The Nationwide Foundation will give $1 million grants to the American Red Cross, Feeding America and the United Way.
Its board also approved up to $2 million to be "distributed to communities where Nationwide companies operate to assist them in responding to Covid-19."
"Finances, staffs, programs and resources are being stretched as these non-profits not only serve their communities but feel the impact themselves," Nationwide CEO Kirt Walker, who is also chairman of the Nationwide Foundation, said in a news release. "During these challenging times, we each have a responsibility, when we can, to lift those around us.”
The $2 million in unspecified donations will go to the foundation's "existing nonprofit partners," according to the foundation.
“We are facing unprecedented, extraordinary times that call for immediate action,” Nationwide Foundation President Chad Jester said in the release. “The Nationwide Foundation is proud to be able to take this step to support the communities where we operate and the nation as a whole.”
The foundation also announced that it will donate medical supplies, including masks and surgical gloves, to Nationwide Children's Hospital and OhioHealth in Columbus, along with Mercy One and UnityPoint hospitals in Des Moines, Iowa.
"Nationwide operates occupational health clinics at its major facilities in both cities and had limited supplies in place for use during influenza season," the release says. "Given the company’s quick transition to a work-from-home posture in the past few weeks, the decision was made to donate these supplies to key, front-line health care facilities."
Nationwide's donation joins other organizations and corporations pitching in to the relief effort. Some recent updates include:
- The American Electric Power Foundation will donate $1.5 million in emergency funds, including nearly $500,000 in Ohio, to "support basic human needs" and support customers.The Columbus Foundation also announced that its new Covid-19 emergency response fund has received $500,000 donations from the Haslam Sports Group and Diamond Hill Capital Management.United Way of Central Ohio's response fund has received more than $440,000 in donations, activating another $220,000 in matching funds.