In the spring of 2020, the Endowment’s Trustees identified several principles to guide our response to the coronavirus’ impact. The principles emphasize meeting highest critical needs, aligning with our core grantmaking strategies and mitigating the further exacerbation of systemic inequities. From April 2020 to June 2021, the Endowment distributed $29 million in COVID-related support approved by the Trustees.
Today, with the pandemic still weighing heavily on people of color and families with low incomes, the Endowment is focusing its resources on communities disproportionately affected by the virus (African Americans, Native Americans/Indigenous and Latinos).
Pressing Problems, Rapid Response
In March 2020, the Trustees approved $2.5 million in grants to be split between the North Carolina Healthcare Foundation and the One SC Fund: COVID-19 Response. The grants helped statewide efforts focused on access to vital health care and sustaining social supports as unemployment rose. Download the press release.
In May 2020, the Endowment provided a $3.5 million grant to Feeding the Carolinas, a network of 10 food banks serving more than 3,700 charitable agencies in North Carolina and South Carolina. Read more in the news release, and learn about the grant’s impact in this interview with Feeding the Carolinas leader Mike Darrow. Download the press release.