The F.M. Kirby Foundation in Morristown, New Jersey, awarded nearly two hundred and fifty grants totaling $13.8 million in 2020 in support of organizations working to foster self-reliance and create strong, healthy communities.
The funding includes grants for COVID-19 relief and to nonprofit organizations in the areas of arts and humanities, education, the environment, health and medicine, human services, public policy, and religion. More than a hundred grants totaling more than $5.5 million were awarded to New Jersey-based organizations, with sixty-five nonprofits receiving grants totaling $3.6 million in support of efforts in Morris County. Additional grants totaling $8.3 million were awarded to organizations in upstate New York, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina — regions connected to Kirby family members — as well as national nonprofits based for the most part in Washington, D.C., and New York City.
"In a sense, the vast majority of our grantmaking this year was providing COVID-19 relief to our grantee partners," said Kirby Foundation executive vice president Justin Kiczek. "We stuck to our principles of general operating support, recognizing the necessity of flexible grants, especially as grantees were facing difficulty meeting payroll and paying for personal protective equipment. However, the exceptional circumstances provided exceptional opportunities, so we were excited to support some new initiatives for us, including COVID-related research at the American Lung Association, the Morristown Partnership Grant Relief Fund, rapid relief funds in North Carolina at both the Triangle Community Foundation and the United Way of Greater Triangle, and the New Jersey Arts and Culture Pandemic Relief Fund."