Foundations pledge support for COVID-19 relief – update (06/28/2020)

Foundations pledge support for COVID-19 relief – update (06/28/2020)

With local and state economies beginning to open up and cases of COVID-19 in the United States on the rise again, private foundations continue to provide 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:

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Oakland, CA | $53,000

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy has announced a first round of grants totaling $53,000 from its Giving Circle COVID-19 Response Fund. Ten AAPI-focused giving circles were awarded grants in support of efforts to address immediate economic and health concerns, including proactive and reactive responses to anti-Asian hate and to advance civic engagement and build community power over the longer term. Recipients include APIs Rise in Sacramento ($4,000), the Asian American Impact Fund in New York City ($4,000), Building More Philanthropy With Purpose in Minneapolis ($6,000), Hmong Impact Giving Network in Seattle ($8,000), and the Orchid Giving Circle in Dallas ($3,000).

Catena Foundation, Carbondale, CO | $100,000

Partnership With Native Americans in Addison, Texas, has announced a $100,000 grant from the Catena Foundation in support of COVID-19 response efforts focused on Native tribes in the Four Corners and Colorado River Basin area. According to PWNA, Native Americans face higher risks of coronavirus infection, especially on remote reservations where overcrowded housing makes social distancing less feasible and adequate health care and other supplies critical to sheltering at home are lacking.

LWCC Foundation, Baton Rouge, LA | $500,000

The LWCC Foundation has announced grants totaling $500,000 to twenty-four hospitals and hospital foundations in Louisiana in support of frontline healthcare workers. Part of the second phase of the foundation's $1.1 million, three-phase Louisiana Well Again: COVID-19 Response Package, the funding will help hospitals pay for personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical supplies; child care, groceries, and mental health services for frontline workers; and iPads so that isolated patients can connect with their loved ones. 

Golisano Foundation, Rochester, NY | $416,000

The Golisano Foundation has announced a third round of COVID-19 Response Grants totaling $416,000 to eleven nonprofits in western New York and southwest Florida serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Recipients include Arc of Erie County ($42,000), the Gavras Center ($15,000), Lifetime Assistance ($50,000), and STARability ($45,000). To date, the foundation has awarded more than $1.1 million in COVID response grants.

Bob Woodruff Foundation, New York, NY | $2.1 million

The Bob Woodruff Foundation has announced grants totaling $2.1 million to nonprofits providing critical programs and services to veterans, caregivers, and military families impacted by the coronavirus. Several grants will fund efforts to address veterans' needs as part of a two-year, $6 million partnership with the Qatar Harvey Fund in support of vulnerable veterans living in Texas communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey. In partnership with the National Football League, the foundation also awarded grants in support of tele-mental health services, virtual exercise and socialization programming, and financial assistance for LGBTQ veterans, as well as entrepreneurship, job skills, and certification programs for veterans.

Richard King Mellon Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA | $5.25 million

The Richard King Mellon Foundation has announced grants totaling $5.25 million to thirty-seven groups representing a hundred and twenty-five organizations working to address the COVID-19 public health emergency and advance the region's economic recovery. Through the Economic Impact and Recovery initiative, one of three components of the foundation's $15 million COVID-19 response effort, grants were awarded in five priority areas: alleviating economic impacts on low- and moderate-income employees, strengthening the social safety net, providing employment assistance, addressing virus-related academic impacts, and jump-starting regional economic activity. Recipients include the Hazelwood Initiative, Neighborhood AlliesPartner4WorkCarnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science, and the Kelly Strayhorn Theater.

Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Seattle, WA | $2.2 million

Vulcan, Inc. has announced grants totaling $2.2 million from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation in support of COVID-19 response and relief efforts in Washington state. The foundation awarded $1 million to the WA Food Fund — a relief program managed by Philanthropy Northwest that directs funds to Food LifelineSecond Harvest, and Northwest Harvest— and donated PPE worth $1.2 million for the state's healthcare workers, including 2.3 million pairs of surgical gloves, 75,000 surgical gowns, and 3,000 infrared thermometers, which were shipped from China with Amazon's help.

For more information about the philanthropic response to the coronavirus, including a funding summary, a list of emergency resources for individuals and small businesses, and a list of funds established in response to the pandemic, visit Candid's COVID-19 popup page.

(Photo credit: Food Lifeline)

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