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Directory of SCG Member Urgent Responses to COVID-19

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The directory below documents SCG members' urgent and timely responses to COVID-19. SCG is shifting our focus to supporting your medium-to-long-term responses. To share your strategies with us, please contact Phuong Pham at [email protected]. For the latest philanthropic response funds, events, and resources, please visit https://www.philanthropyca.org/covid-19-response.

 

Based on the directory below, SCG created the Emerging Grantmaking Trends in Response to COVID-19, a list of curated strategies and actions SCG members have taken to address the impact of this global pandemic. Additionally, our Emerging Equity Practices in Coronavirus Responses tracks how our members are adapting to support our hardest-hit organizations that predominantly serve people of color and low-income communities. While these are not comprehensive lists of every possible response at this moment, they do provide a high-level snapshot of how our members are innovating and collaborating across sectors to support nonprofit resilience and the wellbeing of our most vulnerable communities. 
 


 

AMGEN FOUNDATION

Funding
  • $12.5 million to support U.S. and global relief efforts to address critical needs in communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be used to support emergency response efforts in Amgen's U.S. and international communities, patient-focused organizations that are mounting their own response efforts, and international relief efforts by Direct Relief and International Medical Corps. 
  • Match donations made by Amgen staff around the globe who wish to contribute their own funds to the relief efforts. 
Free online learning programs supported by the Amgen Foundation are also available to help students continue their science education during school closures
  • Developed with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, LabXchange is a free online science education platform that provides users with access to personalized instruction, virtual lab experiences, and networking opportunities across the global scientific community.
  • Khan Academy has grown its biology offering, with the Amgen Foundation's support, to more than 300 videos, 80 exercise sets, and 195 articles.
 

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ANNENBERG FOUNDATION

Grantmaking Operations
  • The Foundation’s ongoing grantmaking process continues uninterrupted.
  • Conduct site visits virtually.
  • Review and approve grants with a keener eye on COVID-19 and the vexing problems around this pandemic. 
Mitigation assistance grants
  • $100,000 to Brilliant Corners, an innovative nonprofit that provides supportive housing assistance.
  • $25,000 to fully supply LA Unified School District’s “Grab and Go” meal centers with medical-grade no-touch digital thermometers.
  • Collaborate with the LA County COVID-19 Response Partners Fund to ascertain the most critical and emerging needs of our region’s vulnerable residents.
  • Make grants in the following areas: 1) first response and medical facilities to help those on the front lines of this public health crisis; 2) the homeless to help the thousands and thousands of homeless people in our community; 3) disadvantage elderly to help the elderly who need quality home care and meals; 4) artists to help those in the arts community who have been impacted by the shutdown of institutions and outlets all over; 3) others in need including veterans, low-income communities in Los Angeles, newly-unemployed people, and more.
Partnerships and outreach
  • Help launch COVID-19 LA County Partners Response Fund along with the Weingart Foundation, Hilton Foundation, The California Endowment, and others.
  • Support the United Way of Greater Los Angeles Pandemic Relief Fund, which is focused on helping residents experiencing homelessness find emergency shelters, providing materials and supplies to street medicine and outreach teams, and supporting shelter sites with harm reduction measures, food, medical supplies, and client transportation. 
Reposition the Community Grantmaking Fund to focus on:
  • COVID-19 emergency response for those on the front lines of the crisis.
  • Current grantees, who are in a position to offer immediate support.
  • Recession readiness to align with those suffering from the sudden economic downturn.
 

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BALLMER GROUP

Donations
  • $250,000 to Los Angeles County’s Office of Education to help support the needs of local school districts and families in the current national health emergency.
  • $100,000 to Brilliant Corners to help the immediate needs of the homeless in Los Angeles in the wake of the coronavirus.
  • $150,000 to the California Community Foundation to support low-income and low-wage workers.
 

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BANK OF AMERICA FOUNDATION

Funding
  • Commit $100 million to support local communities in need as the world faces unprecedented challenges from the coronavirus.
  • Support Khan Academy’s crisis response and helping the nonprofit drive awareness and reach more families.
 

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BLUE SHIELD OF CALIFORNIA FOUNDATION

Commit $6.8 million to support California hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Support 14 community foundations addressing specific needs in their communities, provide immediate flexibility for domestic violence shelters, and aid organizations in efforts to meet the needs of low-wage workers and help people get basic necessities. 
  • Support efforts to get accurate information to the most vulnerable communities, including immigrant and non-English-speaking communities.
  • $1M to help launch the California Immigrant Resilience Fund, a new statewide fund to provide direct relief to undocumented immigrants during this crisis – and to encourage lasting solutions that protect health beyond this moment. 
 

