Coverage of GBC Member Companies’ philanthropic responses to COVID-19

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It’s no secret that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is affecting the bottom line for countless Greater Baltimore businesses. Restaurant groups have announced layoffs, retail malls are shuttered, small businesses have closed their doors indefinitely, countless events have been canceled or postponed and area non-profits have become more important than ever. In times like these, we often look to members of the private sector, large and small, for guidance and support. The GBC is proud to recognize members who have pledged economic donations or relief to businesses or organizations who need it the most.

See what GBC member companies are doing to support the community:

Baltimore Sun: Turning a corner on crisis, UMMS donates $4.6M worth of COVID PPE to South Asia — The University of Maryland hospital system is working to transport its donated goods through two groups: Project C.U.R.E. and the International Medical Health Organization.

Abel Communications kicks off 2nd round of Boost Bmore Project — In light of the hardships facing our local restaurants, Abel has decided to narrow the focus of Boost to support Baltimore restaurants and food & beverage businesses.

BBJ: Whiting-Turner commits $300K to support Morgan State construction, engineering students — The move comes in response to the financial barriers some of the historically black university’s students and their families have faced amid the coronavirus pandemic.

BBJ: TEDCO to distribute $5M in Covid relief to rural, disadvantaged startups — TEDCO is offering financial relief to early-stage companies that have been heavily impacted by the ongoing coronavirus crisis and are in need of bridge funding to survive.

BBJ: BGE pledges $15M in COVID-19 relief grants to small businesses — The utility company announced it has pledged $15 million in grants to small businesses located in its service area. Businesses can begin applying for the grants of up to $20,000 each starting Jan. 20.

BBJ: Bank of America providing $400K in grants to two Baltimore nonprofits — The Charlotte-based financial giant selected NPower and Baltimore Community Lending as recipients of $200,000 grants through its Neighborhood Builders program. Bank of America selected the organizations for their work in the Baltimore community addressing issues related to economic mobility.

BBJ: Under Armour-backed initiative announces new round of funding to turn vacant lots into rec centers — Under Armour, ESPN and the Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC) are once again partnering on a new round of grants aimed at helping community groups transform vacant lots into community spaces for sports and recreation. The organization said the grant program is particularly important this year given the impact of Covid-19. According to the Aspen Institute, youth sports participation has declined by 6.5 hours per week since the beginning of the pandemic.

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield extends COVID-19 member benefits through 2020, encourages vaccinations — CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield announced it will be extending benefits for fully insured members put in place during the public health emergency to ensure the health and safety of the members and communities it serves.

The Daily Record: CareFirst to distribute care packages to COVID-19 vulnerable areas — CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield invested $1 million in the distribution of care packages including masks, hand sanitizer and no-touch tools for high-risk members in Maryland, the District of Columbia and northern Virginia. This initiative is one of several actions CareFirst is taking to provide ongoing coronavirus relief to the communities it serves.

BCCC to offer tuition-free classes for fall semester — Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) is offering free tuition for students enrolling in the upcoming fall semester. Combining Federal financial aid, the State of Maryland’s Promise Scholarship, support from the City of Baltimore, the BCCC Foundation scholarship opportunities, and CARES Act funding, eligible students entering or returning for fall courses can enroll tuition free.

CCBC to offer free tuition to qualifying students — Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) is easing the financial strain of enrolling this fall with a plan that allows students to attend tuition-free. By providing students with supplemental aid after the awarding of scholarships, grants and COVID-19 relief funding, CCBC is removing the biggest barrier found in higher education: cost.

Baltimore City Community College offers free textbooks to students enrolled in summer classes — As a commitment to its students’ success, Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) students enrolled in Summer I and Summer II classes are eligible to get textbooks for classes free from BCCC. All classes at BCCC will continue to be fully online.

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield to provide premium credits and other financial benefits to customers and members — CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield announced that it will provide premium credits to many fully insured customers as a result of treatment disruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, extend the waiver of cost sharing for telehealth services and COVID-19 testing and treatment, and return rebates from 2019 as a result of lower than expected use of medical care by its members.

McCormick partners with Maryland Restaurant Relief Fund — McCormick is doing its part to give back. That’s why OLD BAY, McCormick For Chefs, and the COREcares Foundation teamed up to introduce the Maryland Restaurant Relief Fund. The fund is offering up to $2,500 in grants to independent restaurants and bars directly affected by the pandemic in the state of Maryland.

