Foundations Pledge Support for COVID-19 Relief – Update (04/24/2020)

Foundations Pledge Support for COVID-19 Relief – Update (04/24/2020)

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:

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Redwood City, CA | $5 Million

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has announced $5 million in COVID-19 response grants, with a focus on increasing access to broadband and high-quality learning opportunities for all children and supporting professional development for educators as well as the social, emotional, and mental health of teachers and families. Grant recipients include the Alliance for Excellent Education ($125,000), Education Trust ($200,000), and Education Leaders of Color ($250,000). 

Fiske Family Foundation, San Diego, CA | $60,000 

The Fiske Family Foundation has announced a donation of $10,000 to the North County Food Bank, an affiliate of the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. The funds will be used to provide fifty thousand meals to families impacted by the economic fallout from COVID-19. In addition, the foundation donated $50,000 to the Poway Unified School District Foundation to support immediate and unforeseen nutrition and distance-learning needs, which may include continued meal service and resources for distance education such as Internet-accessible laptops.

Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, Los Angeles, CA | $1 Million

Actress Charlize Theron and her foundation, the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP), have announced a $1 million commitment in support of COVID-19 relief efforts, including $500,000 to help prevent gender-based violence. Together for Her, a partnership with CARE and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, will direct the funds to domestic violence shelters and community-based programs providing critical services, including safe accommodation/shelter, case management, psycho-social support and counseling, helplines, crisis intervention, sexual and reproductive health services, legal services, and advocacy.

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Denver, CO | $90,000 

The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation has announced DEI Opportunity grants totaling $90,000 to arts and culture organizations led by and serving historically marginalized individuals that have been impacted by COVID-19. Unrestricted grants of $5,000 each were awarded to eighteen organizations — an increase from the ten the foundation originally planned to award before the public health crisis began.

Lilly Endowment, Indianapolis, IN | $1.1 Million 

The United Way of the Wabash Valley has announced a $1.1 million COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant from the Lilly Endowment and Indiana United Ways. The funds will support the Wabash Valley COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, which was launched in partnership with the Wabash Valley Community Foundation to assist human services organizations working to meet the COVID-related financial needs of individuals and families not eligible for government or other relief programs.

Phillips Foundation, Greensboro, NC | $500,000

The Phillips Foundation has announced a $500,000 grant in support of the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund, which was created by United Way of Greater Greensboro, the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, and the City of Greensboro. The grant includes $250,000 to UWGG in support of its emergency relief efforts and $250,000 to a revolving loan fund at CFGG that will support recovery efforts in the medium and longer term. As of April 17, the Greensboro Virus Relief Fund had provided more than $1.3 million to fifty-eight local nonprofits working to address the needs of Guilford County residents impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting economic shutdown.

Bloomberg Philanthropies, New York, NY | $10 Million

Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced a $10 million commitment to the International Rescue Committee in support of efforts to mitigate the immediate and longer-term impacts of COVID-19, as well as secondary impacts on vulnerable populations globally. The flexible funding will allow IRC to pivot its COVID-related efforts to where they are needed most in the more than forty countries and twenty U.S. cities where it is working on the front lines of the pandemic.

Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, New York, NY | $4.9 Million

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust — which is headquartered in New York City but has a program office in South Dakota — has announced grants totaling $4.9 million in support of efforts to care for COVID-19 patients and protect frontline healthcare workers in the Dakotas and Mountain West region. To help reduce the risk of infection to healthcare workers performing hands-on CPR on COVID-19 patients, the foundation awarded $4.7 million to medical facilities in Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming to help them purchase more than three hundred and fifty LUCAS mechanical CPR devices. In addition, a $200,000 grant to the American Heart Association will assist in creating and disseminating up-to-date training on the use of ventilators for COVID-19 patients.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, NY | $4 Million

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has announced a $4 million emergency grant to the American Indian College Fund to assist college students whose educational progress has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will distribute the money to its network of tribal colleges — which were already affected by historical inequities, structural and enrollment-related challenges, and overly burdened financial aid budgets — to help address immediate needs and support new and returning students later this year.

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, Cleveland, OH | $5.6 Million

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation–Israel has announced that the Cleveland-based Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation is donating NIS 20 million ($5.6 million) to assist Israeli citizens impacted by the coronavirus. The gift includes NIS 1.75 million ($494,000) to assist residents of Jerusalem, NIS 1.5 million ($424,000) in support of new immigrant soldiers serving in the Israel Defense Forces, and NIS 1 million ($282,000) for cultural activities on IDF bases designed to provide entertainment for soldiers and income for local artists. 

Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon, Buckhannon, WV | $4 Million

The Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannonhas announced a first round of grants totaling $100,000 from its COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative in support of nonprofits and local agencies serving communities in Barbour, Lewis, Randolph, Upshur, and Webster counties. Grant recipients include the Mountaineer Food Bank, which was awarded $50,000 in support of twenty-three local food pantries, mobile markets, and food box distributions; and West Virginia Local Health, which will receive $50,000 in support of its efforts to assist each of the five county health departments with key activities during the public health emergency.

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"Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Commits $5 Million to COVID-19 Response for Educators and Families." Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Press Release 04/20/2020. "Fiske Family Foundation Donates $50,000 to the Poway Unified School District Foundation to Support Nutrition Needs and Distance Learning for Students During COVID-19 Public Health Orders." Fiske Family Foundation Press Release 04/21/2020. "Charlize Theron and Her Foundation CTAOP, CARE, & Entertainment Industry Foundation Launch Campaign to Fight Gender-Based Violence During COVID-19." Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project Press Release 04/22/2020. "Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Announces DEI Opportunity Grants, Awards $90,000 in Funding to 18 Organizations." Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Press Release 04/20/2020. "United Way of the Wabash Valley Secures $1.1MM Economic Relief Initiative Grant." United Way of the Wabash Valley Press Release 04/20/2020. "Phillips Foundation Grants $500,000 to Greensboro’s COVID-19 Relief Efforts." Phillips Foundation Press Release 04/22/2020. "Mike Bloomberg Commits $10 Million to the International Rescue Committee for their COVID-19 Pandemic Response and Additional Work in Some of the World’s Most Vulnerable Communities." Bloomberg Philanthropies Press Release 04/23/2020. "Helmsley Grant Helps Healthcare Providers Gain Up-to-Date Training on Ventilator Use During COVID-19." Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust Press Release 04/22/2020. "Helmsley Grants $4.7M to Fund Life-Saving Technology to Confront Cardiac Threat From COVID-19." Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust Press Release 04/20/2020. "Mellon Foundation Announces $4 Million Emergency Relief Grant to the American Indian College Fund in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic." Mellon Foundation Press Release 04/20/2020. "Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation of Cleveland Donates NIS 20 Million in Covid-19 Aid to Israeli Citizens." Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation–Israel Press Release 04/20/2020. "Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon Announces COVID Funding Awards." Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon Press Release 04/20/2020.