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Private Foundations Step Up Funding for COVID-19 Response Efforts (March 15-31, 2020)

April 01, 2020

Coronavirus covid 19 shutterstock_1656821971As COVID-19 spreads globally and in the United States, private foundations are stepping up with funding to meet the immediate needs of individuals and vulnerable populations impacted by the virus. The "quick-hit" roundup below captures some of the foundation activity in response to COVID-19 over the last two weeks. Items are sorted in alpha order, by state and, within states, by foundation name. 

For more coverage, check out PND's COVID-19 page and Candid's COVID-19 popup page.

ARIZONA

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, Phoenix, AZ | $6.3 Million

The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has announced emergency grants totaling $6.3 million to science, human services, and arts and culture nonprofits in Maricopa County. The foundation awarded a $2 million grant to Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute to expand automated, rapid diagnostic testing aimed at mitigating the spread and potential reoccurrence of COVID-19; grants totaling more than $2 million to twenty-eight human services providers facing a significant increase in demand for their services; and grants totaling $2.2 million to forty-four arts and cultural nonprofits facing significant losses of revenue from event cancellations and a drop off in donations.

CALIFORNIA

California Wellness Foundation, Los Angeles, CA | $4 Million

The California Wellness Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $3 million in support of vulnerable communities impacted by COVID-19 — including frontline health workers, economically disadvantaged individuals and groups, immigrants, seniors, and Asian Americans experiencing race-based harassment and assaults — as well as select grantees who are experiencing significant disruptions to their work. Cal Wellness also said it will commit another $1 million in support of community clinics and the associations that advocate for them.

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Redwood City, CA | $5 Million

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has announced commitments totaling $5 million to nonprofits and public health agencies responding to the spread of COVID-19 in San Mateo County, where CZI is based, and the wider Bay Area. Commitments include $1 million to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation's COVID-19 Regional Response Fund in support of organizations providing critical services such as emergency rental and food assistance; support for a partnership between the Contra Costa Regional Health Foundation and Contra Costa Health Services focused on establishing a mobile testing site for first responders and healthcare workers and expanding mobile testing and screening more broadly; a donation of eight hundred WiFi hotspots to the Redwood City and Ravenswood City school districts in support of at-home learning; and creation of a regional COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to provide local community-based organizations with timely, flexible funding in support of their efforts to address emerging needs in the region.

William, Jeff and Jennifer Gross Family Foundation, Laguna Beach, CA | $1.5 Million

The William, Jeff and Jennifer Gross Family Foundation has announced grants totaling $1.5 million to organizations working to address the impacts of COVID-19 in Southern California communities. The foundation awarded grants of $250,000 to the OC Food Bank and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and grants of $200,000 to the National Domestic Workers Alliance's Coronavirus Care FundWorld Central Kitchen, the Recording Academy's MusiCares safety-net program, the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, and the Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation.

Hellman, Crankstart, Stupski Foundations, San Francisco, CA| $2 Million

The Hellman Foundation has contributed $1 million and the Crankstart Foundation and Stupski Foundation have given $500,000 each to San Francisco's Give2SF COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. The fund, which also received donations from Ann and Gordon Getty ($1 million), Mark Pincus ($100,000), Tom and Theresa Preston-Werner ($250,000), Kyle Vogt and Dan Kan ($100,000), Salesforce ($1.5 million), and Wells Fargo ($150,000), will provide assistance in three priority areas: food security; access to housing; and security for workers and small businesses.

Milner Foundation, Silicon Valley, CA | $3 Million

The Milner Foundation has awarded grants totaling $3 million to three Israeli institutions in support of COVID-19 response and research efforts. The recipients are Magen David Adom, Israel's national emergency medical response organization, in support of efforts to reduce the number of people coming to clinics; Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine and George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, in support of research aimed at developing treatments for coronavirus; and Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center – Ichilov Hospital, in support of the intensive care unit caring for COVID-19 patients.

COLORADO

Morgridge Family Foundation, Denver, CO | $1 Million

The Morgridge Family Foundation has announced emergency grants totaling $1 million in support of COVID-19 response efforts. Unrestricted grants were awarded to forty-six nonprofits, including grants of $100,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank in Orlando, Florida; the Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County; and Adams 12 Five Star Schools in Thornton, Colorado. The foundation also announced that it is underwriting the administrative costs of donations to the Colorado COVID-19 Relief Fund.

DELAWARE

Longwood Foundation, Wilmington, DE | $4 Million

The Longwood Foundation has announced an initial contribution of $1 million to the Delaware Community Foundation's Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund and said it will consider additional contributions as emerging needs become clearer.

FLORIDA

Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, Sarasota, FL | $1.5 Million

With the goal of supporting health, human services, and safety-net organizations facing increased demand for services as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation in Sarasota and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation in Venice have launched the Gulf Coast COVID-19 Response Joint Initiative with commitments totaling $1.5 million.

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami, FL | $10.25 Million

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced emergency funding totaling $10.25 million in support of grantees working to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, including $3.6 million to relief and recovery funds in the eight cities where Knight has offices; they are the Akron Summit County COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund ($500,000); the COVID-19 Response Fund in Charlotte, North Carolina ($500,000); the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan's COVID-19 Relief Fund ($500,000); the Central Georgia COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund ($500,000); the United Way Miami Pandemic Response Fund 9$450,000) and the Miami Foundation Community Recovery Fund ($250,000); the Small Business Relief Fund ($250,000) and PHL COVID-19 Relief Fund ($250,000) in Philadelphia; the Silicon Valley Strong Fund ($500,000); and the St. Paul Bridge Fund ($400,000) in Minnesota. The foundation also announced grants totaling $6.65 million to community foundations in eighteen other communities where it works.

ILLINOIS

Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Decatur, IL | $290,000

The Howard G. Buffett Foundation has announced a $290,000 commitment to help address coronavirus-related food insecurity in Macon County. Recipients include Meals on Wheels ($30,000) in support of an expansion of its services; Baby TALK ($50,000), to help vulnerable families obtain formula, baby food, and other necessities; and United Way of Decatur & Mid-Illinois ($110,000), which will use the funds to restock food pantries and help the Good Samaritan Inn provide meals to residents in need. The foundation also will provide up to $100,000 in meal vouchers to first responders from the Macon County Sheriff's Office and Decatur police and fire departments and ambulance service. Buffett is a former Macon County sheriff and currently serves as undersheriff.

INDIANA

Foellinger Foundation, Fort Wayne, IN | $1.35 Million

The Foellinger Foundation has announced a $1.35 million commitment in support of Allen County nonprofits working to address the impacts of COVID-19 on local communities. The funding includes $1.1 million in additional support to the foundation's current grantees; $100,000 for Emergency Response Rapid Grants of up to $25,000 each; $100,000 for Innovative Rapid Grants of up to $25,000; and $50,000 to the United Way of Allen County's Emergency Relief Fund, matching a donation by the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne.