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CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Launch COVID-19 LA County Response Fund to address the immediate and long-term needs of our region's most vulnerable residents.

The first round of funding includes 70 grants, totaling $1.7, focusing on the needs of youth, homeless, immigrants, uninsured and underinsured.

  • $225,000 – Education: access to food, childcare and academic supports
  • $515,000 – Homelessness: staffing and supplies for safe places to recover or be quarantined for the unhoused
  • $662,504 – Health: patient assessment, staffing and the facilitation of transfers for patients needing treatment or quarantine
  • $175,000 – Immigration: support low-wage, immigrant workers by providing them with critical information and resources to help them access food, services, and other unemployment challenges
  • $195,000 – Hardship Assistance: grants to nonprofit partners in CCF’s Pass It Along (PIA) Program to make aid available to help individuals and families address an immediate, emergency need
 

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JOHN N. CALLEY FOUNDATION

Grantmaking
  • $250,000 in support of CCF's COVID-19 Response Fund, with a preference for directing funds to youth and families.
  • $25,000 to Southern California Grantmakers for expansion of the Urgent Needs Exchange Portal from Family Foundation to the broader SCG community.
 

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CEDARS SINAI

Grantmaking
  • Contribute more than $2 million to programs that provide housing, food assistance and access to healthcare for those in need during this challenging time. 
  • $850,000 in grants to support housing stability organizations, food access programs, and food banks that serve low-income, homebound seniors, people experiencing homelessness and other groups in need.
  • $125,000 to Brilliant Corners to be used in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the homeless population.
  • $100,000 to United Way of Greater Los Angeles in support of its Pandemic Relief Fund.
  • $100,000 to the Mayor's Fund for LA for emergency food assistance to people experiencing homelessness in emergency shelters and to seniors through the city Department of Aging.
  • $250,000 to Jewish Free Loan Association to more easily provide free loans to those facing housing insecurity by supporting the development of an emergency loan guarantor fund.
  • $1 million to the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County to help community health centers serve patients safely in this challenging time. 
 

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CONRAD N. HILTON FOUNDATION

Grantmaking

 

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Support for grantees
  • Work with partners to understand where it makes sense to be flexible with current grants. 
  • Honor all existing funding commitments. 
  • Consider how new funding, as available, can provide flexibility to grantee partners during the response to this crisis.  
  • Learn from these emergency efforts and consider how we might apply these lessons to improve our practice in the future.
 

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Grantmaking in April 2020: $10 million in additional funding toward relief efforts and support for vulnerable communities impacted by COVID-19 here in our community and abroad.
  • $2,250,000 to Brilliant Corners in support of a partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.
  • $500,000 to California Community Foundation to immediately purchase essential supplies and cover expenses at six of LA County’s federally qualified health clinics, which have a special designation to serve clients who are unhoused.
  • $2,250,000 to United Way of Greater Los Angeles for its Pandemic Relief Fund. 
 

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CRAIL-JOHNSON FOUNDATION

Grantmaking
  • Maintain regular grantmaking
  • Explore establishing an emergency fund.

 

DIRECT RELIEF

Response focuses
  • Provide assistance in the form of personal protective equipment, or PPE, for health workers.
  • Build an ICU medication model and mobilizing private resources to build a stockpile to assist with the anticipated spike in ICU patients.
  • Boost support to safety-net facilities to address existing chronic gaps that are likely to grow.
 

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ECMC FOUNDATION

Support for grantees
  • Institute a COVID-19 Rapid Response Small Grants Program, through which existing grantees are eligible to submit a request for up to $10,000 for any costs the organization has incurred or expects to incur as a direct result of the pandemic.
  • Allow greater flexibility in our grant monitoring process. Grantees will be able to adjust most grant budgets without seeking prior approval, delay reporting and monitoring check-in calls, and make necessary changes to grant timelines and outcomes. 
  • Donate most funds extended for now-canceled conferences and events.

 

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EISNER FOUNDATION

Increase grant flexibility
  • Convert any restricted funds to general operating support.
  • Suspend all reporting requirements until further notice.
Compile a list of ways intergenerational organizations are responding to program suspension
 

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Establish the Eisner Foundation Rapid Response Fund
  • Provide Los Angeles County-serving organizations with grants to serve older adults and combat social isolation.
  • Invest in technological solutions or other logistical needs so that organizations can adapt quickly now, and have better infrastructure in place for their long-term work.
  • Allocate $500,000 toward this effort, and grants will range from $5,000-50,000 (one-year terms). 

