Corporate funders support COVID-19 relief (update – 05/26/2020)

Corporate funders support COVID-19 relief (update – 05/26/2020)

Chicago-based AbbVie has announced grants totaling $5 million as part of its $35 million commitment to COVID-19 relief efforts in the United States and Europe. A first round of grants from the AbbVie COVID-19 Community Resilience Fund will support frontline healthcare workers and vulnerable populations in hard-hit communities through the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE), efforts to improve the well-being of children and families, and critical services for the homeless and other at-risk populations.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation in Milwaukee has announced grants totaling $110,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs in Wisconsin to help provide virtual programming and meals for children and their families during the public health crisis. The grants are part of a $900,000 commitment by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and its foundation in support of nonprofits on the front lines of COVID-19 relief and response efforts. Recipients include Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater MilwaukeeKenoshaGreater Green BayOshkosh, and Fox Valley.

Responding to emerging food needs and disparities among underserved communities across the country, Chicago-based Combined Insurance, a subsidiary of Chubb, has announced donations totaling $25,000 to the Food Bank for New York CityNorthern Illinois Food BankFeed NC, and Feeding South Florida. Chubb, which in April pledged $10 million in support of COVID-19 relief and response efforts, previously announced donations of $1.5 million to Feeding America and $1 million to Rockefeller University.

The Eastman Foundation in Kingsport, Tennessee, has announced a $1 million commitment in support of global COVID-19 response efforts, with a focus on nonprofits providing food, shelter, and PPE for frontline workers. With a focus on northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia, the foundation awarded grants to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee and the United Way of Greater Kingsport to assist vulnerable populations, including children and families. 

Grange Insurance Company in Columbus, Ohio, has announced a $1 million commitment through the Grange Insurance Gives Foundation to local nonprofits in support of COVID relief and response efforts. To date, the foundation has awarded grants of $100,000 to Community Shelter Board, the LifeCare AllianceSt. Stephens Community HouseUnited Way of Central OhioYWCA Columbus, and United Way Fox Cities.

Gucci, through its Chime for Change initiative, and the Kering Foundation have announced #StandWithWomen, a campaign to boost funding for nonprofits working to support women and girls around the world and address gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign will direct funds raised to Chayn Italia (Italy), HER Fund (Hong Kong), the Mediterranean Women's Fund (France), the Rosa Fund (United Kingdom), Equality Now (Middle East and North Africa), Ms. Foundation for Women (United States), Elas (Brazil), and Semillas (Mexico) via the Global Fund for Women.

The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation in Wellesley, Massachusetts, has announced an initial round of grants totaling $577,000 as part of a $3 million commitment in support of COVID-19 relief efforts. Grant recipients include the Greater Hartford COVID-19 Relief Fund ($100,000),  Connecticut Food Bank ($50,000); Foodshare ($50,000), the Town of Plymouth Community Food Pantry ($25,000), and Clifford Beers ($25,000).

Baylor University in Waco, Texas, has announced a $75,000 gift from the H-E-B Tournament of Champions Charitable Trust in support of efforts to deliver meals to children experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The funds will provide staffing support for the Baylor University Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, which is working to increase access to nutritious food for children in rural Texas impacted by COVID-related school closures.

The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida has announced a $500,000 contribution from the Humana Foundation to Florida's First Coast Relief Fund, which was established by the community foundation and United Way of Northeast Florida to address COVID-related needs in the region. The donation, which is in addition to a $100,000 contribution to the fund from Humana, Inc., is part of the insurance giant's $50 million commitment to COVID-19 relief efforts. Since mid-March, the Relief Fund has awarded more than $2.4 million to seventy-five local nonprofits in a six-county area.  

Integrity Insurance in Appleton, Wisconsin, has announced a $100,000 contribution to United Way Fox Cities in support of COVID-19 relief efforts. Half the funds will support the COVID-19 Community Response Fund, a joint initiative of United Way Fox Cities and the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Region, while the remainder will support United Way programs and initiatives focused on addressing community needs.

PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation have announced a $7 million initiative aimed at providing medical and economic assistance to communities of color across the United States. To that end, the program has announced grants of $1 million  to the National Urban League and UnidosUS in support of their efforts to feed families and seniors, increase medical care and testing, expand access to government programs, and provide technology for remote learning and working, with a portion of the funds focused on post-recovery relief. The remaining $5 million will support local nonprofits working to address the specific needs of African-American and Latinx communities, including COVID-19 testing and screening; improved access to affordable healthy food; healthcare services; education, job training, and business resources; economic and childcare assistance; and family and senior housing. In addition, the foundation announced a grant of $100,000 to the Farmworkers Pandemic Relief Fund to provide emergency assistance to farmworkers on the front lines of the public health emergency.

The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, has announced a $10,000 grant to America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia to provide food assistance for individuals, families, and seniors impacted by COVID-19. Through its Mobile Pantry Program, the food bank will use the funds to feed some sixty-five hundred rural residents of its twenty-one-county service area, where one in five children are food insecure. 

And San Antonio-based USAA and the USAA Foundation have announced grants totaling more than $6.3 million in support of military members, their families, and local communities impacted by  COVID-19. Grants were awarded in four areas: financial support for military families; food insecurity in San Antonio and USAA campus locations; critical COVID-19 medical research and equipment; and efforts to bridge the “digital divide” for low- and moderate-income students and families. Recipients include the Southwest Research InstituteTexas Biomedical Research InstituteUT Health San Antonio, and University of Texas at San Antonio.

(Photo credit: Feeding South Florida)

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