Tufts Health Plan Foundation commits $1 million to address COVID-19

March 2020|Press releases

Foundation also allows current grantees flexibility to help those affected by the coronavirus

WATERTOWN, MA – Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced today it is making an additional $1 million available to efforts driven by community and to nonprofit organizations supporting older people affected by the coronavirus outbreak in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut.

Tufts Health Plan Foundation will continue to support healthy aging by funding organizations assisting with access to food, at-home support, housing, transportation, medical supplies and other services, especially for older people and those most vulnerable. Those with underlying health conditions and people over 60 have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. It is especially important to ensure resources are available to provide these supports and services.

“We are grateful to the local, state and federal public health agencies, first responders, and the many community organizations who are stepping up to respond to this challenge,” said Tom Croswell, Tufts Health Plan president and CEO. “We hope this funding will provide local organizations flexibility in their operations to respond to pressing and emerging needs in the communities they support.”

The Foundation will work with leaders from community, government and other key stakeholders across the region to coordinate distribution of the funding. Funds will go to Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut organizations working to address the current crisis. Efforts must demonstrate coordination, collaboration and focus on addressing disparities.

“Philanthropy makes a difference in this time of uncertainty. By increasing the resources available to communities, we all can improve response and recovery capacity,” said Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 command center lead, Marylou Sudders. “It is important to have broad support from all sectors as we manage our response, and Tufts Health Plan Foundation is demonstrating leadership by providing flexible funding to help some of our most vulnerable residents during this unprecedented outbreak.”

Tufts Health Plan Foundation also will provide current grantees the flexibility to adjust their budgets to support new work related to COVID-19. In addition, donations made by Tufts Health Plan employees to nonprofit organizations responding to COVID-19 are eligible for a two-for-one match, effectively tripling their donations. This double match will allow employees to give to where they see the biggest needs in their communities.

“We’re grateful to our board for their swift action,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president for corporate citizenship at Tufts Health Plan. “It’s our responsibility to listen to community, to be nimble, relevant and responsive.”

UPDATE November 19, 2020: Nonprofits Receive $900,000 in Funding from Tufts Health Plan Foundation to Address COVID-19 Pandemic

UPDATE June 29, 2020: Tufts Health Plan Foundation Board Approves Additional Funding for Organizations Responding to Coronavirus: $900,000 will Support Recovery and Rebuilding in Communities across the Region

UPDATE May 19, 2020: List of 49 Organizations Receiving Funding to Address Coronavirus

UPDATE May 19, 2020: Tufts Health Plan Foundation Announces Third Wave of Funding to Address Coronavirus Impact: $170,000 Supports 10 Community Organizations Responding to Inequities in Communities

UPDATE April 14, 2020: Tufts Health Plan Foundation Announces Second Wave of Funding to Address Coronavirus Impact: Accelerates Payments to Current Grantees to Ease Financial Pressure

UPDATE March 26, 2020: 21 Organizations to Receive First $500,000 of $1 Million Committed by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation: Food Access Most Pressing Need in Face of Coronavirus