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Ingram Charities Donates $100,000 to United Way’s COVID-19 Response Fund

Ingram Charities Donates $100,000 to United Way’s COVID-19 Response Fund

Encourages Others to Join in Giving

April 2, 2020, NASHVILLE, Tenn.Mayor John Cooper announced today that Ingram Charities will grant $100,000 to support United Way of Greater Nashville’s COVID-19 Response Fund. Ingram joins other prominent local organizations stepping up to help individuals and families facing major financial struggles as the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold across the Middle Tennessee region.

The COVID-19 Response Fund is housed at United Way of Greater Nashville, in partnership with Mayor John Cooper’s office and local corporate and philanthropic partners. The Fund is working to quickly address the health and economic challenges of COVID-19 by rapidly deploying resources to community-based organizations in need of funds to meet the immediate needs of individuals affected by the crisis.

“On behalf of the Ingram family, our businesses and Nashville Soccer Club, we believe we have greater impact when we work together,” said John Ingram, chairman of Ingram Industries Inc. and majority owner of Nashville Soccer Club. “We stand strong with Nashville and are pleased to support our community through the COVID-19 Response Fund. We know the Fund’s leadership will ensure that the individuals and organizations that need it most will get support quickly to help weather this storm.”

The Fund has raised just over $3.2 million, thanks to generous gifts from local foundations, corporations and community members, but much more is needed to meet the growing needs of the COVID-19 pandemic.

United Way of Greater Nashville is imploring anyone who can help to contribute. 100 percent of these funds will go to nonprofits to help individuals impacted by wage loss and agencies that need organizational support.

To meet the immediate needs of those experiencing job or wage loss, United Way distributed an initial $300,000 to six community-based organizations that are working directly with individuals: The Salvation Army, NeedLink Nashville, Catholic Charities, Martha O’Bryan Center, Conexión Américas and Rooftop Nashville. The Response Committee is currently reviewing more than 50 applications from local nonprofits and organizations seeking funding and expects to distribute the second round of grants beginning April 3.

To contribute to the COVID-19 Response Fund, visit or text NashvilleUnited to 41444. As funds are distributed, United Way will publish the receiving agencies, along with the help they can provide and contact information, at


About the COVID-19 Response Fund

Hosted by United Way of Greater Nashville, the COVID-19 Response Fund provides flexible resources to organizations working with individuals and communities who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak. The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible. United Way will administer grants in partnership with the Response Committee and Fund partners. In order to move resources quickly and not further burden organizations on the frontlines of the pandemic, we are not hosting a formal application process at this time. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases. To learn more, visit

About United Way of Greater Nashville 
At United Way, we unite the community and mobilize resources so that every child, individual and family thrives. Together, we are working to create a community where every child receives a quality education, no one lives in poverty or poor health, and the most basic needs of our families are met. We are uniquely positioned to the lead this fight by bringing individuals, businesses, nonprofits and government to the table to have the tough conversations, mobilize the resources and make the smart investments that will create lasting solutions for our region’s most pressing issues. For more information, visit and follow us on social media @UWNashville.

About Ingram Charities
Ingram Charities provides grants for nonprofit organizations in Nashville and Middle Tennessee on behalf of Ingram Industries Inc. Funding typically focuses on programs that make Nashville a better place to live and work through the arts, education, and health and human services. Learn more at