Female CEO’s Who Are Stepping Up To Aid In Corona Relief
The world is reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic. It appears to have blindsided families and businesses alike. Movie theaters and restaurants are closing, mothers and fathers are losing their jobs, and mom and pop businesses are finding themselves bankrupt. Luckily, there are a few powerful people who have decided to use their fortune and platform to aid in getting the world back on track. Here’s a list of boss ladies who are lending a hand.
Sara Blakely, Spanx founder and co-owner of the Atlanta Hawks, is doing her part to keep women-owned businesses afloat amid the COVID-19 crisis. The billionaire founder announced via Instagram that she will grant 1,000 female CEO’s a gift of $5,000. Each recipient of the donation will also receive an all-access annual pass to MasterClass, an online education platform based in San Francisco.
Taraji P. Henson, actress, producer, and mental health advocate, will offer free therapy sessions for African-Americans in under served communities impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Her Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, created in her fathers honor, will provide tele-therapy sessions with licensed and culturally competent clinician. To donate to this campaign, visit her website here.
Amal Clooney, human rights activist and lawyer joined forces with her husband, George Clooney, to donate $250,000 each to The Motion Picture and Television home – where her husband is a board member — the SAG-AFTRA FUND, and Los Angeles Mayors Fund. An additional $300,000 has also been provided to three international charities; Lebanese Food Bank, Lombardo Italy Region and the NHS according to Deadline.
The media mogul is no stranger to philanthropy. Over the years Oprah Winfrey has donated millions of dollars to charitable causes and she can now add Covid-19 to the list. Not only has she donated $10 million dollars for the COVID-19 relief fund, but she has also launched an Apple TV series, ‘Oprah Talks COVID-19’ to educate on the pandemic according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Rihanna, singer, philanthropist, and entrepreneur, has pledged $5 million dollars from her Clara Lionel Foundation. She is also partnering with Twitter co- founder Jack Dorsey to co-fund 4.2 million to address the current crisis for domestic violence victims in Los Angeles.
The 22-year-old Kylie Skin founder, and her mom Kris teamed up with Coty- a major stakeholder in cosmetics and skincare lines, to make the hand sanitizer for those on the ‘front line’ of the COVID-19 pandemics. And each bottle of sanitizer is labelled with the message, “Dedicated to first responders working to support our communities.” They delivered 5000 bottles to Los Angeles hospitals.
Cardi B has partnered with with Fashion Nova Cares to give away $1,000 every hour from now until May 20, to families and individuals who have been financially impacted by the novel coronavirus. That is a total of $1 million dollars.
Selena Gomez recently released a deluxe version of her album ‘Rare’ and announced via Instagram that $1 from each item purchased out of her store will go to support the PLUS1 Fund, set-up for musicians and creatives impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Queen Bey is doing her part to aid the COVID-19 relief. According to Harpers Bazaar Magazine, her foundation BeyGOOD will donate 6 million dollars towards mental health of those effected by the coronavirus pandemic. The grammy award winning singer will partner with Jack Dorsey’s #startsmall initiative to finance relief for mental health facilities supported by UCLA in the New York, Houston, New Orleans, and Detroit areas.