16 April 2020
Grosvenor Americas gives $265K to combat COVID-19 and help those on the front line
Our People and the Curve
We are focused on the health and safety of our people; we continue to take an informed approach to the evolving COVID-19 situation by closely monitoring government advice in the United States and Canada; we have been proactively managing our response in line with this advice. All of our people in our three offices have been working from home since mid-March; this is the most conservative approach we can take for our people while also doing our part to slow down the virus to help protect those at risk in the communities where we operate.
Funding charities on the frontline
Our staff have identified several community-based organizations and vulnerable groups impacted by the pandemic. Together, Grosvenor’s San Francisco, Vancouver and Washington, D.C. offices have placed $265,000 so far targeting local charitable organizations to help hospitals and healthcare workers, facilitate meals and educational tools for school-aged children and assist food banks with procurement and funding.
"Through Grosvenor’s support, DCPS is closing the digital divide, one student at a time.” – Zoe Lewis, Program Manager, DC Public Education Fund"
In Washington, D.C., we identified 115 students within three District of Columbia Public Schools in need of internet and laptops so that they can participate in online learning. We committed $40,000 to the DC Public Education Fund to purchase laptops and have partnered with our tenant Best Buy to source the necessary equipment. We’ve donated to the Capital Area Food Bank to help their hunger relief efforts. We gave funds to Martha’s Table, who in the wake of Covid-19, are not only helping families access financial resources, food and household essentials, but also providing stipends, grocery gift cards and up to 6,750 bags of groceries to the community weekly. Alongside CBG Building Company we partnered two local retailers to provide gift cards for dinners and 250 lunch meals for the construction teams working on the Quincy Lane master plan development.
In San Francisco, we’re supporting the Edgewood Center for Children and Families, a group that helps thousands of abused, neglected, and traumatized children in the Bay Area through life-changing programs that transform and heal. We’ve placed $25,000 with Project Open Hand, which will help their 125 dedicated volunteers provide groceries and meals to seniors, people with HIV/AIDS, and neighbors with illness living in San Francisco and Oakland as they battle isolation or challenges of aging. POH prepares 2,500 nutritious meals daily and provides 200 bags of healthy groceries every day to help sustain residents and nourish the community. A $25,000 donation to No Kid Hungry will go toward a national campaign run by Share Our Strength, a non-profit working to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. The COVID response has a goal of $5M and has raised $2.1M towards 800,000 meals a day. We’ve also donated to St. Anthony’s, who since 1950 has provided essential support to San Franciscans living in poverty, serving 2M pounds of food per year. The Homeless Prenatal Program we gave to works to break the cycle of childhood poverty in the SF Bay Area by providing young and expectant families with housing assistance, childcare, mental health and parenting services, counseling, financial coaching, and more. And finally, we’re pleased to support UCSF Health who delivers the best possible health care to Patients from all over the country through caring, healing, teaching, and discovering.
In Vancouver we‘ve helped purchase a GlideScope for Vancouver General Hospital to assist with COVID-19 related emergency intubations. We committed to help feed Vancouver families in need and have placed $10,000 with our regional food bank. We have also donated $20,000 to support BackPack Buddies, a local program providing groceries in backpacks to children in need.
Helping our Tenants
We have offered rent deferrals for our independent/vulnerable retail tenants to ease their cashflow burden to help them stay afloat through these challenging times.
We are offering our tenants practical guidance and information on what resources and financial assistance programs are available to them and where they can go for assistance.
Continuing our efforts and keeping in touch
Over the coming weeks we intend to place more donations and will continue to do our share to help those on the front lines or those put in hardship. In tandem, we will continue monitoring official guidance and actively respond to feedback from all the people and businesses that Grosvenor works with.