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

AIDS United

DC United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

All Stars Helping Kids, Inc

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

American Jewish World Service

NY United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

American Muslim Community Foundation

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Asian Pacific Fund

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Camelback Ventures

LA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Caring for Colorado Foundation

CO United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Catalyst Foundation

OR United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Centro Trabajadores Unidos

IL United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Chicago Foundation For Women

IL United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Chrysalis Foundation

IA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Citizens Committee for New York City

NY United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Colorado Health Foundation

CO United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Common Counsel Foundation

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Democracy Fund

DC United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism

MA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

EMpower-The Emerging Markets Foundation

NY United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Firelight Foundation

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Foundation for Community Health

CT United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation

SC United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Fund for Global Human Rights

DC United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Georgetown Health Foundation

TX United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Global Fund for Children

DC United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Global Fund for Women

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

GlobalGiving

DC United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

GoPhilanthropic Foundation

NY United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Grassroots International

MA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation

WI United States
Public Charity - Health Conversion

Groundswell Fund

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Hadassah Foundation

NY United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Hawai'i People's Fund

HI United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Headwaters Foundation for Justice

MN United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Health Forward Foundation

MO United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Health Foundation of South Florida

FL United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Health Resources In Action

MA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Healthspark Foundation

PA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Healthy Americas Foundation

DC United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Horizons Foundation (CA)

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Humanity United

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Impact Philanthropy Group

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Independence Public Media Foundation

PA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

InFaith Community Foundation

MN United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

International Community Foundation

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

International Women's Health Coalition

NY United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Ironman Foundation, Inc.

FL United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Jewish Healthcare Foundation of Pittsburgh

PA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Jewish Women's Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches

FL United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

JustLeadershipUSA

NY United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Korean American Community Foundation

NY United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Lake County Community Fund

CO United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Latino Community Foundation

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Liberty Hill Foundation

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation

NM United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Lost Tree Village Charitable Foundation

FL United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Maine 4-H Foundation

ME United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Makutano ya Wajasiriamali

Tanzania, United Republic of
Non-US Foundation

Mama Hope

MA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Mass Humanities

MA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Mat-Su Health Foundation

AK United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

McAuley Ministries

PA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Metro United Way

KY United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Moore Impact

CO United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Moses Taylor Foundation

PA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

MRG Foundation

OR United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Ms. Foundation for Women

NY United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

National Performance Network

LA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Nellie Mae Education Foundation

MA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

New England Grassroots Environment Fund

VT United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

New Hampshire Women's Foundation

NH United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

New Profit

MA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

New Venture Fund

DC United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

New York Foundation for Eldercare

NY United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

New York Women's Foundation

NY United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Non-Violence Peace Foundation Inc

FL United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

North Star Fund

NY United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

NW Children's Foundation

WA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Ocean Foundation

DC United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Only Love Foundation

NY United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Pablove

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

PaperSeed Foundation

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Parkinson's Foundation

FL United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

PATH Foundation

VA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Peace Development Fund

MA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Perigee Fund

WA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Phoenixville Community Health Foundation

PA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Pikes Peak Real Estate Foundation

CO United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Pillars Fund

IL United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Projects for Purpose MI

MI United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Proteus Fund

MA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

REACH Healthcare Foundation

KS United States
Public Charity - Health Conversion

Riley's Way Foundation

NY United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Robert R. McCormick Foundation

IL United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Rocky Mountain Health Foundation

CO United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

San Diego Women's Foundation

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Saul's Light NICU Foundation

LA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Save The Future Foundation

Tanzania, United Republic of
Non-US Foundation

Schott Foundation for Public Education

NY United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

SDK FOUNDATION for Human Dignity/ Artistic Freedom Initiative

NY United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Seattle International Foundation

WA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Seventh Generation Fund For Indigenous Peoples, Inc.

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Sierra Institute for Community and Environment

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Single Stop USA

NY United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Social Justice Fund

WA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Social Venture Partners Boulder County

CO United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Social Venture Partners Chicago

IL United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Social Venture Partners Minnesota

MN United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Social Venture Partners Portland

OR United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Social Venture Partners Seattle

WA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Social Venture Partners Tucson

AZ United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Solidago Foundation

MA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida

FL United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

The Catholic Foundation of Michigan

MI United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

The Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe

NM United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

The Children's Lifesaving Foundation

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

The Color of Autism Foundation

MI United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

The Crowley Foundation Inc

CO United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

The Healing Trust

TN United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

The Health Trust

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

The Lenny Zakim Fund

MA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

The Minority Freedom Community Fund

MI United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

The Pennywise Foundation

VT United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

The Saint Francis Foundation

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Thousand Currents

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Threshold Foundation

NY United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Ticket to Dream Foundation

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Tides Foundation

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Inc.

MA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

MA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

United Church Funds

NY United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County

VA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

United Way of Marshall County

IN United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

United Way of the Wine Country

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

United Way of Washtenaw County

MI United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Vitalyst Health Foundation

AZ United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn

PA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Women Donors Network

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Women First International Fund

NY United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Women's Foundation of California

CA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Women's Foundation of Minnesota

MN United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Women's Foundation of Oregon

OR United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

WomenStrong International

NY United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Woodward Hines Education Foundation

MS United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

Yes u can Foundation, nfp

IL United States
Public Grantmaking Charity

YMCA of Reading & Berks County

PA United States
Public Grantmaking Charity