Beyoncé and her BeyGOOD charitable foundation have pledged $6 million to the fight against the novel coronavirus.
The 38-year-old announced the sizable contribution in a press release, which was shared with Digital Music News. BeyGOOD is presently supporting “organizations that are on the ground 24/7,” including Houston-based Bread of Life (which chiefly provides meals to homeless persons), Batavia, New York’s United Memorial Medical Center, and Matthew 25: Ministries (which offers food, clothing, shelter, and medicine to in-need individuals), among several others.
This newest $6 million funding will reach mental-health organizations and assist them in aiding those who require support. Specifically, UCLA, Los Angeles, will receive funds to develop digital resources designed to reduce stress and anxiety, while a portion of the cash will also benefit the National Alliance in Mental Illness (NAMI) and its Houston, New Orleans, New York City, and Detroit divisions.
Beyoncé, like Rihanna and Jay-Z, has partnered with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s #startsmall initiative to make the donation. Dorsey previously voiced his intention to contribute $1 billion to COVID-19 relief.
Additionally, Beyoncé and BeyGOOD’s statement emphasized once again the coronavirus crisis’s disproportionate impact on “communities of color,” which are “underserved” and possessed “already lacking funds for education, housing, and health” prior to the domestic onset of the pandemic.
Beyoncé previously spoke of the matter in a clip that aired during Lady Gaga and the World Health Organization’s One World: Together at Home event. “This virus is killing black people at an alarmingly high rate,” she said.
In recent weeks, Rihanna and her Clara Lionel Foundation have also made headlines for high-value coronavirus-relief donations. Rihanna’s first major COVID-19 aid package came late last month, when she gave $5 million to various relief organizations, $700,000 of which was earmarked specifically for ventilators.
Beyoncé’s husband, Jay-Z, gave to the latter fund (with Rihanna and Dorsey) via his Shawn Carter Foundation. However, he subsequently came under fire when he started furloughing employees and cutting salaries.
To date, medical professionals have diagnosed nearly 2.8 million worldwide coronavirus cases; over 193,000 have perished from the virus, while approximately 765,000 individuals have fully recovered.