Ford Employee Donation Match Program Contributes More than $1 million to COVID-19 Relief Worldwide.
Ford Motor Company Fund today published Ford employees, and others contributed $1,133,447 million to COVID-19 support campaigns around the world, exceeding its goal. The COVID-19 Donation Match Program was established in April to provide Ford employees, their families and friends a way to help fight the spreading pandemic that held them at home and unable to assist in conventional ways.
“Giving back is one of Ford’s important values and that is most represented in our employees,” said Bill Ford, managing chairman, Ford Motor Company. “We got so many requests from staffs asking how they could assist in the early days of the pandemic. The contribution match program presented a significant way for workers to join the fight against COVID-19 – even at a time they could not bodily be there to dive in and help make a difference.”
Through the match, 47 nonprofits and groups in 20 countries and 14 U.S. states collected funds distributed by Ford staff and others that were then met by $500,000 from the Ford Fund and personal contributions from Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford. The contribution match helped community projects in markets with notable coronavirus-related shortages and a tangible number of Ford employees. Nearly one-third — 29 per cent — of the funds went to hunger relief efforts.
The next largest share, 24 per cent, was reserved for projects that met a blend of basic human needs – food, shelter and clothing. Institutional efforts received 19 per cent of the funds. Remaining donations sustained health-related projects, along with efforts to keep arts performances alive virtually and preserve jobs at businesses that provide historical and cultural education.
“This pandemic has changed every regard of our daily life and put many charitable organizations at risk of being incapable to serve their communities,” said Mary Culler, president, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Thanks to the kindness of our workers and others, we were able to help a extensive variety of projects around the world and maintain the critically important job these nonprofits are doing.”
The business was conducted by GlobalGiving, Ford’s longtime disaster relief and global grantmaking partner. Below is a representation of how nonprofits throughout the world used donations to make an impression in their communities. In Egypt, 5,410 food boxes were given by The Egypt Food Bank to labour families hit by Covid-19. A total of 27,050 recipients living in different Egyptian governorates were provided with the minimum food requirements.
In Brazil, Obras Sociais Irmã Dulce fed nearly 1,200 families for a month and presented nearly 20,000 lunches to homeless citizens. In Ontario, Canada, the David McAntony Gibson Foundation gave 35,000 hygiene kits; 150,000 kg (330,700 lbs) of dried food; as well as 26,000 “thank you” gifts to frontline operators who are attending for the most vulnerable in their communities. St Mungo’s in England has helped over 2,700 unprotected people off the streets and from emergency shelters into singular hotel rooms.