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

Join the 512 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


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.

AJL Foundation

Alaska Venture Fund

Albuquerque Community Foundation

Allegany Franciscan Ministries

Allergan Foundation

All Stars Helping Kids

Altman Foundation

Amalgamated Foundation

American Muslim Community Foundation

Ameriprise Financial

Anaheim Community Foundation

Animals Assistance Foundation

Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

Annenberg Foundation

Arca Foundation

Arizona Community Foundation

Armstrong County Community Foundation

Atlassian Foundation

Barat Foundation

Barr Foundation

Bauman Foundation

Billings Community Foundation

Black Belt Community Foundation

Blue Chip Foundation

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

Bosch Community Fund

Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation

Brandywine Health Foundation

Bridge Alliance

Bridge Philanthropic Consulting, LLC

Brooklyn Community Foundation

Burger King Foundation

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Businessolver Foundation

Catalyst Foundation

Cascade Philanthropy Advisors, Inc.

Catholic Foundation of Michigan

Central Alabama Community Foundation

Central Kentucky Community Foundation

Central Minnesota Community Foundation

Central New York Community Foundation

Ceres Trust

Chandler Foundation

Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation

Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

Chester County Community Foundation

Chicago Foundation for Women

ChildTrust Foundation

Chrysalis Foundation

Chrysos Foundation

Clemmons Community Foundation

Coastal Community Foundation

Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina

Cobb Community Foundation


College Futures Foundation

Colorado Plateau Foundation

Common Counsel Foundation

Community First Foundation

Community Foundation Holland/Zeeland

Community Foundation Sonoma County

Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond

Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Community Foundation for Monterey County

Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties

Community Foundation for San Benito County

Community Foundation for South Central New York

Community Foundation for the Alleghenies

Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region

Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln

Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley

Community Foundation of Burke County

Community Foundation of Chippewa County

Community Foundation of Collier County

Community Foundation of Dickinson County

Community Foundation of East Central Illinois

Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc.

Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga

Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

Community Foundation of Greater Flint

Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro

Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

Community Foundation of Greene County, Pennsylvania

Community Foundation of Jackson Hole

Community Foundation of NC East

Community Foundation of North Central Washington

Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin

Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa

Community Foundation of Northern Virginia

Communities Foundation of Oklahoma

Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan

Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Community Foundation of South Puget Sound

Communities Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts

Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region

Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley

Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley

Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts

Community Foundation of Tompkins County

Community Foundation of Utah

Community Foundation of West Kentucky

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

Community Foundation Santa Cruz County


Community Health Councils


Consuelo Foundation

Council of Michigan Foundations

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation

Cramer & Associates

Cricket Island Foundation

CS Fund/Warsh-Mott Legacy

Cumberland Community Foundation

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Davie Community Foundation, Inc.

DeKalb County Community Foundation (IL)

