A Message about the Spring 2020 Innovation Fund and COVID-19

by Adrian Haro, on March 23, 2020 at 6:08 PM
Adrian Haro about the Spring 2020 Innovation Fund and COVID-19

As COVID-19 turned from a news story that seemed far away to a national emergency here at home, we've been working to understand how to adjust our programming and be responsive to our partners and workers. First, we've been working on modifying our daily operations. Like you, we're adapting how we work and communicate to ensure everyone's safety and health. 

But for us, there’s more at stake than changes to our own day-to-day functioning.

This national emergency is exposing  major gaps in the existing social safety net. During this time of crisis, new ideas to support workers are more important than ever. For this reason, we are committed to proceeding with the current cycle of the Innovation Fund.

We are exploring how to adapt our idea incubation process going forward. Our winners' safety is important to us—and so is their connection. We're confident we can put into place the support structures and tools they will need to test their ideas. We are rescheduling this week's Innovation Fund webinars, but we'll have new dates shortly.

If you have ideas that can support workers, let us hear them. If you have a network, please spread the word that we are still accepting applications.

The continuity of our current programming is important, but we want to do more. Over the last week, we've been working tirelessly to identify and put in place more supports.

Together with our investors and partners, we have put together a rapid response plan to help workers. The next email you receive from me, as early as tomorrow, will contain a major announcement. 

Every one of us is finding our daily interactions changing. You may have been sheltering in place for several days, or you might be expecting new orders to do so, or you may be a worker who has to continue to show up and risk your own health. It's now more important than ever for us to stay connected—to our mission and to each other.

Use the links below to connect with us now on social media to:

  • Stay up to date with news about the Innovation Fund
  • Take part in our rapid response plan
  • Swap stories with fellow members of our community

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Topics: Innovation Fund

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