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Global Mayors Showcase Innovation in the Face of COVID-19 in Bloomberg Philanthropies Virtual Leadership Convening
The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched many public health systems to the breaking point. With the global toll approaching 1 million deaths, urban populations are bearing the brunt of the impact. Supporting cities—home to more than 50% of the global population—in responding to COVID-19 is critical to blunting the impact of the virus. In a third virtual session, more than 30 mayors and city leaders representing 49 cities joined a panel of their peers in Leading Through Crisis: Reducing the Impact of COVID-19 in Latin America and Africa. The virtual learning series is hosted by Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative and the Partnership for Healthy Cities, with support from Vital Strategies and its Resolve to Save Lives initiative.
NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund Has Issued Over $110 Million in Emergency Funds to New York City-Based Nonprofits
The NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund announced that more than $110 million in emergency support has been distributed to 768 New York City-based social services and arts and cultural nonprofits affected by the coronavirus public health crisis. More than $73 million in grant funding was managed by the New York Community Trust and over $37 million was managed by Nonprofit Finance Fund for no-interest loans. Small to mid-sized nonprofits across New York’s five boroughs applied for grants or interest-free loans to ensure the continuity of their daily operations and to help counteract lost revenue that challenged their ability to pay rent, make payroll or fulfill their public service missions.
Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ford Foundation, and the JPB Foundation Announce $1.2 Million Grant to Support the Fresh Air Fund’s New NYC Summer Spaces and Youth Employment Programs
Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ford Foundation, and The JPB Foundation announced a $1.2 million grant to support The Fresh Air Fund’s new Summer Spaces and Youth Employment Programs in New York City. This partnership represents an investment in shaping the future of New York City by addressing the lack of appealing options this summer for children to play outdoors safely and for young New Yorkers to gain valuable work experience and earn income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mike Bloomberg and General Colin Powell Address 347 City Leaders at Second Virtual Convening to Aid COVID-19 Social and Economic Recovery
Mike Bloomberg and Colin Powell, Former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addressed more than 347 city leaders, including 132 mayors, from 213 cities at the second session of the Leading Social and Economic Recovery Series, the latest offering for cities as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies COVID-19 Local Response Initiative.
The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative announced its fourth class of mayors. Forty mayors from across the U.S. were selected to participate in the program, designed to equip mayors with the leadership and management tools to tackle complex challenges in their cities and improve the quality of life of their citizens. With mayors playing a central role in driving social and economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, this year’s program will focus on the skills required to respond to emerging challenges with an emphasis on equity.
Bloomberg Philanthropies and BloombergNEF (BNEF) released “Investing in the Recovery and Transition of Europe’s Coal Regions,” a new in-depth analysis on the transition of the power sector in four key Central and Eastern European economies: Bulgaria, Czechia, Poland and Romania. Undertaken as part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ partnership with the European Commission’s Coal Regions in Transition Platform, the report reveals that through clean energy investment, these countries can be important drivers of Europe’s green recovery and climate efforts.
New Report Presents India’s Clean Energy Progress as a Model for Cleaner Economic Growth and Recovery Following COVID-19
Bloomberg Philanthropies and BloombergNEF (BNEF) released “India’s Clean Power Revolution,” a new white paper detailing how India has become the world’s largest and most competitive clean energy auction market – and a model country for others looking to leverage low-carbon investments in their Covid-19 economic recovery strategy.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches New Virtual Leadership Series to Support Mayors’ COVID-19 Response in Latin America and Africa
Michael Bloomberg addressed nearly 30 mayors representing 18 countries in the first session of Leading Through Crisis: Reducing the Impact of COVID-19 in Latin America and Africa—a six-part, bi-weekly virtual learning series supported by the Bloomberg Philanthropies COVID-19 Local Response Initiative. The new series, a collaboration between the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative and Partnership for Healthy Cities, provides mayors in Latin America and Africa with science-based guidance, crisis leadership tools, and resources to combat the devastating health, social, and economic impacts of this public health crisis.
Mike Bloomberg and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker Address 390 City Leaders as Part of New Series for Global Mayors to Aid COVID-19 Social and Economic Recovery
Mike Bloomberg and Ford Foundation President, Darren Walker, addressed more than 140 mayors from 222 cities at the first session of the Leading Social and Economic Recovery Series, the latest offering for cities as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies COVID-19 Local Response Initiative.
The Leading Social and Economic Recovery Series will virtually convene global city leaders monthly through the end of the year. The sessions will focus on equitable recovery, building and maintaining resident trust, crisis budgeting and fiscal recovery, and supporting the city workforce during a period of profound change and uncertainty.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Releases COVID-19 Management Metrics for Cities to Support Next Phase of Local Pandemic Response
Bloomberg Philanthropies released the COVID-19 Management Metrics for Cities developed by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and What Works Cities to help city leaders collect and analyze key data to guide the next phase of recovery while keeping the most vulnerable residents’ needs front and center. The set of critical indicators plus technical assistance for cities around their utilization are the latest offering from the Bloomberg Philanthropies Covid-19 Local Response Initiative.
