Henry L. Hillman Foundation awards more than $ 4 million in emergency grants to fight covid-19

The Henry L. Hillman Foundation has released more than $ 4 million in emergency grants since mid-March in response to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic.

More funds are expected to be released in the coming days and weeks, foundation officials said on Friday.

“Our board of directors met immediately to offer what we could to meet the immediate medical, health, safety and human service needs in the community,” said David K. Roger, President of Hillman Family Foundations, of which Henry L. The Hillman Foundation is the largest. “We cannot say enough to thank the Allegheny County executive (Rich Fitzgerald), (the) departments of health and human services, our hospital systems, United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania and partner organizations. nonprofits that have been working 24/7 to respond to covid-19.

One of the first and largest contributions was $ 1 million to the Pittsburgh Foundation Emergency Action Fund, as well as the Heinz Endowments and Richard King Mellon Foundation.

the Heinz Endowment Fund earlier this week announced a “first wave” of emergency grants totaling $ 2.34 million.

“By working closely with our partner foundations, it was clear that philanthropic organizations in Pittsburgh needed to send a message to the region that we are here to support emergency response efforts and that we will stay here for the long term to help. help communities recover, ”Roger said.

Contributions and other actions include:

• $ 350,000 to Allegheny County for immediate needs.

• $ 335,000 to United Way of Southern Pennsylvania to support 211 and the Basic Needs Emergency Fund.

• $ 350,000 to 412 Food Rescue for equipment and technology to expand home delivery and other types of food transportation needed.

• $ 350,000 to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to purchase emergency food to meet growing demand.

• $ 250,000 to Community Human Services to expand basic needs and housing support and assistance to low-income people, the elderly, children and other vulnerable people.

• $ 250,000 to Trying Together to provide emergency support to child care agencies to help frontline responders and other essential workers.

• $ 250,000 to Global Links to coordinate the procurement / distribution of personal protective equipment and other equipment needs for nonprofit frontline responders.

• $ 250,000 to Bridgeway Capital for its emergency fund to provide credit to small businesses and non-profit organizations.

• $ 250,000 to the City of Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority for loans and other assistance to small businesses and nonprofits.

• $ 115,000 to the Vaccine Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh.

• $ 100,000 to New Sun Rising for its Rapid Response Fund.

• $ 100,000 to Hebrew Free Loan for its emergency small loan fund.

• $ 50,000 to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh to expand support for basic needs.

• $ 50,000 to JFCS Pittsburgh to expand support for basic needs.

Foundation officials said they are working with nonprofit partners with active grants to remove designations and reallocate grants as necessary. Payments on previously scheduled grants are advanced for earlier distribution to provide liquidity to affected nonprofits.

Its board of directors initially approved an allocation of $ 2 million in an emergency meeting on March 16.

“While we are grateful to be able to provide this support, the real work is being done by our critical government leaders and the extraordinary efforts of our regional hospital systems and so many nonprofits, their staff and of their volunteers, ”said Roger. “At times like this, you can really see what Pittsburgh and Pittsburghers are made of.”

Michael DiVittorio is a writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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