Target highlights more COVID-19 philanthropy

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Target highlights more COVID-19 philanthropy

By Dan Ochwat - 04/17/2020

On March 20, Target announced a $10 million donation to be shared among organizations working to support those fighting the coronavirus pandemic, part of a larger $300 million commitment the retailer made toward raising pay for store associates and warehouse workers, and enhancing benefits. 

On April 17, the Minneapolis-based leader highlighted further where the $10 million has been going. To start, half the money went to local community foundations and nonprofits that especially work in vulnerable or underserved areas. Some of those recipient organizations were Seattle Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund and the Greater New Orleans Foundation Disaster Response and Restoration Fund.

Next, $3 million was spread out to nonprofits that have a national reach such as the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Feeding America. Additionally, on a global level, $1 million was shared among Project ECHO, an organization that focuses on tele-medicine support to communities in remote areas and vulnerable populations in India and throughout the world, UNICEF, which works to deliver health supplies, educate children about the coronavirus and more, and the United Nation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

Lastly, Target committed $1 million to its Team Member Giving Fund, which helps its associates and their families through financial hardships. Target is also matching donations made by team members up to an extra $1 million.

“Target and the Target Foundation have met this unprecedented crisis head-on with our largest-ever single relief donation,” says Amanda Nusz, vice president of corporate responsibility and president of Target Foundation. “Committing resources at this scale means that we’re able to reach communities around the world. We’re inspired by our own team, along with local, national and global organizations that are addressing the greatest needs in their areas and caring for the most vulnerable among us.”