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Overdeck Family Foundation Gives $2.6 Million of Rapid Response Grants

Overdeck Family Foundation Gives $2.6 Million of Rapid Response Grants

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

COVID-19 has disrupted lives across the globe, affecting the lives and livelihood of millions of people, many of them students and families. Arguably no one area has been as impacted as education, which touches over 70 million children in the U.S. alone. School closures and the quick shift to remote learning have upended what many of us think of as “school,” leading to new challenges and new opportunities.

As education grantmakers, we’ve had a bird’s eye view of how schools, educators, and districts are responding to the crisis. Our grantees support families both in- and out-of-school, from birth to graduation and everywhere in between. They help new parents support their children’s language skills, provide educators a way to identify high-quality curricula, support the development of student-centered learning environments, and bring high-quality afterschool STEM programs to children across the country. All of this has been impacted, in one way or another. 

In an effort to be as responsive as possible to the needs of our grantees, our Foundation has spent the past several weeks approving a series of “rapid response” grants across four categories: digitizing services, growth and expansion, educational materials, and research. As of today, we have approved a total of $2.6 million in grant funding specific to our grantees’ COVID-19 efforts. While this is not the way we usually operate, we realize that extraordinary circumstances call for unique action.

This funding is in addition to the funds we’ve committed to Robin Hood’s Relief Fund to support under-resourced and vulnerable New Yorkers, as well as our commitment to the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, which is supporting COVID-19 relief efforts throughout the state.