All In Washington, a public-private COVID-19 relief initiative, has announced $25 million in matching funds from Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.
The pledge follows an earlier commitment of $25 million by Bezos in May, bringing his total support for the effort to $50 million. The initiative awards grants to nonprofits working to support workers and families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities.
To date, the initiative has raised $70 million toward its $100 million fundraising goal. The total includes All In WA cause funds focused on five critical areas of need: child and family services, food insecurity, small-business recovery, youth homelessness, and support for undocumented families. In addition, the campaign has launched a Digital Equity Initiative to help address digital access gaps and a Child Care Initiative to expand access to affordable child care.
"Earlier this year, Jeff Bezos' $25 million pledge to All in WA made an incredible impact on our ability to help Washingtonians," said Tony Mestres, president and CEO of Seattle Foundation, which is hosting the effort. "By doubling his commitment to $50 million, he's once again ensuring we can expand our support for families, individuals, community organizations, and businesses across the state."
(Photo credit: WA Food Fund)