This is a time of extraordinary heroism in America. We’re seeing the remarkable courage and character of the doctors, nurses, and first responders as they work around the clock to save lives, often risking their own health and safety…
Philanthropy is also playing an indispensable leadership role in addressing the COVID-19 crisis. America is the most charitable country on earth, and once again we are seeing the power of voluntary giving in finding solutions for society’s greatest challenges.
The Philanthropy Roundtable is cataloging on our website many of the distinctive contributions of donors, foundations, and civil society in responding to the pandemic. Here are just some of the highlights:
- The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has funded statewide TV, radio, and social media public service announcements about how to protect oneself from the virus.
- Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse set up a 68-bed field hospital in Central Park, to care for the overflow from Mt. Sinai Hospitals.
- The New England Patriots provided $2 million and the team plane to ship 1.2 million masks from China to the United States.
- Hundreds of funds have been set up to deliver emergency cash to families hurt by layoffs. The Schultz Family Foundation and other partners launched a $6 million fund for laid-off restaurant workers in Seattle. Give Together Now, established by Stand Together and the Family Independence Initiative, has raised $26 million so far to assist 52,000 families. The Roundtable will be holding a conference call for donors on emergency cash grants next week.
Read more at philanthropyroundtable.org
By: Adam Meyerson