A Call to Action: Philanthropy's Commitment During COVID-19

Join the 785 Organizations who have Signed the Pledge!

Take the pledge!The rapid spread of COVID-19 has created a global health and economic crisis that is testing every one of us. We know that the shocks of this “new normal” are severe and unanticipated for our sector and grantee partners.

As leaders in philanthropy, we recognize the critical need to act with fierce urgency to support our nonprofit partners as well as the people and communities hit hardest by the impacts of COVID-19.

We invite funders and other leaders in the philanthropic sector to join us in making these commitments and collectively holding ourselves accountable to them by signing this pledge of action.  


Our Pledge

Over the days, weeks, and months ahead, each of our foundations pledges to: 

  • Loosen or eliminate the restrictions on current grants. This can include: converting project-based grants to unrestricted support; accelerating payment schedules; and not holding grantees responsible if conferences, events, and other project deliverables must be postponed or canceled. 
  • Make new grants as unrestricted as possible, so nonprofit partners have maximum flexibility to respond to this crisis. We will also support organizations created and led by the communities most affected that we may not fund currently.
  • Reduce what we ask of our nonprofit partners, postponing reporting requirements, site visits, and other demands on their time during this challenging period.
  • Contribute to community-based emergency response funds and other efforts to address the health and economic impact on those most affected by this pandemic.
  • Communicate proactively and regularly about our decision-making and response to provide helpful information while not asking more of grantee partners. 
  • Commit to listening to our partners and especially to those communities least heard, lifting up their voices and experiences to inform public discourse and our own decision-making so we can act on their feedback. We recognize that the best solutions to the manifold crises caused by COVID-19 are not found within foundations. 
  • Support, as appropriate, grantee partners advocating for important public policy changes to fight the pandemic and deliver an equitable and just emergency response for all. This may include its economic impact on workers, such as expanded paid sick leave; increasing civic participation; access to affordable health care; and expanded income and rental assistance. It should also include lending our voices to calls to action led by grantee partners, at their direction and request.
  • Learn from these emergency practices and share what they teach us about effective partnership and philanthropic support, so we may consider adjusting our practices more fundamentally in the future, in more stable times, based on all we learn.

Take the Pledge

We encourage other foundations and philanthropic organizations to join us in making these commitments and holding ourselves accountable to them by signing this pledge of action.

COVID-19’s impacts are reaching every corner of the world. We must stand together. By acting together to provide flexibility to our grantee partners, we believe we can help them move their essential work forward powerfully and confidently in this critical moment.

Sign On Now


Signatories

Please note: The Council on Foundations does not provide fundraising advice or connections for nonprofits to grantmakers. We therefore can not help nonprofits engage with signatories of our Pledge who are responding to COVID-19 with commitments of flexibility, communications, support for advocacy, and direct support for communities in response to this crisis.

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Albuquerque Community Foundation

NM United States
Community Foundation

American Muslim Community Foundation

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Anaheim Community Foundation

CA United States
Community Foundation

Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

MI United States
Community Foundation

Arizona Community Foundation

AZ United States
Community Foundation

Armstrong County Community Foundation

PA United States
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Barry Community Foundation

MI United States
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Billings Community Foundation

MT United States
Community Foundation

Black Belt Community Foundation

AL United States
Community Foundation

Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation

MN United States
Community Foundation

Brandywine Health Foundation

PA United States
Community Foundation

Brooklyn Community Foundation

NY United States
Community Foundation

Brown County Community Foundation, Inc.

IN United States
Community Foundation

Cape Cod Foundation

MA United States
Community Foundation

Central Alabama Community Foundation, Inc.

AL United States
Community Foundation

Central Kentucky Community Foundation

KY United States
Community Foundation

Central Minnesota Community Foundation

MN United States
Community Foundation

Central New York Community Foundation, Inc.

NY United States
Community Foundation

Central Susquehanna Community Foundation

PA United States
Community Foundation

Charlotte Community Foundation

FL United States
Community Foundation

Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

VA United States
Community Foundation

Chester County Community Foundation

PA United States
Community Foundation

Clemmons Community Foundation

NC United States
Community Foundation

Coastal Community Foundation

CA United States
Community Foundation

Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina

SC United States
Community Foundation

Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, Inc.

OK United States
Community Foundation

Community First Foundation

CO United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond

VA United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

NY United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation for Monterey County

CA United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation For Palm Beach & Martin Counties

FL United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation for San Benito County

CA United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation for South Central New York, Inc.

NY United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation for the Alleghenies

PA United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc.

WI United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region

NY United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln

IL United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley

WV United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Burke County

NC United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Chippewa County, Inc. (WI)

WI United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Cleveland and Bradley County

TN United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Collier County

FL United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of East Central Illinois

IL United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

CT United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Inc.

TN United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

IA United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

IA United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Greater Flint

MI United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Inc.

NC United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

CT United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Greene County, PA

PA United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Grundy County

IL United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties

NY United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Jackson Hole

WY United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Louisville

KY United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Marquette County

MI United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County, Inc.

