Corporate Funders Support COVID-19 Relief (Update – 05/20/2020)

Corporate Funders Support COVID-19 Relief (Update – 05/20/2020)

Amazon Studios has announced a $1 million donation in support of the catering team at Jon & Vinny's restaurant group in Los Angeles, which is preparing meals for charities feeding people in need during the coronavirus public health emergency. Food charities receiving assistance include No Kid HungryOff Their PlateLos Angeles Mission, and the Motion Picture & Television Fund. Jon & Vinny's is partnering with other L.A. restaurants on the initiative, including Hatchet Hall, whose kitchen staffs will help out with the preparation and distribution of meals.

Amerigroup Texas and the Amerigroup Foundation have announced commitments totaling more than $1 million in support of COVID-19 relief efforts in Texas. The funding will help food banks secure additional resources, meet increased demand, and implement extra social-distancing precautions; enable Boys & Girls Clubs to address urgent community needs, including access to nutritious food and learning opportunities for children and families impacted by school closures; and provide nursing facilities, foster care communities, childcare centers, faith-based organizations, and other community groups with hand sanitizers, digital thermometers, diapers, food, and other basic supplies for distribution to vulnerable seniors, children, unsheltered individuals, and underserved residents. 

The Bayer Fund has announced a commitment of $2 million in support of COVID-19 relief efforts, with an initial grant of $710,000 awarded to address food insecurity in St. Louis, New York, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, and Berkeley, California. 

Bed, Bath & Beyond has announced that it is making product donations worth $10 million to frontline workers and communities in the U.S. and Canada impacted by COVID-19. In partnership with Good360, the Bringing Home Everywhere program has begun to distribute towels, food, toys, baby products, and other items to local agencies and charities, including NYC Health and World of Giving.

The Duke Energy Foundation has announced grants totaling $200,000 to economic development organizations and municipalities in support of small business relief efforts in Indiana. Grants of $5,000 were awarded to organizations and agencies working to help businesses impacted by the public health emergency with rent, payroll, and other expenses. Recipients include the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana, and the Purdue Research Foundation.

The eBay Foundation has announced an additional commitment of $10 million in support of COVID-19 relief efforts, bringing the total it has contributed to date for such efforts to $15 million, triple its grantmaking total in 2019. The new commitment includes grants to Kiva, the World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Start Small Think Big, and ICA Fund Good Jobs, as well as matching funds for Global Give, eBay's employee donation program in support of small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Kaiser Permanente has announced a $1 million contribution to the City of Denver's Housing & Homeless Services Fund in support of efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19 among people experiencing homelessness. The gift will support the city's efforts to provide bridge housing vouchers, expand access to day shelters, make critical shelter improvements, enhance onsite programs and services, expand COVID-19 testing and contract tracing, and improve and ramp up cleaning and hygiene in shelters. 

MathWorks, a developer of software for scientists and engineers, has announced a $1 million donation to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Combating COVID-19 Fund. MathWorks previously announced a $1 million gift to CARE, which is using the funds to provide hygiene kits, hand-washing stations, and clean water to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in countries where it works; grants totaling $285,000 to fifty-seven Boston-area nonprofits working to address COVID-related emergency needs; and $140,000 in staff donations and company matching funds to Global Giving.

The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation and the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations division have announced Project Innovation grants totaling $2.475 million to organizations using innovation to address problems and urgent COVID-19 needs in their communities. Grants of up to $225,000 were awarded to sixty-nine nonprofits in eleven NBCUniversal markets. Grant recipients include Chicago Heightening Opportunity and Potential for Educational Success ($50,000), Boston-based Our Neighbors' Table ($75,000), Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties ($50,000), New York City-based Dorot ($30,000), and Miami-based Centro Campesino Farmworker ($45,000).

Project HOPE has announced a $100,000 donation from NextEra Energy in support of efforts to procure and deliver personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical supplies to healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic. The gift is part of a partnership between Project HOPE and the Business Roundtable, of which NextEra Energy chair and CEO Jim Robo is a member.

Santander Consumer USA Foundation has announced eighteen grants totaling $1.3 million in support of COVID-19 relief efforts in communities where the lender operates, including support for online learning technology, homeless individuals, childcare services for working parents, clinics and shelters, and food distribution efforts. Recipients include Café Momentum in Dallas ($100,000), World Central Kitchen – #ChefsforAmerica in Puerto Rico ($50,000), Genesis Women's Shelter & Support in Dallas ($50,000), and Mile High United Way – Colorado COVID Relief Fund in Denver ($25,000).

The Foundation for Financial Planning has announced a $500,000 matching fund from the Charles Schwab Foundation to launch a COVID-19 Financial Resilience Fund. The fund will enable FFP to help grantees transition their pro bono financial planning programs to a virtual delivery model to help low-income workers and others impacted by COVID-19, connect CFP volunteers with nonprofits through, launch new programs for high-risk groups, and provide resources and training for advisors and clients.

And the Taco Bell Foundation has announced that it is fast-tracking $8 million in grants to more than three hundred and fifty student- and youth-serving nonprofits across the country. Recipients include Boys and Girls ClubsJunior AchievementCollege Advising Corps, and City Year. The foundation also provided a $1 million donation to No Kid Hungry in April.

(Photo credit: Off Their Plate)

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