Since launching in March, the Community Response Fund (CRF) of Greater Mankato Area United Way and the Mankato Area Foundation has distributed a total of $250,044 to regional tax-exempt organizations.

Most recently, the fund has awarded the following grants totaling $56,594:

  • Beyond Brink for furniture for two locations to meet increased need
  • Catholic Charities of Southern MN for technology needs for the Senior Health & Wellness Programs
  • Children’s Museum of Southern MN to create a safe environment for self-directed play for children and families in the region
  • Children’s Museum of Southern MN for washer and dryer for cleaning protocols
  • Committee Against Domestic Abuse for hotel and other assistance for victims of domestic and sexual violence
  • Committee Against Domestic Abuse for telehealth programming for men who use violence in relationships
  • ECHO Food Shelf to meet needs of increased demand due to COVID
  • Hikmah to provide educational support for school-aged children and help parents and guardians navigate the school system
  • LEEP for collaborative strategic planning to serve the disability community during and beyond the pandemic
  • Life-Work Planning Center for Chromebooks with hotspot access for lending library
  • MRCI for virtual programming for individuals with disabilities
  • School Sisters of Notre Dame to help support the cost of the technical consultation and assistance required in hosting a virtual event.
  • South Sudanese Community of MN for after-school tutoring for youth
  • The Christopher Center for tutoring during distance learning for children 3-21 with autism or other learning disabilities
  • YWCA Mankato for COVID-19 expenses for youth programming

View the full list of CRF grants to date at or Grants have been awarded in areas of need related to food/supply distribution, emergency housing, emergency financial assistance, health and wellbeing and programs/supplies needed to support crisis response.

“We are still receiving requests and are granting funds as needs evolve with the pandemic,” said Mankato Area Foundation President & CEO Nancy Zallek. “We continue to work closely with area nonprofits to monitor the needs and adapt to ensure the sustainability of these organizations.”

“We are grateful for our region’s generosity, which has allowed us to respond swiftly to the critical needs stemming from COVID-19,” said Greater Mankato Area United Way CEO Barb Kaus. “This fund has been vital in keeping our region strong and balanced during these challenging times.”

If you are an organization and have questions about applying for funding, please contact Sarah Beiswanger at [email protected].

About the Community Response Fund

Established through the Greater Mankato Area United Way and Mankato Area Foundation, this fund is designed to respond swiftly in support of organizations that are serving the escalating needs of our communities affected by COVID-19. To learn more about the Community Response Fund, please visit or