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

Join the 806 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.

770 Good Law
GA, United States
For-Profit Entity
A & M consulting
GA, United States
For-Profit Entity
Agua Fund, Inc.
DC, United States
Private - Family Foundation
AIDS United
DC, United States
Public Grantmaking Charity
AJL Charitable Foundation
CO, United States
Private - Independent Foundation
Alaska Venture Fund
AK, United States
Fund
Albuquerque Community Foundation
NM, United States
Community Foundation
All Family Active ALFA
IL, United States
Nonprofit Entity
All Stars Helping Kids, Inc
CA, United States
Public Grantmaking Charity
Allan & Gill Gray Philanthropy
South Africa
Non-US Foundation
Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Inc.
FL, United States
Private - Independent Foundation
Allen Hilles Fund
PA, United States
Private - Family Foundation
Allergan Foundation
CA, United States
Corporate - Foundation
Altman Foundation
NY, United States
Private - Independent Foundation
Amalgamated Foundation
DC, United States
Community Foundation
American Jewish World Service
NY, United States
Public Grantmaking Charity
American Muslim Community Foundation
CA, United States
Public Grantmaking Charity
Ameriprise Financial
MN, United States
Corporate - Giving Program
AmerisourceBergen Foundation
PA, United States
Corporate - Foundation
Amplify Fund at Neighborhood Funders Group
DC, United States
Fund
Anaheim Community Foundation
CA, United States
Community Foundation
Animal Assistance Foundation
CO, United States
Private - Independent Foundation
Anita W. Brewer-Siljeholm DCS Fund
MA, United States
Fund
Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation
MI, United States
Community Foundation
Anna B. Stearns Foundation
MA, United States
Private - Independent Foundation
Anna Rose & Simon Sheikh Family Fund
Australia
Fund
Annenberg Foundation
CA, United States
Private - Family Foundation
Arca Foundation
DC, United States
Private - Family Foundation
Arizona Community Foundation
AZ, United States
Community Foundation
Armstrong County Community Foundation
PA, United States
Community Foundation
Asian Pacific Fund
CA, United States
Community Foundation
Asian Venture Philanthropy Network Limited
Singapore
Nonprofit Philanthropy Serving Organization
Atlassian Foundation
CA, United States
Corporate - Giving Program
AVSI
Italy
Non-US Foundation
Bamford Foundation
WA, United States
Private - Family Foundation
Barat Foundation
NJ, United States
Nonprofit Entity
Barr Foundation
MA, United States
Private - Family Foundation
Barry Community Foundation
MI, United States
Community Foundation
Benicia Community Foundation
CA, United States
Community Foundation
Better Philanthropy LLC
United States
For-Profit Entity
Billings Community Foundation
MT, United States
Community Foundation
Black Belt Community Foundation
AL, United States
Community Foundation
BLBB Charitable
DE, United States
Corporate - Giving Program
Blue Chip Foundation
CA, United States
Private - Family Foundation
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation
MN, United States
Corporate - Foundation
Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, Inc.
ID, United States
Corporate - Foundation
Blue Grass Community Foundation
KY, United States
Community Foundation
Blue Shield of California Foundation
CA, United States
Corporate - Foundation
Bonfils-Stanton Foundation
CO, United States
Private - Independent Foundation
Borrego Valley Endowment Fund
CA, United States
Public Grantmaking Charity
Bosch Community Fund
MI, United States
Corporate - Giving Program
Brainerd Foundation
WA, United States
Private - Independent Foundation
Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation
MN, United States
Community Foundation
Bridge Alliance
PA, United States
Nonprofit Entity
Bridge Philanthropic Consulting, LLC
DC, United States
For-Profit Entity
Brink Communications
OR, United States
For-Profit Entity
Brooklyn Community Foundation
NY, United States
Community Foundation
Brown County Community Foundation, Inc.
IN, United States
Community Foundation
Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.
MI, United States
For-Profit Entity
Burger King McLamore Foundation
FL, United States
Corporate - Foundation
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
NC, United States
Private - Independent Foundation
Burton D. Morgan Foundation
OH, United States
Private - Independent Foundation
BusinessSolver Foundation
IA, United States
Corporate - Foundation
C.S. Fund
CA, United States
Private - Independent Foundation
California Community Foundation
CA, United States
Community Foundation
Camelback Ventures
LA, United States
Public Grantmaking Charity
Cape Cod Foundation
MA, United States
Community Foundation
Caring for Colorado Foundation
CO, United States
Public Grantmaking Charity
Carolyn Foundation
MN, United States
Private - Family Foundation
Cascade Philanthropy Advisors, Inc.
WA, United States
For-Profit Entity
Castellano Family Foundation
CA, United States
Private - Family Foundation
Catalyst Foundation
OR, United States
Public Grantmaking Charity
Catalyst of San Diego and Imperial Counties
CA, United States
Nonprofit Philanthropy Serving Organization
Cedarmere Foundation
WA, United States
Private - Independent Foundation
Center For Disaster Philanthropy
DC, United States
Nonprofit Philanthropy Serving Organization
Central Alabama Community Foundation, Inc.
AL, United States
Community Foundation
Central Kentucky Community Foundation
KY, United States
Community Foundation
Central Minnesota Community Foundation
MN, United States
Community Foundation
Central New York Community Foundation, Inc.
NY, United States
Community Foundation
Centro Trabajadores Unidos
IL, United States
Public Grantmaking Charity
Ceres Trust
IL, United States
Private - Independent Foundation
Chandler Foundation
WA, United States
Grantmaking LLC
Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies
OK, United States
Private - Family Foundation
Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation
FL, United States
Private - Family Foundation
Charlotte Community Foundation
FL, United States
Community Foundation
Charlottesville Area Community Foundation
VA, United States
Community Foundation
Chester County Community Foundation
PA, United States
Community Foundation
Chicago Beyond
IL, United States
Private - Independent Foundation
Chicago Foundation For Women
IL, United States
Public Charity - Operating Foundation
ChildTrust Foundation
NC, United States
Corporate - Foundation
Chintu Gudiya Foundation
CA, United States
Private - Family Foundation
Chrysalis Foundation
IA, United States
Public Grantmaking Charity
Citizens Committee for New York City
NY, United States
Public Grantmaking Charity
ClimateWorks Foundation
CA, United States
Public Grantmaking Charity
Co-Impact
NY, United States
Public Grantmaking Charity
Coastal Community Foundation
CA, United States
Community Foundation
Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina
SC, United States
Community Foundation
Collaboratory
FL, United States
Community Foundation
Collective Capital Philanthropy
CA, United States
Corporate - Giving Program
Collective Future Fund
NY, United States
Private - Independent Foundation
College Futures Foundation (CFF)
CA, United States
Private - Independent Foundation
Colorado Gives Foundation (formerly Community First Foundation)
CO, United States
Community Foundation
Colorado Health Foundation
CO, United States
Public Grantmaking Charity
