The Seattle Foundation has announced that the COVID-19 Response Fund launched last week in support of local organizations on the frontlines of the region's coronavirus outbreak has received new commitments totaling nearly $7 million in three days.
Launched last Monday with $2.5 million in pledges from the foundation, Amazon, Microsoft, the Starbucks Foundation,Philanthropy Northwest, the Satterberg Foundation, Social Venture Partners, King County, the City of Seattle, and Alaska Airlines, the fund had reached $9.2 million by Thursday. New donors to the fund include Ballmer Group co-founders Connie and Steve Ballmer, who contributed $3 million, as well as credit union BECU, the Bezos Family Foundation, Costco, JPMorgan Chase, the Perigee Fund, Premera Blue Cross, and the Raikes Foundation.
"Since the fund launched on Monday, we've been moved by the leadership of donors large and small," said Seattle Foundation president and CEO Tony Mestres. "The evolving outbreak and necessary restrictions announced by public officials mean life will get more difficult for all of us, but particularly for people who are most vulnerable. I know we can count on this community to keep stepping up to help people who need support in these uncertain times."
"COVID-19 presents an unprecedented challenge for our community, but we have the power to mitigate the impact this virus has on our most vulnerable residents by swiftly getting resources into the hands of those most disproportionately impacted," said Raikes Foundation executive director Dennis Quirin. "This only becomes more urgent as school closures multiply and the ripple effects on communities magnify. We're grateful to Seattle Foundation and all of our community partners for swiftly organizing this fund. We are all in this together."
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