IOWA

Iowa West Foundation, Council Bluffs, IA | $500,000

The Iowa West Foundation has committed up to $500,000 to the Southwest Iowa COVID-19 Response Fund, which it launched in partnership with the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation and Council Bluffs Schools Foundation. The fund will provide emergency assistance for vulnerable populations, support the expansion of public health infrastructure, and assist nonprofits and public health organizations facing challenges related to COVID-19.

MARYLAND

Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Baltimore, MD | $4 Million

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has announced $4 million in emergency grants in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including $2.57 million to fifty-five nonprofits operating in the foundation's priority communities in the United States and Israel, and $1.5 million for emergency needs to be identified in the coming weeks and months. The foundation also is accelerating payment of several previously approved grants to ensure that organizations have use of those funds as quickly as possible.

MICHIGAN

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Flint, MI | $500,000

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has awarded $500,000 to the Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund, which was established by the Community Foundation of Greater Flint in partnership with United Way of Genesee County, to address immediate and future direct service needs and gaps in the region, enable nonprofits on the front lines of the pandemic to maintain and/or expand their operations and infrastructure, and support costs associated with increasing volunteer capacity. Other foundations contributing to the fund include the Hagerman Foundation and Ruth Mott Foundation.

MINNESOTA

McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN | $100,000

The McKnight Foundation has committed $100,000 to the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund, which is administered by the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, to be distributed to the Minnesota Initiative Foundations to address immediate needs of individuals, families, and small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

MISSOURI

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO| $2.8 Million

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has announced a series of commitments in support of grantees, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and educational institutions in the Kansas City region. Awards include $500,000 for general support grants through the Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund; $500,000 to the KC COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund to assist entrepreneurs and small business owners in Kansas City; up to $1.2 million in support of charter and district schools as well as nonprofit education support organizations; up to $600,000 for current KC Civic grantees who need additional assistance to address COVID-related challenges; and six-to-one matches for donations of up to $500 (per associate) in support of 501(c)(3) public charities working to address the impacts of COVID-19.

NEW MEXICO

Thornburg Foundation, Santa Fe, NM | $1 Million

The Thornburg Foundation has announced that it is accelerating its annual grantmaking and will double each grant with a one-time increase totaling $240,000 in support of nonprofits serving food-insecure children, families, and seniors and the homeless in Santa Fe and Albuquerque affected by COVID-19. Recipients include Food Depot ($20,000), Interfaith Community Shelter ($30,000), La Familia Medical Center ($20,000), Kitchen Angels ($20,000), Communities in Schools ($20,000), Esperanza Shelter ($20,000), St. Elizabeth's Shelter ($20,000), Youth Shelter ($20,000), Adelante program ($10,000), Family Independence Initiative ($10,000), Roadrunner Food Bank ($20,000), Heading Home ($20,000), and the Santa Fe Community Foundation's COVID-19 Response Fund ($10,000).

NEW YORK

Bloomberg Philanthropies, New York, NY | $3 Million

Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced a commitment of $3 million in support of a $4 million public-private partnership with Johns Hopkins University and the state of Maryland to fund research into potential therapeutic uses of blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors. A team led by Arturo Casadevall, an infectious disease expert and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, has established a network of hospitals and blood banks that will collect, isolate, and process COVID-19 convalescent plasma with the aim of testing its effectiveness and safety in treating critically ill COVID-19 patients and boosting the immune systems of healthcare providers and first responders.

Louis R. Cappelli Foundation, White Plains, NY | $200,000

The Louis R. Cappelli Foundation has contributed $200,000 to the RXR Building Community Fund at the Westchester Community Foundation in support of COVID-19 relief efforts in New Rochelle.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, NY | $1.25 Million

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded emergency grants of $1 million to Citymeals on Wheels and $250,000 to God's Love We Deliver, which are experiencing overwhelming demand for their services, to help feed and support elderly and health-compromised New Yorkers who are required to stay in and limit visits from others to avoid exposure to the coronavirus.

Multiple Foundations, Western New York State | $4 Million

The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County has announced the launch of the Western New York (WNY) COVID-19 Community Response Fund with commitments from nearly twenty funders — including BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York's Blue Fund, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, M&T Bank, and the Bank of America Charitable, Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, East Hill, Grigg Lewis, James H. Cummings, Key Bank and First Niagara, Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower, Patrick P. Lee, Pinto Family, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., Baird, John R. Oishei, Margaret L. Wendt, and Western New York foundations. The fund has raised at least $4 million to date to meet health, human services, food, and childcare needs in the region and support frontline responders.

NORTH CAROLINA

Dogwood Health Trust, Asheville, North Carolina | $10 Million

Created out of the $1.5 billion sale of Mission Health to HCA Healthcare, the Dogwood Health Trust has announced a $10 million commitment in support of efforts to address the public health crisis in western North Carolina. Support will be focused on three areas — flattening the curve, preparing the region for virus spread, and mitigating impacts of COVID-19, including supporting local companies as they work to increase production of face shields and hand sanitizer, ordering more COVID-19 tests, and working with partners to create spaces where patients can be quarantined. The trust is a funding partner of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina's COVID-19 Pandemic Response fund.

Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Winston-Salem, NC | $1.5 Million

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust has announced $1.5 million in flexible funding for COVID-19 response efforts in North Carolina, including a grant of $500,000 to the COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County in support of immediate, emerging, and long-term needs of nonprofits serving disproportionately impacted communities; and a $1 million grant to the North Carolina Healthcare Association Foundation in support of hospitals ($500,000), free and charitable clinics ($250,000), and the North Carolina Community Health Center Association ($250,000) for medical supplies, personal protective equipment, test kits, and telehealth solutions.

PENNSYLVANIA

William Penn Foundation, Philadelphia, PA | $3 Million

The board of directors of the William Penn Foundation has approved a lead grant of $3 million to support the PHL COVID-19 Fund. The fund will provide grants to organizations in the greater Philadelphia region with a successful track record of serving at-risk populations — including the elderly, disabled, homeless, and economically disadvantaged enhancing community safety nets, and fostering preparedness and protection.

William Penn Foundation, Philadelphia, PA | $11.6 Million

The William Penn Foundation has announced commitments totaling $11.6 million in support of COVID-19 response efforts, including $5 million to establish, in partnership with Vanguard, the Philadelphia Emergency Fund for Stabilization of Early Education. In order to be flexible and responsive to the widespread disruptions in the cultural sector caused by the spread of COVID-19, the foundation also is fast-tracking $6.6 million in annual general operating support grants to arts and cultural groups in the region.

