General Operating Support in Times of Crisis
The Veatch Program is committed to general support grants — meaning grantees can spend their Veatch grants as they deem necessary. We conduct this work, moreover, via deep, long-term relationships. These best practices are serving as a crucial anchor during the unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic as we continue our commitment to amplifying UU values, including those of democracy, human dignity and self-determination through our work.
Truly, this is a time of crisis by which we are all impacted. At the same time, we continue to learn of the very particular impact in low-income communities, communities of color, and among immigrants and workers, all across the country. The breadth and approach of the Veatch Program — providing flexible, general support throughout the U.S. and to core denominational entities, is putting the congregation’s faith into action every day. The ways in which we are supporting grantees are now life-sustaining — helping create community-based hubs that, in addition to fighting for equity, are making a critical difference in this moment.
As one example of many: several of our grantees have established special funds for their members, such as restaurant or domestic workers, who are now unemployed. Veatch's general support over many years has helped provide these groups with the capacity needed to establish such funds and distribute them where they are most needed.
We will continue to use these updates as a way to share information on the incredible and essential work of over 180 grantees across the country. If you would prefer not to receive these updates, you can simply hit the "unsubscribe" button at the bottom of this email.
I hope you are inspired by the updates and resources we've gathered from grantees this week.
From left to right: Carol Garbarino, Chair; Joan Minieri, Executive Director; Corinne Hayden, Vice Chair