Donation from tech CEO more than doubled SF’s coronavirus relief fund in a single day


Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has donated $15 million to the city’s Give2SF COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, more than doubling the total of contributions raised in support of the emergency relief program, Mayor London Breed announced Tuesday.

The donation will be split evenly across three of the fund’s targeted priority areas established by Breed earlier in March: food security, housing access, as well as supporting workers and small businesses. According to the statement, this funding will cover the cost of groceries and delivered meals to 5,000 homes for three months. Additionally, at least 1,250 households will be given $3,000 in order to help pay rent, utilities, and other housing costs, and 0% interest loans will be provided to small businesses through the San Francisco Hardship Emergency Loan Program.

This will boost the city’s fund to a total of $26.3 million.

“COVID-19 affects us all, but disproportionately affects those who were already in need,” Dorsey said in a statement released by the Mayor’s Office. “It’s important to acknowledge this fact and provide more support to those who are struggling. Food and shelter to weather this crisis is critical, and I want to thank the Mayor and City of San Francisco for ensuring these funds will help people directly and immediately.”

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Financial relief will be prioritized for undocumented workers and low income communities, many of whom the statement says have been “especially hard hit” by the virus because they do not qualify for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act or loan programs.

“Our goal is to help Latino families meet their basic needs of staying sheltered, pay their bills and feed their families. Through this Fund, we aim to serve Latino, Native American and undocumented families, which are among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Melba Maldonado, Executive Director of La Raza Community Resource Center, which is working in partnership with the fund.

According to the statement, Latino people make up 40% of reported cases of COVID-19 as they comprise just 15% of San Francisco’s population. Maldonado said she hopes their work will not only bolster the stability of the community, but also promote strength and solidarity within the city and county as well.

“I am incredibly grateful for Jack Dorsey’s generous contribution to Give2SF and our efforts to support our most vulnerable residents during this public health crisis,” Breed said in the statement. “This donation will make a critical difference in the lives of thousands of undocumented, mixed-status, and low-income San Franciscans who are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the $15 million from #StartSmall, we’ll help people get food on the table, remain in their homes, and receive the financial assistance they need to make it through this emergency.”

Read the full statement and learn more about the fund here.


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Amanda Bartlett is an SFGATE associate digital reporter. Email: | Twitter: @byabartlett

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