Foundations pledge support for COVID-19 relief – update (07/17/2020)

Foundations pledge support for COVID-19 relief – update (07/17/2020)

With cases of COVID-19 in the United States on the rise and some states and localities putting plans to reopen their economies on hold, private foundations continue to provide 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: 

Gill Foundation, Denver, CO | $1 million +

The Gill Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $1 million in support of COVID-19 relief efforts in Colorado and nonprofits hit hard by the economic impacts of the pandemic. Grants include $50,000 to Project Angel Heart, which delivers meals to vulnerable Coloradans; $500,000 to Food Bank of the Rockies, which reaches nearly 60 percent of Colorado's food-insecure population; $150,000 to the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, which reaches 22 percent of the food insecure in the state; and $100,000 to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund. The foundation also provided $250,000 to the Stonewall Inn in New York City, the site of the 1969 Stonewall Riots and the nation's first LGBTQ historic landmark, which was on the verge of closing permanently due to the impact of COVID-19. 

Rose Community Foundation, Denver, CO | $4.1 million +

The Rose Community Foundation has announced a second round of grants totaling $4.1 million to help address the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 in the seven-county metro Denver region, bringing to more than $7 million the total committed by the foundation for COVID relief and recovery efforts since March. The grants include more than $2.76 million to over a hundred local Jewish organizations as well as nonprofits and government agencies working to address mid- and longer-term impacts of the pandemic on vulnerable populations. In addition, donor-advised funds administered by the foundation made two hundred and sixty grants totaling more than $1.24 million to local, statewide, and national organizations. Recipients include the Center for Employment OpportunitiesDenver Early Childhood CouncilDenver Metro Emergency Food NetworkMercy Housing Mountain PlainsSalud Family Health CentersHillel of Colorado, and Center for People with Disabilities.

Barr Foundation, Boston, Massachusetts | $1.36 million +

The Barr Foundation has announced a third round of grants totaling $1.36 million in support of COVID-19 relief efforts, with a focus on nonprofits serving African-American communities. Grants were awarded to nineteen organizations; recipients include the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts ($150,000), Brockton Interfaith Community, ($50,000), Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services ($100,000), Urban Revival (dba City Life/Vida Urbana, $150,000), and Women of Color in Solidarity (with Press Pass TV dba Transformative Culture Project as fiscal sponsor, $25,000). The foundation's previous COVID-19 grantmaking includes an initial round of grants to relief funds established by community foundations across the state and a second round in support of immigrant-serving organizations.

Kresge Foundation, Troy, Michigan | $1.1 million

The Kresge Foundation has announced a fourth round of grants totaling nearly $1.1 million to nonprofits responding to the COVID-19 emergency, bringing its total grantmaking in support of efforts to address the impacts of the virus to $10.3 million since April. The latest commitments include new grants totaling $805,000 to 1 Michigan for the Global Majority (Detroit; $30,000), Apparatus Solutions (Detroit; $100,000), Communities Unlimited (Memphis; $100,000), Deep Center (Savannah, Georgia; $125,000), New America Foundation (Washington, D.C.; $150,000), the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (with Tides Center as fiscal sponsor, San Francisco; $150,000), and Trenton Health Team (Trenton, New Jersey; $150,000). The foundation also awarded supplemental financial support in new grant amendments totaling $280,000 to Colloqate Design (New Orleans; $85,000), Enterprise Community Partners (Columbia, Maryland; $100,000), Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates (Philadelphia; $60,000), and the CLTV (Collective) (Memphis; $35,000).

Pershing Square Foundation, New York, NY | $3 million

The Pershing Square Foundation has announced nineteen grants totaling $3 million in support of COVID-19 research projects at ten academic research institutions across the United States. Developed in partnership with cancer research scientists and physician-scientists involved in the Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance, the initiative is aimed at fostering synergies across the cancer research, immunotherapy/immunology, genetics, and epigenetics fields; develop new insights into SARS-CoV-2; advancing basic scientific knowledge; and strengthening research infrastructure, with a focus on current and future public health emergencies. Recipients include Carla Kim (Harvard University; "Organoid Modeling for COVID-19"), Ali Brivanlou (Rockefeller University; "Capitalizing on stem cell-derived synthetic human lungs on microchips to block SARS-CoV-2"), and Silvia Rouskin (Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research; "Discovery of SARS2 RNA structure-based therapeutic targets"). 

William Penn Foundation, Philadelphia, PA | $700,000

The William Penn Foundation has announced two grants totaling $700,000 in support of COVID-19 recovery efforts in the Philadelphia region. A grant of $200,000 to the Philadelphia Worker Relief Fund, a new cash assistance program launched by the Mayor's Fund for Philadelphia, will help provide financial support to residents who are ineligible for federal or state relief programs — in many cases due to their immigration status or that of a family member. And a $500,000 grant to the Lenfest Institute for Journalism will support the Philadelphia Inquirer and local partners working to produce solutions-based reporting on equitable economic recovery and job creation in the region.

Tamaki Charitable Foundation, Yakima, WA | $100,000 

The Tamaki Charitable Foundation has announced grants totaling $100,000 in support of COVID-19 relief efforts in Yakima County and the surrounding area, including grants of $10,000 each to Northwest Harvest Yakima (in addition to a $5,000 grant awarded in June); the Yakima Community Foundation's Response Fund for Covid Relief, the Filipino American Community of the Yakima ValleyYakima Schools Foundation (for the Davis High School: Teacher/Student Assistance Fund), the Yakima Valley College Foundation (for the establishment of a nursing scholarship); and the Yakima Valley Japanese Tahoma Cemetery Project.

St. David's Foundation, Austin, TX | $944,421

The St. David's Foundation has announced a grant of $944,421 to the United Way for Greater Austin in support of the All Together ATX Fund, which provides resources to nonprofit organizations in the area disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Awarded through the foundation's spring grant cycle, the funding will support a number of United Way programs, including the Success By 6 Coalition, Family Connects, and Emerging Young Men of Color (EYMC2).

Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Athens, Greece | $2.75 million +

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has announced a third round of grants totaling more than $2.75 million as part of a $100 million global COVID-19 relief initiative it announced in April. Twenty grants were awarded in this round, with a focus on supporting expert organizations working to address the socioeconomic impacts of the virus, new and creative food distribution structures, especially hard-hit populations, and smaller theaters and artist residency programs. The latest round of grants bring the total awarded by the foundation to date for COVID relief to $61.5 million.

For more information about the philanthropic response to the coronavirus, including a funding summary, a list of emergency resources for individuals and small businesses, and a list of funds established in response to the pandemic, visit Candid's COVID-19 popup page.

(Photo credit: Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services)