COVID-19 Response

The Council on Foundations (COF), Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals (ACCP), Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP) and Points of Light (POL) are joining forces to convene our members and advocate for the field throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. During this corporate-only peer discussion, corporate philanthropy/CSR leaders will discuss creative ways companies are reshaping their philanthropic approach and leveraging business assets to support their employees, communities and business operations.

The Council on Foundations (COF), Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals (ACCP), Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP) and Points of Light (POL) are joining forces to convene our members and advocate for the field throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. During this corporate-only peer discussion, corporate philanthropy/CSR leaders will discuss creative ways companies are reshaping their philanthropic approach and leveraging business assets to support their employees, communities and business operations.

Many private and corporate foundations and giving programs are grappling with how to quickly respond to those most in need in their community as the Coronavirus pandemic spreads globally. This often means funding in new and different ways, including possibly making grants to individuals. Many corporate grantmakers are looking for ways to set up employee assistance funds to provide direct financial support to corporate employees who are most adversely affected. Private foundations may contemplate adjusting their approach to directly respond to critical needs that emerge from this crisis. Community foundations can be a great option for deploying charitable funds to individuals in need during a crisis like the one currently unfolding. Given that they are organized as public charities rather than private foundations they have broader latitude to give this way.