Robyn Rihanna Fenty and Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter have teamed up again to donate to coronavirus relief and they brought along Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey with them this time! The three philanthropists have banded together to give a total of $6.2 million for multiple purposes that will help people in need that have been affected by the coronavirus.
Rihanna‘s Clara Lionel Foundation has announced that they have partnered with Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation and Twitter & Square CEO Jack Dorsey and released $6.2 million in grants for COVID-19 rapid response efforts in the U.S and abroad. The grants have been distributed across 11 different organizations and will support relief efforts that include providing shelter, food, and healthcare services to homeless youth in New Orleans; building virus testing capacity across the Caribbean; and the setup of Intensive Care Units ICUs), hospital beds, and isolation units in sub-Saharan Africa, among others.
This latest joint effort follows multiple previous rounds of COVID-19 response grants that have included a co-funded $4.2 million round by the Clara Lionel Foundation and Jack Dorsey and a $2 million matching grant commitment by CLF and the Shawn Carter Foundation. In March, CLF announced $5 million to on-the-ground partners working to protect and prepare vulnerable and marginalized communities in the United States, Caribbean, and Africa.
Together with @jack’s #startsmall and JAY-Z’s @ShawnCarterSF, we are co-funding $6.2 million in COVID-19 response grants to 11 organizations in the U.S. and abroad. #pullup https://t.co/9mrcyof4xg ?: MSF pic.twitter.com/nl3hHjGzgl
— Clara Lionel Fdn (@ClaraLionelFdn) April 15, 2020
In the United States and Puerto Rico, funds will specifically go to:
• Give Directly
• Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City .
• Covenant House New Orleans
• World Central Kitchen (WCK)
• Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans & Acadiana
• Total Community Action
• The Hispanic Federation
Internationally, grants will go to:
• Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
• The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation
• Direct Relief
• Team Humanity
In response to these relief efforts, the UBS Optimus Foundation announced that it would generously match 100% of CLF’s $1 million grant to Médecins Sans Frontières with an additional $1 million.