Foundations pledge support for COVID-19 relief – update (06/11/2020)

Foundations pledge support for COVID-19 relief – update (06/11/2020)

Antonacci Family Foundation, Enfield, CT | $250,000

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has received grants totaling more than $250,000 from the Antonacci Family FoundationMassLive.com reports. Awarded through the foundation's Millions of Meals initiative, the funding will support the food bank's network partners in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties; its Brown Bag Food for Elders sites in twenty-one cities and towns in Hampshire and Franklin counties; and its Mobile Food Bank programs in Amherst, Easthampton, Greenfield, and Turners.

James Graham Brown Foundation, Louisville, KY | $1.5 million

The University of Louisville has announced a $1.5 million gift from the James Graham Brown Foundation in support of the Co-Immunity Project, a collaboration of the UofL Christina Lee Brown Envirome InstituteLouisville Healthcare CEO Council, and Baptist HealthNorton Healthcare, and UofL Health systems. The funding will support expanded testing of individuals for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, as well as the testing of wastewater, with the goal of developing a "virus radar" that provides real-time data for tracking and curbing the spread of COVID-19 in Kentucky.

Katz Amsterdam Foundation, Edgewater, CO | $1 million

Vail Resorts chair and CEO Rob Katz and his wife, Elana Amsterdam, have announced a $1 million grant from the Katz Amsterdam Foundation to the Tulane University School of Medicine in support of efforts to expand COVID-19 testing for populations most at risk in the metro Denver region. 

Henry Luce Foundation, New York, NY | $1.825 million

The Henry Luce Foundation has announced COVID-19 emergency grants totaling $1.825 million in support of projects targeting underrepresented and vulnerable populations. Grants recipients include nine recent and current Theology Program grantees working to provide community-based relief to individuals impacted by the virus, including the Arizona State University Center for the Study of Religion and ConflictBrite Divinity SchoolChicago Theological Seminary, Graduate Theological UnionMorgan State University, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist UniversityPittsburgh Theological Seminary, and the Public Religion Research Institute; the Asian American Writers Workshop in support of writers and artists who have lost income due to the public health emergency, as well as a collaborative work aimed at building solidarity with marginalized people; and the American Indian College Fund, which will help tribal colleges and universities support remote learning for Native students.

Price Family Foundation, New York, NY | $1 million 

Albert Einstein College of Medicine has announced a $1 million challenge grant from Michael F. Price and the Price Family Foundation in support of COVID-19 research. The foundation will match donations on a one-to-one basis to the school, which, in partnership with Montefiore, is leading a national effort to test the efficacy of convalescent plasma for treating those fighting the infection, as well as studies on potential treatments such as remdesivir, leronlimab, and sarilumab.

Bob Woodruff Foundation, New York, NY | $1.9 million

The Bob Woodruff Foundation has announced $1.9 million grants to thirteen organizations working to provide veterans, service members, and their families and caregivers with health and wellness services; support veterans and military families transitioning into civilian communities; and address the acute and critical needs of veterans impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Grant recipients include Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), which is working to address the immediate emotional and financial needs of military survivors  facing increased anxiety and depression as a result of the loss of income and isolation caused by COVID-related shutdowns; the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center's Medical-Legal Partnerships, which is providing legal services needed to address complex social factors  affecting veterans' housing status, health, and well-being; and Goodwill Industries of Houston, which will provide vocational training to prepare veterans for high-need, high-growth careers.

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