Ford Foundation Creates $50 Million Social-Justice Fellowship Program (Grants Roundup)

$50 million over 10 years to create a Global Fellows program, which aims to identify, connect, and support 240 social-justice leaders who are dedicated to ending inequality in communities around the world that have been the most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Koret Foundation

$50 million to 12 colleges and universities in San Francisco’s Bay Area to increase access to higher education during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond; create and expand new models for learning; upgrade campus technology and infrastructure; and strengthen relationships between institutions in the United States and Israel. The largest grants are $12 million to the University of California at Berkeley and $11.7 million to Stanford University.

JPMorgan Chase

$35 million in philanthropic giving for programs in financial health. The grants include $750,000 to the East Bay Asian Development Corporation, $600,000 to the New Economy Initiative, and $500,000 to the Workforce Development Council. This commitment comes as part of the firm’s $250 million pledge to address the immediate and long-term economic impact of the Covid-19 crisis.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation

$27.7 million in a second round of grants from its $100 million commitment to help alleviate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. In this round, 25 grants are focusing on responding to urgent community needs across the United States, including food aid, essential services, educational opportunities for young people, and the arts; increasing Greece’s hospital facilities and Covid-19 testing capacity; and strengthening health care services in Europe and Africa.

Grainger Family Descendants Fund

$20 million to Duke University to strengthen research and education at the Nicholas School of the Environment.

USAA and the USAA Foundation

$10.7 million for pandemic relief across four main areas: financial support for military families; food insecurity in San Antonio and USAA campus locations; Covid-19 medical research and equipment; and technology to enable low- to moderate-income students and families to access remote working and education.

Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

$9 million to the Jerusalem College of Technology to back the construction of the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences Building on the college’s new Tal Campus for Women.

PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation

$7 million to provide increased medical and economic aid to communities of color across the country. The National Urban League and UnidosUS have each received $1 million to help feed families and older people, increase medical care and testing, expand access to government support, and upgrade technology for remote education and work.


$5 million to 26 nonprofit organizations through its AbbVie Covid-19 Community Resilience Fund to help frontline health care workers and vulnerable people living in hard-hit communities.


$2.5 million over three years to Plan International for programs on menstrual-hygiene management and education to reach 1.6 million people.

$1 million to the Morehouse School of Medicine to study the racial impact of the Covid-19 crisis in a data-analysis project at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute. The technology foundation also gave $250,000 each to Live Free’s Masks for the People campaign and the Hispanic Federation’s Covid Relief Fund.

Omidyar Network

$1.5 million through its Covid-19 Economic Response Advocacy Fund to groups working toward public policy that improves livelihoods for working families and small businesses.

Jack and Minnie Levenson Scholarship Fund

$1.2 million to the University of Haifa to endow scholarships for music students and increase musical programs within Israel, with a focus in the northern part of the country.

Eastman Foundation

$1 million commitment to support pandemic-response organizations worldwide, particularly those working to provide food, shelter, personal protective equipment for frontline workers, and community support. Grantees include Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee and the United Way of Greater Kingsport, in Tennessee.

Greater Cleveland Covid-19 Rapid Response Fund

$1 million in its latest round of grant making to 19 organizations in Ohio’s Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga Counties. Since March, the fund has given $5.7 million to 103 grantees in the region.

Sam L. Cohen Foundation

$1 million commitment for coronavirus response and recovery in Maine’s Cumberland and York Counties. So far, the foundation has distributed emergency grants totaling $520,000 to 31 nonprofit groups and community projects in the state, with a focus on programs for low-income people and those experiencing homelessness, health care, mental health, elder care, food security, and community relief.

Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation

$1 million to the University of California at Los Angeles to support the UCLA Covid-19 Rapid Response Initiative, a research partnership between the Fielding School of Public Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine.

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