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.

Community Foundations | Corporate Foundations | International Foundations

Private Foundations | Public Grantmaking Charities

Allergan Foundation

CA United States
Corporate - Foundation

Amalgamated Foundation

DC United States
Corporate - Foundation

Ameriprise Financial

MN United States
Corporate - Giving Program

AmerisourceBergen Foundation

PA United States
Corporate - Foundation

Atlassian Foundation

CA United States
Corporate - Giving Program

BLBB Charitable

DE United States
Corporate - Giving Program

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation

MN United States
Corporate - Foundation

Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, Inc.

ID United States
Corporate - Foundation

Bosch Community Fund

MI United States
Corporate - Giving Program

Burger King McLamore Foundation

FL United States
Corporate - Foundation

BusinessSolver Foundation

IA United States
Corporate - Foundation

ChildTrust Foundation

NC United States
Corporate - Foundation

Data For Good Fund

CA United States
Corporate - Giving Program

Delta Dental Community Care Foundation

CA United States
Corporate - Foundation

Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation

CO United States
Corporate - Giving Program

eBay Foundation

CA United States
Corporate - Foundation

Fondation CHANEL

NY United States
Corporate - Foundation

Gap Foundation

CA United States
Corporate - Giving Program

Genentech Foundation

CA United States
Corporate - Foundation

Humana Foundation

KY United States
Corporate - Foundation

Levi Strauss Foundation

CA United States
Corporate - Foundation

National Life Group Charitable Foundation

VT United States
Corporate - Foundation

Newman's Own Foundation

CT United States
Corporate - Foundation

PagerDuty.org

CA United States
Corporate - Giving Program

Portland General Electric Foundation

OR United States
Corporate - Giving Program

T. Rowe Price Associates Foundation, Inc.

MD United States
Corporate - Foundation

Texas Instruments Foundation

TX United States
Corporate - Foundation

Tiffany & Co. Foundation

NY United States
Corporate - Foundation

UBS Optimus Foundation

Switzerland
Corporate - Giving Program

Wells Fargo Regional Foundation

PA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis

TN United States
Corporate - Foundation