Jay-Z & Rihanna Donate $1 Million Each for Coronavirus Response Efforts

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: attends Rihanna's 3rd Annual Diamond Ball Benefitting The Clara Lionel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on September 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Clara Lionel Foundation)

The Shawn Carter Foundation, along with Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation, have each donating $1 million for COVID-19 response efforts.


According announcements, the combined $2 million funded by both foundations will “support undocumented workers, the children of frontline health workers and first responders, and incarcerated, elderly and homeless populations in New York City and Los Angeles.”

Last week, CLF donated $5 million to support the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, most particularly for those focused on protecting and serving marginalized communities — helping the most vulnerable in the United States, the Caribbean and in Africa prepare for what is to come.

According to the announcement, the funds will specifically support:

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• Offering daycare, learning materials, food and supplies for the children of frontline healthcare workers and first responders;

• Providing learning materials for the more than 20,000 children and youth learning in shelters and virtual mental health support for parents;

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• Ensuring child care centers are clean and that all personnel are protected;

• Supporting the expansion of home-delivered meals for the elderly and meals for homeless populations in emergency shelters;

• Providing emergency economic support and the expansion of rights for immigrants and undocumented workers;

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• Advocating for free testing and treatment for all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status; and,

• Provision of legal support to protect members of marginalized populations, including advocating for people to be released from jail and detention, encouraging voting and civic engagement during the COVID-19 response period and protecting immigrant communities.

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