COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 has prompted a rapid response from funders to channel funding to organizations across the world. To make this happen efficiently, global intermediaries have stepped up to support individuals, foundations, and corporations in directing support to charitable organizations in Asia & the Pacific, Europe, Africa, and Latin America.

The Council is a co-sponsor of this webinar from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, that explored the unique aspects of response and recovery for a worldwide pandemic, with a focus on international grantmaking to support communities in developing nations.

In response to the COVID-19 health crisis and Philanthropy’s Commitment Pledge, funders around the globe have committed to loosening grant restrictions, converting grants to general operating support and more. However, many foundations have questions about if they should and can increase giving while endowments are shrinking due to the coinciding economic downturn. In partnership with Commonfund Institute, this paper examines what foundations should consider when increasing giving from their endowments.

Council Office Hours for Community Foundations opens the the conversation between funders and Council attorneys, Bryan Del Rosario and Ben McDearmon, and lead strategist for community philanthropy, Brad Ward, on pressing issues in response to COVID-19.