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

Join the 778 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

Agua Fund, Inc.

DC United States
Private - Family Foundation

AJL Charitable Foundation

CO United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Inc.

FL United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Allen Hilles Fund

PA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Altman Foundation

NY United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Animal Assistance Foundation

CO United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Anna B. Stearns Foundation

MA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Annenberg Foundation

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Arca Foundation

DC United States
Private - Family Foundation

Bamford Foundation

WA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Barr Foundation

MA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Bauman Family Foundation

DC United States
Private - Family Foundation

Blue Chip Foundation

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

CO United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Brainerd Foundation

WA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

NC United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Burton D. Morgan Foundation

OH United States
Private - Independent Foundation

C.S. Fund

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Carolyn Foundation

MN United States
Private - Family Foundation

Castellano Family Foundation

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Cedarmere Foundation

WA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Ceres Trust

IL United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Chandler Foundation

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

OK United States
Private - Family Foundation

Charles and Margery Barancik Family Foundation

FL United States
Private - Family Foundation

Chicago Beyond

IL United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Chintu Gudiya Foundation

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

ClimateWorks Foundation

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

College Futures Foundation

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Con Alma Health Foundation, Inc.

NM United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation

HI United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Couch Family Foundation

NH United States
Private - Family Foundation

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Cricket Island Foundation

NY United States
Private - Family Foundation

Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Doris & Victor Day Foundation, Inc.

IL United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

NY United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation

NY United States
Private - Family Foundation

Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Durfee Foundation

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Dyson Foundation

NY United States
Private - Family Foundation

Earl B. & Loraine H. Miller Foundation

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Edward W. Hazen Foundation

NY United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Eisner Foundation, Inc.

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Ellen & Ronald Block Family Foundation

FL United States
Private - Family Foundation

Elmina B. Sewall Foundation

ME United States
Private - Family Foundation

Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

DC United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Eustace-Kwan Family Foundation

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Firetree Trust

WA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Flinn Foundation

AZ United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Flint Family Foundation

OK United States
Private - Family Foundation

Flora Family Foundation

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

FMH Foundation

TX United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Ford Foundation

NY United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Fordham Street Foundation

NY United States
Private - Family Foundation

Foundation For A Healthy St. Petersburg

FL United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Foundation For A Just Society

NY United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Foundations of East Chicago, Inc.

IN United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Fresh Sound Foundation

MA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Friedman Family Foundation

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Fund For Democratic Communities

NC United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Garcia Family Foundation

AZ United States
Private - Family Foundation

Garfield Foundation

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

IL United States
Private - Family Foundation

General Service Foundation

CO United States
Private - Family Foundation

George Gund Foundation

OH United States
Private - Family Foundation

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

NJ United States
Private - Independent Foundation

GHR Foundation

MN United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Goldhirsh Foundation, Inc.

CT United States
Private - Family Foundation

Gray Family Foundation

OR United States
Private - Family Foundation

Greater Rochester Health Foundation

NY United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Green Family Foundation

FL United States
Private - Family Foundation

Growald Family Fund

VT United States
Private - Family Foundation

Harbourton Foundation

OR United States
Private - Family Foundation

Harold K.L. Castle Foundation

HI United States
Private - Family Foundation

Harris & Eliza Kempner Fund

TX United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Healthcare Foundation of La Porte

IN United States
Private - Health Conversion

Hellman Foundation

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Henry Luce Foundation

NY United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Hidden Leaf Foundation

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Hill-Snowdon Foundation

DC United States
Private - Family Foundation

Homer A. & Mildred S. Scott Foundation

WY United States
Private - Family Foundation

Howard & Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation

DC United States
Private - Family Foundation

Howard Gilman Foundation

NY United States
Private - Independent Foundation

HRK Foundation

MN United States
Private - Family Foundation

Hull Family Foundation

IL United States
Private - Family Foundation

Hyde Family Foundations

TN United States
Private - Family Foundation

Italian Community Services

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

J. J. Keller Foundation, Inc.

WI United States
Private - Family Foundation

J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation

MD United States
Private - Family Foundation

Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation

NY United States
Private - Independent Foundation

James Graham Brown Foundation, Inc.

KY United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation

MN United States
Private - Family Foundation

Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation

NJ United States
Private - Family Foundation

Jerome Foundation, Inc.

MN United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Jessie Ball duPont Fund

FL United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, Inc.

NY United States
Private - Independent Foundation

John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

IL United States
Private - Independent Foundation

John Merck Fund

MA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Johnson Charitable Trust

OR United States
Private - Family Foundation

Johnson Family Foundation

NY United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Joseph Drown Foundation

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Joseph Leroy & Ann C. Warner Fund, Inc

NY United States
Private - Family Foundation

Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Julie F. and Peter D. Cummings Foundation

MI United States
Private - Family Foundation

Kalliopeia Foundation

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Kirksey Family Foundation

TX United States
Private - Family Foundation

Kolibri Foundation

NY United States
Private - Family Foundation

Krupp Family Foundation

MA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Laird Norton Family Foundation

WA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Laughing Gull Foundation

NC United States
Private - Family Foundation

Lawrence Welk Family Foundation

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

LeBaron Foundation

VT United States
Private - Family Foundation

Leichtag Foundation

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Leo and Peggy Pierce Family Foundation

PA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Levitt Foundation

NY United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Lily Auchincloss Foundation

NY United States
Private - Family Foundation

Louis Calder Foundation

CO United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Lumina Foundation

IN United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Marguerite Casey Foundation

WA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Mary Black Foundation, Inc.

