COVID-19 News Digest: Week of July 13, 2020

Here is this week’s selection of thought-provoking readings and resources that we’ve found useful for navigating the philanthropic response to the coronavirus pandemic:

  • 20 Million Renters Are at Risk of Eviction; Policymakers Must Act Now to Mitigate Widespread Hardship | A comprehensive piece summarizing the risk of mass evictions across the country, the disproportionate impact on Black, Latinx, disabled, formerly incarcerated, undocumented, and LGBTQ communities, and solutions at the federal, state and local levels. “Many states, counties, and cities have already established short-term emergency rental assistance programs, ranging from one-time infusions of a few hundred dollars to fully covering two months of rent. Foundations and nonprofits have also created emergency funds for renters. They could be important partners in a time of falling government revenues and rising expenses.”
  • Trump Administration Strips C.D.C. of Control of Coronavirus Data | A NY Times article reporting that hospitals have been ordered to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and send all patient information to a central database in Washington, raising questions about transparency. “The new instructions were posted recently in a little-noticed document on the Department of Health and Human Services website. From now on, the department — not the C.D.C. — will collect daily reports about the patients that each hospital is treating, the number of available beds and ventilators, and other information vital to tracking the pandemic.”
  • A Gates-Led Effort to Bolster Nonprofits Points Donors and Volunteers to Local Needs | An Inside Philanthropy article summarizing the Gates Foundation’s COVID-19 response. “…the Gates Foundation is providing $725,000 in general operating grant support to groups advocating for policies and programs that benefit the nonprofit community, including the Independent Sector, the National Council of Nonprofits, the Council on Foundations, Philanthropy Roundtable and United Philanthropy Forum. The foundation further allocated another $9.1 million to the United Philanthropy Forum, which will then regrant $8.5 million through its Momentum Fund. The Momentum Fund will provide general operating support grants of up to $100,000 to managers of COVID-19 emergency funds across the country.”