Joint PSO Statement: Keep Equity at the Forefront in Philanthropy’s Response to the Coronavirus

Thursday March 19, 2020

ECFC has joined nearly 60 other local, state, regional and national philanthropy serving organizations (PSO’s) in a joint statement urging Philanthropy to keep equity at the forefront of their response to the Coronavirus. 

Philanthropy is well positioned to play a crucial role in responding to this public health challenge because we are frequently on the front lines in responding to community crises, are trusted in communities, and invest in long-term solutions.

The letter and accompanying guidance for funders calls attention to the ways in which this outbreak may exacerbate inequities and disparities, and the sharp rise in racist and xenophobic actions directed at individuals of Asian heritage as a result of the Coronavirus.

Many funders have taken steps to address the coronavirus outbreak in ways that have included deep considerations of equity. 

READ THE PSO LETTER for a more in depth discussion on actions for all funders to consider as you address the COVID-19 outbreak.  

Related:


Early Childhood Funders – COVID-19 Resources

How to Help the Most Vulnerable Through the Pandemic (Chronicle of Philanthropy, March 11th OpEd by Lauren Smith, FSG)

As coronavirus spreads, the bill for our public health failures is due (Washington Post OpEd by Richard Besser, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 3/5/2020)

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