FARGO — Three major charity organizations in Fargo-Moorhead have taken steps to try to help nonprofit agencies during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dakota Medical Foundation and the Alex Stern Family Foundation established a temporary giving website at dmfhelpinghearts.org so government officials, businesses and donors can help charities across North Dakota and northwest Minnesota meet the demand for social and human services.

In a survey sent to 500 area nonprofits, they found in 230 responses that about 40% to 50% of the charities had to cancel major fundraisers, anticipate losing donations and don't have a remote-work option. More than half also said they have six months or less of operating cash on hand.

The organizations also created a COVID-19 Critical Services Fund for critical safety-net health and human services organizations in the region with 100% of funds distributed directly as grants.

Meanwhile, the FM Area Foundation has activated its Community Response Fund for Cass and Clay counties.

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The foundation provided the first $25,000. Donations will be given in grants directly to nonprofits in the two counties.

The foundations have eliminated administrative fees in the efforts.