The Nationwide Foundation has announced that it is making $5 million in contributions to local and national charities to support the coronavirus response. The foundation is a private non-profit to which Nationwide companies are donors.
“As communities experience impacts related to the pandemic, many non-profit organizations stand on the front lines, providing basic necessities, wellness services and support to those in need,” said Kirt Walker, CEO of Nationwide and chairman of the Nationwide Foundation. “Finances, staff, programs and resources are being stretched as these non-profits not only serve their communities but feel the impact themselves. During these challenging times, we each have a responsibility, when we can, to lift those around us.”
The Nationwide Foundation has approved $1 million each in national response grants to the American Red Cross, Feeding America and the United Way. It has also approved up to $2 million in grants to be distributed in communities where Nationwide companies operate. The grants will assist the communities in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“We are facing unprecedented, extraordinary times that call for immediate action,” said Chad Jester, president of the Nationwide Foundation. “The Nationwide Foundation is proud to be able to take this step to support the communities where we operate and the nation as a whole.”
The foundation has also donated medical supplies, including masks and surgical gloves, to Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Ohio Health in Columbus, Ohio, as well as Mercy One and UnityPoint hospitals in Des Moines, Iowa.