Colorado Plateau Foundation
AZ, United States
Tribal Grantmaker
Common Counsel Foundation
CA, United States
Public Grantmaking Charity
Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, Inc.
OK, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation Boulder County
CO, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond
VA, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
NY, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation for Monterey County
CA, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation For Palm Beach & Martin Counties
FL, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation for San Benito County
CA, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation for South Central New York
NY, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation for the Alleghenies
PA, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc.
WI, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region
NY, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln
IL, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley
WV, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Burke County
NC, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Chippewa County, Inc. (WI)
WI, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Cleveland and Bradley County
TN, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Collier County
FL, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of East Central Illinois
IL, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
CT, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Inc.
TN, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
IA, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque
IA, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Greater Flint
MI, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Greater New Britain
CT, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Greene County (PA)
PA, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Grundy County
IL, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties
NY, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Jackson Hole
WY, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Louisville
KY, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Marquette County
MI, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County, Inc.
IN, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of North Central Washington
WA, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin
WI, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa
IA, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan
NY, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Sarasota County
FL, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of South Alabama
AL, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of South Lake County
FL, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of South Puget Sound (WA)
WA, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico
NM, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge
VA, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley
IL, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley
CO, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area
MI, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of the Ozarks
MO, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands
VI, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Tompkins County, Inc.
NY, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Utah
UT, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of West Kentucky
KY, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
MA, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation Santa Cruz County
CA, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundation Sonoma County
CA, United States
Community Foundation
Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley
NY, United States
Community Foundation
Community Giving Foundation
PA, United States
Community Foundation
CommunityGiving
MN, United States
Community Foundation
Comunalia - Alianza De Fundaciones Comunitarias De Mexico
Nuevo León, Mexico
Non-US 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
Council of Michigan Foundations
MI, United States
Nonprofit Philanthropy Serving Organization
Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
NJ, United States
Nonprofit Philanthropy Serving Organization
Council on Foundations
DC, United States
Nonprofit Philanthropy Serving Organization
Craig H. Neilsen Foundation
CA, United States
Private - Family Foundation
Cramer & Associates
OH, United States
For-Profit Entity
Cricket Island Foundation
NY, United States
Private - Family Foundation
Crown Point Community Foundation
IN, United States
Community Foundation
Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.
NC, United States
Community Foundation
Data For Good Fund
CA, United States
Corporate - Giving Program
Davie Community Foundation, Inc.
NC, United States
Community Foundation
Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation
CA, United States
Private - Family Foundation
DeKalb County Community Foundation (IL)
IL, United States
Community Foundation
Delta Dental Community Care Foundation
CA, United States
Corporate - Foundation
Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation
CO, United States
Corporate - Foundation
Democracy Fund
DC, United States
Public Grantmaking Charity
Derby Community Foundation
KS, United States
Community Foundation
Dietel Partners
ME, United States
For-Profit Entity
Doing Good Business
CA, United States
For-Profit Entity
Doris & Victor Day Foundation, Inc.
IL, United States
Private - Independent Foundation
Doris Duke Foundation
NY, United States
Private - Independent Foundation
Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation
NY, United States
Private - Family Foundation
Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism
MA, United States
Public Grantmaking Charity
Douglas County Community Foundation (CO)
CO, United States
Community Foundation
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
CA, United States
Private - Independent Foundation
Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation
MN, United States
Community Foundation
DuPage Foundation
IL, United States
Community Foundation
Durfee Foundation
CA, United States
Private - Family Foundation
Earl B. & Loraine H. Miller Foundation
CA, United States
Private - Independent Foundation
East Bay Community Foundation
CA, United States
Community Foundation
East Tennessee Foundation
TN, United States
Community Foundation
East Texas Communities Foundation
TX, United States
Community Foundation
Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation
WV, United States
Community Foundation
Eau Claire Community Foundation
WI, United States
Community Foundation
eBay Foundation
CA, United States
Corporate - Foundation
Echidna Giving
CA, United States
Grantmaking LLC
Eden Prairie Community Foundation
MN, United States
Community Foundation
Edward W. Hazen Foundation
NY, United States
Private - Independent Foundation
Eisner Foundation, Inc.
CA, United States
Private - Family Foundation
El Paso Community Foundation
TX, United States
Community Foundation
Ellen & Ronald Block Family Foundation
FL, United States
Private - Family Foundation
Elmina B. Sewall Foundation
ME, United States
Private - Family Foundation
EMpower-The Emerging Markets Foundation
NY, United States
Public Grantmaking Charity
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Natalie Ross

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