As COVID-19 continues to spread in the United States, private foundations are stepping up with funding to meet the immediate needs of individuals and vulnerable populations impacted by the virus. Here's a roundup of grants from the last few days:
Barra Foundation, Wayne, PA| $520,000
The Barra Foundation has announced grants totaling $520,000 to help address the short-term COVID-related needs of nonprofits in the greater Philadelphia region. The foundation awarded one-time unrestricted grants of $2,500 each to the hundred and eight organizations that received Barra Awards, which recognize exemplary nonprofits in the region that have been peer-nominated by other organizations in the social impact sector, between 2013 and 2019.
Duke Endowment, Charlotte, NC| $2.5 Million
The Duke Endowment has announced a $2.5 million commitment in support of COVID-19 response efforts in North and South Carolina. Half the total, $1.25 million, will be disbursed through the North Carolina Healthcare Foundation, which is establishing a COVID-19 Fill the Gap Fund to respond to emergency needs that cannot be addressed by public resources or reimbursement. In South Carolina, the remaining $1.25 million will be disbursed through the Central Carolina Community Foundation's One SC fund, which has launched a COVID-19 Response campaign in partnership with the SC Grantmakers Network, Together SC, and United Way Association of SC to mobilize philanthropic resources in support of nonprofits serving the state's most vulnerable residents.
James Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA| $22 Million
The James Irvine Foundation has announced commitments totaling $22 million aimed at helping grantees weather the economic storm caused by mandatory lockdowns related to the spread of COVID-19. As part of its Recession Resilience Project, the foundation will provide $20 million in immediate emergency funding to grantees of the foundation's Better Careers, Fair Work, and Priority Regions initiatives working to protect and advance the prospects of low-wage workers, and approximately $2 million to help other grassroots organizations in California weather the public health emergency. The foundation also plans to relax and/or renegotiate restrictions on current grants; reduce restrictions on the use of new grants; postpone or eliminate other requests it makes of grantees, including site visits and progress reports; and continue its efforts to listen to and work with its grantees and the communities they serve.
Clara Lionel Foundation, Brooklyn, NY; Shawn Carter Foundation, Miami, FL| $2 Million
Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation and Jay-Z's Shawn Carter Foundation have announced a joint commitment of $2 million in support of COVID-19 response efforts for marginalized communities in New York City and Los Angeles. Commitments of $1 million from each foundation will support efforts led by the Fund for Public Schools (NYC), the American Civil Liberties Union, the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles, and the New York Immigration Coalition, among others, to assist undocumented workers, children of frontline healthcare workers and first responders, and incarcerated, elderly, and homeless populations in the two cities. CLF previously pledged $5 million in support of organizations working on the frontlines of COVID-19 relief to assist vulnerable populations in the United States, the Caribbean, and Africa.
Missouri Foundation for Health, St. Louis, MO | $15 Million
The Missouri Foundation for Health has announced a $15 million commitment in support of public health and social infrastructure critical to COVID-19 response efforts across the state, including an initial $7 million in grants to federally qualified health centers and community mental health centers. The foundation also is partnering with food banks and local chambers of commerce to bridge a workforce gap in food packaging and distribution by facilitating the temporary employment of food-service professionals.
Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, New York, NY | $1 Million
PATH Foundation, Warrenton, VA | $610,000
The PATH Foundation has announced that it will provide $610,000 in flexible emergency grants to organizations working to meet immediate needs caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus, including child care, food and nutrition, and access to health care and the Internet. In addition, a grant to the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation Emergency Response Fund will strengthen its capacity to meet the needs of other organizations impacted by the public health emergency.
Conrad Prebys Foundation, La Jolla, CA| $1 Million
The Conrad Prebys Foundation has awarded the Scripps Research Institute a $1 million challenge grant to help provide critical supplies for frontline healthcare workers engaged in the fight against COVID-19, the Times of San Diego reports. Scripps has launched a campaign to raise $1 million in matching donations.
RMF Foundation, New York, NY| $3 Million
SurveyMonkey founder Ryan Finley and his wife, Mary, have made donations totaling $3 million through the RMF Foundation in support of efforts to combat COVID-19. Grants of $1.5 million each to Legacy Health and Oregon Health & Science University will support the work of frontline healthcare workers during the public health emergency.
Heising-Simons Foundation, Los Altos, CA| $2 Million
The University of California, San Francisco has announced a $2 million grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation to establish a COVID Response Initiative at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG), a public hospital operated by the San Francisco Department of Public Health and a UCSF partner. The grant will enable physicians and trainees to better triage and treat COVID-19 patients who require hospitalization and create appropriate care plans for individuals who do not. The grant also will support COVID-19 screening and on-site testing at ZSFG and help provide personal protective equipment for nurses, respiratory technicians, and physicians.