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield establishes $5 Million Personal Protective Equipment initiative for Coronavirus relief — CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) announced its new initiative, “Care, delivered,” a $5 million public-private sector philanthropic endeavor that will distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) at no-cost to healthcare and social service organizations on the front lines of the pandemic.

McCormick and Drew Barrymore partner for #TacosTogether and $1M donation — McCormick partnered with Drew Barrymore for an engaging virtual taco night called #TacosTogether. The Instagram Live event took place May 19th and celebrated the power of food to bring the community together over shared stories and conversation while supporting one another. McCormick and Barrymore will make a $1 million donation to No Kid Hungry to ensure children have reliable access to food during this ongoing pandemic.

M&T donates $200,000 to Maryland and Capital Area food banks — M&T Bank will contribute $200,000 to the Maryland Food Bank and Capital Area Food Bank to help the region’s two largest hunger relief organizations purchase and distribute food to those impacted by the coronavirus outbreak and related economic crisis throughout Maryland and Greater Washington.

The Daily Record: United Way offers free philanthropy cloud for businesses — In partnership with Salesforce, United Way is offering free access to Philanthropy Cloud to companies in the U.S. that wish to enable their employees to engage with their communities and colleagues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Weinberg Foundation total emergency support for nonprofit partners now exceeds $10.5M — The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation announced April 30 that its total of COVID-19 emergency support to organizations providing direct services for people experiencing poverty now exceeds $10.5 million.

CareFirst donates 600 weekly meals, partnering with Maryland Food Bank to help those in need — CareFirst is teaming up with the Maryland Food Bank and Aramark to provide food for our homeless, seniors and those who are critically ill.

McCormick & Co. commits more than $1M to support food banks — Hunt Valley-based spice maker McCormick & Company Inc. has committed more than $1 million to supporting food banks in nearly 20 countries where they operate, as well as local restaurants and hospitality workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

American Heart Association introduces the Beneficial Business Exchange — Because of the need for local organizations to connect to match resources and the American Heart Association’s ability to connect these businesses, they have introduced the Beneficial Business Exchange.

Baltimore Community Foundation Deploys COVID-19 Response Grants, Plans for Intermediate and Long-Term Needs Ahead — The Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF) announced the latest in a series of grants to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on vulnerable individuals and communities in the Baltimore region on April 22.

AT&T Foundation Donates $60,000 to Help Vulnerable Residents in Baltimore — Nonprofits that help the homeless and other vulnerable residents in Baltimore are facing immense challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the AT&T Foundation is helping local organizations serve their clients during this crisis.

BBJ: SBA snapshot: These banks are processing the most PPP loans in Maryland — A report compiled by the SBA’s Baltimore District Office shows that as of April 11, banks have been authorized for 4,692 loans through the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

BBJ: Baltimore software firm Fearless helped the SBA prepare to disburse vital disaster, PPP funds — Baltimore-based Fearless was called on to assist the administration with the roll out of several emergency funding programs, including the $349 billion in Paycheck Protection Program.

BBJ: ‘Here’s $200 for lunch’ — Continental Realty gives out its own stimulus — Continental Realty Corp. gave 300 workers a special $200 “eat local” expense account aimed at supporting Continental’s struggling restaurant tenants and other eateries during the COVID-19 crisis.

AT&T supports nurses and physicians with 3 months of free FirstNet serviceIn addition to three months of free service, nurses and physicians signing-on to FirstNet can get a $200 activation creditwhen activating a new FirstNet Ready™ smartphone on a new FirstNet Mobile-Responder plan.

CareFirst accelerates over $170M in payments and other support to healthcare providers — CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield will offer a new accelerated payment program to an array of healthcare providers experiencing financial strain due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Howard Bank Donates More Than $100,000 to Key Organizations in Greater Baltimore as Part of its COVID-19 Relief Effort — Howard Bank, a community-focused commercial bank serving businesses, professionals and individuals in the Greater Baltimore area, announced April 8 that it is committing more than $100,000 to organizations in Greater Baltimore as part of its COVID-19 Relief efforts.

Becton Dickinson announces FDA Emergency Use Authorization for new COVID-19 diagnostic for use in U.S. — Becton Dickinson, a leading global medical technology company, and BioGX Inc., a molecular diagnostics company, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Emergency Use Authorization for a new diagnostic test that will enable hospitals to screen for COVID-19 on site and get results in under three hours.

Maryland Food Bank continues to feed hungry Marylanders through COVID-19 pandemic — As essential second responders, the Maryland Food Bank is working diligently to continue core operations amidst this public health crisis.

