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Jeff Bezos is doubling his contribution to All in Washington, a statewide effort to provide COVID-19 relief funds. The Amazon CEO pledged $25 million in matching funds on Monday, equaling a contribution he made back in June.
All in WA is a coalition of philanthropic, business, and community leaders whose aim is to provide relief across Washington state during the coronavirus pandemic. The organization provides funds to causes that support workers and families who have been acutely affected by the crisis, particularly Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities who have been disproportionately impacted.
More than $70 million in contributions have been made to over 50 causes and community funds across the state since All in WA launched in May, according to a news release. A benefit concert in June raised more than $45 million thanks to performances by Pearl Jam, Macklemore, Brandi Carlile, Ben Gibbard, Sir Mix-a-lot, Dave Matthews, Sleater Kinney, The Head and the Heart and more.
Amazon contributed $10 million to sponsor and produce that event, in which Bezos pledged to personally match individual donations under $1 million to All In WA causes, up to a total of $25 million.
All in WA has a new fundraising goal of $100 million, stressing that the impact of the pandemic is far from over. Bezos is again matching individual donations under $1 million.
Seattle Foundation is the architect of the All In WA Fund and provides in-kind administrative support to the statewide coalition. All in WA cause funds are focused on five critical areas of need: child and family services, food insecurity, small-business recovery, youth homelessness, and support for undocumented families. Additionally, All In WA launched the Digital Equity Initiative to address digital access gaps and the Child Care Initiative to expand affordable child care access.
Numerous businesses and organizations have stepped up to help across the state since the COVID-19 crisis started back in March. Microsoft announced last week that it was committing more than $110 million in additional funds to pay service workers who normally work on its campuses, aid non-profits and help schools prepare to reopen. Other efforts have included Microsoft, Amazon and others launching a relief fund in the earliest days of the pandemic; the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation supporting relief causes to the tune of $2.2 million; and Amazon also donating more than $2.5 million to support students from underserved communities in the Seattle region.
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