Foundations pledge support for COVID-19 relief – update (08/09/2020)

Foundations pledge support for COVID-19 relief – update (08/09/2020)

As the impacts of COVID-19 are felt across the United States, 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:

GHR Foundation, Minneapolis, MN | $1 million 

The La Jolla Institute for Immunology has announced a $1 million grant from the GHR Foundation in support of COVID-19 research. The funds will support the work of the Coronavirus Immunotherapy Consortium (CoVIC), a global partnership headquartered at LJI focused on accelerating the discovery, optimization, and delivery of life-saving antibody-based therapeutics for SARS-CoV-2.

Hispanic Federation, New York, NY | $3.6 million

The Hispanic Federation has announced emergency grants totaling $3.6 million in support of COVID-19 relief and response across the United States and in Puerto Rico. Grants were awarded to a hundred and seventy-three organizations working to provide COVID-19 testing, rent and food assistance, health care, and job protections, as well as legal assistance for the elderly, undocumented immigrants, low-income essential workers, migrant families, street vendors, and small businesses. Recipients include Alianza de Lideres Comunitarios (Puerto Rico, $25,000), Atlantic Medical Center (Puerto Rico, $25,000), Carolina Migrant Network (North Carolina, $25,000), Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center (Texas, $45,000), Mujeres de Islas (Puerto Rico, $18,400), and Urban Justice Center (New York, $55,000).

Humanity Forward Foundation, New York, NY | $1 million 

The Humanity Forward Foundation has announced that it will match donations up to $1 million to the 1k Project, which is providing $1,000 a month for three months to families impacted by COVID-19. The project allows the public to refer an employee or family that has lost income due to the virus and matches the employee or family with an anonymous sponsor or pool of sponsors. 

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, NY | $1.5 million

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has announced emergency grants totaling $1.5 million in support of higher education programs in prisons. The grants will help providers experiment with virtual classrooms, retain key staff, and plan for 2020–21 instruction, enabling incarcerated individuals to continue learning while in-person instruction is paused due to the virus. Recipients include California State University, Los AngelesCornell UniversityPitzer College, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Bob Woodruff Foundation, New York, NY | $1.6 million

The Bob Woodruff Foundation has announced a second round of grants totaling $1.6 million in support of twenty-six organizations providing programs and services to veterans, caregivers, and military families impacted by COVID-19. Several of the grants were made possible through a partnership with the National Football League. Recipients include U.S.VETSPeople Assisting the Homeless (PATH), the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, and Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma.

Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Tulsa, OK | $4.5 million

The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund has announced a gift of $4.5 million from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, including a $1.5 million challenge grant earmarked for a fund created to support immigrant residents of New Jersey with household incomes below the federal poverty level who are ineligible for federal or state COVID-19 assistance. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation have contributed a total of $600,000 to the fund. 

William Penn Foundation, Philadelphia, PA | $1 million

The William Penn Foundation has announced a $1 million grant to PHLConnectED, a multiyear program launched by the City of Philadelphia to ensure that all students in the district have Internet access for the coming school year and beyond. The program will provide reliable Internet connectivity to approximately thirty-five thousand households, including portable options for students who are experiencing housing instability. 

Moody Foundation, Galveston, TX | $250,000 

The Moody Foundation has announced a $250,000 grant to Hidalgo County in support of first responders, frontline workers, and the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE). In addition to COVID-19 response efforts, first-responders in the county have been involved in recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Hanna.  

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.

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