TEXAS

Houston Endowment, Houston, TX | $2 Million

The Houston Endowment has announced commitments totaling $2 million to the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund to assist residents of the region with immediate basic needs. In addition to ;a lead gift of $1 million, the endowment has pledged $1 million to match contributions to the fund on a 1:4 basis. Companies that have pledged donations to the fund include JPMorgan Chase ($100,000), the Houston Texans Foundation ($100,000), and the Wells Fargo Foundation ($150,000).

VIRGINIA

Quantitative Foundation, Charlottesville, VA | $1 Million

The University of Virginia in Charlottesville has announced a $1 million gift from the Quantitative Foundation to expand UVA Health's capacity to test for COVID-19. The funding is expected to boost the number of tests produced daily from the current two hundred to more than five hundred, with a portion of the tests being made available for inpatients at other Virginia hospitals as well as clinical providers and first responders with symptoms.

WASHINGTON

Marguerite Casey Foundation, Seattle, WA | Nearly $3 Million

The Marguerite Casey Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $3 million in supplemental support to fifty-six current grantees to assist them with their work-from-home transitions in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The foundation also has seeded an emergency income relief fund launched by the Workers Lab to help families buy groceries and basic supplies, with an initial focus on gig and undocumented workers.

WISCONSIN

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment, Milwaukee, WI | $5 Million

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment — a statewide health philanthropy established at the Medical College of Wisconsin with a portion of the proceeds from the 2004 conversion of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin — has announced a $5 million rapid-response grant program for Wisconsin-based nonprofits, government agencies, and MCW faculty working on COVID-19 prevention, risk reduction, or to minimize virus transmission.

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"Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Awards Nonprofits $6.3 Million in Coronavirus Emergency Grants." Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Press Release 03/30/2020.

"Cal Wellness Commits $4 Million to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic." California Wellness Foundation Press Release 03/25/2020.

"Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Commits $5 Million to Bay Area COVID-19 Relief Efforts." Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Press Release >03/27/2020.

"The William, Jeff and Jennifer Gross Family Foundation Donates $1.5 Million to Support Southern California Coronavirus Relief Efforts." William, Jeff and Jennifer Gross Family Foundation Press Release 03/24/2020.

"Mayor London Breed Announces Major Contributions to Give2SF Fund, Priority Areas for Supporting San Franciscans." Office of the Mayor of San Francisco 03/23/2020.

"Milner Foundation Donates $3 Million to Magen David Adom, TAU and Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov)." American Friends of Tel Aviv University Press Release 03/24/2020.

"The Morgridge Family Foundation Pledges $1M for Immediate COVID-19 Emergency Relief." Morgridge Family Foundation Press Release 03/31/2020.

"Longwood Foundation's Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic." Longwood Foundation Press Release 03/19/2020.

"Gulf Coast, Barancik Foundation Launch Covid-19 Response Initiative." Gulf Coast Community Foundation 03/24/2020.

Scott Perry. "Buffett Foundation commits $290,000 to feed those in need, first responders in Macon County." Herald & Review 03/24/2020.

"Foellinger Foundation Announces Critical Grant Response to COVID-19." Foellinger Foundation Press Release 03/24/2020.

"Local Foundations Join Forces in Response to COVID-19 Needs." Iowa West Foundation Press Release 03/21/2020.

"Weinberg Foundation Announces $4 Million in Emergency Grants to Nonprofits as Part of COVID-19 Response." Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Press Release 03/27/2020.

"Community Foundation of Greater Flint Announces Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund to Support Local Nonprofits."  Community Foundation of Greater Flint 03/18/2020.

"Mott Foundation Allocates $500K to Coronavirus ‘Urgent Relief Fund’." East Village Magazine 03/23/2020.

"McKnight's Response to the Coronavirus." McKnight Foundation Press Release 03/23/2020.

"The Kauffman Foundation Commits $2.8 Million for COVID-19 Public Response and Coordinated Effort for Kansas City Region." Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Press Release 03/31/2020.

"Thornburg Foundation Announces $240,000 in Grants to New Mexico Non-Profits Responding to Coronavirus." Thornburg Foundation Press Release 03/24/2020.

"Bloomberg Philanthropies, State of Maryland to Fund Johns Hopkins University-led COVID-19 Treatment Research." Bloomberg Philanthropies Press Release 03/30/2020.

"The Louis R. Cappelli Foundation Pledges $200,000 to RXR's COVID Relief Efforts in New Rochelle." 03/30/2020.

"Mellon Foundation  Awards $1.25 Million to Organizations Feeding New York City's Elderly and At-Risk Homebound Populations in Response to Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic." Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Press Release 03/26/2020.

"WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund." United Way of Buffalo & Erie County Webpage 03/24/2020.

Brian Gordon. "Dogwood Health Trust Leader Details 3-Pronged, $10 Million Coronavirus Response." Asheville Citizen Times 03/26/2020.

"Dogwood Health Trust Commits $10 Million to Fight COVID-19." Blue Ridge Public Radio 03/25/2020.

"Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Announces $1.5 Million in Immediate, Flexible Funding to Respond to COVID-19 in N.C." Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Press Release 03/19/2020.

"William Penn Foundation Announces $3 Million for PHL COVID-19 Fund." William Penn Foundation Announcement 03/19/2020.

"William Penn Foundation Announces Another $11.6 Million for COVID Emergency Action." William Penn Foundation Press Release 03/30/2020.

"United Way of Greater Houston and Greater Houston Community Foundation Launch Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund." Houston Endowment Press Release 03/26/2020.

"Timely $1 Million Grant to UVA Health Boosts Ability to Produce COVID Tests." University of Virginia Press Release 03/26/2020.

Luz Vega-Marquis"Marguerite Casey Foundation Responds to COVID-19 Pandemic." Marguerite Casey Foundation Blog Post 03/25/2020.

"AHW Announces Up to $5 Million in Funding Available to Support Wisconsin’s COVID-19 Response." Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Press Release 03/20/2020.

Global Philanthropic Response to COVID-19 Approaches $3 Billion

March 31, 2020

On March 3, Candid identified almost $1 billion in pledges and donations in support of global relief efforts focused on mitigating the impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In the weeks since, the virus has infected 719,758 people worldwide and resulted in the deaths of more than 33,673. As the relatively localized outbreak in Wuhan, China, rapidly morphed into a global pandemic, the philanthropic community stepped up to meet the challenge, with pledges and donations in support of relief efforts almost tripling, to $2.6 billion, by March 23.

As was the case during the first two months of the crisis, overall giving for COVID-19 relief in March mirrored historical patterns of disaster giving in every way except total dollar amount (i.e., giving in response to COVID-19 has been much higher). What has changed over the last couple of weeks is funding by country, which has closely tracked migration of the disease.

