Back in April, Ford established a COVID-19 donation match program to provide Ford employees, their families, and friends with a way to help fight the growing pandemic that kept them at home and unable to volunteer in traditional ways. Today, the automaker announced that total contributions from the Ford employee donation match program have reached $1,133,447 million, surpassing its original goal.
Through the match program, 47 nonprofits and community groups in 20 countries received funds donated by Ford employees and others that were then matched by $500,000 from the Ford Fund and personal contributions from Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford. The program was administered by GlobalGiving, Ford’s longtime disaster relief and global grant-making partner.
The Ford employee donation match program supported community projects in markets with significant coronavirus-related needs and a substantial number of Ford employees. A total of 29 percent of the funds went to hunger relief efforts.
The next highest share, 24 percent, was earmarked for projects that met a blend of basic human needs including food, shelter and clothing. Educational efforts received 19 percent of the funds. The remaining donations supported health-related projects, along with efforts to keep arts programs alive virtually and preserve jobs at institutions that provide historical and cultural education.
In the United States alone, 14 non-profits received donations. That included the Detroit-based United Way for Southeastern Michigan, which awarded 580 grants to local nonprofit agencies, childcare facilities, and community centers, as well as the Greater Cleveland (Ohio) Food Bank, which delivered more than 20 million pounds of food to 800 community organizations that distribute meals to families.
The COVID-19 Donation Match program is one example of how Ford Fund is providing critical assistance to local communities coping with pandemic-related issues. To date, Ford Fund has invested nearly $3 million to support nonprofits in their efforts to address hunger, shelter, mobility, and other urgent needs throughout Southeast Michigan, across the United States, and around the world.