More Than 250 Organizations Received Funding to Provide Relief to Communities Amid COVID-19
SAN FRANCISCO – The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation has given grants to more than 250 organizations, totaling $11 million to provide relief amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These unrestricted grants were intended to help the Foundation’s nonprofit partners continue to provide vital services to the most vulnerable members of their communities.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has been a one-two punch for many of our nonprofit partners by increasing the needs for their services while reducing their fundraising capability and ability to rely on volunteers,” said Kenzie Ferguson, vice president of Foundation and corporate social responsibility for Delta Dental of California. “We made the decision to allocate nearly all of our 2020 funding to support those fighting on the front lines of COVID-19 and will continue to be a resource to our communities as this pandemic continues.”
Organizations that received funding included health centers, food banks and other community organizations providing services to elderly and home-bound individuals in the 15 states and the District of Columbia in which Delta Dental of California and its affiliates operate.
Total funding by state:
- Alabama - $195,000
- California – nearly $3.4 million
- District of Columbia - $475,000
- Delaware - $40,000
- Florida – nearly $600,000
- Georgia – more than $365,000
- Louisiana – nearly $375,000
- Maryland - $250,000
- Mississippi – nearly $200,000
- Montana - $75,000
- Nevada – nearly $210,000
- New York – more than $2 million
- Pennsylvania – nearly $950,000
- Texas - nearly $850,000
- Utah - nearly $170,000
- West Virginia - $195,000
See the full list of organizations by state. The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation plans to make several million dollars in additional funding available in the coming months to respond to emerging needs as the pandemic continues.
“Service is a core value of Delta Dental, and it’s taken on new urgency as communities struggle with the financial and social costs of the pandemic,” said Mike Castro, president and CEO of Delta Dental of California and its affiliates. “We are committed to supporting and caring for the underserved who continue to disproportionately feel the impacts of this crisis.”
Delta Dental of California and its affiliates also partnered with Lendeavor on a $300 million loan program for its independent dental providers and offered premium relief to customers. In addition, Delta Dental provided emergency time off and other resources to employees affected by illness or closures resulting from the pandemic. All told, Delta Dental of California and its affiliates financial support to stakeholders affected by COVID-19 exceeds $700 million.