 

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EVERYCHILD FOUNDATION

Grantmaking
  • $1 million to be spread equally among eight worthy recipients to ease the suffering of children during the COVID-19 epidemic.

 

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FIRST 5 LA

Gather information and share resources to help partners, parents and L.A. County residents impacted by the crisis

 

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GOLDHIRSH FOUNDATION

Support grantees
  • Invite current grantees to request new uses of existing budgets and funds.
  • Create a streamlined process for grantees to extend their current grants beyond the deadline.
  • Postpone reporting requirements for all current grantees.
  • Extend the deadline for our upcoming grant applications through the My LA2050 Grants Challenge to April 3.
Compile, redistribute, and amplify resources

 

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HEALTH NET

Grantmaking
  • Award 138 grants, totaling $13.4 million, to support the establishment and expansion of telehealth and telephonic services for California providers serving Medi-Cal members. 

 

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HEISING-SIMONS FOUNDATION

Increase grant flexibility
  • Grantees are invited to reach out to program officers to discuss special concerns or needs as a result of the current health issues, including additional strains on budgets that require flexibility or assistance.
Response fund for grantees
  • Offer a rapid response fund for current Foundation grantees to offset unexpected costs incurred for disruptions to operations as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. More information about the eligibility criteria and application process can be found here. The fund will stay open until July 1, 2020, or until resources are expended — whichever comes first.
 

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HMC ARCHITECTS DESIGNING FUTURES FOUNDATION

Donation
  • Donate an additional $100,000 in April to nonprofits in the Feeding America and Share Our Strength / No Kid Hungry networks to provide 1,000,000 meals ($1 = 10 meals) to families, children, and seniors facing food insecurity as a result of the current pandemic.
Launch a DFF Pandemic Matching Gift Fund
  • Match employee donations dollar-for-dollar to any nonprofit providing pandemic relief.
 

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INLAND EMPIRE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Establish COVID-19 Resilience Fund
  • Grants will be made to organizations in each county assisting those impacted by job loss or facing homelessness because of COVID-19.
Inland Empire COVID-19 Nonprofit Survey of Needs and Best Practices
  • Ask E nonprofit leaders to fill out a survey. This information will inform requests for funding, grantmaking, and technical assistance (TA) responses in the weeks and months ahead.
 

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THE JAMES IRVINE FOUNDATION

Support grantees
  • Relax and/or renegotiate restrictions on current grants, so that grantees don’t have to worry about previous expectations for activities they have had to cancel or postpone.
  • Reduce restrictions on the use of funds with new grants, wherever possible (something we have increasingly done since 2016)
  • Postpone or eliminate other requests of grantees, such as site visits and reports on their progress
  • Continue listening efforts with grantees and those they serve, so we can be better partners now and into the future
Commit $22 million to bolster the immediate and long-term sustainability of nonprofits on the front lines of the crisis
  • Invest $20 million in Irvine grantees who are critical to California's efforts to protect and advance low-wage workers. This Recession Resilience Project will provide immediate emergency funding to core grantees in our Better Careers, Fair Work, and Priority Regions initiatives; technical assistance for financial planning and recovery; and longer-term strategic recession-response grants for these grantees. 
  • Provide approximately $2 million in additional funds to help other grassroots organizations in California to weather this crisis.
 

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L.A. CARE HEALTH PLAN

Grantmaking
  • More than $7 million in accelerated grant payments to current grantees to increase cash flow and invite some grantees to request alternative use of funds during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • More than $6 million in grant & targeted funding to support our most vulnerable members and community members, including individuals experiencing homelessness.

    • Grants for safety net clinics through its flagship Robert E. Tranquada, MD Safety Net XI initiative to improve access and quality care for multiple hardly reached populations

    • Homelessness prevention through a second Housing Stability initiative providing legal assistance to high-need, community members facing eviction

    • Up to 75 recuperative care beds for those without access to safe spaces following COVID hospitalization.

    • Basic needs (e.g., tents, hygiene kits, etc.) for up to 1,000 individuals experiencing homelessness who remain on the streets to support social distancing and to stay in touch with their street-based care providers

 

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LA84 FOUNDATION

Grantees and Grantmaking Operations
  • Continue to accept grant requests on a rolling basis.
  • Honor all existing funding commitments and process payments on schedule.
  • Conduct site visits virtually.
  • Make accommodations for grant term extensions, repurposing of funds, changes in reporting, and monitoring schedules.
LA84 Rapid Response Fund
  • Establish a small grants fund for active and former grantees in order to respond to their immediate needs related to COVID-19. The initial allocation of funding totals $225,000.

