This is an unprecedented moment in time, with the pandemic requiring companies and sectors to stand together in an urgent, coordinated global response. At Box and our embedded social enterprise, Box.org, we work hard every day to power how the world does more good together. In that vein, we're proud to join forces with 24 other Bay Area companies to commit an initial $22M in collective funding for organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. Funds will support the evolving local, regional and global response efforts through several beneficiaries, including CDC Foundation's Emergency Response Fund, the United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, or the Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Coronavirus Regional Response Fund.
Funding for the CDC Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund is meeting rapidly evolving response needs around the world. These funds will help communities and public health responders meet the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Philanthropic and private sector support is critical for use alongside government funding to address needs that arise in emergency responses where speed and flexibility are paramount to saving and protecting lives,” said Judy Monroe, MD, president and chief executive officer of the CDC Foundation. “That’s why flexible philanthropic and private sector support is imperative. We are incredibly grateful to see everyone coming together at this time to address the very dangerous coronavirus threat.”
Funding for the United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund will support the global public health response. These funds will directly support the World Health Organization’s work to help countries prevent, detect, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“All of us have a personal stake in conquering this pandemic," said Elizabeth Cousens, President & CEO of the UN Foundation. "And we can bend the curve if we take swift, smart action now. Contributions to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund will support the World Health Organization’s lifesaving work – and we are immensely grateful."
Funding for the Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Coronavirus Regional Response Fund will support organizations in each of the 10 Bay Area counties. These funds will specifically support low-income individuals and families, nonprofit organizations and small businesses that are impacted by this crisis.
“We and our Bay Area community foundation partners are proud to lead this effort to raise funds and shepherd critical resources for those most in need in our region during this unprecedented global crisis. We are grateful that local companies are committing themselves to helping our communities. In such uncertain times, it is uplifting to witness the philanthropic and business sectors coming together to take powerful action,” said Nicole Taylor, Silicon Valley Community Foundation President and CEO.
We are joining with Autodesk, DocuSign, Cisco, Dropbox, GitHub, Intuit, LinkedIn, NetApp, Okta, PagerDuty, Palo Alto Networks, Pledge 1%, Postmates, Pure Storage, Salesforce, SAP, ServiceNow, Silicon Valley Bank, Slack, SurveyMonkey, Twilio, Workday, Zoom Video Communications and Zuora in this effort. We urge other companies to join us in supporting their local and global communities during this evolving crisis.
To get involved, visit the CDC Foundation's Emergency Response Fund, the United Nations Foundation COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and Silicon Valley Community Foundation COVID-19 Regional Response Fund. Our Box.org team welcomes your ideas on how we can help at www.box.org or via our Box_org Twitter handle.