Today, all around us, we see the heroic efforts of so many exceptional individuals and organizations as they respond to COVID-19 with selflessness, dedication, and urgency. Their ranks include many of our grantees. To all of them, we express our admiration and gratitude.

In this sixth week of working remotely, the Corporation is fully operational and responding to the emergency needs of our grantees with greater flexibility. We are reviewing developments in our program areas of democracy, international peace and security, African higher education, and education. In the realm of our national education program alone, our grantees have faced widespread disruption, requiring the need for our collaboration, expert guidance, and the reallocation of funding.



The NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund today announced that 276 New York City-based social services and arts and cultural nonprofits affected by the coronavirus pandemic have received support since the Fund was established on March 20, 2020, through a philanthropic collaboration. The Fund has raised $95 million and has awarded $44 million in grants and interest-free loans to small and midsize nonprofits with plans to issue additional funds to more organizations in the weeks to come.

The goal is to assist community organizations across New York’s five boroughs with support ranging from $8,000 to $250,000 per grant, and from $100,000 to $3 million per loan. The funds will help nonprofits continue their daily operations and offset lost revenues that are hurting their ability to pay rent, make payroll, and fulfill their public service missions.


Carnegie Corporation of New York and its peer institutions have announced the formation of a new fund to assist New York City in addressing the many hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Following the model of generosity and collaboration established by the New York City philanthropic community during the aftermath of 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy, the NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund will provide $75 million in grants and interest-free loans to small and midsize nonprofit organizations to help them respond to emerging needs, cover losses associated with the disruption of their operations, and help them continue their critical work. 

We will continue without interruption our mission of promoting the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding around issues of peace, education, and democracy — enduring causes established by Andrew Carnegie that are increasingly important in light of current crises. Indeed, it is our goal to strengthen our foundational work and further the role of the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.