Corporate funders support COVID-19 relief (update – 06/10/2020)

Corporate funders support COVID-19 relief (update – 06/10/2020)

The Greater Washington Community Foundation has announced a $500,000 gift from Lockheed Martin to its COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund in support of efforts to address urgent COVID-related needs as well as longer-term recovery efforts focused on building a stronger, more resilient region. To date, the fund has received $7.5 million in contributions from corporate partners, local foundations, and individual donors and has awarded grants totaling $4 million to ninety-seven nonprofits. 

Morgan Stanley has announced an investment of $10 million in the New York Forward Loan Fund, part of the state's initiative to reinvigorate small businesses and  nonprofits impacted by the public health emergency and virus-related shutdown orders. The fund will provide capital to community development financial institutions (CDFIs) that they can use to make low-cost recovery loans in hard-hit communities. As part of a previously announced commitment of $25 million in support of COVID-19 relief efforts, the firm also recently launched the Morgan Stanley COVID-19 Hunger Relief Campaign, which matches employee contributions to designated organizations working to address food insecurity up to $5,000 per employee.

Mozilla has announced a final round of grants from its COVID-19 Solutions Fund, which was established in March by the Mozilla Open Source Support Program in support of open source technology projects focused on addressing the global pandemic. Grants were awarded to OpenMRS ($49,754), a scalable, user-driven, open-source electronic medical record system platform that will use the funds to bundle emerging COVID-19 solutions into a package of data collection tools, reports, and data exchange interfaces designed to address disease outbreaks; the Open Food Network ($45,2210), whose open-source platform enables food producers to sell online directly to consumers and enable wholesalers to supply produce through networks of food hubs and shops; and Careables Casa Criatura Olinda ($25,000) in northeast Brazil, which will expand production of face shields for local hospitals and start producing aerosol boxes using an open-source design.

As part of its $20 million Committed to Serve initiative, waste collection firm Republic Services has announced grants totaling $3 million in support of efforts to help locally owned small businesses forced to shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the Republic Services Charitable Foundation, grants of $1 million each were awarded to Rebuilding TogetherHabitat for Humanity International, and NeighborWorks America, all three of which will re-grant the funds to affiliates across the country who have identified local businesses in need of repairs, renovations, and/or financial support.

UPS and the UPS Foundation have announced a two-year, $3 million commitment in support of efforts by GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance to distribute life-saving vaccines to children in the world's poorest countries. A $2 million grant from the foundation and $1 million in in-kind logistics support from UPS will enable GAVI to strengthen its supply chain networks and expand coverage of essential childhood vaccines, with the aim of reducing childhood deaths from preventable diseases.

(Photo credit: Greater Washington Community Foundation)