Massachusetts
COVID-19 Relief Fund

Massachusetts is our home. Thank you for helping to keep our neighbors well and safe.

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on Massachusetts communities, especially on the most vulnerable populations and heroic essential workers. The MA COVID-19 Relief Fund has raised $31.4 million to support our neighbors. To date, $31.2 million has been distributed to nonprofits across the state. Nonetheless, the need will likely continue to be felt across many cities and towns through the fall. Food insecurity has reached record highs and homeless, disabled, and immigrant populations will continue to need support.

You can still make an impact.

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We can all continue to help those impacted by COVID-19

Support the community foundations who will distribute funds to local nonprofits across Massachusetts.

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Thanks to your support, 560 nonprofits received funding to serve their communities.

Dots represent towns with Fund grantees, size of dots is scaled to represent the number of grantees in that town. The MA COVID-19 Relief Fund provided grants to nonprofits throughout the state outside of the city of Boston; the Boston Resiliency Fund provided grants to nonprofits in the city of Boston.

Your generosity helped those most impacted by COVID-19 in Massachusetts.

$15.3 million to support vulnerable populations including frontline essential workers, immigrants, and those with disabilites

$10.3 million to address food insecurity

$5.6 million to address housing and homelessness

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The Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund will soon transition from raising centralized funds to asking that donations go directly to our community foundation and food bank partners.

Learn more about the continued work of these organizations to support communities across the state still feeling the impacts of COVID-19.

First Lady of Massachusetts, Lauren Baker

"I can’t thank the people of Massachusetts enough for stepping up to support their neighbors in every corner of the state during this trying time. We have been honored to work closely with the community foundations and food banks across Massachusetts that work day in and day out with their communities to understand the local needs and put donations to use quickly and effectively. We have made tremendous progress battling this horrible virus, but there is still more work to do. We must continue to help our neighbors in need to ensure that all of Massachusetts recovers from the devastating impact of COVID-19." First Lady of Massachusetts, Lauren Baker

About the Fund

$31.4 million raised and $31.2 million awarded to date.

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund supports those across the state most impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis, focusing on essential frontline workers and vulnerable populations including the homeless, immigrant populations, people with disabilities and those facing food insecurity. Launched by First Lady Lauren Baker and the One8 Foundation along with the support of generous donors, Eastern Bank, the Foundation for Business Equity, and The Boston Foundation, the Fund works in concert with regional community foundations and non-profit leaders who partner with local leaders to understand the response and relief landscape, strategically filling in where gaps are pronounced.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the deadline to donate to the MA COVID-19 Relief Fund?

The last day to donate to the MA COVID-19 Relief Fund was July 13, 2020. After July 13th, please donate directly to the community foundations and food banks continuing this important humanitarian relief effort. Make an Impact

What are the priorities of the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund?

Donations to the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund will support high-quality Massachusetts nonprofits that serve those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, with an emphasis on essential worker resources (including healthcare workers), individuals with disabilities, immigrants, food insecurity, and homelessness.

Who is the Fiscal Sponsor for this fund?

Eastern Bank is administering the fund. The Foundation for Business Equity is acting as Fiscal Sponsor for individuals who will give by credit or debit card or by check. The Boston Foundation is also acting as a Fiscal Sponsor and has created a donor advised fund for donations by foundations and through donor advised funds.

Who makes grant decisions?

Grant decisions are made by an advisory council made up of a diverse group of professionals who represent the regions across the state.

I work for a 501(c)(3) organization supporting those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Can I apply to benefit from this Fund?

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund is working with nonprofits and community foundations across the state to meet the greatest need. We are not accepting inbound grant applications. If you are an organization in need of assistance, please reach out to your local community foundation.

I am in individual impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Where can I seek assistance?

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund is directing funds to established community foundations and nonprofits already working with individuals and families across Massachusetts. If you are an individual or family in need, please visit mass211.org.

How will community foundations use my donation?

The MA COVID-19 Relief Fund worked closely with these community foundations over seven funding cycles, through which each has demonstrated their local expertise and abilities. These charitable community foundations will continue to provide humanitarian relief to their local communities across the state, and need your support. Learn more about how you can support continued COVID-19 relief efforts through community foundations here.

How long will the dollars given through the MA COVID-19 Relief Fund provide relief in the state?

