Lowe's, PwC, Others Pledge Support for COVID-19 Response

Lowe's, PwC, Others Pledge Support for COVID-19 Response

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the globe, several U.S. corporations and corporate funders have announced commitments of cash and in-kind donations in support of local and global efforts to address the immediate needs of individuals and communities impacted by the virus.

On Monday, the PwC Charitable Foundation announced grants totaling $2.85 million in support of vulnerable populations affected by COVID-19, including $500,000 to Feeding America's COVID-19 Response Fund for the distribution of emergency food boxes to low-income seniors, families, and children who no longer have access to school meals; $500,000 to Direct Relief, which will use the funds to obtain and deliver personal protective equipment to frontline health workers at community health centers and clinics and support the management of chronic illnesses that leave patients especially vulnerable to contracting the virus; and $1.5 million to address specific challenges faced by PwC communities. The foundation awarded a grant of $350,000 in late February to help Project HOPE purchase and deliver protective equipment to health workers in Wuhan and Shanghai, China. 

On Friday, Lowe's announced a $25 million commitment in support of frontline medical professionals, vulnerable communities, and Lowe's employees, including $10 million in donations of protective gear to hospitals nationwide. Another $4.5 million will be allocated to Lowe's stores in the United States and Canada to donate products needed in their communities. The company also pledged $3 million in support of its associates; $3 million to help local small businesses, with a focus on the skilled trades, continue to operate; $1.5 million to the COVID-19 Response Fund and other nonprofits in greater Charlotte, North Carolina, where Lowe's is headquartered; and $500,000 to the American Red Cross in support of its blood supply operations.

Also last week, the Clorox Company Foundation announced grants totaling $5 million in support of frontline healthcare workers and caregivers. Awards include $3 million to Direct Relief in support of efforts to alleviate the strain on the nation's hospitals, emergency rooms, and intensive care units, as well as the purchase and distribution of personal protective equipment and portable oxygen concentrators; $1 million to the CDC Foundation in support of its disease control efforts, including patient tracking and follow-up as community transmission occurs, training for caregivers, the strengthening of communications between hospitals and state and local health departments, and the supply needs of healthcare providers; and $1 million to the American Red Cross in support of frontline disinfection measures, efforts to bolster temperature checks for frontline caregivers, and initiatives to ensure that blood products are available for patients in need.

In addition, TikTok announced a $3 million donation to After-School All-Stars to help provide food for families who have lost access to free or reduced-cost school meals. Founded by former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, ASAS operates school-based, free, comprehensive afterschool programs in thirteen states. 

In Texas, supermarket chain H-E-B pledged an initial $3 million in support of local nonprofits, including $1.2 million through its Hunger Relief Program to eighteen food banks across the state; $300,000 to the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio in support of its dedicated coronavirus research team; and $1 million through the H-E-B My Community Investment in support of nonprofits providing critical frontline services.

Elsewhere, Lysol pledged $2 million to the CDC Foundation's crowdfunding campaign in support of coronavirus response efforts, while SC Johnson committed $5 million in product and cash donations, including a partnership with the CDC Foundation to deliver care packages that include SC Johnson cleaning and disinfectant products to twenty thousand police, fire, and medical personnel.