COVID-19 Response Archives - Page 5 of 7 - Gates Family Foundation

News: COVID-19 Response

Throughout 2020, Gates Family Foundation shifted a significant amount of its grantmaking capacity from predetermined priorities into a responsive grantmaking pool of funds, to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants provided immediate relief for nonprofits in the areas of public health, food security, and service to highly impacted populations, in addition to a number of contributions to pooled funds for systemic support.

Within our strategic focus areas, program officers also made a number of grants to address the pandemic in various ways.


Center for African American Health

$10,000 | Awarded: 2020

To assist with the health needs of the Black/African American community in northeast Denver and surrounding areas


Chinook Fund – Another World is Possible Fund

$20,000 | Awarded: 2020

Toward the Another World is Possible Fund, which provides COVID-19 pandemic response and longer-term support for Colorado organizations with a social justice mission


DreamSpring – FirstBank PPP Credit Facility

$4,666,500 | Awarded: 2020

In 2020, Gates Family Foundation used its balance sheet to guarantee a loan totaling $12.5 million from FirstBank to Colorado’s three SBA-approved nonprofit lenders


NPX Charitable Inc.

$75,000 | Awarded: 2020

To help launch the Colorado Donor Impact Fund, a pay-for-success model that will invest heavily in three to five impact-oriented Colorado nonprofits poised to