The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation has given grants to 68 organizations, totaling nearly $3.4 million, in California to provide relief amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These unrestricted grants were intended to help the Foundation’s nonprofit partners continue to provide vital services to the most vulnerable members of their communities.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has been a one-two punch for many of our California-based nonprofit partners by increasing the needs for their services while reducing their fundraising capability and ability to rely on volunteers,” said Kenzie Ferguson, vice president of the Foundation and corporate social responsibility for Delta Dental of California.
“We made the decision to allocate nearly all of our 2020 funding to support those fighting on the front lines of COVID-19 and will continue to be a resource to our communities as this pandemic continues,” said Ferguson.
Organizations that received funding included health centers, food banks, and other community organizations providing services to elderly and homebound individuals. The grants in California are only a fraction of the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation response, the organization said.
In total, the Foundation has given approximately $11 million to more than 250 organizations across 15 states and Washington, DC, and plans to make several million more in additional funding available in the coming months to respond to emerging needs as the pandemic continues.
Delta Dental of California and its affiliates also partnered with Lendeavor on a $300 million loan program for its independent dental providers and offered premium relief to customers. The company also provided emergency time off and other resources to employees affected by illness or closures resulting from the pandemic. All told, Delta Dental of California and its affiliates’ financial support for those affected by COVID-19 has exceeded $700 million.