As the Coronavirus outbreak worsens, The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 as a global pandemic. The virus has spread to more than 135 countries in Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East, thus putting the world’s economy in survival mode.
The outbreak is already infecting economies and financial markets around the world. While governments try to navigate the fine line between being prepared and setting off panic, the economic costs are growing as countries and communities try to control the spread of the disease.
As the world further shuts down in the wake of deadly coronavirus, U.S. grant-makers have raised their hands and step up their efforts to support communities, vulnerable people, non-profit groups, small businesses, food banks, school-meal programs, and related food-security organizations to fight the Covid-19 outbreak. There are several foundations and organizations who have come up with millions of funding to address this pandemic that hit nations globally.
Bank of America
Bank of America raised $100 million to support local communities in need as the world faces unprecedented challenges from the coronavirus. The majority of funds will be distributed on the ground in local markets, focused on both immediate needs facing local communities and providing ongoing support in the months ahead. The company will also increase funding to several national and global organizations that are on the front lines, tackling the most pressing issues in local communities. Bank of America has delivered more than $2 billion in philanthropic investments since 2009, with approximately $250 million in 2019 alone.
Through their philanthropic arm Google.org, Google has committed $50 million to the global COVID-19 response, focusing on health and science, access to educational resources and small business support. Google has been working in close collaboration directly with the WHO and as part of that collaboration, they announced up to $5 million in donations to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization (through the UN Foundation). They also made a $500,000 grant to a team of researchers, epidemiologists and software developers at Boston Children’s Hospital working on HealthMap, a website that provides up-to-date trends of emerging public health threats and outbreaks.
Facebook has created a $100 million grant program to help small businesses around the world impacted by the coronavirus. Facebook has also partnered with Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) to launch a $1M USD grant program to support fact-checkers in their work around COVID-19. Also, the Facebook Journalism Project has partnerd with the Lenfest Institute for Journalism and the Local Media Association (LMA) to offer a total of $1 million in grants to support US and Canadian local news organizations covering the coronavirus. These grants will help fill immediate gaps for resource-constrained newsrooms covering the impact of the coronavirus in their communities.
Twitter has donated one million dollars evenly distributed between the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Women’s Media Foundation to ensure these organizations can continue their work in the face of new economic strains and to directly support journalists. These two critical organizations are working tirelessly to uphold the fundamental values of a free press during this pandemic. Right now, every journalist is a COVID-19 journalist. From the stories of healthcare workers on the frontlines, to analysis of the real human and economic cost of the pandemic, reporters around the world are still writing, still exposing themselves to harm, still giving us the facts.
Netflix has created created a $100 million fund to help with hardship in the creative community which is devastated from COVID-19 Crises. Most of the fund will go towards support for the hardest hit workers on their own productions around the world. Beyond helping workers on their own productions, twitter has also provided support to the broader film and television industry. Therefore, they have committed $15 million of the fund to third parties and non-profits providing emergency relief to out-of-work crew and cast in the countries where they have a large production base. Further, they have also donated $1 million each to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 Disaster Fund, the Motion Picture and Television Fund and the Actors Fund Emergency Assistance in the US, and $1 million between the AFC and Fondation des Artistes in Canada.
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation
Over the last several weeks, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have pledged $25 million to supporting organizations on the frontlines in the fight against the novel coronavirus. Further, Walmart donated $3 million to Feeding America and member food banks, helping to meet the urgent need of food assistance, which has intensified during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Last week, Foundation also committed $25 million, of which $10 million will go to support food banks, and school and senior meal programs in providing access to food for underserved populations. We have moved quickly to get this funding to nine organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response.
New York Community Trust
The New York Community Trust created the new $75 Million Fund will Provide Grants and Loans to small and mid-size nonprofits and Cultural Organizations to help them respond to emerging needs, cover losses associated with the disruption of their operations, and help them continue their critical work in the COVID-19 Pandemic. This initiative will provide grants including unrestricted, flexible funding to support new and emergency needs and meet community demands, particularly for service offerings outside normal operations required to respond to social distancing, isolation and quarantine. The New York Community Trust connects past, present, and future generous New Yorkers with vital nonprofits working to make a healthy, equitable, and thriving community for all.
Amazon donated $1 million total to kick-start collaborative emergency COVID-19 response funds that will immediately benefit four local community foundations across the Greater Washington region and five local food providers who are working to support vulnerable populations disproportionately impacted amid the coronavirus outbreak. The recipients: ACT for Alexandria, Arlington Community Foundation, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, and the Greater Washington Community Foundation will each rapidly disperse resources to nonprofits addressing food insecurity, housing/shelter, and providing emergency financial assistance.