Fig.1.1Together, the United States and China (including Hong Kong and Macao, China’s Special Administrative Regions) continue to account for 87 percent of pledges and 83 percent of total dollar amount, but the U.S. total has increased almost 700 percent since March 3 and now accounts for more than two-thirds of pledges and almost half the dollars pledged globally for COVID-19 relief. Italy, where the philanthropic response was almost nonexistent two weeks ago, now accounts for 11 percent of total dollar value.

The position of grantmakers and their relative contributions also have changed. Whereas early on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s $100 million commitment accounted for 55 percent of total U.S. pledges and contribution, it now represents just 9 percent of the more than $1.2 billion pledged by U.S.-based foundations. The largest single commitment now is the more than $175 million pledged by the Wells Fargo Foundation "to help address food, shelter, small business and housing stability, as well as to provide help to public health organizations." With its other announced commitment, Wells Fargo total announced contributions now total more than $181.2 million — or 15 percent of the U.S. total. Lastly, where there were only two U.S. grantmakers in our list of the top twenty funders globally at the end of February, there are now six in the top twelve.

Andrew_fg.1.2As total commitments and pledges have grown, so have relative contributions by funder type. Direct corporate giving still accounts for the lion’s share of contributions, but the percentage as dollar value of total contributions is down as commitments from corporate, family, and community foundations have increased, with the dollar value of contributions from corporate foundations increasing more than five-fold.

Fig.1.3Companies, both directly and through their foundations, represent 77 percent of the total U.S. philanthropic response to COVID-19. As Candid president Bradford Smith told the Chronicle of Philanthropy, after eleven years of a bull market many businesses have cash reserves. Broken down by industry, corporate giving also is following traditional patterns, with companies in the financial services sector — historically, the most generous sector in terms of its response to disasters — leading the way. With announced commitments totaling $421 million, banks, investment firms, and other kinds of lenders have contributed far and away the most to COVID-19 relief efforts, followed by the big Internet platforms (Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix) at $343 million. Together, the two sectors account for 80 percent of the total dollar value of U.S. contributions. (The graph below captures 90 percent of U.S. corporate contributions.)

Fig.1.4Some random observations:

  • Approximately 65 percent of the dollar value of pledges announced in January and February came in the two weeks after January 23. In February, pledges for COVID-19 relief actually declined by more than 12 percent, as countries in various stages of delay and denial looked on as the virus began its relentless spread beyond China's borders. In the first three weeks of March, by contrast, more than $1.5 billion was pledged, accounting for 61 percent of the total since January 23.
  • Unknown and multiple recipients continue to account for most of the pledges and total dollar value, followed by various Chinese Red Cross organizations. For named recipients, we're seeing a relatively small but growing number of grants to organizations such as Feeding America, Direct Relief, and the CDC Foundation.
  • The largest gift from an individual was made by Silvio Berlusconi, the billionaire and former Italian prime minister, who donated 10 million euros ($10.7 million) for a new hospital being built on the former fairgrounds in Milan. Here in the U.S., President Trump donated his Q419 salary of $100,000 to the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • In addition to the efforts of organized philanthropy, individuals and communities are coming together to help their families, friends, and neighbors. GoFundMe tweeted that more than 22,000 COVID-19 fundraisers have been initiated in the past few weeks by the global GoFundMe community, and that, collectively, they've raised more than $40 million.

In my first post, I speculated about whether private philanthropy would eventually step aside — as it did during the 2014 Ebola epidemic — as large-scale action and resources were brought to bear on the crisis by national governments. Back then (a month ago), I thought it would depend on how governments performed with respect to their fundamental obligations to guarantee public health and safety.

Now that several governments have concluded that maintaining public health and safety requires the shuttering of businesses and a prohibition of most kinds of social interaction, we are facing much more than a public health emergency. Indeed, the rapidly cascading economic downturn in the U.S. (and many other countries) promises to affect everybody over the next few months.

As governments scramble to respond, private philanthropy, especially community foundations, are creating COVID-19 response funds to help the most vulnerable members of their communities weather the storm. Philanthropy cannot and will not replace government action, but it is well positioned to move quickly and compassionately to offer a helping hand to those in need.

Headshot_andrew_grabois_picAndrew Grabois is corporate philanthropy manager at Candid. A version of this post originally appeared on the Candid blog. For more information on philanthropy's response to the pandemic, visit Candid's Funding for Coronavirus (COVID-19) popup page.

Funders Respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 06, 2020

On the last day of 2019, China advised the World Health Organization that some people in the city of Wuhan (Hubei province) were infected with an unknown strain of viral pneumonia.  Those infected were traced back to the city's Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. On January 7, Chinese officials announced that they had identified a new virus belonging to the coronavirus family, which was dubbed novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Since then, the renamed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has killed more than 3,000 people, infected over 100,000 in at least 60 countries, and is present on every continent except Antarctica.

Candid has been closely tracking the global private philanthropic response to COVID-19 through news stories and other publicly available resources. Although the response to the virus has followed a familiar pattern, both in terms of funders and recipients, its scope has dwarfed funding for recent natural disasters in the United States and elsewhere. Since September 2017, Candid has identified pledges and donations for eight major hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires totaling more than $898 million; philanthropic funding announced in the last five weeks for COVID-19 alone has reached $980 million. [Ed. note: as of March 4, the figure had exceeded $1 billion.]

Fig.1.1 funding-for-recent-disasters

Obviously, epidemics and pandemics are not natural disasters, so if we want to compare funding for the COVID-19 response to a similar event, we have to go back to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. In that situation, Candid identified pledges and donations totaling more than $363 million over a period of six months, which is only a third of the COVID-19 response to date.

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Losing the Red Cross Would Be the Real Disaster

January 23, 2020

Red cross(Ed note: this post originally was published on PhilanTopic in November 2014 and is being republished as criticism of the Australian Red Cross for allegedly holding back donations for bushfire victims mounts.) 

As a disaster researcher and scholar of nonprofit management, I've followed the (well publicized) travails and (hardly publicized) successes of the American Red Cross over the years.

I've met its national staff at research conferences and local staff at state and county emergency management meetings, where I've served on the board of my local Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD). I participated with hundreds of other invited experts in the governance audit that resulted in the "American National Red Cross Governance Modernization Act of 2007." I’ve monitored the commentary after a ProPublica/National Public Radio exposé of the Red Cross appeared last week. And based on my observations, I have developed a healthy respect and sympathy for the Red Cross.

Bet you didn't see that coming.

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Notre-Dame de Paris: What Can Philanthropy Learn?

April 30, 2019

AP_France_Notre_Dame_FireLike most people who have lived or spent time in Paris, I experienced a deep sadness that quickly turned to tears, anger, and confusion as the news flashed across social media that the great cathedral of Notre-Dame was burning. The blow to French identity, and the sense of loss for all of us who hold Paris dear, was and is profound.

