The Aberdeen Area Community Foundation in partnership with the Knight Foundation made a lead gift of a $40,000 to the United Way of Northeastern South Dakota’s COVID-19 Response Fund. The fund is supporting nonprofits in the Aberdeen area who are responding to needs created by the pandemic.

In March 2020, the Knight Foundation committed $225,000 in partnership with the Aberdeen Area Community Foundation and the South Dakota Community Foundation to provide short-term and long-term relief in response to the pandemic. These funds were a portion of the over $10 million the Knight Foundation committed to its 26 Knight communities around the country. The funds are meant to address immediate needs within the community  while also focusing on priority areas the Knight Foundation has identified in Aberdeen.

“We’re proud to have the opportunity to partner with the Knight Foundation to help meet needs throughout Aberdeen,” said Heath Johnson, chair of the Aberdeen Area Community Foundation. “The pandemic is having significant impact here, and we know the United Way has its finger on the pulse of the nonprofit response and where the needs are. We were pleased to support their efforts.”