In light of the unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak, Nike’s leaders, the Nike Foundation and Nike have raised more than $15 million to COVID-19 response efforts. In addition, the Nike Foundation announced a $1 million donation to the global COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund to fund efforts by the WHO for responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Besides this the Nike also provided $1 million to the Oregon Community Recovery Fund; $1.1 million to support community partners across Europe, Middle East and Africa through the King Baudouin Foundation; $250,000 to the Mid-South Food Bank in Memphis, Tenn.; $250,000 to the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’ COVID-19 Regional Response Fund; and $500,000 to the Boston Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund. These commitments come in addition to the 10 million RMB ($1.4 million) NIKE, Inc. donation to the China Youth Development Foundation announced earlier in January to help provide frontline workers with supplies and equipment to treat patients.
The Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company, pledged a total of $13.5 million in grants to five non-profit organizations that are working on the front lines of the U.S. and Canadian humanitarian response to the coronavirus pandemic. The latest grants support organizations focused on providing relief to first responders and residents of economically disadvantaged communities, both in the company’s hometown of Atlanta and across North America. Organizations receiving grants immediately are: Feeding America ($5 million), Boys & Girls Clubs of America ($5 million), Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada ($750,000), Food Banks Canada ($750,000), Center for Disaster Philanthropy ($2 million). Previously, the Coca-Cola Foundation provided a grant of $5 million for the COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund and a total of $2 million in grants to support efforts in China and Italy.
The Rockefeller Foundation committed $20 million to create a better tracking and management system for COVID-19 and address the needs of America’s workers, families, and vulnerable communities around the world. The Foundation is supporting efforts in these key focus areas: new technologies to accelerate current and future pandemic preparedness and response capabilities around the world, and systemic change to close the gaps this crisis has highlighted for those in need. Adding to this, the Foundation also announced a $65 million commitment to working families, promoting the use of proven innovations, effective economic policies, and investments in people and places that build a stronger safety net. It is providing key assistance and support in the cities where it operates, especially Bellagio, Italy; New York, NY; Washington, DC; Nairobi, Kenya; and Bangkok, Thailand.
Islamic Relief USA
Islamic Relief USA- a nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization allocates $1.9 million in funding across the country, helping preserve essential social services programs administered by mosques and social service organizations to meet increasing demand stemming from the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). The commitment will mobilize a network of partners to provide food support, hygiene kits and financial assistance to individuals facing the consequences of the pandemic. IRUSA will also award emergency grants that will be distributed among various other community partners focusing on food, hygiene and financial assistance. This is part of a larger global campaign and investment that IRUSA will conduct with partners abroad.
Otto Bremer Trust
The Otto Bremer Trust (OBT), one of Minnesota’s largest charitable organizations created $50 million emergency fund to be set up through its Community Benefit Financial Company (CBFC) subsidiary to provide financial support to Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Montana nonprofits and other community organizations. The new fund will provide emergency funding, loans, lines of credit, and other financial resources to organizations impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. CBFC is developing a streamlined application and approval processes to provide qualifying organizations with financial resources until longer-term solutions can be put in place. OBT will continue to provide grants and program-related investments throughout the region and has already stepped up its philanthropic support for front-line organizations in response to the outbreak.
Wells Fargo Foundation
The Wells Fargo Foundation has increased its charitable donations to $175 million to help address food, shelter, small business and housing stability, as well as providing assistance to public health organizations. Donations from the Wells Fargo Foundation includes a $1 million grant to Feeding America to support their 200 member foodbanks as they work to feed people during this time of crisis. This funds is focused on helping nonprofits serve the immediate needs of the most vulnerable populations including for food, housing and other emergency needs. Wells Fargo is also taking several other steps to meet customer needs, operate safely and effectively, and reduce risk to employees and customers, while recognizing that the company provides key services essential to the stability of the company. economy and financial well-being of clients.
In the first phase of the foundation’s urgent funding response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The California Endowment committed $5 million commissioned to support public health efforts and the immediate social and health services needs of highly vulnerable Californians, including farm workers/day laborers, the homeless and undocumented individuals. These funds are provided to regional community partner foundations which will deploy the resources to local non-profit organizations that provide essential social and health services to vulnerable Californians and to statewide networks and associations focused on health care delivery and public health systems.
Additional funding will be targeted to those most likely to be severely impacted by COVID-19 due to lack of awareness, language barriers, and lack of access to health care, including the homeless, low-wage earners such as farm workers and day laborers, and undocumented Californians.
Robert W. Woodruff Foundation
Robert W. Woodruff Foundation donated $5 million to the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund – a joint project of the United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta to support those most vulnerable to the economic and health-related impacts caused by the pandemic. Funds raised will be directed to nonprofit organizations and other agencies focused on providing crucial services to high-risk audiences including seniors, families with children who normally receive free or reduced meals at school, families in need of childcare, homeowners and renters at risk for eviction, and hourly/low-wage workers.
