The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta have announced pledges totaling $10 million from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation and the Coca-Cola Company in support of the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.
The foundation and the company will donate $5 million each to the fund to help address the needs of those most vulnerable to economic and health-related impacts caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Launched on Tuesday with $1 million from CFGA and $500,000 from United Way, the fund will award grants to nonprofits and agencies focused on providing critical services to high-risk populations, including seniors, families with children who normally receive free or reduced meals at school, families in need of child care, homeowners and renters at risk of eviction, and hourly/low-wage workers.
"The Woodruff Foundation is eager to help Atlantans weather this crisis, and we are counting on our community foundation and our United Way to get resources to those that need them most," said the foundation's president, Russ Hardin.
"It's in times of crisis when the Atlanta community truly comes together and shines in its generosity," said CFGA interim president Lita Pardi. "We are overwhelmed by these generous gifts and will be working swiftly with our partners in the nonprofit community to get our neighbors the resources and help they need so badly right now."