Within days, my despair had given way to faint hope as I read news stories detailing pledges of more than €900 million from some of France's wealthiest families toward the reconstruction of the cathedral. But that hope soon gave way to feelings of guilt. Just weeks ago, Cyclone Idai smashed into southeastern Africa, leaving more than a thousand people dead and thousands more missing in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. It was a disaster of epic proportions that went largely unreported in the Western media and generated little in the way of disaster recovery funding. While I felt frustration at the contrast between the philanthropic response to the two events, I probably wasn’t as angry as I should have been. The fact I felt conflicted about what philanthropy could and was willing to do to save Notre-Dame versus the enormous challenge of mitigating human suffering and building peaceful societies, not just in Africa but around the world, has been haunting me ever since. And the juxtaposition of the two responses underscores a complex societal problem.

People's engagement with issues tends to be driven by their values and passions. Giving is shaped by the many different and connected parts of human psychology, and Notre-Dame was a classic example of giving driven by emotion (and, in the case of certain French billionaires, a healthy dose of ego). The fire was a blow to a collective French identity rooted in a distant, romanticized past, and the immediate outpouring of support for restoring the cathedral to its former glory was a way to stand in solidarity with that past and make oneself feel good in the bargain.

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Employee Pressure Will Help Redefine CSR in 2019

January 23, 2019

GlobeThis past year marked a turning point in corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts, with an increase of activism among corporate leaders and more pressure from employees urging employers to step up their philanthropic efforts. Early in the year, a piece I wrote for Blackbaud's CSR 2020: Experts Look Ahead examined trends at the intersection of employee engagement and community impact. At the time, I predicted there would be an increase in private-sector activity focused on social issues, especially as related to disaster recovery and resiliency, as well as a rise in CEO activism. Given the events of the past twelve months, it is safe to say those predictions not only proved true but have gained momentum.

Corporations as Activists

Just last month, 3BL Media and GlobeScan released survey results indicating that eight of ten corporate leaders believe companies are obligated to speak out on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. They also predict that, inspired by the examples of Patagonia (environmental sustainability), Microsoft (diversity and inclusion), Chobani (immigration and refugee rights), and others, more than 60 percent of CEOs will increase their ESG advocacy over the next eighteen months.

Last year, Larry Fink, who serves as CEO of BlackRock, one of the world's largest investment management firms, outlined a new model for corporate governance in his annual letter to shareholders. In his letter, Fink emphasized BlackRock's commitment to considering both financial and social performance in all its investments. As 2019 gets under way, we've also seen the mainstream business press question, in pieces in the Financial Times and Fortune, the Milton Friedman doctrine that places the maximization of shareholder value above all else. Why? While core corporate values and building brand equity certainly are factors, the main benefits cited in these and other articles are employee-focused. Respondents to the 3BL Media/GlobeScan survey believe their organizations should be motivated by a desire to demonstrate a commitment beyond profit and, in a tightening labor market, do what they can to meet the expectations of employees, who have more options to take their skills elsewhere than they’ve had in a long time.

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What's New at Foundation Center Update (November and December)

December 18, 2018

FC_logoDoes anyone feel like the end of the year is the busiest time of all? Not only is everyone swamped, but with so much happening in the world and in philanthropy, there's hardly any time to prioritize reflection, learning, and empathy. Here at Foundation Center, we're scrambling to finish this year's projects while also planning some exciting things for 2019.

This is a long update, but I guarantee there's something useful in it for everyone!

Projects Launched

  • In partnership with the Early Childhood Funders’ Collaborative and Heising-Simons Foundation, we launched Funding for Early Childhood Care and Education, an interactive mapping tool that provides a valuable starting place for funders and practitioners interested in supporting the learning and development of young children across the country.
  • In partnership with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, we launched the fifth edition of Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy, as well as a revamped website with an updated dashboard. The new report includes a five-year (2012-2016) trends analysis, adding to the information available on disaster giving and enabling philanthropists, government agencies, and NGOs to better coordinate their efforts and make better decisions about support for effective disaster response and assistance. You can view all these resources at: disasterphilanthropy.foundationcenter.org.
  • We launched the Barr Foundation Knowledge Center, which features key learnings and work from the Barr Foundation and their partners aimed at maximizing impact in their issue areas and the field more generally. Powered by our IssueLab service, the collection includes publications and resources that are free to browse and download.
  • In partnership with Hispanics in Philanthropy and Seattle International Foundation, we released a new report, U.S. Foundation Funding for Latin America, 2014–2015. This two-year analysis updates seven years of collaborative research with a multiyear analysis designed to help civil society leaders identify long-term trends in the region and better target their resources. With additional analysis on Central America, the report was highlighted at the 2018 Central America Donors Forum in El Salvador.
  • We added a new feature on YouthGiving.org, Causes: Youth In Action! The new pages provide an in-depth look at how youth funders are approaching critical issues in the world today. And while there are lots of causes around which youth are energized, the new feature focuses on three to start — Environment, Immigration, and Mental Health — with each page showcasing current funding data, ways youth can get involved, and stories from youth highlighting their work to effect change.
  • We released new research in partnership with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation that maps the composition of and support for the complex ecosystem of nonprofit and philanthropic infrastructure organizations around the world.
  • We launched new dashboards on the Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy site, a nonpartisan data visualization platform for anyone interested in understanding philanthropy's role in funding U.S. democracy. With the new dashboards, the site now provides information on more than 57,000 grants awarded by over 6,000 funders totaling $5.1 billion across four major categories: campaigns and elections, civic participation, government strengthening, and media.

Content Published

Newsworthy Connections

  • In the wake of the midterm elections, we have seen a reinvigorated debate around the role of philanthropy in a democratic society. But what are funders actually doing to support democracy in the United States? At a time of increased scrutiny of foundations, our updated dashboards on Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy provide a measure of transparency and a partial answer to that question and complement the broader discussion about philanthropy's role in a democratic society. Learn more at democracy.foundationcenter.org.
  • Teleangé Thomas, director of Foundation Center Midwest, was tapped to moderate a televised interview with Anand Giridharadas, author of Winner Takes All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World at the City Club of Cleveland in October.

In the News

What We're Excited About

  • Shifting from presenting data to sharing insights. A great example is this blog post on PhilanTopic written by our own Anna Koob on the intersection of democracy funding and participatory grantmaking — both recent focuses of our work.
  • Our GrantCraft guide on participatory grantmaking guide has been downloaded more than 2,000 times since it was launched in October! We've also received a number of inquiries from funders interested in adopting the practice and are continuing to advance the conversation through blogs, conference sessions, and webinars.
  • If you haven't already, check out the series in PhilanTopic on current trends in philanthropy by Vice President of Research Larry McGill and our Knowledge Services colleagues Supriya Kumar and Anna Koob. The series touches on big picture trends as well as a few of our recent research projects.
  • Foundation Center has officially joined the United Philanthropy Forum, a network of more than seventy-five regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs). We’re excited about the exciting joint opportunities that lie ahead!
  • Foundation Center's annual Network Days conference for the center's Funding Information Network partners met the expectations of 93 percent of attendees and was attended by representatives of sixty-four of our partners, including a number from outside the U.S.

