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Rapid Response Fund will support local and national efforts to support communities impacted by hatred and gun violence.

The Families and Workers Fund is a groundbreaking, multi-donor pooled fund designed to support the workers, families, and communities most devastated by the economic crisis caused by COVID-19 and to help build back a stronger, more equitable economy that creates opportunity for all. Launched in early April amidst the first peak of the pandemic in the United States, we were the first national, multi-donor fund dedicated to COVID-19’s economic impacts.

Amalgamated Foundation is responding in full force to the unprecedented crisis that COVID-19 has created. As the economy grinds to a halt, the current moment has created a massive economic shock and insecurity for workers, businesses, and communities.

As the impact of COVID-19 continues to unfold, this timely report examines valuable models of success as well as missed opportunities from prior moments of disaster. In early 2020, Amalgamated Foundation examined community-led disaster responses from the 2017 Hurricanes Harvey (Houston), Irma (Florida), and Maria (Puerto Rico). The insights from this work provide valuable lessons to inform and strengthen collective response to the pandemic. 

As the impact of COVID-19 continues to unfold, this timely report examines valuable models of success as well as missed opportunities from prior moments of disaster.

This year, the philanthropic sector has had to grapple with four central crises converging at once: natural disasters sparked by climate change; the public health and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; outrage over racist violence and injustice perpetuated by law enforcement; and a tumultuous election cycle that has challenged the core of our democratic institutions.

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