LAUNDERS CHARITABLE TRUSTEES ACCELERATE GRANTMAKING TO MEET THE CHALLENGES PRESENTED BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
May 1, 2020 – The Trustees of The Ruth and Hal Launders Charitable Trust (“RHLCT”) held a virtual special meeting in April 2020 and voted unanimously to authorize an out-of-cycle round of grants in light of the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. In taking this action, the Launders Trustees instructed the Trust’s staff to simplify and expedite the grant application and funding process to lessen the burden on applicants and their staffs. The Trustees also directed that grants be limited to public charities which RHLCT has previously supported and which serve vulnerable populations adversely impacted by the current public health crisis. The initial round of these special grants totaled $100,000, and it was completed in record time. In some instances, the time span from application to the grantee’s receipt of funds was reduced to as a few as 7 days. A few of the grantees receiving these emergency grants were the following charities:
FeedMore, Inc., Richmond, Virginia – $25,000;
The Jonnycake Center, Inc., Peace Dale, Rhode Island – $20,000;
Doorways for Women and Families, Arlington, Virginia – $10,000;
Boca Helping Hands, Inc., Boca Raton, Florida – $10,000;
Alpha-Omega Miracle Home, Inc., St. Augustine, Florida – $10,000; and
Achievement Centers for Children and Families – $10,000
A second round of emergency Covid-19 related grants is planned for later this spring.
The Ruth and Hal Launders Charitable Trust is a family foundation headquartered in Herndon, Virginia and is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees.