Corporate funders support COVID-19 relief (update – 06/02/2020)

Corporate funders support COVID-19 relief (update – 06/02/2020)

Nurse-Family Partnership has announced more than $1 million in products and discounted services from Action Technologies Group and Verizon to enable new mothers to communicate with their nurses while observing stay-at-home guidelines. To date, NFP has distributed free iPhones with data plans to more than twenty-eight hundred first-time mothers in need across the country so they can receive virtual visits and advice from their nurses about what to do should they or their infant get sick, as well as how to access diaper and food banks.  

The American Kidney Fund has announced a $1.1 million contribution from AstraZeneca to its Coronavirus Emergency Fund. Established in March to help dialysis and transplant patients who are struggling to pay for renal-friendly food, transportation, and medical essentials during the COVID-19 crisis, the fund has received more than nine thousand applications for emergency assistance. AstraZeneca's donation will enable the fund to assist all applicants currently on its waiting list.

The International Center for Journalists and the Facebook Journalism Project have announced an initiative aimed at strengthening COVID-19 coverage in the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Asia. The program will provide training, mentorship, and reporting grants to journalists working to surface underreported COVID stories from refugee camps in the Middle East and North Africa; offer ten thousand reporters in sub-Saharan Africa video skill-building webinars, mentoring, grants, and a comprehensive video reporting toolkit; provide $140,000 in core support for publishers in South Africa; create a $2 million fund to help Latin American news organizations accelerate their digital transformation and meet their immediate business needs; and offer webinars and mentoring designed to help publishers in the Asia-Pacific region navigate COVID-related challenges. 

The Morehouse School of Medicine has announced a $1 million grant from to study the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. The funding will enable the Satcher Health Leadership Institute to collect and analyze real-time demographic data on virus impacts by race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, and other factors. With support from a team of Google engineers and data scientists, the institute will map data on the trajectory of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths across the United States and its territories to help policy makers better understand and address health inequities in disproportionately impacted communities.

Hennessy, the French cognac distiller, has announced a $3 million initiative aimed at helping small businesses weather the financial challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. To ensure the distribution of immediate relief and long-term support to the communities hardest hit by the public health emergency, the Unfinished Business initiative will provide funds to One Hundred Black Men, the Asian American Business Development Center, and the Hispanic Federation. The initiative also will provide access to information, educational content, and other assets to help stabilize small businesses during and after the public health emergency.

The Humana Foundation has announced grants totaling $2.2 million to nonprofits in Louisville, Kentucky, in support of efforts to address social determinants of health and the root causes of health inequity, with a short-term focus on the impacts of COVID-19 in underserved communities. Awarded through the foundation's Community Partners Program, funding was targeted to initiatives in the areas of nutrition and food security, shelter, personal safety, healthcare services, built and natural environment, arts and culture, and education and early childhood development. Recipients include ElderServe, Fund for the Arts, the Louisville Urban League, New Directions Housing Corporation, and Uniting Partners for Women & Children.

The Los Angeles DodgersL.A. Dodgers Foundation, and Salvation Army have announced the distribution of food boxes equivalent to forty thousand meals to two thousand families at Dodger Stadium as part of the Dodger organization's coronavirus relief efforts. Since April, the Dodgers and LADF have provided more than a hundred and forty-five meals to the most vulnerable Angelenos; more than $177,000 worth of food, water, hygiene necessities, gift cards, and team memorabilia to community organizations; and grants to the Los Angeles Regional Food BankMy Friend's Place, the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles, and Brotherhood Crusade. Additional grants will be awarded to organizations working to address homelessness, basic needs, and food insecurity in Southern California. 

Mastercard has announced the launch of Recovery Insights, a set of tools, innovation strategies, and research designed to help local governments and businesses assess the impacts of COVID-19 and build a foundation for an inclusive recovery. New York, London, Barcelona, Madrid, Los Angeles, and Logan City in Australia, the state of Arizona, and Spain's Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism are using the solutions to inform their budget planning, optimize COVID aid disbursements, identify which merchants are open for business, and prioritize investment in support of businesses most impacted by the pandemic.

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross and the Miami Dolphins Foundation have announced commitments totaling $3 million to help provide meals and save jobs in Miami Gardens over the next year. With $2 million in investments and $1 million to match donations from the public, the Miami Dolphins Food Relief Program will distribute at least a thousand meals a day prepared by the team's food, beverage, and retail partner to residents of the metro area and will work with churches and community groups to purchase meals from local restaurants. In addition to generating jobs and revenue for the local restaurant industry, the program will employ guest services and security staff at the stadium who have been idled as a result of COVID-related event cancellations.

In San Antonio, Spurs Give and the Tim Duncan Foundation have announced donations of $100,000 to the San Antonio Food Bank to provide meals for families living in low-income apartment complexes across the city. The donations will pay for six local restaurants to deliver twenty-five thousand meals over five weeks to families unable to afford transportation to the food bank. In May, Spurs Give also established the Spurs Give Together Fund, which aims to raise $1 million in support of nonprofits assisting first responders, local businesses, and families directly impacted by COVID-19.

(Photo credit: Los Angeles Regional Food Bank)