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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The Hadassah Foundation's Response to COVID-19

Women, especially those on the periphery, have been hard hit by the consequences of the pandemic. Women are disproportionately losing their jobs, gender based violence is on the rise, and marginalized populations are facing growing economic and health disparities. The work of many of our grantee partners is needed now more than ever, while at the same time, these organizations are facing increased financial difficulties.

The Hadassah Foundation signed on to the Council on Foundation's Call To Action: Philanthropy's Commitment During COVID 19, to best support our nonprofit partners and the people hit hardest by the impacts of COVID-19. We take this commitment very seriously and urge other funders to do the same.

In keeping with the commitments in the Call To Action, we have taken the following actions:

Connected with each of the US and Israel Grantee organizations to assess the impact the pandemic has had on them and their recipients so far.
For the duration of 2020, we offered the option to convert project-based grants to general operating support, in order to fund their greatest needs.
They can also chose to expedite their upcoming payment, so they have additional cash on hand in the coming months.

Reached out to organizations in the midst of being considered for funding to open lines of communication, making it possible for them to modify or completely change their proposal to meet a pressing need due to the current environment.

Working on a strategy to collaboratively and creatively allocate funds to meet short-term urgent needs as well as longer term implications of the pandemic.

In the weeks and months ahead, The Hadassah Foundation will continue to share with you the actions we are taking. If you have questions or would like to discuss the actions we have taken, contact us at hadassahfoundation@hadassah.org.

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