Services Spotlight

  • In October, we added 178,992 new grants to Foundation Maps, of which 4,665 were awarded to 2,269 organizations outside the United States. In November, we added 218,139 grants, of which 12,716 were awarded to 5,912 organizations outside the U.S.
  • Foundation Directory Online now includes more than 13 million grants. We've also made improvements to its search functionality and added more robust usage reports.
  • New data sharing partners: Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation; Boyd and Evelyn Mullen Charitable Foundation; Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation; C&A Foundation; Delta Air Lines Foundation; Fichtenbaum Charitable Foundation; New York Women's Foundation, Inc.; People's United Community Foundation, Inc.; People's United Community Foundation of Eastern Massachusetts, Inc.; Pohlad Family Foundation; and David And Claudia Reich Family Foundation. Tell your story through data so we can communicate philanthropy's contribution to making a better world — learn more about our eReporting program.
  • Thanks to a generous grant from Borealis Philanthropy, we added 97 eBooks to Foundation Center's collection, bringing the total number of eBooks available to the public to 179. Since mid-April, when the collection was first made available online, the most-viewed titles have been The Complete Book of Grant Writing: Learn to Write Grants Like a Professional and Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals. Check out our free eBooks today!

Data Spotlight

  • Since 2001, youth have made 101 grants totaling more than $475,000 in support of issues related to immigrants and refugees. YouthGiving.org's new cause page focused on immigration aims to help youth (and the adults who support them) to be more strategic in their work by highlighting quick facts and resources from organizations that work on these issues every day.
  • In terms of disaster assistance strategies, 42 percent of dollars awarded in 2016 supported response and relief efforts; 17 percent supported reconstruction and recovery efforts, with more than half of that awarded in support of efforts related to the Flint water crisis; 8 percent supported resilience measures; and 5 percent was allocated to disaster preparedness efforts. Learn more about these strategies and trends at disasterphilanthropy.foundationcenter.org.
  • Since 2011, Foundation Center has documented 57,000+ democracy-related grants. Of those, 11.5 percent totaling some $583 million were directed in support of campaigns, elections, and voting, including support for campaign finance reform, election administration, voter education, and voting access efforts.
  • Did you know funding for nonprofit infrastructure organizations averaged $70.4 million annually between 2004 and 2015? Learn more about the ecosystem of organizations working to support nonprofits, philanthropy, and civil society at infrastructure.foundationcenter.org.
  • Thirty-eight percent of the grant dollars awarded by U.S. foundations to Latin America went directly to recipient organizations in the region, while the rest was awarded to organizations located outside the region. Learn more about funding for Latin America here.
  • Youth have awarded more than $795,000 in support of the environment, including causes such as climate change, outdoor education, and animal welfare. Explore youthgiving.org/learn/causes/environment to learn more about why young people are taking action around the environment.
  • Since January 2018, Foundation Center has hosted more than 15,000 attendees at our in-person events at our five regional offices and registered nearly 30,000 folks for our online classes and self-paced e-learning courses. Check out our ongoing events calendar at GrantSpace. And browse our self-paced e-learning courses and other on-demand courses here.
  • Through our Ask Us chat service, Foundation Center staff have assisted with or answered more than 130,000 questions from the public on topics related to finding grants, fundraising, and nonprofit management.
  • Lastly, we completed custom data searches for the University of San Diego, Geneva Global, the Center for Evaluation Innovation, and the Educational Foundation of America.

If you found this update helpful, feel free to share it or shoot us an email! I'll be back next month with another update.

Jen Bokoff is director of stakeholder engagement at Foundation Center.

Most Popular PhilanTopic Posts (November 2018)

December 02, 2018

Devastating wildfires in California, a freak early season snowstorm in the Northeast, and a blue wave that flipped control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the Democrats' favor — November was at times harrowing and never less than surprising. Here on PhilanTopic, your favorite reads included new posts by John Mullaney, executive director of the Nord Family Foundation in Amherst, Ohio, and Jeanné L.L. Isler, vice president and chief engagement officer at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy; three posts by Larry McGill, vice president of knowledge services at Foundation Center, from our ongoing "Current Trends in Philanthropy" series; and oldies but goodies by Thaler Pekar and Gasby Brown, as well as a group-authored post by Nathalie Laidler-Kylander, May Samali, Bernard Simonin, and Nada Zohdy. Enjoy!

What have you read/watched/heard lately that got your attention, made you think, or charged you up? Feel free to share in the comments section below.

Interested in writing for PND or PhilanTopic? We'd love to hear from you. Send a few lines about your idea/article/post to mfn@foundationcenter.org.

Tracking California Wildfire Disaster Relief - 2018

November 13, 2018

Updated: December 5, 2018 - 4:30 AM ET

Exurban development, Santa Ana winds, and a decade-long drought driven by a warming climate — those are some of the factors that came together on November 8 in California to create some of the worst wildfires in the history of the state. As of December 2, the Camp Fire north of Sacramento had been 100 percent contained, but not before burning more than 153,000 acres, obliterating 17,000+ structures and most of the town of Paradise, and claiming the lives of 88 people (with 25 people still unaccounted for), making it the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. Farther to the south, in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, the Woolsey and Hill fires were also 100 percent contained, after having claimed the lives of three people and consuming 1,640 structures. According to catastrophe modeler RMS, insured losses from the wildfires are expected to range between $9 billion and $13 billion.

As we did with hurricanes Florence and Michael, Foundation Center will be tracking institutional pledges and commitments to wildfire relief and recovery efforts over the coming days and weeks. To make sure your company or organization's pledge have been included in the total, or for questions about methodology or sources, contact Andrew Grabois, manager of corporate philanthropy at Foundation Center.

Woolsey Fire

(Photo credit: Hans Gutknecht/Digital First Media/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)

TOTAL: $16,843,500

Organization Type (pledges and commitments)

Corporate Direct Giving/
Company-Sponsored Foundations
$12,120,000 41 orgs.
Private Foundations $0 0 orgs.
Public Charities $3,973,500 6 orgs.
Other $750,000 1 org.

