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:

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:

BBJ: How banks are stepping up during the coronavirus pandemic

BBJ: Good deeds don’t go unnoticed. Here’s who’s doing them during this crisis.

Are you a GBC Member company supporting the community through the COVID-19 outbreak? Send your news to Zoe Adams at This list will continue to be updated throughout the outbreak. See more GBC Member News here.


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