Amgen, AT&T, Others Announce Commitments for COVID-19 Response

Amgen, AT&T, Others Announce Commitments for COVID-19 Response

Amgen and the Amgen Foundation have announced an initial commitment of up to $12.5 million in support of U.S. and global relief efforts to address critical needs in communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be used to support emergency response efforts in communities where Amgen operates, patient-focused organizations that are mounting their own response efforts, and international relief efforts led by Direct Relief and International Medical Corps; in addition, the Amgen Foundation will match donations by Amgen employees for relief efforts. 

AT&T has launched a $10 million Distance Learning and Family Connections Fund with a $1 million grant to Khan Academy in support of its efforts to expand existing online learning resources and develop new resources specifically designed to address school closures. The fund also will provide resources in support of efforts to maintain meaningful connections for those isolated from family and friends.

TikTok has announced a $10 million donation to the World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Fund in support of efforts to provide critical supplies to frontline healthcare workers, ensure that communities have access to the latest science-based information, and accelerate efforts to discover life-saving treatments or vaccines.

The San Francisco-based Delta Dental Community Care Foundation has committed $5 million for COVID-19-related efforts across its fifteen-state footprint, including $3.5 million to federally qualified health centers to expand access to oral care; $1 million to nonprofits experiencing sharp increases in their expenses and/or budget shortfalls as a result of the virus; and $500,000 in disaster response funding to California organizations working to assist seniors, individuals experiencing food insecurity, and homeless and homebound individuals.

Citizens Bank in Providence, Rhode Island, has announced a commitment of $5 million in support of communities and businesses impacted by the coronavirus. The Community Support Relief program will provide funding in support of coronavirus-related efforts in regions where the bank operates — including Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island — while its Small Business Relief and Recovery program will provide funding and other assistance in the coming months to small businesses in the three states.

The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation in Wellesley, Massachusetts, has pledged more than $3 million in support of COVID-19 relief efforts in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. The funding includes $1.5 million to create a COVID-19 Assistance Fund comprising two emergency grant programs — $500,000 for nonprofits assisting older adults and $1 million for community-based organizations working to help local residents affected by the public health crisis — a $1 million Local Relief Grants program; and an expansion of the company's Community Spirit Mini Grants program, through which every employee is invited to give $500 a year to a charity of his or her choice.

Dow has announced a commitment of $3 million in support of global COVID-19 relief efforts, including $2 million to the COVID-19 Solidarity FundDirect Relief, and local and regional nonprofits, as well as $1 million in support of community-resilience initiatives.

Elsewhere, Bacardi Limited — in collaboration with Another Round, Another Rally, the James Beard Foundation, and the Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation — has launched a $3 million initiative to provide bars and bartenders impacted by COVID-19-related shutdowns; the S&P Global Foundation has announced grants totaling $2 million to the UNICEF COVID-19 Fund, Direct Relief, Feeding America's COVID-19 Response Fund, the Food Bank of New York City COVID-19 Readiness Response, and Give2AsiaNew Balance has announced grants to Global GivingNo Kid Hungry, the Boston Resiliency FundGroundwork LawrenceGood Shepherd Food Bank, and the St. Louis Area Foodbank. And KLA Corporation, through its foundation, has created a $2 million relief fund to support food banks, senior communities, public hospitals and medical units, and educational infrastructure in regions badly affected by COVID-19 as well as those with high-risk populations. 

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