Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and Atlanta Jewish Foundation Release More Than $12.7M in Grants to Date for COVID-19 Response

Staff Report

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

Since March 1st, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta (Federation) and Atlanta Jewish Foundation, a service of Federation, have released more than $12.7 million in grants. 

Federation’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund has received more than $3.87 million to support organizations serving those affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic in Atlanta’s Jewish community. The money raised to date was given generously by more than 820 donors, with donations ranging from $5 to $500,000. Combined with additional sources of available emergency funding, Federation has $4,287,000 designated to aid in relief. Further impact comes from the fundholders of Atlanta Jewish Foundation, who have to-date granted $10.2 million to 342 organizations. 

Federation just announced a new round of emergency response funding totaling $1,390,500 in grants to support Jewish organizations serving Atlantans impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. This brings the total of Federation funding so far to $2,501,500 in grants to organizations, including: Jewish HomeLife, Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta, Jewish Interest-Free Loans of Atlanta, Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Atlanta Rabbinical Association, Breman Museum, regional overnight camps, Jewish day schools, Jewish pre-schools and Jewish Community Relations Council. This also includes $150,000 of overseas grants to support the elderly and other vulnerable individuals in Israel and Belarus. 

“Last month, Federation distributed over $940,000 in grants to support the urgent needs of populations most acutely impacted by the crisis,” says Eric M. Robbins, president and CEO, Federation. “Given the increasing needs, an additional $1,390,500 in grants is now being released to our community to help continue to serve the most vulnerable of Atlanta’s Jewish population, as well as help stabilize and support the Jewish ecosystem as we move from relief to recovery.” 

The recent grants support: emergency financial assistance, emergency food assistance, safety staffing and equipment, extended health insurance, mental health and career support, and reopening costs.

Additionally, up to $100,000 has been granted to centralize purchasing support for personal protective equipment (PPE) for organizations serving the Jewish ecosystem. 

The full grant list is available online. 

“By giving to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, your gift is going to the greatest needs within our community,” says Beth Warner, chief philanthropy officer, Federation. “As a philanthropic champion for the Jewish community, we understand what Jewish organizations need to support the most vulnerable during this crisis. With a variety of ways to give and multiple organizations to benefit, federated giving is the most strategic way to donate your resources right now. We’re making sure your gift will have an immediate impact.”

Additional rounds of funding will continue to focus on meeting continued needs of vulnerable individuals, as well as the important work of ensuring the stability of Jewish organizations over the coming months.

“Federation is listening to Atlanta’s Jewish institutions and responding to support them through this crisis and beyond,” says Robbins. “We have been humbled by the outpouring of support from the community and are proud to be the philanthropic champions helping serve the Jewish community and meet the pressing needs of those affected by COVID-19.”

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