The James Graham Brown Foundation in Louisville, Kentucky, has announced a commitment of $10 million over eighteen months in support of nonprofits struggling to navigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The JGBF board of trustees unanimously approved an increase in its grantmaking budget to provide grants and zero-interest loans to nonprofits working in the foundation's focus areas: education and workforce, community and economic prosperity, and quality of life.
The largest private foundation focused on Kentucky, JGBF has awarded more than $15 million in grants to date in 2020, the majority in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, with a focus on frontline organizations serving those most impacted by the virus, COVID-19 research, and the One Louisville Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly changed the landscape of need in our community, with many finding themselves suddenly requiring assistance to survive," said JGBF president and CEO Mason Rummel in a statement. "We stand ready to do our part to help strengthen the resiliency of those hardest hit — especially organizations and communities — by increasing and deepening our support and resources to reduce and mitigate the impact of this health and economic crisis."