SC United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

NC United States
Private - Family Foundation

Max & Helen Guernsey Charitable Foundation

IA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation

NY United States
Private - Family Foundation

Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation

MI United States
Private - Family Foundation

May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

McGregor Fund

MI United States
Private - Independent Foundation

McKnight Foundation

MN United States
Private - Family Foundation

McNulty Foundation

FL United States
Private - Family Foundation

Melville Charitable Trust

CT United States
Private - Family Foundation

Merck Family Fund

MA United States
Private - Family Foundation

MetroWest Health Foundation

MA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Metta Fund

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Meyer Memorial Trust

OR United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Morgridge Family Foundation

DE United States
Private - Family Foundation

Morino Institute

OH United States
Private - Family Foundation

Mortenson Family Foundation

MN United States
Private - Family Foundation

Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation

MD United States
Private - Family Foundation

Muirfield Foundation

PA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Mulago Foundation

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Native American Agriculture Fund

AR United States
Private - Operating Foundation

NEEMA Foundation

AR United States
Private - Family Foundation

New York Foundation

NY United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Nia Community Fund

DE United States
Private - Family Foundation

Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

IN United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Northwest Area Foundation

MN United States
Private - Independent Foundation

O.P. & W.E. Edwards Foundation, Inc.

MT United States
Private - Family Foundation

Omidyar Network

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Open Society Foundations

NY United States
Private - Family Foundation

Opportunity Fund

PA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Overbrook Foundation

NY United States
Private - Family Foundation

Overdeck Family Foundation

NY United States
Private - Family Foundation

Palayam Foundation

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Palette Fund

PA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Panta Rhea Foundation

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Pascale Sykes Foundation

NJ United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Patricia Kind Family Foundation

PA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Perrin Family Foundation

CT United States
Private - Family Foundation

Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation

NY United States
Private - Family Foundation

Pierce Family Foundation

IL United States
Private - Family Foundation

Pincus Family Foundation

NJ United States
Private - Family Foundation

Pink House Foundation

DC United States
Private - Family Foundation

Pinkerton Foundation

NY United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Polk Bros. Foundation

IL United States
Private - Independent Foundation

PRBB Foundation

MT United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Prince Charitable Trusts

DC United States
Private - Family Foundation

Raikes Foundation

WA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Rauch Foundation

NY United States
Private - Family Foundation

Reidsville Area Foundation

NC United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Reissa Foundation

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Richard W. Goldman Family Foundation

DC United States
Private - Family Foundation

Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Inc.

NY United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc.

NY United States
Private - Family Foundation

Rosenberg Foundation

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

RRF Foundation for Aging

IL United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Rural India Supporting Trust

NY United States
Private - Family Foundation

Russell Berrie Foundation

NJ United States
Private - Family Foundation

Russell Family Foundation

WA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Ruth Mott Foundation

MI United States
Private - Family Foundation

Sagner Family Foundation

NY United States
Private - Family Foundation

Samuel S. Fels Fund

PA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Satterberg Foundation

WA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Schumann Fund for New Jersey

NJ United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Segal Family Foundation

NJ United States
Private - Family Foundation

Shumaker Family Foundation

KS United States
Private - Family Foundation

Skoll Foundation

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Stolte Family Foundation

WA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Stupski Foundation

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Summit Foundation (DC)

DC United States
Private - Family Foundation

Surdna Foundation, Inc.

NY United States
Private - Family Foundation

Swift Foundation

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

T. Gary and Kathleen Rogers Family Private Foundation

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Tarsadia Foundation

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

The California Endowment

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

The California Wellness Foundation

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

The Casey and Family Foundation

MA United States
Private - Family Foundation

The Catherine F and James H Stentzel Foundation

OH United States
Private - Family Foundation

The David & Lucile Packard Foundation

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

The Donaghue Foundation

CT United States
Private - Independent Foundation

The Green Foundation

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

The Grove Foundation

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

The Healy Foundation

OR United States
Private - Family Foundation

The Heinz Endowments

PA United States
Private - Family Foundation

The James Irvine Foundation

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

The Joyce Foundation

IL United States
Private - Independent Foundation

The JPB Foundation

NY United States
Private - Independent Foundation

The Klarman Family Foundation

MA United States
Private - Family Foundation

The Kohlberg Foundation

NY United States
Private - Family Foundation

The Kresge Foundation

MI United States
Private - Independent Foundation

The Libra Foundation

IL United States
Private - Independent Foundation

The McConnell Foundation

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

The Moniker Foundation

CO United States
Private - Family Foundation

The Moore Family Trust Foundation

TX United States
Private - Family Foundation

The Nathan Cummings Foundation

NY United States
Private - Family Foundation

The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

The REAM Foundation

IL United States
Private - Family Foundation

The Rudolph J. and Daphne A. Munzer Foundation

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

The Skillman Foundation

MI United States
Private - Independent Foundation

The Tecovas Foundation

DC United States
Private - Family Foundation

The Tow Foundation

CT United States
Private - Family Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation

PA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Trust for Mutual Understanding

NY United States
Private - Independent Foundation

van Ameringen Foundation

NY United States
Private - Family Foundation

Victoria Foundation (NJ)

NJ United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

AZ United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Volgenau Foundation

VA United States
Private - Family Foundation

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

MI United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Walter & Elise Haas Fund

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Washington Women's Foundation

WA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

WCA Foundation

MN United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Weingart Foundation

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Weissberg Foundation

VA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Wells Fargo Regional Foundation

PA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Whitman Institute

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

CT United States
Private - Family Foundation

William Penn Foundation

PA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Winer Family Foundation

TX United States
Private - Family Foundation

Wiregrass Foundation

AL United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Woods Fund of Chicago

IL United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Y&H Soda Foundation

CA United States
Private - Independent Foundation

Zeldin Family Foundation

PA United States
Private - Family Foundation

Zellerbach Family Foundation

CA United States
Private - Family Foundation