 

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LIBERTY HILL FOUNDATION

Launch COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund for Community Organizing
  • Support the immediate needs of organizers and community members on the frontlines of this crisis.
Accelerate award of $2.3M in general operating grants to community organizers and advocates
  •  Eliminate the written proposal process for both the Fund for Change and the Our Kids, Our Future Fund
Convene organizers and activists
  • Host a Virtual Organizing Town Hall, bringing together over 100 organizers and activists across Los Angeles County. Participants shared emergency calls to action, digital resources, and mutual aid tools with one another. 
  • Host a Facebook Live event, providing supporters with an opportunity to hear directly from housing activists about frontline needs. 

 

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LOS ANGELES DODGERS FOUNDATION

Support grantees
  • increase grant flexibility and continue to closely monitor the philanthropic environment.
  • Extend our application deadline to May 1. Nonprofits can learn more about applying here.
  • Suspend all reporting requirements through May 1. 

 

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LOS ANGELES HOMELESS SERVICES AUTHORITY (LAHSA)

Under Project Roomkey, LAHSA and other partners are booking hotel & motel rooms as massive prevention effort so highly vulnerable people experiencing homelessness can also be “safer at home.”
  • Secure 15,000 hotel and motel rooms that will operate as temporary shelters as a prevention measure for highly vulnerable seniors and those suffering from chronic illness. 
  • Los Angeles County, LAHSA, and the City of Los Angeles have collectively allocated $39.3 million in state emergency homeless funding for Project Roomkey.
  • The sites are geographically dispersed throughout the County, in communities including West L.A., San Fernando Valley, and Antelope Valley. The locations are not being publicly identified because they are not walk-up sites. Guests must be referred by homeless service providers based on eligibility criteria established by the state and federal government.

 

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MAYOR'S FUND FOR LOS ANGELES

Launch L.A. Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund
  • Priority areas for COVID-19 Response and Relief Funds include support for families and small businesses, relief for healthcare workers, equipment for health response, services for our unhoused neighbors, powering real-time research.

 

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REDF

LA County Employer Assistance Grant Fund
  • REDF partnered with the County of Los Angeles Workforce Development, Aging, & Community Services (WDACS) to distribute $500K in grants to 59 social enterprises and small businesses across the county. 
Grantmaking
  • Award 15 COVID-19 Relief Grants to social enterprise partners across nine states. These general operating grants of $30,000 will provide immediate financial support paired with advisory services from REDF. This support will enable the social enterprises to plan, pivot, and keep their employees working, earning, and safe.

 

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THE ROSE HILLS FOUNDATION

Grantmaking
  • Release grant funding to support the immediate needs of Los Angeles nonprofits in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Funding included emergency response grants to a cohort of nonprofits working across several urgent priority areas such as food, health, and logistics in Los Angeles County.
  • Advance 2020 grant payments for more than 60 current grantees, un-restricted most current program-related and purpose-restricted grants, and waived 2020 reporting requirements for the majority of our grantees.
  • Continue to accept and review new applications. 

 

 

S. MARK TAPER FOUNDATION

Grantmaking
  • Evaluate how to best direct emergency funds.
  • Asses adjustments to processes and evaluation.

 

 

SOCALGAS

Launch "SoCalGas CAREs" Campaign to Bring Awareness to CARE Assistance Program for Customers Facing Financial Hardship due to COVID-19
  • Bring awareness to CARE assistance program for customers facing financial hardship due to COVID-19.
  • Aim to let customers know of their eligibility to qualify for SoCalGas' assistance program, California Alternate Rates for Energy or CARE, saving them 20 percent on their monthly natural gas bills.
  • Assistance program includes gas assistance fund and medical baseline allowance.
Donation
  • Donate $1 million to support organizations that serve communities experiencing hardship due to coronavirus.

 

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SNAP FOUNDATION

Contribute more than $3M to help address needs related to COVID-19 and its economic aftermath
Support grantees
  • Expressly honor existing commitments with community partners so they don’t experience additional hardship during this challenging period.

 

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THE CALIFORNIA ENDOWMENT

Increase grant flexibility
  • Relax grant restrictions.
  • Advance a scheduled grant payment.
$5 million COVID-19 response plan
  • Support public health efforts and the immediate social and health services needs of highly vulnerable Californians, including farmworkers/day laborers, the homeless, and undocumented individuals.
  • Support regional community partner foundations that will deploy the resources to local nonprofit organizations that provide essential social and health services to vulnerable Californians and to statewide networks and associations focused on health care delivery and public health systems.
  • Target those most likely to be severely impacted by COVID-19 due to lack of awareness, language barriers, and lack of access to health care, including the homeless, low-wage earners such as farmworkers and day laborers, and undocumented Californians.

