The Stand Together Foundation and Family Independence Initiative have announced that the #GiveTogetherNow campaign, a rapid-response effort aimed at providing funding to families most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, has received donations totaling $38.7 million.
The total includes support from Chase Koch, Elizabeth R. Koch, Blue Meridian Partners, Google.org, Stripe, the DeVos Family Foundations, and the Schultz Family Foundation and is enough to provide $500 in cash assistance to more than seventy-seven thousand families. Launched in March, the campaign has engaged a network of more than two-hundred and fifty nonprofit and community partners to help identify families with the greatest need. Partners include The Plate Fund, a program led by the Schultz Family Foundation that is providing immediate relief to laid-off restaurant workers in Seattle. In 2015, FII launched a partnership with Google.org to scale UpTogether, a capital exchange platform that is being used to deposit #GiveTogetherNow funds directly into families' bank accounts.
In addition, the Elizabeth R. Koch Foundation has announced that it will provide a $500 cash donation to the relief fund for every act of kindness that is shared on social media with the #GiveTogetherNow hashtag. That gift has the potential to help as many as five thousand additional families.
"I'm blown away by what can be achieved when dozens of diverse business, philanthropic, and nonprofit leaders unite to #GiveTogetherNow," said Chase Koch, president of Koch Disruptive Technologies and a major supporter of Stand Together and FII. "Let's keep this going. Together, along with thousands of people from all walks of life, we can make a far greater difference helping families most affected by COVID-19 than any of us could on our own."
"True community is about coming together and being there for your friends, family, and neighbors, and we're seeing that now perhaps more than ever before," said FII chief executive Jesús Gerena. "In that same spirit, we are thrilled to partner with such a diverse group of individuals and organizations to invest in families across the country during this unprecedented time."