As COVID-19 continues to spread in the United States, private foundations are stepping up with funding to meet the immediate needs of individuals and vulnerable populations impacted by the virus. Here's a roundup of grants from the last few days:
Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Decatur, IL | $290,000
The Howard G. Buffett Foundation has announced a $290,000 commitment to help address coronavirus-related food insecurity in Macon County. Recipients include Meals on Wheels ($30,000) in support of an expansion of its services; Baby TALK ($50,000), to help vulnerable families obtain formula, baby food, and other necessities; and United Way of Decatur & Mid-Illinois ($110,000), which will use the funds to restock food pantries and help the Good Samaritan Inn provide meals to residents in need. The foundation also will provide up to $100,000 in meal vouchers to first responders from the Macon County Sheriff's Office and Decatur police and fire departments and ambulance service. Buffett is a former Macon County sheriff and currently serves as undersheriff.
William, Jeff and Jennifer Gross Family Foundation, Laguna Beach, CA | $1.5 Million
The William, Jeff and Jennifer Gross Family Foundation has announced grants totaling $1.5 million to organizations working to address the impacts of COVID-19 in Southern California communities. The foundation awarded grants of $250,000 to the OC Food Bank and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and grants of $200,000 to the National Domestic Workers Alliance's Coronavirus Care Fund, World Central Kitchen, the Recording Academy's MusiCares safety-net program, the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, and the Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation.
Foellinger Foundation, Fort Wayne, IN | $1.35 Million
The Foellinger Foundation has announced a $1.35 million commitment in support of Allen County nonprofits working to address the impacts of COVID-19 on local communities. The funding includes $1.1 million in additional support to the foundation's current grantees; $100,000 for Emergency Response Rapid Grants of up to $25,000 each; $100,000 for Innovative Rapid Grants of up to $25,000; and $50,000 to the United Way of Allen County's Emergency Relief Fund, matching a donation by the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne.
Hellman, Crankstart, Stupski Foundations, San Francisco, CA| $2 Million
The Hellman Foundation has contributed $1 million and the Crankstart Foundation and Stupski Foundation have given $500,000 each to San Francisco's Give2SF COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. The fund, which also received donations from Ann and Gordon Getty ($1 million), Mark Pincus ($100,000), Tom and Theresa Preston-Werner ($250,000), Kyle Vogt and Dan Kan ($100,000), Salesforce ($1.5 million), and Wells Fargo ($150,000), will provide assistance in three priority areas: food security; access to housing; and security for workers and small businesses.
Milner Foundation, Silicon Valley, CA | $3 Million
The Milner Foundation has awarded grants totaling $3 million to three Israeli institutions in support of COVID-19 response and research efforts. The recipients are Magen David Adom, Israel's national emergency medical response organization, in support of efforts to reduce the number of people coming to clinics; Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine and George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, in support of research aimed at developing treatments for coronavirus; and Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center – Ichilov Hospital, in support of the intensive care unit caring for COVID-19 patients.
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