Philanthropy has a critical responsibility during the COVID-19 pandemic to leverage its flexible funding ability to protect the most vulnerable communities. We have responded rapidly to provide resources to organizations supporting individuals, especially youth, living in poverty and experiencing disadvantage in our local community of Los Angeles and around the world. We have also pledged to support our existing partners through their COVID-19 response as we continue to work together toward our shared mission.
Initial Disaster Response
Brilliant Corners was granted $250,000 to support preparations and response to the potential impact of COVID-19 among individuals experiencing homelessness. World Health Organization Africa was awarded $260,000 to strengthen surveillance and infection prevention in response to COVID-19 in the affected countries of the WHO African Region, facilitated by King Baudouin Foundation United States. International Rescue Committee received $100,000 to support the COVID-19 Risk Categorization and Response Plan.
Domestic and International Support
We made the following grants to support the activation of emergency response plans and the procurement of essential supplies for individuals experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County. Brilliant Corners was awarded $2.25 million to support a partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and provide flexible funding to purchase supplies and cover expenses related to a COVID-19 response plan to care for individuals experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County. United Way of Los Angeles received $2.25 million in flexible funding for community-based homeless service organizations and alignment with public health resources. California Community Foundation was granted $500,000 for community clinics and hospitals serving the homeless to purchase supplies and cover COVID-19 related expenses.
The following grants were made to mitigate the threat of COVID-19 spread in vulnerable communities throughout Africa. United States Fund for UNICEF was awarded $1.5 million to strengthen community engagement and response capacity of four high-risk countries in the East African region. Shining Hope for Communities was granted $500,000 toward community outreach, infection prevention and surveillance initiatives within four of the largest informal settlements in Kenya. World Health Organization Africa received $3 million toward interventions involving risk communication, infection protection and control, case management, and surveillance in nine countries. To learn more about how World Health Organization Africa is preventing and treating COVID-19 throughout Africa, watch the message below from Regional Director Dr. Matshidiso Moeti.
Our board recently approved $1 million for each of our program areas to support existing partners as they adapt and respond to the global pandemic. Additional grants totaling $3.81 million have been awarded through discretionary funds or existing program budgets toward COVID-19 relief.
We temporarily increased our Employee Matching Gifts Program to 4:1 for eligible nonprofit organizations responding to COVID-19 in mid-March. These gifts totaling more than $75,000 will support a wide range of communities impacted by COVID-19, including the food insecure, people experiencing homelessness, restaurant workers, domestic violence survivors, hospital workers, immigrants and more.
In addition to grantmaking, our offices have been temporarily closed since mid-March while staff work remotely, and we have canceled or postponed all in-person gatherings in accordance with recommendations from public health officials. We will continue to follow these guidelines and recommendations closely to keep our staff, partners and communities safe during this unprecedented time.
- A Message from Our President: Announcing New COVID-19 Grantmaking (April 8, 2020)
- Our Pledge to Grantee Partners Regarding COVID-19 (March 27, 2020)
- A Message from Our President: Hilton Foundation’s Response to COVID-19 (March 13, 2020)
For reliable information about the pandemic and how to slow the spread of COVID-19, we recommend looking to these public health organizations:
Our partners and communities in the Greater Los Angeles Area can look to our local officials for updates on COVID-19 response:
We also encourage you to visit COVIDcheck, a free public digital health service aimed at helping people, communities and public health authorities mitigate the impact of COVID-19 around the world. Assess your own risk while receiving reliable, up-to-date information.