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

Allan & Gill Gray Philanthropy

South Africa
Non-US Foundation

AVSI

Italy
Non-US Foundation

Ethelon

Greece
Non-US Foundation

Fondo Accion Solidaria

BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR Mexico
Non-US Foundation

Forum For Civic Initiatives

Serbia
Non-US Foundation

Fundación AVINA

Panama
Non-US Foundation

Fundación FUNPSIAN

Ecuador
Non-US Foundation

Fundação Vasco Vieira de Almeida

Portugal
Non-US Foundation

Giving for the Earth

Myanmar
Non-US Foundation

Giving Women

Switzerland
Non-US Foundation

Grundos Foundation

Denmark
Non-US Foundation

Huamin Charity Foundation

China
Non-US Foundation

Indonesia Philanthropy Association

Indonesia
Non-US Foundation

Jericho Foundation

Congo
Non-US Foundation

Jumuiya Women Fund

Kenya
Non-US Foundation

Laudes Foundation

Switzerland
Non-US Foundation

Makutano ya Wajasiriamali

Tanzania, United Republic of
Non-US Foundation

Manan Trust

Hong Kong
Non-US Foundation

Mother Society

India
Non-US Foundation

Oak Foundation

NC United States
Non-US Foundation

Oriental Holy land Foundation

China
Non-US Foundation

Philanthropy Circuit

Nigeria
Non-US Foundation

Place2Give Foundation

AB Canada
Non-US Foundation

Roger Federer Foundation

Switzerland
Non-US Foundation

Sabanci Foundation

Turkey
Non-US Foundation

Salève Foundation

Switzerland
Non-US Foundation

Save The Future Foundation

Tanzania, United Republic of
Non-US Foundation

Social Venture Partners Melbourne

Australia
Non-US Foundation

Srijan Ek Soch

India
Non-US Foundation

Stalwart Communities Africa

Nigeria
Non-US Foundation

Studyhall Educational Foundation

India
Non-US Foundation

Temblores ONG

Colombia
Non-US Foundation

ThankYou

Australia
Non-US Foundation

The Imperial Foundation

India
Non-US Foundation

TrustAfrica

DC United States
Non-US Foundation

VOC Rural Development Centre

India
Non-US Foundation

Yayasan Hasanah

Malaysia
Non-US Foundation