Top Recipients (Total Received to Date)

1. Unknown Recipient(s) $4,760,000
2. American Red Cross
(national)
$2,965,000
3. Multiple Recipients $2,247,500
4. North Valley Community Foundation $1,835,000
5. Tri Counties Bank Camp Fire Fund $1,000,000
6. Wildfire Relief Fund (California Community Foundation) $645,000
7. United Way of Greater Los Angeles $500,000
8. 3Core, Inc. $500,000
9. Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation $385,000
10. Women Economic Ventures $250,000

Source: Foundation Center & Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Download the Data

Check out Philanthropy News Digest for the latest coverage of
the philanthropic response to the wildfires in California.

And for more data on philanthropic giving for disasters since 2011, check out
our Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy mapping platform.

Weekend Link Roundup (October 13-14, 2018)

October 14, 2018

105499618-4ED5-BL-HurricaneMichaelV2-101018.600x337A weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the social sector. For more links to great content, follow us on Twitter at @pndblog....

Climate Change

As the global climate continues to warm, there's a "material difference" between 1.5 degrees C of warming and 2 C degrees. Kelly Levin, a senior associate with the World Resources Institute's global climate program, looks at some of them. And Adele Peters, a staff writer at Fast Company, suggests that holding warming to the former, while difficult, might not be impossible.

According to a poll conducted by researchers from Yale, George Mason University, and Climate Nexus, a majority of voters in North Carolina post-Hurricane Florence are worried about climate change (60 percent) and think it's appropriate to talk about the issue when disaster strikes (55 percent). HuffPost's Jeremy Deaton reports.  

Disaster Relief

Hurricane Michael, one of the most powerful storms ever to strike the continental U.S., hammered the Florida Panhandle before carving a path of destruction across Georgia and North Carolina. We're tracking institutional pledges and commitments to relief and recovery efforts here. And Fast Company has put together a list of fifteen things you can do to help the storm's victims.

Education

On her Answer Sheet blog, Kevin Welner, a co-director of the Schools of Opportunity project and director of the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado, and Linda Molner Kelley, a co-director of Schools of Opportunity and director for outreach and engagement at the University of Colorado, look at how William C. Hinckley High School in Aurora, Colorado, used a restorative justice approach to change its culture.

Giving

As we head into the holiday season, families and friends should think about allocating some of the money they planned to spend on gifts to a commonly determined cause, writes philanthropy consultant Bill DeBoskey. "Imagine the result," adds DeBoskey, "if each of us pledged to donate to a worthy cause just 10 percent of what we would otherwise spend on holiday gifts, food and candy."

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Tracking Hurricane Michael Disaster Relief

October 12, 2018

Updated: November 16, 2018 - 3:00 PM ET

Hurricane Michael first showed up in early October as a low-pressure area in the western Caribbean. After meandering for a few days, it began to organize itself and then intensified rapidly as it moved past Cuba into the Gulf of Mexico, becoming a tropical depression on October 7 and a Category 1 hurricane just twenty-four hours later. By Tuesday, October 9, it had strengthened into a Cat 3 with winds of more than 120 mph, and by the time it smashed into the Florida Panhandle near Mexico Beach on Wednesday, October 10, it was a Cat 4 with sustained winds of 155 mph.

For many, the unprecedented nature of the storm — the most intense tropical cyclone to strike the U.S. since Andrew in 1992, the third most intense storm in terms of barometric pressure ever to make landfall in the U.S., and the strongest hurricane to strike the Florida Panhandle on record — was disturbing, its rapid intensification and the path of destruction it carved across four states cause for alarm, coming as it did just days after the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report warning of dire consequences if greenhouse gas emissions are not cut dramatically over the next decade. As of October 30, the death toll had risen to forty-five, including thirty-five people in Florida, and estimates of the damage were holding steady at between $8 billion and $30 billion.

As we did with Florence, Foundation Center will be tracking institutional pledges and commitments for relief and recovery efforts here on PhilanTopic. To make sure your company or organization's pledge have been included in the total, or for questions about methodology or sources, please contact Andrew Grabois, manager of corporate philanthropy at Foundation Center.

Mexico Beach destruction

(Photo credit: Reuters)

TOTAL: $35,780,272

Organization Type (pledges and commitments)

Corporate Direct Giving/
Company-Sponsored Foundations
$25,280,272 59 orgs.
Private Foundations $500,000 2 org.
Public Charities $10,000,000 9 orgs.

Top Recipients (Total Received to Date)

1. Unknown Recipient(s) $14,800,000
2. American Red Cross
(national)
$7,947,272
3. Multiple recipients $7,200,000
4. Florida Disaster Fund $2,850,000
5. Volunteer Florida $500,000
6. United Way Worldwide $375,000
7. Team Rubicon $325,000
8. Salvation Army $275,000
9. Samaritan's Purse $250,000
10. Center for Disaster Philanthropy $250,000

Source: Foundation Center & Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Download the Data

Check out Philanthropy News Digest for the latest coverage of
the philanthropic response to Hurricane Michael.

And for more data on philanthropic giving for disasters since 2011, check out
our Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy mapping platform.

Weekend Link Roundup (September 29-30, 2018)

September 30, 2018

KavanaughAndBlaseyFordA weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the social sector. For more links to great content, follow us on Twitter at @pndblog....

Corporate Social Responsibility

As we've seen after other natural disasters recently, U.S. corporations and companies are stepping up to help the folks in the Carolinas who've been affected by flooding caused by Hurricane Florence. On a related note, Business Insider's Chelsea Greenwood has compiled a list of the ten companies that gave the most to charity in 2017.

The Forbes Business Development Council shares some good advice for small business looking to be charitable. 

Economy

Sso-called gig work promises a measure of flexiblity and independence that traditional jobs don't. But the pay is lousy, and people are starting to figure that out. A new report from the JPMorgan Chase Institute offers three sobering conclusions about the gig economy. Christopher Rugaber reports for the AP.

Health

How can we reverse the obesity epidemic? Washington Post contributor Tamar Haspel shares six commonsense suggestions.

International Affairs/Development

The world has made excellent progress in reducing poverty over the last twenty-five years, write Bill and Melinda Gates in an opinion piece for the New York Times. But thanks to "the unfortunate intersection of two demographic trends," that progress could stall, or even be reversed, if appropriate action is not taken.

Nonprofits

In Forbes, Ben Paynter shares findings from a new report issued by Fidelity Charitable which suggest that nonprofits should be doing more to court entrepreneurs as donors.

On the Guidestar blog, Becca Bennett and Jordan Ritchie offer some guidelines designed to help nonprofits get the most from their boards.

It's a crazy world we live in, and sometimes the best way to respond to it is to give ourselves a break. Social Velocity's Nell Edgington explains why it's important and what you can do to defeat that voice in your head which keeps whispering, "Don't even think about."

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Weekend Link Roundup (September 22-23, 2018)

September 23, 2018

Grassley_feinsteinA weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the social sector. For more links to great content, follow us on Twitter at @pndblog....