Synchrony and the Synchrony Foundation
Synchrony and the Synchrony Foundation committed a total of $5 million to support hunger-relief organizations and local communities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Out of the total funds, Synchrony donated $1.5 million to national hunger relief non-profits, including Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund to help food banks across the country support affected communities and Meals on Wheels America to ensure older adults continue to receive the vital lifeline they need. The remaining $3.5 million to local organizations to tackle long-term needs in hard-hit communities as the outbreak unfolds.
In initial round of grantmaking, The Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund has awarded $500,000 to support the Greater Cleveland nonprofit community in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties. The foundation’s philanthropic partners also raised $3.95 million to nonprofit organizations serving on the front lines of the pandemic throughout Greater Cleveland. Also contributions to the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund now total more than $5.37 million from 27 different corporate and philanthropic partners alongside individual donations from across the region. New funding partners include Bank of America, Chip and Karen Chaikin, Community West Foundation, Deaconess Foundation, Haslam 3 Foundation, Lincoln Electric, RPM International Inc., Union Home Mortgage Foundation and the Woodruff Foundation.
PwC Charitable Foundation
The PwC Charitable Foundation commits new grants totaling $2.85 million to support communities most impacted by COVID-19. Grants will support access to food and education for people in need; provide protective equipment and care essentials to community health workers. The foundation also funded $500,000 to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund , $500,000 to Direct Relief and $1.5 million to be distributed locally. In late February, the PwC Foundation made a $350,000 grant to Project HOPE to help purchase and deliver protective equipment to health workers in Wuhan and Shanghai Provinces of China.
New York Life Foundation
The New York Life Foundation lend a hand by pledging more than $1.7 million to local and national nonprofits and to help our employees. Beneficiaries include: Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Covid-19 Response Fund, CDC Foundation and First Book. For all donations that their employees and agents make to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, the CDC Foundation, First Book, and the New York Life Emergency Assistance Fund, the Foundation will match their gift, up to $5,000, for both employees and agents.
Under Armour pledged up to $1 million to Feeding America to support hunger relief efforts as a result of current school closures and quarantines. They have partnered with Feeding America and local food banks and are lending support to ensure students and their families who are impacted by current, and potentially extended, disruptions have the meals they need. The donation efforts will be focused on reaching the cities where their teammates live and work, including Baltimore, Maryland; San Francisco and Rialto, California; Nashville, Tennessee; Austin, Texas; and Portland, Oregon.
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas)
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) donates $1 million to nonprofit organizations throughout its service area to support the region’s workforce, feed the hungry, and provide bill assistance to customers most affected by the coronavirus. Also SDG&E and SoCalGas each pledged an additional $1 Million to support hunger and workforce relief causes. The fund will help small to medium-sized nonprofits in California as they continue to serve critical needs related to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The grants for California nonprofits is a part of a larger $1.75 million Nonprofit Hardship Fund from the Sempra Energy Foundation made available to charities in the areas of the United States where Sempra Energy and its family of companies operate, including California, Texas and Louisiana.
Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association
Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association teamed up to help ease that burden with a combined $1 million donation that will be split evenly between Feeding America and Meals on Wheels America. Feeding America will distribute funds to local member food banks in high-need areas across the United States to help feed children and families impacted by school closures and other disruptions, whereas Meals on Wheels will use the funds to boost organizational capacity of its network to provide in-home meals to senior citizens in need.
Minnesota Council on Foundations and the Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation
In March 2020, the Minnesota Council on Foundations and Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation launched the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund (MDRF) for coronavirus with $4.4 million contributions from foundations across Minnesota, the MDRF will provide grants to local community foundations, Minnesota Initiative Foundations, and other intermediaries to support community needs as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. To date, $5 million has been raised for this fund. The MDRF funds both short and long-term needs that arise within communities, due to coronavirus or future disasters that occur within the state of Minnesota. Funds will be raised through philanthropic entities.
Pittsburgh Foundation, Heinz Endowments, Richard King Mellon Foundation, and Hillman Family Foundations
Foundations and other philanthropic institutions dedicated to improving quality of life across southwestern Pennsylvania have come together with unprecedented speed, to provide $4 million to create an Emergency Action Fund and as much as $6 million in aligned, coordinated efforts to lessen the damaging effects of the COVID-19 virus on residents, especially the most vulnerable. The establishment of the Emergency Action Fund is the first step from their sector in developing a recovery plan for the long term.
LendingTree donated $1 million to a community-wide fund to assist those affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The City of Charlotte is matching the $1 million gift with $1 million in public-sector support. Foundation For The Carolinas and United Way of Central Carolinas are launching the COVID-19 Response Fund to support a range of organizations assisting members of the community, particularly those most vulnerable.
Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation
The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation has activated $1.25 million in emergency funding for nonprofits on the frontlines and to support health and hunger relief organizations that are facing unprecedented and costly challenges in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
(Source: The CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY)