Rihanna, Jay-Z & Twitter CEO Team Up To Donate $6.2M In COVID-19 Grants
By Peyton Blakemore
April 16, 2020
On Wednesday (April 16), Rih's Clara Lionel Foundation, Jay’s Shawn Carter Foundation, and Jack's #startsmall announced additional joint grants totaling more than $6.2 million to support global COVID-19 rapid response efforts, specifically protecting vulnerable populations with a focus on New York, New Orleans and Puerto Rico, and international communities.
In the U.S., the grants will benefit foundations such as Give Directly, Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, Covenant House New Orleans, World Central Kitchen, Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans & Acadiana, Total Community Action and The Hispanic Federation.
Internationally, the grants will help Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, Direct Relief and Team Humanity.
The trio's joint grant announcement follows CLF and Jack's #startsmall joint grant of $4.2 million to the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles to directly aid domestic violence victims in the city as a result of "Safer at Home" guidelines. The Twitter CEO also announced earlier this month that he was dedicating $1 billion of his equity in Square to COVID-19 relief efforts, The Hollywood Reporter reports.
Rihanna's CLF and Jay-Z's SCF also previously came together for a joint donation of $2 million in grants to COVID-19 response efforts to support undocumented workers, the children of frontline health workers and first responders, and incarcerated, elderly and homeless populations in New York City and Los Angeles. Prior to that, as noted by THR, the CLF donated $5 million in grants to on-the-ground partners working on the front lines of the coronavirus response to protect and prepare vulnerable and marginalized communities in the U.S., the Caribbean and Africa.
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