Democracy Fund

Derby Community Foundation

Dietel and Partners

Donaghue Foundation

Doris and Victor Day Foundation

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation

Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism

Douglas County Community Foundation

Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation

DuPage Foundtaion

Durfee Foundation

Dyson Foundation

East Bay Community Foundation

East Tennessee Foundation

Eau Claire Community Foundation

Echidna Giving

Edward W. Hazen Foundation

Elmina B. Sewall Foundation

El Paso Community Foundation

Essex County Community Foundation

Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

Evanston Community Foundation

Firelight Foundation

Firetree Trust

Flint Family Network

Flora Family Foundation

Florida Philanthropic Network

FMH Foundation

FOQUS Fondazione Quartieri Spagnoli

Forum for Civic Initiatives - FIQ

Fondazione di Comunità del Salento Onlus

Fondo Acción Solidaria, AC

Fordham Street Foundation

Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation

Fremont Area Community Foundation

Fresh Sound Foundation

Friedman Family Foundation

Ford Foundation

Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg

Funders Concerned About AIDS

Fund for Democratic Communities

Fund for Global Human Rights

Gap Foundation

Garcia Family Foundation

Garfield Foundation

Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

General Service Foundation

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

GlobalGiving Foundation

Global Fund for Children

Global Fund for Women

Golden Belt Community Foundation

Goldhirsh Foundation

Grand Haven Area Community Foundation

Grantmakers in the Arts

Grassroots International

Gray Family Foundation

Grays Harbor Community Foundation

Greater Gig Harbor Foundation

Greater Green Bay Community Foundation

Greater Manhattan Community Foundation

Greater Toledo Community Foundation

Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation

Greater Worcester Community Foundation

Green Family Foundation

Groundswell Fund

Growald Family Fund

Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Headwaters Foundation

Healthcare Foundation of La Porte

HealthSpark Foundation

Healthy Americas Foundation

Heinz Endowments

High Desert Community Foundation

Hillsdale County Community Foundation

Hill-Snowdon Foundation

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

Homer and Mildred Scott Foundation

Horizons Foundation

Howard Gilman Foundation

HRK Foundation

Hull Family Foundation

Humboldt Area Foundation

Hutchinson Community Foundation

Humanity United

Imaginable Futures

Independence Public Media Foundation

Indonesia Philanthropy Association

InFaith Community Foundation

Initiative Foundation

Inland Empire Community Foundation

International Community Foundation

International Women's Health Coalition

J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation

James Graham Brown Foundation

Jerome Foundation

Jessie Ball duPont Fund

Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation

Jewish Healthcare Foundation

Jewish Women's Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches

J. J. Keller Foundation

Johnson Charitable Trust

Johnson Family Foundation

Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation

Joseph LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund

JPB Foundation

Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Kalliopeia Foundation

Knox County Foundation

Kolibri Foundation

Korean American Community Foundation

Krupp Family Foundation

Lake County Community Fund

Lancaster County Community Foundation

Latino Community Foundation

Laudes Foundation

Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA

Lawrence Welk Family Foundation

LeBaron Foundation

Legacy Foundation

League of California Community Foundations

Lehigh Valley Community Foundations

Leichtag Foundation

Levi Strauss Foundation

Levitt Foundation

Liberty Hill Foundation

Lincoln Community Foundation

Los Alamos Community Foundation

Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation

Lost Tree Foundation

Louis Calder Foundation

Lumina Foundation


Main Street Community Foundation

Maine 4-H Foundation

Maine Community Foundation

Majhipara Ambedkar Centre for Human Research and Development

Manan Trust

Marguerite Casey Foundation

Marion Community Foundation

Marshfield Area Community Foundation,Inc

Mary Black Foundation

Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

Mass Humanities


Mat-Su Health Foundation

Max & Helen Guernsey Charitable Foundation

Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation

May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

McKnight Foundation

McNulty Foundation

McPherson County Community Foundation

Melville Charitable Trust

Merck Family Fund

Metro United Way

Metta Fund

Meyer Memorial Trust

Middletown Community Foundation

MetroWest Health Foundation

M&M Area Community Foundation

Montana Community Foundation

Moore Philanthropy

Morino Ventures, LLC

Morgridge Family Foundation

Moses Taylor Foundation

MRG Foundation

Ms. Foundation for Women

Muirfield Foundation

Mulago Foundation

Native American Agriculture Fund

Nathan Cummings Foundation

Neighborhoods First Fund

Neighborhood Funders Group

New England Grassroots Environment Fund

New Hampshire Women's Foundation

New Profit

New York Foundation

Nia Community Foundation

Nicholas County Community Foundation

Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

Non-Violence Peace Foundation Inc

North Carolina Community Foundation

North Georgia Community Foundation

North Star Fund

Northern New Jersey Community Foundation

Northwest Area Foundation

Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation

Oak Foundation

Ocean Reef Community Foundation

Omidyar Network

O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation

Open Society Foundations

Opportunity Fund

Oregon Community Foundation

Outer Banks Community Foundation

Overdeck Family Foundation

Palayam Foundation


Panta Rhea Foundation

Park City Community Foundation

Parkersburg Area Community Foundation

Paso del Norte Community Foundation

PATH Foundation

Patricia Kind Family Foundation

Peace Development Fund

Perigee Fund

Perrin Family Foundation

Phelps County Community Foundation

Philanthropy Delaware

Philanthropy Puerto Rico

Pikes Peak Community Foundation

Pikes Peak Real Estate Foundation

Pillars Fund

Pink House Foundation

Plastic Solutions Fund

Polk Bros. Foundation

Poverty Alleviation and Empowerment Foundation

PRBB Foundation

Prince Charitable Trusts

Propel Capital

Puerto Rico Community Foundation

Racine Community Foundation

Raikes Foundation

Rancho Santa Fe Foundation

Richard W. Goldman Family Foundation

Riley’s Way Foundation

River Counties Community Foundation

Robert Sterling Clark Foundation

Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Rocky Mountain Health Foundation

