COVID-19 Response Fund

Due to the impact of the new Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Legacy Foundation is activating an emergency response fund to provide assistance to those in need.

Lake County COVID-19 Response Fund

Now is the time for all of us to come together to support communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Legacy Foundation is putting in $40,000 from its strategic grantmaking fundWe need you to join us in raising funds for our neighbors who are facing uncertainty and hardship.

Many already on the financial edge may be pushed into crisis. The demand for emergency health services, food, rent, utility, and childcare assistance as well as mental health services is anticipated.  This is when we will need our service providers the most.     

Northwest Indiana’s nonprofit organizations are the fabric of our social safety net and essential partners during this public health crisis.  As nonprofit organizations respond, they may become financially vulnerable themselves as they scramble to cover the cost of expanding their services or suspend programs and events that generate revenue. 

The COVID-19 Response Fund will provide flexible resources to nonprofit organizations in Lake County, Indiana, working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak. The fund intends to provide grants on a rolling basis to ensure dollars are deployed in the community quickly and responsively. Active fundraising is underway, which will enable multiple rounds of support as the community needs and challenges evolve, and as we gain greater clarity about the course of this crisis.

We welcome public donations of any size to this page. Legacy Foundation will not take any administrative fees and 100% of all contributions will go directly to programs and services identified by the fund partners.


If you have a Donor Advised Fund with Legacy Foundation, you may direct a contribution to the Emergency Response Fund. Please email Carolyn Saxton at if you would like to direct funds from your donor advised fund.


If you would like to send a check, please add Emergency Fund in the memo line and mail to:

Legacy Foundation

370 E. 84th Drive, Suite 100

Merrillville, IN 46410


To direct your donation to a particular city, town, or unincorporated area in Lake County, please note the area when completing the donation form by placing it in the In Honor Of field. 


Legacy Foundation joins other area community foundations in responding to coronavirus (Covid-19)

Legacy Foundation, Crown Point Community Foundation, Foundations of East Chicago, Unity Foundation of LaPorte County, and Porter County Community Foundation have partnered to establish COVID-19 Response Funds to provide emergency funding to nonprofits that are delivering the critical services and programs that are needed by Northwest Indiana residents right now.

Click here to make a gift to the Coronavirus Response fund for East Chicago. The Response Fund for East Chicago was established with a $20,000 gift from Foundations of East Chicago.

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The fund for Lake County, IN will be hosted by Legacy Foundation, and is designed to complement the work of nonprofits and public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible

The spirit of collective action is core to our communities. Now is the time for us all to support those in need and to contribute to the vitality and health of our community.  Please know a donation of any size will make a difference!

Contact Legacy Foundation, Inc.
370 E. 84th Drive, Suite 100
Merrillville, Indiana 46410
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Funding type:Donation

This project will receive all of the funds Donated by 4099-08-22.

Legacy Foundation, Inc.