Communications/Marketing

"Anyone with a desire to manipulate opinions...knows that our digital dependencies make it easier than ever to do so through supposedly trustworthy institutions," writes Lucy Bernholz on her Philanthropy 2173 blog. What does that mean for nonprofits? "If your communications strategy still assumes that 'hey, they'll trust us — we're a nonprofit' or 'hey, this is what the data say,' " then it's time for your organization to "reconsider both what you say, how you say it, how you protect what you say, and your expectations and responses to how what you say gets heard and gets used."

Democracy/Public Affairs

In a new post on its website, the Community Foundation Boulder County looks at the work of Common Cause to ensure an accurate, representative census count in 2020.

On the Glasspockets blog, Janet Camarena, director of transparency initiatives at Foundation Center, chats with Jennifer Humke, senior program officer for journalism and media at the John D. and Catherine T.  MacArthur Foundation, about how foundation support for participatory media can strengthen American democracy.

Disaster Relief

Roughly 70 percent of the money and resources donated after a disaster like Herricane Florence goes to immediate response efforts, but recovery from such a disaster requires long-term investment. (Just as the folks in Puerto Rico.) Is there a better way to do disaster relief? asks Eillie Anzilotti in Fast Company. And while you're at it, check out our Hurricane Florence dashboard, which is tracking the private institutional response to the storm.

International Affairs/Development

The latest edition of the Commitment to Development Index, which ranks twenty-seven of the world's richest countries by how well their policies help improve lives in the developing world, has Sweden edging out Denmark (which led the index last year) as the top performer. The Center for Global Development has the details

In his latest, Nonprofit Chronicles blogger Marc Gunther piggybacks on ongoing assessments of a Catholic Relief Services direct-cash-transfer program in Rwanda to remind people that scale does not always equal impact.

In advance of this year's meeting of the UN General Assembly, the Rockefeller Foundation is asking folks to weigh in on what they think is the most solvable of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

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A Conversation With Dee Baecher-Brown, President, Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands

September 18, 2018

Scenes of catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Florence are a painful reminder of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, one of the deadliest and most destructive on record. After an earlier-than-usual start, the season took a turn for the worst in August when Harvey became the first major hurricane since 2005 to make landfall in the U.S., submerging large swaths of the Houston metro area and southeastern Texas. Then, in September, Irma became the first Category 5 hurricane to impact the northern Leeward Islands, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Barbuda, which was flattened, before making landfall in the Florida keys with sustained winds of 130 mph. A few weeks later, Maria became the first Category 5 hurricane on record to strike the island of Dominica, causing catastrophic damage there, before striking Puerto Rico and leaving that U.S. territory a shambles.

Recently, PND spoke with Dee Baecher-Brown, president of the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, about the progress made in the year since Irma and Maria pummeled the islands and what donors in a disaster situation can do to balance the urgency of immediate needs with longer-term recovery goals and objectives. A full accounting of the donors who stepped up to help the Virgin Islands in the wake of the hurricanes will be included in CFVI's year-end report.

Headshot_dee_beacher-brownPhilanthropy News Digest: It's been a year since Hurricanes Irma and Maria pummeled the Virgin Islands. Now we’re watching as Florence, another powerful Atlantic hurricane, brings catastrophic flooding to the Carolinas. What are your thoughts as you watch footage of the destruction and displacement caused by Florence?

Dee Baecher-Brown: My first thought is concern. Many of our friends and family are in harm's way, and we're hoping for the best. We don't want anyone to have to experience what the Virgin Islands experienced with Irma and Maria. As the extent of the damage caused by the storm becomes clearer, we just want the folks in the Carolinas to know that we are there for them, because we know firsthand what a difference the outpouring of concern and support in the days immediately following those storms meant to us.

PND: Take us back to weeks just before Irma and Maria hit the Virgin Islands. Was your community as prepared as it could have been?

DBB: You know, that's something we've discussed many times over the course of the last twelve months. Obviously, two category 5 storms in a two-week period was unprecedented, and even though we got a little tired of that word, it does capture something people sometimes forget — namely, that it's hard to prepare for something that hasn't happened before. And the fact that we are small, fairly remote islands in the Caribbean didn't help matters.

That said, I felt CFVI was as prepared as we could have been. We had spent the last twenty-five years supporting the thoughtful, gradual growth of our community, and in terms of our own capacity we had arrived at a point where we had solid financial systems in place and were working with an amazing network of community organizations — organizations that, in my opinion, were key to our being able to help after the storms hit. In September, for example, just days after Maria hit, we were already making grants to our partners, and we were able to do that because we knew who was out there, we knew the kind of work they would be doing, and we knew they needed our support. So, yes, I felt we were as ready as we could be for something that had never happened before.

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Tracking Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief

September 15, 2018

Updated: December 5, 2018 - 4:30 PM ET

After churning across the mid-Atlantic as a major Category 3/4 hurricane, Florence weakened as it neared the U.S. mainland, finally making landfall early Friday morning as a Cat 1, with sustained winds of 100 mph, near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. With a storm surge of more then ten feet reported in some areas of the state, the still-powerful, slow-moving storm was expected to drop biblical amounts of rain and cause extensive flooding across the Carolinas over the weekend. As of Saturday afternoon, Bloomberg was reporting that the storm had already dropped two feet of rain across southeastern North Carolina, "submerging cities...and threatening the large and environmentally precarious hog industry," while knocking out power for hundreds of thousands of people in both North and South Carolina. As of early October, the death toll from the storm had risen to fifty-one.

Foundation Center and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy will be tracking the private institutional response to Florence over the coming days and will post updated totals, dashboard style, here on PhilanTopic. To make sure your company or organization's pledge has been included in the total, or for questions about methodology or sources, please contact Andrew Grabois, manager of corporate philanthropy at Foundation Center.

Florence-from-space

(Photo credit: Reuters)

TOTAL: $59,172,000

Organization Type (pledges and commitments)

Corporate Direct Giving/
Company-Sponsored Foundations
$41,266,000 79 orgs.
Private Foundations $12,515,000 6 orgs.
Public Charities $5,391,000 9 orgs.

Top Recipients (Total Received to Date)

1. Unknown Recipient(s) $18,976,000
2. American Red Cross (national) $10,650,000
3. Hurricane Florence Response Fund
(Foundation for the Carolinas)
$5,100,000
4. WE Care Fund
(Wells Fargo employee assistance fund)
$3,000,000
5. Delivering Good $3,000,000
6. United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) $2,000,000
7. North Carolina Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund $1,440,000
8. Feeding the Carolinas $1,000,000
9. Good360 $1,000,000
10. United Way Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund $625,000

Source: Foundation Center & Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Download the Data

Check out Philanthropy News Digest for the latest coverage of
the philanthropic response to Hurricane Florence.

And for more data on philanthropic giving for disasters since 2011, check out
our Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy mapping platform.

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