 

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THE CALIFORNIA WELLNESS FOUNDATION

Respond to community needs
  • Ask community partners what’s needed and then moving resources to organizations mobilizing efforts across the state. 
Grantmaking commitment: $4 million to combat the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Support the most vulnerable communities and people in our state: frontline health workers, economically disadvantaged people, immigrants, seniors, and Asian Americans experiencing race-based harassment and assaults, among others.
  • Support some current grantee partners who are experiencing significant disruptions to their work.
  • Support community clinics and the associations that advocate for them.
Addressing urgent needs through immediate response grants
  • Grants to community foundations and United Ways
  • Grants to organizations providing essential services and advocacy
  • $730,000 in core support grants to select small- and mid-size grantees
Changing grantmaking systems to support current grantees
  • Extend grant periods to allow grantees more time to meet their grant objectives.
  • Make funding even more flexible by removing restrictions when needed.
  • Put a moratorium on all grant reports.
  • Ensure that grants that have been approved for upcoming conferences and events remain in place, whether the event ultimately occurs or not.

 

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THE JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Giving opportunities
  • Continue to provide giving opportunities as well as advice on how philanthropy can help support our most vulnerable neighbors.

 

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THE RALPH M. PARSONS FOUNDATION

Uninterrupted grantmaking operations
  • Conduct site visits virtually.
  • Continue to accept LOIs on a rolling basis through an online portal.
  • Process grant payments in a timely manner.
Flexibility for grantees
  • Open to modify existing funding, including converting all or a portion into general operating support.
  • Suspend all reporting requirements due through the end of the year.
  • Accelerate payments on a limited basis for multi-year funding based on individual circumstances.  

 

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UNITED WAY OF GREATER LOS ANGELES

Create a Pandemic Relief Fund
  • Support L.A. County’s unsheltered residents who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, and low-income individuals, students and families at imminent risk of homelessness and hardships due to health and economic impacts of coronavirus.

 

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GUILLERMO J. VALENZUELA FOUNDATION

Support grantees
  • Re-categorize current open project grants to general operating support and loosen reporting requirements. 
Grantmaking
  • $25,000 contribution to the Inland Empire Funders Alliance Rapid Response Fund, administered by the Inland Empire Community Foundation. 

UNIHEALTH FOUNDATION

Commit $1 million in emergency response funding to the COVID-10 pandemic
  • To be distributed through pooled funds, primarily in collaboration with our philanthropic partners throughout Southern California.

 

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VENTURA COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Create Ventura County Rapid Response Fund
  • Support those organizations providing basic human needs to individuals, families, and small businesses in Ventura County.

 

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WEINGART FOUNDATION

Increase grant flexibility
  • Unrestricted operating support from the Weingart Foundation is completely unrestricted and can be used to help nonprofits adapt and adjust during this time.
  • For project-based grants, conversations are welcomed should grantees need to adjust grant goals, deliverables, or timelines. 
  • On a more limited basis, the Foundation can also consider requests to augment or accelerate approved grant payments, based on your individual circumstances.
Supporting Communities
  • The Weingart Foundation is working with key public agencies, colleague funders, and nonprofits to develop a swift and collaborative response to support communities, especially in low-income areas and among people who are homeless. More information to be available.
 

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WELLS FARGO FOUNDATION

Donate $6.25 Million to Aid in Coronavirus Response
  • Support domestic and global response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and to aid public health relief efforts.
  • $1 million for the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emergency Relief Fund.
  • 250,000 to the International Medical Corps for their work in more than 30 countries. 
  • Donate up to $5 million at the local level to help address community-specific needs in the coming months.

 

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WOMEN'S FOUNDATION OF CALIFORNIA

Provide immediate additional funding 
  • Immediately augmented existing general support grants to our core partners to help offset the immediate impacts of the COVID19 pandemic to organizations. 
  • See additional flexible funding as the best way to support partners who are on the frontline, supporting some of our most vulnerable communities.
  • Similar to our other grants, these dollars are provided as General Operating Support so organizations can be responsive to their communities and their staff. 
Launch Relief and Resilience Fund
  • Resource organizations on the frontlines in the immediate and long term.
  • Offset impact fundraising and revenue of many of our partner organizations. 

 

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