Soon after launching on April 6, 2020, the MA COVID-19 Relief Fund began distributing funds to nonprofit organizations across the state. Funds were distributed without interruption to ensure local urgent needs were met expeditiously. The Fund has raised a total of $31.4 million in relief funding that will support the needs of grantees through September 2020, providing a total of six months of relief.

For more information, read our press release.

How much money did the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund raise?

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund raised a total of $31.4 million over six months.

How are the donations being distributed?

The Fund will have granted the $31.4 million in donations over seven rounds of funding by the end of July and will distribute any residual funds to Massachusetts nonprofits providing assistance throughout the state. Over 500 nonprofit organizations across Massachusetts received funding from the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund through our partnerships with 13 community foundations and 5 food organizations. See a list of our grantees here.

What were the guiding principles of the MA COVID-19 Relief Fund?

The guiding principles of the MA COVID-19 Relief Fund were:

  • 100% of all donations will served people and families most in need
  • The Fund worked in partnership with community foundations and local non-profit organizations providing critical, essential services in local communities throughout Massachusetts
  • Get dollars out quickly
  • Monitor progress and provide updates on needs
  • Continue to provide support throughout the crisis
  • While we focused on critical services and basic needs, we recognized this crisis is evolving quickly. We worked with our local community partners to continually assess needs.

What was the criteria of the Fund distribution?

Grant decisions have been made by the Fund’s Advisory Committee, who are diverse professionals representing different regions across the state. Grant decisions were made based on criteria outlined below. The Advisory Committee has strived to meet the most pressing needs across the state using these criteria as a guide for selecting grant recipients.

  • Demonstrated ability to act quickly to support non-profit organizations serving vulnerable residents, individuals with disabilities, healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential service providers
  • Well informed by collaborative regional and local partnerships to identify nonprofits with the ability to serve those in need.
  • Local partners and grantees have the ability to sustain services over the coming months
  • Ability to monitor progress to inform needs
  • Ability to provide data on how exactly the funds are used
  • Non-profit partners must be 501(c)(3) charitable organizations to receive funding

I have other questions. Who can I ask?

Please reach out to info@macovid19relieffund.org with any additional questions.

Thank you to all who have contributed to the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund. Your generosity made a difference to vulnerable populations across the state.

Founding Contributors

One8 Foundation
Abrams Foundation
Advent International
Bank of America
The Baupost Group
Charlesbank Capital Partners
Chris and Lisa Collins
David and Marion Mussafer
Eastern Bank
The Edgerley Family Foundation
Ernie Boch, Jr.
The Frieze Family Foundation
Joshua and Anita Bekenstein Charitable Fund
Klarman Family Foundation
Liz and Phill Gross
Lynch Family Foundation
Mannion Family Foundation
Maurice and Luly Samuels
MFN Partners
Michael and Jill Stansky Family Foundation
Mickey and Bob Atchinson
The Mittelman Family
Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation
Rob and Karen Hale
Stephanie and Brian Spector
TJX
William Helman

Leading Contributors

Abrams Capital
Amazon
Ameresco, Inc.
Ansin Foundation
Barbara and Ed Shapiro
Berkshire Partners LLC
Biogen Foundation
Bill and Kelly Kaiser
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Boston Bruins Charitable Foundation and the Boston Bruins
Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation and the Boston Celtics
Bridgitt and Bruce Evans
Candice and Howard Wolk/Wolk Family Endowment for Individuals and Families in Distress at CJP
Carl Martignetti
Cisco
Cummings Foundation
Eaton Vance
Jennifer and Seth Stier
Jeremy & Kerry Sclar Family Fund
Joe and Lauren Mazella
Lisa and Tom Blumenthal
Mark and Donna Leventhal
Massachusetts Charter Public School Association
Nina and David Fialkow
The Milford Street Fund
Paul and Ann Sagan
Pfizer
Randi and Joel Cutler
Red Sox Foundation
Reynolds Family Foundation
Shippy Foundation
Sperling Family Charitable Foundation
State Street
Steward Health Care
Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Will and Amy Danoff
The Winn Family and the Curtis Family

Critical Supporters

Eastern Bank

In addition to its founding contribution to the Fund, Eastern Bank has provided its services at no cost to the Fund. The Foundation for Business Equity, a 501(c)(3), is serving as one of the fiscal sponsors for this initiative.

The Boston Foundation

The Boston Foundation is a public charity and is also a fiscal sponsor for this initiative. They are providing their services at no cost to the Fund.