March 31, 2020:
Update on Hillman Family Foundations’ COVID-19 Response:
With the country facing an unprecedented crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hillman Family Foundations have responded with a range of immediate actions while attempting to anticipate emerging needs over the coming weeks and months.
Focusing on our Pittsburgh-based foundations, our main concern at this time is for the health and safety of the people of Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania with our priorities aimed at supporting front line public health responders and our partners who serve children, seniors and the most vulnerable individuals in our communities.
Here are some of the actions we’ve already taken:
- We are in daily contact with our partners in the nonprofit community, local government and civic and corporate leadership to understand and respond to the most urgent needs;
- We have committed over $7 million in emergency response funds that began being deployed on March 16, 2020. Funds have been issued to the Allegheny County Health Department, Allegheny County Department of Human Services, The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Emergency Action Fund, The United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and the University of Pittsburgh Center for Vaccine Research, among others;
- We have released designations and restrictions on current grants whenever possible in consultation with our recipient partners;
- We are working to advance all 2020 scheduled payments to be issued as soon as possible to relieve cash constraints likely to be faced by our partners;
Although we will continue to direct our resources in the coming weeks to fighting the public health crisis and assisting those most at risk, we are deeply concerned about the economic devastation this crisis is having and will have on our region. We have already begun planning for how we can support the enormous economic recovery challenge we will face once the immediate public health crisis is behind us. The negative impacts on many individuals, businesses, and our nonprofit community will be significant and long-lasting. We will need your ideas and creativity and will be looking to you to help guide these efforts.
The COVID-19 pandemic will be a defining event of the 21st-century and its mark on this country will never go away. In the midst of today’s anxiety and fears, and with many difficult days still ahead, let’s remember that we are a city and a region that has faced devastation and prevailed. We have demonstrated, as much as any place in the world, that calamity can be overcome. We are crisis-tested and battle-tested and we can lead the world on the path to recovery. That will be our challenge and opportunity.
March 16, 2020:
Statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Hillman Family Foundations staff has been actively involved in preparing for and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in the communities we serve. The Pittsburgh-based Hillman Foundations have allocated $2 million in emergency funding, starting with helping our critical nonprofit partner organizations, with a commitment to a joint fund administered by the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania and The Pittsburgh Foundation. We are currently evaluating multiple immediate response requests, and hope to have more to report in the coming days.
In compliance with the advice from the Centers for Disease Control and state and local health officials, our staff is working remotely. We expect to maintain as normal operations as possible through this crisis, and you should experience no interruption in receiving payments, getting information, or working with our team. Meetings are being conducted via teleconference and we will not be scheduling site visits at this time. We encourage you to take all necessary actions to ensure your health and safety and that of those around you, and to follow the advice of our state and local official at this difficult time.