With North Jersey gripped by a historic health and economic crisis, one local philanthropy has handed out almost $2 million in grants in recent weeks to help hospitals and nonprofits counter the coronavirus.
Since the start of April, the Russell Berrie Foundation, which is based in Teaneck, has provided $1.82 million to 14 organizations to help them help others in need.
"What we’re trying to do is create a fabric of organizations that are connected that are all driven to helping out those in need," said Ruth Salzman, the foundation's CEO.
The philanthropy is prioritizing health care institutions on the front line, Salzman said. Englewood Health, Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck and Bergen New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus have each received $250,000 to help purchase personal protective equipment, ventilators and other emergency support.