As the world continues to face the economic and societal repercussions of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, Microsoft has pledged $ 1 million to Puget Sound’s COVID-19 response fund. Microsoft’s $ 1 million commitment will go to “non-profit and community organizations on the front lines of responding to coronaviruses.” As noted in an article on the Microsoft on Issues blog, Microsoft President Brad Smith explains the criteria for using money effectively.
“Criteria for the initial emergency response phase are being developed to ensure that funds are allocated in a targeted, agile and responsive way where funds are most needed. The initial grants will support organizations that work with priority populations, such as: people on sick leave or health insurance; medically fragile populations; hourly and gig economy workers; healthcare workers and people with limited command of English.
The group will raise funds throughout the epidemic and recovery phases to allocate resources as needs emerge and evolve. In difficult times, the greater Seattle community has a solid history of rapprochement. It is a time that calls the community to come together again. “
In addition, Microsoft will also match the contributions of its own employees to the COVID-19 response fund. Smith notes that while Microsoft and other business partners can contribute to the fund, there is still work to be done at the local and federal government levels to be better prepared to handle the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
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