IN United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of North Central Washington

WA United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin

WI United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa

IA United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan

NY United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Sarasota County

FL United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of South Alabama

AL United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of South Lake County

FL United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of South Puget Sound (WA)

WA United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico

NM United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge

VA United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

IL United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley

CO United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area

MI United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley

VA United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of the Ozarks

MO United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands

VI United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Tompkins County, Inc.

NY United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Utah

UT United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of West Kentucky

KY United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

MA United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation Santa Cruz County

CA United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundation Sonoma County

CA United States
Community Foundation

Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley

NY United States
Community Foundation

CommunityGiving

MN United States
Community Foundation

Crown Point Community Foundation

IN United States
Community Foundation

Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.

NC United States
Community Foundation

Dallas Foundation

TX United States
Community Foundation

Davie Community Foundation, Inc.

NC United States
Community Foundation

DeKalb County Community Foundation (IL)

IL United States
Community Foundation

Derby Community Foundation

KS United States
Community Foundation

Douglas County Community Foundation (CO)

CO United States
Community Foundation

Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation

MN United States
Community Foundation

DuPage Foundation

IL United States
Community Foundation

East Bay Community Foundation

CA United States
Community Foundation

East Tennessee Foundation

TN United States
Community Foundation

East Texas Communities Foundation

TX United States
Community Foundation

Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation

WV United States
Community Foundation

Eau Claire Community Foundation

WI United States
Community Foundation

Eden Prairie Community Foundation

MN United States
Community Foundation

El Paso Community Foundation

TX United States
Community Foundation

Essex County Community Foundation

MA United States
Community Foundation

Evanston Community Foundation

IL United States
Community Foundation

First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania

PA United States
Community Foundation

Freeport Community Foundation

IL United States
Community Foundation

Fremont Area Community Foundation (MI)

MI United States
Community Foundation

Golden Belt Community Foundation

KS United States
Community Foundation

Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, Inc.

MI United States
Community Foundation

Grand Rapids Community Foundation (MI)

MI United States
Community Foundation

Grays Harbor Community Foundation

WA United States
Community Foundation

Greater Gig Harbor Foundation

WA United States
Community Foundation

Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, Inc.

WI United States
Community Foundation

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

MO United States
Community Foundation

Greater Manhattan Community Foundation

KS United States
Community Foundation

Greater Tacoma Community Foundation

WA United States
Community Foundation

Greater Toledo Community Foundation

OH United States
Community Foundation

Greater Worcester Community Foundation

MA United States
Community Foundation

Gulf Coast Community Foundation (FL)

FL United States
Community Foundation

High Desert Community Foundation

CA United States
Community Foundation

Hillsdale County Community Foundation

MI United States
Community Foundation

Hudson Community Foundation

OH United States
Community Foundation

Humboldt Area Foundation

CA United States
Community Foundation

Hutchinson Community Foundation

KS United States
Community Foundation

InFaith Community Foundation

MN United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Initiative Foundation

MN United States
Community Foundation

Inland Empire Community Foundation

CA United States
Community Foundation

Innovia Foundation

WA United States
Community Foundation

International Community Foundation

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Jackson Community Foundation

MI United States
Community Foundation

Kalamazoo Community Foundation

MI United States
Community Foundation

Kenosha Community Foundation

WI United States
Community Foundation

Knox County Foundation

OH United States
Community Foundation

Korean American Community Foundation

NY United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Lancaster County Community Foundation

PA United States
Community Foundation

Lander Community Foundation

WY United States
Community Foundation

Latino Community Foundation

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

League of California Community Foundations

CA United States
Nonprofit Philanthropy Serving Organization

Legacy Foundation, Inc.

IN United States
Community Foundation

Lehigh Valley Community Foundation

PA United States
Community Foundation

Lenawee Community Foundation

MI United States
Community Foundation

Lincoln Community Foundation, Inc. (NE)

NE United States
Community Foundation

Los Alamos Community Foundation

NM United States
Community Foundation

Luzerne Foundation

PA United States
Community Foundation

M & M Area Community Foundation

MI United States
Community Foundation

Main Street Community Foundation

CT United States
Community Foundation

Maine Community Foundation

ME United States
Community Foundation

Marion Community Foundation

OH United States
Community Foundation

Marshall County Community Foundation, Inc. (IN)

IN United States
Community Foundation

Marshfield Area Community Foundation

WI United States
Community Foundation

McPherson County Community Foundation

KS United States
Community Foundation

Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Inc.

