Early in 2020, Target committed $10 million to expand relief and assistance to team members and organizations helping respond to the coronavirus. The $10 million donation supported four areas: team members, local communities, national organizations and global response organizations. This donation supported:
- Team Members: $1 million was donated to the Target Team Member Giving Fund to help with the impact of this crisis on team members.
- Local Communities: $5 million was donated to local and state community foundations supporting organizations addressing the greatest needs in their area, such as helping vulnerable and underrepresented populations. Recipients included partners coast to coast, including the Seattle Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which supports local organizations deploying emergency resources like financial support and childcare; the Greater New Orleans Foundation Disaster Response and Restoration Fund and its network of community organizations taking care of the elderly and the homeless, and many more.
- National Organizations: $3 million supported national partners assisting with response and recovery for affected communities. Recipients included the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, which supports nonprofits working directly with the most vulnerable populations in order to help build response capabilities; and Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization with a network of more than 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries.
- Global Response: $1 million supported organizations that are helping provide critical medical equipment and supplies to regions around the world. Recipients included Project ECHO, an organization bringing tele-medicine capabilities to remote locations and vulnerable populations in India and throughout the world; and UNICEF, which is delivering life-saving health supplies, building water and hygiene facilities, and keeping kids connected to education while working to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Target also supported the United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund in support of the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Click here to see the list of grant recipients.
Target also invested $5 million to help underserved communities, at home and across the globe, have access to a coronavirus vaccine and to support vaccine education efforts. This donation supports:
- $1 million to local and national nonprofits in the U.S. offering access to free and discounted rides to vaccination appointments through Lyft’s Universal Vaccine Access campaign, which is mobilizing a coalition of partners to provide underserved communities access to rides to and from vaccination sites.
- $2.5 million to local community organizations across the country to better support vaccination efforts directly in the neighborhoods they serve. That includes to the Minnesota Council on Foundations to coordinate philanthropic support with the Minnesota Department of Health’s vaccine equity effort to reach communities of color, people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations in our hometown of Minneapolis. It also includes supporting Latinos Progresando in Chicago to increase vaccinations in the Latino community.
- $1 million toward the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative’s effort to educate the public and build confidence around the vaccines, particularly within communities of color hit particularly hard by the pandemic.
- $500,000 to support UNICEF USA’s global work alongside the World Health Organization and partners to ensure fair, equitable access to vaccines, including countries with limited vaccine access.
To support the communities where our team members in India live and work, we are donating $500,000 to UNICEF. The funds will help increase access to life-saving oxygen treatments in hospitals across the country and bring faster, more accurate testing resources to the hardest-hit communities. We’re also donating to local nonprofits providing additional aid throughout the country.
In the U.S., on top of previous donations of anti-viral and N95 respirator masks to first responders and healthcare professionals at more than 50 organizations across the country, Target donated an additional 2 million KN95 respirator masks to the medical community and continues to find ways to get additional masks for those in critical need.