Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Helmsley Charitable Trust Announces $2.2 Million in Emergency Funding for Ebola Response Efforts
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust today announced a $2.2 million grant to GlobalGiving to support both local and international humanitarian organizations' Ebola relief efforts in West Africa. By investing in locally-led organizations deeply-rooted in the affected communities and already working on the ground, the grant will fund ongoing activities to immediately address emerging priorities in the largest-ever outbreak of this deadly virus, while also ensuring ongoing support for recovery and reconstruction after the emergency response has ended.
While the Helmsley Charitable Trust typically does not make grants involving humanitarian relief efforts, more than 70 percent of its giving is directed to health and medical research initiatives across the U.S. and other regions of the world. "The enormity of this outbreak calls for action among all philanthropic groups that can play a critical role in saving lives," said John R. Ettinger, CEO of the Helmsley Charitable Trust....