Puffin Advisory Board Community Response Grants

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On these pages, we’re proud to feature grants that were initiated by the Puffin Advisory Board. The Puffin Foundation works closely with its Advisory Board to help us identify programs across the country doing meaningful work, especially at the community level. With their diverse professional backgrounds, members of the Advisory Board can bring to our attention small but vital organizations that might otherwise be unknown to us.

2020 Recipients

2020 has been, tragically, the year of the Coronavirus pandemic; most of the Advisory Board grants were directed toward community organizations working to meet the many urgent needs that have emerged as a result. The Coronavirus Community Response Grants supported initiatives engaged in direct, local, assistance that included: feeding frontline workers; enabling community members to support their more vulnerable neighbors; providing legal and other support services to incarcerated individuals and their families; providing meals and creating employment opportunities for furloughed service workers; and providing creative outlets for children.

Of course, 2020 was also an election year. The Advisory Board facilitated several grants to organizations working to secure voting rights and ensure a fair and free election process in the midst of the pandemic.

In light of the urgent and overwhelming needs experienced by affected populations this year, the Puffin Foundation expedited its grantmaking process. We wish to thank the Advisory Board for their swift identification of these organizations, many of which are grassroots groups putting their Puffin funds directly into the hands (and mouths) of those who need them. As the crisis continues to unfold, we look forward to making additional grants based on input from our Advisory Board.

VoteRiders

This California based national organization provides nonpartisan support to young voters seeking to register and participate in the election via…

Spread the Vote

A California based organization that works to facilitate the purchase of state IDs needed for voting via a new Remote…

Bronx Móvil

A Bronx based org supporting street outreach in the Bronx and Washington Heights, providing meals, PPE, and harm reduction supplies…

Arts & Democracy

This Brooklyn based organization works to support two online convenings, along with followup, to boost voter engagement. artsanddemocracy.org

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