MD United States
Community Foundation

Middletown Community Foundation

OH United States
Community Foundation

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

NH United States
Community Foundation

Nicholas County Community Foundation

WV United States
Community Foundation

North Carolina Community Foundation, Inc

NC United States
Community Foundation

North Georgia Community Foundation

GA United States
Community Foundation

Northern New Jersey Community Foundation

NJ United States
Community Foundation

Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation

CT United States
Community Foundation

Ocean Reef Community Foundation

FL United States
Community Foundation

Okoboji Foundation

IA United States
Community Foundation

Oregon Community Foundation

OR United States
Community Foundation

Oshkosh Area Community Foundation

WI United States
Community Foundation

Otsego County Community Foundation

MI United States
Community Foundation

Outer Banks Community Foundation

NC United States
Community Foundation

Palm Healthcare Foundation

FL United States
Community Foundation

Park City Community Foundation

UT United States
Community Foundation

Parkersburg Area Community Foundation

WV United States
Community Foundation

Paso Del Norte Community Foundation

TX United States
Community Foundation

Phelps County Community Foundation

NE United States
Community Foundation

Pikes Peak Community Foundation

CO United States
Community Foundation

Princeton Area Community Foundation

NJ United States
Community Foundation

Puerto Rico Community Foundation, Inc.

PR United States
Community Foundation

Quad Cities Community Foundation

IA United States
Community Foundation

Racine Community Foundation, Inc.

WI United States
Community Foundation

Rancho Santa Fe Foundation

CA United States
Community Foundation

River Counties Community Foundation

VA United States
Community Foundation

Rockland Community Foundation

NY United States
Community Foundation

Rose Community Foundation

CO United States
Community Foundation

Rural India Supporting Trust

NY United States
Community Foundation

Sacramento Region Community Foundation

CA United States
Community Foundation

San Angelo Area Foundation

TX United States
Community Foundation

Santa Barbara Foundation

CA United States
Community Foundation

Santa Fe Community Foundation

NM United States
Community Foundation

Schuylkill Area Community Foundation

PA United States
Community Foundation

Scranton Area Community Foundation, Inc.

PA United States
Community Foundation

Seattle Foundation

WA United States
Community Foundation

Shiawassee Community Foundation

MI United States
Community Foundation

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

CA United States
Community Foundation

Solano Community Foundation

CA United States
Community Foundation

Southwest Florida Community Foundation, Inc.

FL United States
Community Foundation

Spartanburg County Foundation

SC United States
Community Foundation

Spur Community Foundation

ID United States
Community Foundation

St. Croix Valley Foundation

WI United States
Community Foundation

St. Louis Community Foundation

MO United States
Community Foundation

Starved Rock Country Community Foundation

IL United States
Community Foundation

Taos Community Foundation, Inc.

NM United States
Community Foundation

Tempe Community Council

AZ United States
Community Foundation

The Athens County Foundation

OH United States
Community Foundation

The Boston Foundation

MA United States
Community Foundation

The Cobb Community Foundation

GA United States
Community Foundation

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

CT United States
Community Foundation

The Community Foundation For Northeast Florida, Inc.

FL United States
Community Foundation

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

VA United States
Community Foundation

The Community Foundation Martin-St. Lucie

FL United States
Community Foundation

The Community Foundation of Dickinson County, Inc.

KS United States
Community Foundation

The Community Foundation of Macon County

IL United States
Community Foundation

The Community Foundation of Mendocino County

CA United States
Community Foundation

The Community Foundation of NC East, Inc.

NC United States
Community Foundation

The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County

CA United States
Community Foundation

The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County

CO United States
Community Foundation

The Dayton Foundation

OH United States
Community Foundation

The Denver Foundation

CO United States
Community Foundation

The Foundation for Delaware County

PA United States
Community Foundation

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities

PA United States
Community Foundation

The Miami Foundation

FL United States
Community Foundation

The Minneapolis Foundation

MN United States
Community Foundation

The Pittsburgh Foundation

PA United States
Community Foundation

The San Diego Foundation

CA United States
Community Foundation

The San Francisco Foundation

CA United States
Community Foundation

The Winston-Salem Foundation

NC United States
Community Foundation

Triangle Community Foundation

NC United States
Community Foundation

Tulsa Community Foundation

OK United States
Community Foundation

United Way of Greater Greensboro

NC United States
Community Foundation

Unity Foundation of La Porte County, Inc.

IN United States
Community Foundation

Valley Community Foundation

CT United States
Community Foundation

Vermont Community Foundation

VT United States
Community Foundation

Waccamaw Community Foundation

SC United States
Community Foundation

Warren County Philanthropic Partnership

IA United States
Community Foundation

Wayne County, Indiana Foundation, Inc.

IN United States
Community Foundation

West Central Initiative

MN United States
Community Foundation

West Marin Fund

CA United States
Community Foundation

Western Kansas Community Foundation

KS United States
Community Foundation

Whatcom Community Foundation

WA United States
Community Foundation

Whitefish Community Foundation

MT United States
Community Foundation

Wichita Community Foundation (KS)

KS United States
Community Foundation

Williamsburg Community Foundation

VA United States
Community Foundation

Winona Community Foundation

MN United States
Community Foundation

Yakima Valley Community Foundation

WA United States
Community Foundation

York County Community Foundation

PA United States
Community Foundation