Roger Federer Foundation

Rose Community Foundation

Rosenberg Foundation

Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Rural India Supporting Trust

Ruth Mott Foundation

Sabanci Foundation

Sagner Family Foundation

San Diego Grantmakers

Santa Barbara Foundation

Satterberg Foundation

San Francisco Foundation

Saul’s Light NICU Foundation

Save The Future Foundation

Scranton Area Community Foundation

SDK Foundation for Human Dignity/ Artistic Freedom Initiative

Seattle Foundation

Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples

Shiawassee Community Foundation

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2)

Skillman Foundation

Skoll Foundation

Sobrato Philanthropies

Social Justice Fund NW

Social Venture Partners International

Social Venture Partners Los Angeles

Social Venture Partners Portland

Social Venture Partners Seattle

Social Venture Partners Tucson

Solano Community Foundation

Solidaire Network

Solidago Foundation

Southern California Grantmakers

Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Spirit Mountain Community Fund

Spur Community Foundation

Srijan Ek Soch

Starved Rock Country Community Foundation

St. Louis Community Foundation

Stolte Family Foundation

Studyhall Educational Foundation

Stupski Foundation

Surdna Foundation

Swift Foundation

Tarsadia Foundation

Taos Community Foundation

Texas Instruments Foundation

Tipping Point Community

The Boston Foundation

The California Endowment

The California Wellness Foundation

The Cape Cod Foundation

The Catherine F and James H Stentzel Foundation

The Catholic Foundation - Archdiocese of Santa Fe

The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida

The Children's Lifesaving Foundation

The Colorado Health Foundation

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

The Community Foundation of Macon County

The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County, Inc.

The Community Foundation of South Alabama

The Communications Network

The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida

The Conflict Transformation Fund

The Crowley Foundation Inc

The Dallas Foundation

The Dallas Foundation

The Denver Foundation

The Eisner Foundation

The Evanston Community Foundation

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities

The Foundation for Community Health

The George Gund Foundation

The Green Foundation

The Grove Foundation

The Growing Project

The Hadassah Foundation

The Healing Trust

The Health Trust

The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation

The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota

The Joyce Foundation

The Klarman Family Foundation

The Kresge Foundation

The Libra Foundation

The Luzerne Foundation

The Miami Foundation

The Minority Freedom Community Fund

The Munshine Group

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation

The Nonprofit Spot

The Ocean Foundation

The Overbrook Foundation

The Palette Fund

The Pennywise Foundation

The Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation

The Pinkerton Foundation

The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

The Rudolph J. and Daphne A. Munzer Foundation

The Russell Family Foundation

The Saint Francis Foundation

The Salvation Army Central Arkansas

The San Diego Foundation

The Sawyers Family Fund

The Summit Foundation

The Tecovas Foundation

The Threshold Foundation

The Tiffany & Co. Foundation

The Vermont Community Foundation

The Whitman Institute

The Winston-Salem Foundation

The Women Invested to Save Earth Fund


Triangle Community Foundation

Trinity Church Wall Street

T. Rowe Price Foundation


Trust for Mutual Understanding

Tufts Health Plan Foundation

Tulsa Community Foundation

UBS Optimus Foundation

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)

United Way of the Wine Country

Universal Access Project

Victoria Foundation

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

Virginia Hubbell Associates

Vitalyst Health Foundation

Waccamaw Community Foundation

Walter & Elise Haas Fund

Warren County Philanthropic Partnership

Washington Women's Foundation

Wayne County Foundation

WCA Foundation

Weissberg Foundation

Wells Fargo Regional Foundation

West Marin Fund

Western Kansas Community Foundation

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Williamsburg Community Foundation

Winer Family Foundation

Winona Community Foundation

Wiregrass Foundation

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

WNC Bridge Foundation

World Education Services Mariam Assefa Fund

Women Donors Network

Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis

Women's Foundation of Minnesota

Women's Foundation of California

WomenStrong International

Woods Fund Chicago

Woodward Hines Education Foundation (Mississippi)

Yakima Valley Community Foundation

Y & H Soda Foundation

Younger Family Fund

Your Community Foundation of North Central West Virginia, Inc.

Zeldin Family Foundation

Zellerbach Family Foundation