Private Foundations Step Up Funding for COVID-19 Response Efforts

Private Foundations Step Up Funding for COVID-19 Response Efforts

As COVID-19 continues to spread in the United States, private foundations are stepping up with 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:

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment, Milwaukee, WI | $5 Million

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment — a statewide health philanthropy established at the Medical College of Wisconsin with a portion of the proceeds from the 2004 conversion of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin — has announced a $5 million rapid-response grant program for Wisconsin-based nonprofits, government agencies, and MCW faculty working on COVID-19 prevention, risk reduction, or to minimize virus transmission.

Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, Sarasota, FL | $1.5 Million

With the goal of supporting health, human services, and safety-net organizations facing increased demand for services as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation in Sarasota and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation in Venice have launched the Gulf Coast COVID-19 Response Joint Initiative with commitments totaling $1.5 million. 

Iowa West Foundation, Council Bluffs, IA | $500,000

The Iowa West Foundation has committed up to $500,000 to the Southwest Iowa COVID-19 Response Fund, which it launched in partnership with the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation and Council Bluffs Schools Foundation. The fund will provide emergency assistance for vulnerable populations, support the expansion of public health infrastructure, and assist nonprofits and public health organizations facing challenges related to COVID-19. 

McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN | $100,000

The McKnight Foundation has committed $100,000 to the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund, which is administered by the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, to be distributed to the Minnesota Initiative Foundations to address immediate needs of individuals, families, and small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Flint, MI | $500,000

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has awarded $500,000 to the Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund, which was established by the Community Foundation of Greater Flint in partnership with United Way of Genesee County, to address immediate and future direct service needs and gaps in the region, enable nonprofits on the front lines of the pandemic to maintain and/or expand their operations and infrastructure, and support costs associated with increasing volunteer capacity. Other foundations contributing to the fund include the Hagerman Foundation and Ruth Mott Foundation

William Penn Foundation, Philadelphia, PA | $3 Million

The board of directors of the William Penn Foundation has approved a lead grant of $3 million to support the PHL COVID-19 Fund. The fund will provide grants to organizations in the greater Philadelphia region with a successful track record of serving at-risk populations — including the elderly, disabled, homeless, and economically disadvantaged — enhancing community safety nets, and fostering preparedness and protection. 

Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Winston-Salem, NC | $1.5 Million

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust has announced $1.5 million in flexible funding for COVID-19 response efforts in North Carolina, including a grant of $500,000 to the COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County in support of immediate, emerging, and long-term needs of nonprofits serving disproportionately impacted communities; and a $1 million grant to the North Carolina Healthcare Association Foundation in support of hospitals ($500,000), free and charitable clinics ($250,000), and the North Carolina Community Health Center Association ($250,000) for medical supplies, personal protective equipment, test kits, and telehealth solutions.

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