COVID-19 News Digest: Week of June 29, 2020

COVID-19 News Digest: Week of June 29, 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:

  • How the Virus Won | A visualization by the New York Times that analyzes travel patterns, hidden infections and genetic data to show how the epidemic spun out of control. “We traced the hidden spread of the epidemic to explain why the United States failed to stop it. At every crucial moment, American officials were weeks or months behind the reality of the outbreak. Those delays likely cost tens of thousands of lives.”
  • Philanthropy Rises in Pandemic as Donors Heed the Call for Help | A New York Times article by Paul Sullivan summarizing two reports which show that giving has surged during the pandemic, surpassing donations during the 2008 recession and after 9/11. “Grants to food banks and other food assistance programs were up 667 percent nationally, including more than 800 percent in the Mid-Atlantic. At the same time, donors continued to give to their local and other regular charities, according to the report, which tallied 750,000 transactions to more than 100,000 charities.”
  • Racial Data Dashboard  | A very helpful data tracker by the COVID Tracking Project that provides race and ethnicity data for states that are collecting the data.