A first responder is tested at a site set up by CORE. (Facebook/CORE)
Sean Penn's nonprofit, CORE, has received $10 million from Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey to increase access to drive-thru testing for the coronavirus. The gift comes under Dorsey's #StartSmall project, which seeks to distribute $1 billion for pandemic relief efforts.
One key to supporting grant recipients amid a crisis such as the pandemic is making it easy for them to redirect funds, Walton Family Foundation Executive Director Caryl Stern writes. Stern and the Bridgespan Group say it's also important to engage organizations with existing expertise and to prioritize responses that directly serve communities.
The Cooking Project, One Fair Wage and DC Central Kitchen founder Robert Egger have partnered to launch High Road Kitchens, a program that helps California restaurants reopen in exchange for fair wages and agreeing to a pay-what-you-can approach to meal prices. The program offers a model for changing the sector in the long run, says the Cooking Project's Daniel Patterson.
The Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Mavericks Foundation have pledged $150,000 to nonprofits in North Texas that provide child care for front-line workers and help survivors of domestic violence. "We know that the nonprofits we've funded are working directly with children and families, and are making Dallas a better place to live for these individuals," says Mavs Foundation President Katie Edwards.
Shifting circumstances can mean leaders need to make a quick change in direction, but they must be clear about the changes and the reasons behind them, writes Karin Hurt. "We've seen other leaders who pivot without sharing all the reasons, and their team ends up confused, frustrated and demoralized," she writes.
The economic slowdown created by the coronavirus could increase the number of people living in extreme poverty by up to 420 million people from the current level of 734 million. Inequality worldwide is growing, reversing decades of progress in reducing extreme poverty, and puts nations with a lack of digital resources at a further disadvantage, observers say.
Demand for nonprofit services is outpacing access to funding, but nonprofit leaders are rallying to the challenge and working to meet the needs of their beneficiaries, writes Gregory Bradbard, president of the Hope through Housing Foundation. Nonprofits in Southern California, such as Think Together, are altering the program to meet current needs, protecting communities by wearing personal protective equipment and working long hours to maintain food distribution.
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