This article draws upon concepts of community resilience to explore the antecedents of community philanthropic organizations’ response to COVID-19. Although the pandemic is a global threat, responses have been local. We test a model of community resilience activation in the context of the emergence of local COVID-19 funds. We find that a philanthropic organization’s capacity to act in a crisis and respond to the needs of the community depends on the stock of community capitals and organizational capacity. The importance of economic, cultural, and political factors in predicting the emergence of a fund raises important questions about disparities in resilience along class and race lines and the role of political ideology in shaping perceptions of crises. Our research contributes to our understanding of community philanthropic organizations’ capacity to activate community resources during a crisis.
Paarlberg LE, LePere-Schloop M, Walk M, Ai J, Ming Y. Activating Community Resilience: The Emergence of COVID-19 Funds Across the United States. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 2020;49(6):1119-1128. doi:10.1177/0899764020968155