Coalition for a Second Chance: How to help with issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic — There are immediate ways that you can contribute to organizations who are continuing to work to fulfill their mission and assist individuals who are returning to society from incarceration to obtain jobs, education and job training.

Baltimore Corps’ Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Baltimore — Baltimore Corps will announce an intensive technical assistance program and a public education campaign to support small businesses and social entrepreneurs trying to navigate the crisis.

Legg Mason invites organizations to #InspireACTION — These stories involve local organizations that have quickly adapted their mission to the current environment to provide critical support to those in need.

Legg Mason partner organizations help to address nutritional needs in Baltimore — Legg Mason shares information to promote awareness of innovation at a local level and often on a small scale at some of Legg Mason’s partner organizations under the hashtag #InspireAction.

Southwest Airlines provides support amid COVID-19 pandemic — Southwest has been actively supporting communities impacted by the coronavirus. The airline has reached out to FEMA and Medical Transportation Grant Program (MTGP) hospitals to offer complimentary cargo transport to support the hospital’s important work.

BBJ: BGE, Constellation donate $1M toward coronavirus relief organizations — Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., Constellation and their parent company, Exelon Corp., are donating $1 million to help with the daily operating costs of Maryland nonprofits and small businesses focused on coronavirus relief.

Chase Brexton launches COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to support patient care, establish telehealth capability — Chase Brexton Health Care has established a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund which will help the community health center maintain patient screening and testing efforts and build its telehealth capability.

Centerplate redirects its food supply as coronavirus shuts down its venues — At the Baltimore Convention Center, just under 3 tons of food was distributed among several area nonprofits, including New Life Food Pantry, Project PLASE Emergency Shelter, St. Vincent de Paul’s Beans & Bread and Helping Up Mission.

McCormick’s Response to COVID-19 — To support the hard-hit restaurant community, McCormick will be contributing to a fund to help restaurant employees and their families in areas where McCormick operates.

Under Armour will make protective gear for Md. hospital workers during coronavirus pandemic — Under Armour plans to make more than 500,000 masks, assemble and distribute 1,000 face shields and make thousands of hospital gowns in Baltimore.

Weinberg Foundation announces $4M emergency grant funding in response to COVID-19 crisis — The emergency grants will support current grantees that are providing vital services within their communities while facing severe operational challenges as a result of this pandemic.

M&T contributes $100,000 to Baltimore City Public Schools’ fund supporting students, families affected by COVID-19 — With schools throughout Baltimore City closed due to COVID-19, money raised by the fund will supplement existing local, state and federal food insecurity funding to help provide food to students who typically get their meals at school.

Sagamore Spirit Distillery to produce hand sanitizer amid COVID-19 pandemic — The Maryland Rye distiller has procured materials sufficient to manufacture an initial 54,000 liters of hand sanitizer that will first be made available to Maryland health providers including Johns Hopkins.

Kaiser Permanente gives $1M and provides 1st-ever injection of investigational vaccine — The organization will donate $1 million to public health organizations and has given the first-ever injection of an investigational vaccine for the 2019 novel coronavirus.

CareFirst commits $2M to nonprofits addressing community needs amid coronavirus — CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield will contribute $2 million to area nonprofits, including Baltimore Community Foundation and United Way of Central Maryland, serving the needs of communities during the novel coronavirus outbreak.

T. Rowe Price to grant $500K towards coronavirus relief efforts — The T. Rowe Price Foundation announced it will grant $500K to global and local organizations working to relieve the widespread impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting gaps in community services.

Under Armour pledges up to $2M for coronavirus relief efforts — The Baltimore-based sportswear maker announced March 19 it will donate $1 million to Feeding America, a nonprofit network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs.

BGE donates $175K to Md. nonprofits for coronavirus response and relief — Nonprofits such as the United Way of Central Maryland, the Maryland Food Bank and the Baltimore Community Foundation will share in the $175K donation.

Bank of America commits $100 million in support of communities around the world impacted by coronavirus pandemic — The funds will help increase medical response capacity, address food insecurity, increase access to learning as a result of school closures, and provide support to the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Truist announces $25M COVID-19 relief measures for communities, clients and teammates — The company will immediately donate $1 million each to the CDC Foundation and Johns Hopkins Medicine through the Truist Charitable Fund to aid in response and recovery efforts and assist in the purchase and delivery of much-needed medical supplies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also see:

COVID-19: GBC Coverage and Response

Special Update on State and Federal Legislation Related to COVID-19

COVID-19 Resources and Helpful Websites