COVID-19 Emergency Response
As the onset of COVID-19 started to make its impact across Appalachia, the effects of the virus became especially apparent to the nonprofit community. In response, the EQT Foundation awarded $360,000 in emergency grant support to community foundations and feeding programs across our operational footprint. Funds given to community foundations were earmarked for relief funds to assist nonprofits with COVID-19-related response efforts. From the purchasing of personal protective equipment for staff and volunteers, to emergency support to help offset resources from canceled fundraisers, the needs were many and diverse in each community.
In addition to Foundation support of local food banks, EQT Corporation gifted an additional $12,500 to smaller, grassroots feeding programs in our direct operational footprint. Throughout the summer months, EQT employees also spent personal time volunteering to help with drive-through food distribution events, as well as packaging food boxes for delivery.
As an additional response to the pandemic, the international Giving Tuesday movement — #GivingTuesdayNow — set a campaign to encourage worldwide philanthropy on May 5, 2020. From April 1 to May 5, the EQT Foundation double-matched gifts made by employees to nonprofits. The EQT Foundation donated a total of $77,505 to nonprofits across the country in response to employee giving.