Corporate Funders Support COVID-19 Relief (Update – 04/14/2020)

Corporate Funders Support COVID-19 Relief (Update – 04/14/2020)

Newmont Corporation has announced the launch of a $20 million fund aimed at helping local governments, medical institutions, charities, and NGOs address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Newmont Global Community Support Fund will direct funding to the greatest needs, with a focus on employee and community health, food security, and long-term local economic resilience. 

Marriott International has announced a commitment to provide hotel stays worth $10 million to healthcare professionals leading the fight against COVID-19 in the United States. In collaboration with the American College of Emergency Physicians and Emergency Nurses Association, the Rooms for Responders program will provide free rooms in several  areas that have been hard hit, including New York City, New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Newark, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. 

As SARS-CoV-2 spreads globally, the Merck Foundation has announced a $3 million commitment through Merck for Mothers, the company's global initiative focused on preventing maternal deaths, to help health systems better meet the needs of pregnant women before, during, and following delivery. The funding will support efforts in the United States and other countries impacted by the virus; proposals will be considered on an invitation-only basis.

KPMG U.S.and the KPMG U.S. Foundation have announced commitments totaling $2 million in support of nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. Pledges include $1 million from the foundation and $500,000 from the firm in support of the KPMG Disaster Relief Fund COVID-19 campaign; $400,000 in KPMG U.S. Foundation Community Impact Grants to charities supported by employees; and $130,000 in COVID-19 Relief Grants to a range of national nonprofit partners.

The Burns & McDonnell Foundation has announced a $1.5 million gift to the United Way COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund and said it will match individual employee-owner donations to the fund.

Dunkin' Donuts has awarded $1.25 million in emergency grants through the Dunkin' Joy in Childhood Foundation to community-based health and hunger-relief organizations across the United States providing critical services to families in need, including those in shelters. The foundation also is funding Dunkin' product deliveries to medical staff in hospitals and at emergency sites.

In an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, Kia Motors America has announced donations totaling $1 million to nonprofits working to provide homeless youth across the United States with shelter and care. Recipients include Covenant HouseStandUp for Kids, and Family Promise.

PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation, in partnership with No Kid Hungry, have announced the launch of Give Meals, Give Hope, a fundraising campaign aimed at ensuring that children who rely on school lunch programs have access to meals during COVID-related school closures. As part of PepsiCo's $45 million commitment in support of COVID-19 response efforts, the company will match $1 million in donations made at through the end of April.

Audible has committed $1 million to launch a free daily meal delivery service for families in need and to keep restaurant workers employed in Newark, New Jersey, where the company is headquartered. In collaboration with José Andrés's World Central Kitchen and chef Marcus Samuelsson, Newark Working Kitchens will fund a hundred thousand meals at $10 per meal, paid directly to participating restaurants; the initiative also will include a mentorship program with Newark Venture Partners and Invest Newark to provide restaurant owners and other small businesses free guidance on how to access federal, state, and local COVID-19 relief funding. The company also announced that the 2020 Williamstown Theatre Festival summer season will be produced on the Audible Theater platform, enabling the regional theater company to go ahead with its summer season in a new format, provide continued work for the artists involved, and produce a body of work that will be made available globally to Audible listeners.

And the Open COVID Pledge, an international coalition of scientists and lawyers calling on organizations to make their intellectual property available for free as a way to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, has announced that Intel and Mozilla have joined a number of other pledge signatories, including Creative Commons, the Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital, and programs at Stanford and other universities.

(Photo credit: United Way)

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