Allen Family Foundation Awards $2.8 Million to Address Ebola Crisis

Allen Family Foundation Awards $2.8 Million to Address Ebola Crisis

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has announced a $2.8 million donation to the American Red Cross to help address what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called the biggest and most complex Ebola outbreak in history.

The funds will be put to work immediately in the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea — where more than nine hundred people have died from the infectious disease — to provide personal protection kits and disinfecting supplies; train thousands of volunteers in disease prevention, management, and education techniques; and produce educational materials, including radio spots for broadcast in areas at risk of further infections.

In addition, the foundation has established a page on the Red Cross website enabling its supporters to make gifts directly to the disaster relief organization.

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Vulcan Inc., Allen's investment firm, have previously provided funding for Ebola vaccine research, including grants to Kansas State University and Integrated BioTherapeutics in support of conservation-oriented captive trials of an Ebola vaccine in wild apes.

"The Ebola Outbreak in West Africa: Now Is the Time to Help." Paul G. Allen Foundation Press Release 08/07/2014.