Hearst Foundations Announce $50 Million in COVID-19 Grants

Hearst Foundations Announce $50 Million in COVID-19 Grants

The Hearst Foundations have announced emergency grants totaling more than $50 million to U.S. nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation of California and the Hearst Foundation, Inc. of New York awarded emergency funding to more than a hundred medical, humanitarian, and cultural organizations in twenty states that are facing severe financial challenges as a result of the public health crisis — the majority of them past grantees of the foundations. Priority was given to nonprofits working to assist individuals with food security and shelter, city-specific COVID-19 response funds, direct-care health organizations such as hospitals, and cultural institutions that have had to suspend programming and are facing significant funding shortfalls. 

Recipients include Saint Peter's Foundation ($1 million), which supports Saint Peter's Health Partners in Albany, New York; Johns Hopkins Medicine ($1 million) in Baltimore; and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra ($250,000).

"These grants are in addition to the regular support the two foundations make annually to hundreds of worthy nonprofit organizations," said William Randolph Hearst III, president of the Hearst Foundation of California, and Virginia Hearst Randt, president of the Hearst Foundation of New York, and Frank A. Bennack, Jr., chair of the foundations' gift committees, in a joint statement. "These actions are being taken early in the crisis and in recognition of the critical and immediate need for the funds which are expected to be received by the organizations within the next ten days."

(Photo credit: Saint Peter's Health Partners)