Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and his Seattle-based company have pledged a total of $35 million in matching funds, cash, and in-kind donations in support of All In Washington (All In WA), a public-private campaign in support of COVID-19 relief efforts in the state.
Launched with $20 million from a coalition of philanthropic, business, and community leaders, the campaign aims to raise $65 million over the coming months for its cause funds and community funds. To that end, All In WA: A Concert for COVID-19 Relief on June 10 will feature performances by Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews, Brandi Carlile, Macklemore, Sir Mix-A-Lot, and others. Amazon, the concert's presenting sponsor, has pledged $10 million in cash, in-kind sponsorship, and production and marketing support for the event, while Bezos has pledged to match individual donations under $1 million, up to a total of $25 million.
In April, Bezos — whose net worth increased more than 30 percent between mid-March and early May — committed $100 million to Feeding America to help address rising food insecurity across the United States, while Amazon was an early contributor to the Seattle Foundation's COVID-19 Response Fund and Amazon Web Services, with an initial investment of $20 million, launched an initiative to support customers working to bring more accurate diagnostic solutions to market faster, as well as efforts to improve collaboration across and within organizations.
"Individuals, families, and communities across Washington state are struggling as a result of COVID-19, and I commend Governor [Jay] Inslee and...First Lady [Trudi Inslee] for thinking big and creating All In WA to help those who so desperately need it," said Bezos. "It's been inspiring to watch the people of this state band together and push through this crisis, and I'm excited to see that continue as we raise money for this important cause."
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