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Kresge signs Council on Foundations’ COVID-19 Pledge of Action

COVID-19, General Foundation News

Today, Kresge President & CEO Rip Rapson signed the Council on Foundations’ (COF) Pledge of Action, which outlines common commitments made by dozens of private, family and community foundations to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rapson shared his own letter to Kresge grantees and partners this week that included similar measures of support.

The COF pledge identifies eight key commitments that signatory foundations will take to support nonprofit partners and the people and communities hit hardest by the impacts of COVID-19. They include:

  • Loosening or eliminating restrictions on current grants.
  • Making new grants as flexible as possible
  • Reducing requests of nonprofit partners
  • Contributing to community-based emergency response funds and other efforts that are addressing health and economic impacts of the pandemic
  • Communicating proactively and regularly about decision-making and response
  • Committing to listening to partners and especially to those communities least heard
  • Support grantee partners advocating for important public policy changes, as appropriate
  • Freely share emergency practice learnings and consider adjusting philanthropic practices as needed

Find the full COF Pledge of Action and consider joining the pledge here.