $100 million in grants have been distributed in the CSRA since 1996.



March 20, 2020

Community Foundation and United Way of the CSRA Covid-19 Response

Over the past few weeks, we have closely monitored the impact of the coronavirus both in our community and around the globe. The impacts of this pandemic are affecting thousands of area residents, and it's why the Community Foundation for the CSRA and the United Way of the CSRA
are partnering to provide emergency assistance for the most vulnerable populations living in our communities. 

We’re learning that the virus is not only impacting health and well-being, but also the financial
stability of many people living in our region. And the time to act is now. With 51% of our residents currently living in poverty or considered the working poor, just one missed paycheck can have catastrophic effects.

Through the partnership between our two organizations, the CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund monies will be directed to vetted, local nonprofit partners who are providing critical services AND we will provide monies to individuals and families for immediate needs related to this crisis.

We're counting on your support.  Will you help us combat the impacts of COVID-19 in the CSRA? Simply click here to donate and make a difference for a fellow neighbor in need.

Or mail your contribution to:

ATTN CSRA COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area
P.O. Box 31358
Augusta, GA 30903


United Way of the CSRA
1765 Broad St.
Augusta, GA 30904

Additionally, please refer those in need of immediate assistance to United Way's 2-1-1 Contact Center. Just dial 2-1-1. Our team is working hard to connect those most in need to critical resources.

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