The news has been difficult on every front: the continuing COVID-19 health crisis, the economic challenges resulting from the sudden halt of all activity, the strain placed upon so many nonprofits responsible for delivering critical services to community members, and the upheaval for school systems and students. In addition, the nation is struggling to reconcile with and heal the historical racial injustice so vividly and painfully symbolized by the violent deaths of men and women that demand accountability and action. The Foundation stands with Black Lives Matter, including calls to actively, tangibly pursue racial equity and healing, and for more information, we invite you to read our statement regarding this critical moment for society.
Regarding COVID-19, the Foundation is committed to supporting current grantees that are providing vital services within their communities while facing severe operational challenges as a result of this pandemic. To date, the Foundation has committed a total of $10.5 million in emergency funding to organizations providing direct services to people experiencing poverty. In addition, the Foundation has accelerated more than $3 million in grant payments to existing grantees, both in the United States and Israel. For more information on current grants and initiatives, as well as the funding process, please click here.