Corporate Funders Support COVID-19 Relief (Update – 04/06/2020)

Corporate Funders Support COVID-19 Relief (Update – 04/06/2020)

Sony has announced the launch of  a $100 million Sony Global Relief Fund for COVID-19 in support of communities around the world impacted by the spread of the novel coronavirus. The relief effort will focus on three main areas: assistance for those engaged in frontline medical and first-responder efforts to fight the virus; technology to help children and educators who are now working remotely; and support for members of the creative community in the entertainment industry. The company also has committed a total of $10 million to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response FundMédecins Sans FrontièresUNICEF, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Identity security provider Okta has announced a three-year, $10 million initiative to help nonprofits move their operations to the cloud during the COVID-19 public health emergency, reach beneficiaries and stakeholders digitally at scale, protect critical data and identities, and strengthen collaborations in support of nonprofit tech. The company also will advocate for new ways to support nonprofits with technology. Grant recipients include NetHopeNTEN, and TechSoup.

Estée Lauder has announced that its MAC Cosmetics brand's VIVA GLAM Fund will distribute $10 million to two hundred and fifty organizations around the world that are working to meet the critical needs of and provide services to people at risk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Novartis and the Novartis US Foundation have established a US COVID-19 Community Response Fund to provide cash and in-kind donations totaling $5 million for immediate response and recovery efforts. Initial grants include $250,000 to the Commons Project for development of COVIDcheck, a free public digital health service, and grants of $125,000 each to Americares and Direct Relief in support of safety-net clinics. The foundation also will award grants in support of efforts to bolster local and national healthcare infrastructure, enhance new community health programs specific to the COVID-19 response, and establish digital platforms for related data collection, remote healthcare delivery, and dissemination of public health information. 

The Starbucks Foundation has announced commitments totaling more than $3 million in support of global COVID-19 response efforts. Contributions include $1 million to the United Nations Foundation's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund; $1 million to Give2Asia to fund efforts in China to bolster training for frontline medical workers and capacity building for grassroots organizations; $250,000 to nonprofits assisting unsheltered and vulnerable families in Seattle and another $250,000 for efforts in New York City; $250,000 to United Way Worldwide's COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund; and contributions to United Way and hospital foundations in Canada. 

Chicago-based First Midwest Bank has announced grants totaling $2.5 million to nonprofits mobilizing emergency responses to the spread of COVID-19. Awarded through the First Midwest Charitable Foundation, the funds include $750,000 to be distributed to United Way chapters across the bank's markets and $1.75 million in general funds to nonprofits in the communities the bank serves, including organizations that support small businesses and work with individuals and families to secure affordable housing and achieve financial sustainability. 

The First Horizon Foundation in Memphis has announced commitments totaling $2.5 million in support of COVID-19 emergency relief efforts across First Horizon Bank's footprint. The funding will be distributed to nonprofits that provide food, educational, and emergency assistance relief in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

NRG Energy in Princeton, New Jersey, has announced $2 million in cash and in-kind contributions, including donations of personal protective equipment, protective apparel, and air-purifying respirators for healthcare workers and first responders; contributions to community and small business relief funds in areas where the company operates; and financial support for public teachers' DonorsChoose.org fundraising campaigns. 

Pittsburgh-based health insurer Highmark has announced grants totaling $2 million to nonprofits helping people in need across Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Delaware during the coronavirus emergency. Grants include $575,000 to food banks, $525,000 to human service agencies through COVID-19 relief funds, $700,000 to safety-net providers through the Highmark Foundation, and $200,000 for relief efforts in Delaware.

And in Portland, Oregon, Cambia Health Solutions and the Cambia Health Foundation have announced new investments totaling $500,000 in support of COVID-19 relief and response efforts. Grants include $50,000 to the Oregon Food Bank; up to $100,000 to match employee donations to select food banks; $50,000 to address the immediate needs of healthcare and support-service providers on the front lines of the pandemic; and donations totaling $300,000 to COVID-19 emergency relief funds hosted by community foundations and organizations in Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington, including the Seattle Foundation, the Idaho Community FoundationUnited Way of Salt Lake, and Philanthropy Northwest.