Bloomberg Philanthropies COVID-19 Global Response Initiative Supports 31 African Countries to Expand Their Pandemic Containment and Provides Training for Nearly 6,000 Health Care Workers
In the three months since Bloomberg Philanthropies launched its $40 million COVID-19 Global Response Initiative, with partner Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies, 31 countries in Africa have been able to deepen and expand their public health efforts to minimize the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bloomberg Philanthropies COVID-19 Global Response Initiative is not only supporting these countries in their efforts to contain COVID-19 within their borders, it is also investing in building public health systems to better respond to epidemics that will likely occur in the future.
College Bridge Program, Providing College Transition Support Over Summer, Will Expand to Reach Every Graduating NYC Public High Schooler
College Bridge, an innovative program that helps New York City public high schoolers overcome the “summer melt” and make a successful transition to college, will expand this year to reach every 2020 graduating senior as a direct result of a $877,000 grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. An additional $250,000 grant from The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation will provide support for the program’s summer and fall terms.
Bloomberg Philanthropies COVID-19 Local Response Initiative Announces New Investment in Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced its commitment to continue support for the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund), a national nonprofit organization that partners with local governments to deliver financial empowerment services for low- and moderate-income families. The CFE Fund provides funding and technical assistance to mayors and their teams to develop, launch, replicate, and test financial empowerment strategies and embed them into the local government infrastructure.
Bloomberg Philanthropies and World Central Kitchen Have Served Over One Million Meals to Frontline Workers at 16 Public Hospitals in New York City Caring for COVID-19 Patients
Bloomberg Philanthropies and World Central Kitchen announced that together they have served more than one million meals over the past six weeks to 30,000 healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City. Since this partnership launched with a $6 million gift from Mike Bloomberg on April 15th, workers at 16 facilities of NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest public health care system in the country, were served fresh, daily meals. More than 30 local restaurants, caterers, and food trucks were paid to serve gourmet meals to the hospitals’ doctors, nurses, facilities staffers, police officers, janitors, and visiting medical staff and military personnel. More than 400 NYC food service employees who had lost jobs during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic were put back to work.
Mike Bloomberg Announces New City Leadership Series for Global Mayors to Aid COVID-19 Economic and Social Recovery
Mike Bloomberg announced today a new set of supports for cities to aid COVID-19 as part of Bloomberg Philanthropies COVID-19 Local Response Initiative. Speaking at the 11th convening of mayors hosted in partnership with the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Bloomberg informed cities that the new programming will focus on economic and social recovery and is open to mayors around the world.
NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci and Mike Bloomberg Address More than 300 City Leaders at 10th Virtual Convening to Support Local COVID-19 Response
More than 300 participants from 200 cities around the world, including mayors, local leaders, and members of response teams, joined Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 10th virtual COVID-19 Local Response Initiative convening where Dr. Anthony Fauci, MD, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Michael Bloomberg addressed some of the challenges associated with the pandemic and the path forward to reopening cities.
Vice President Joe Biden and Mike Bloomberg Address More than 350 City Leaders at Ninth Virtual Convening to Support Local COVID-19 Response
More than 350 participants from over 220 cities around the world, including mayors, local leaders, and members of response teams, joined Bloomberg Philanthropies’ ninth virtual COVID-19 Local Response Initiative convening today where Vice President Joe Biden and Michael Bloomberg addressed some of the challenges associated with the pandemic.
Johns Hopkins and Bloomberg Philanthropies, with New York State, Launch Online Course to Train Army of Contact Tracers to Slow Spread of COVID-19
With the urgent need to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with Bloomberg Philanthropies, launched a free online course to help train a new cadre of contact tracers to reach and assist people exposed to the virus. Taking and passing this course will be a requirement for thousands of contact tracers being hired by the state of New York to fight the pandemic.
Chef and Humanitarian José Andrés and Mike Bloomberg Address More Than 350 City Leaders at Eighth Virtual Convening to Support Local COVID-19 Response
More than 350 participants from over 220 cities around the world, including mayors, local leaders, and members of response teams, joined Bloomberg Philanthropies’ eighth virtual COVID-19 Local Response Initiative convening where chef and humanitarian José Andrés, founder of World Central Kitchen, and Michael Bloomberg addressed some of the challenges associated with the pandemic.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Mike Bloomberg Address Nearly 400 City Leaders at Seventh Virtual Convening to Support Local COVID-19 Response
Participants from more than 230 cities around the world, including mayors, local leaders, and members of response teams, joined Bloomberg Philanthropies’ seventh virtual COVID-19 Local Response Initiative convening where the Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan and Michael Bloomberg addressed some of the challenges associated with the pandemic. Joined by moderator Jorrit de Jong, Faculty Director, Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative; Mitchell Weiss, professor at Harvard Business School and creator of the school’s course on Public Entrepreneurship; Dr. Lisa Cooper M.D., a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Equity in Health and Healthcare at Johns Hopkins University; and Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, the Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, Governor Hogan and Mr. Bloomberg highlighted the leading role mayors have in responding to the crisis.
Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Announces Contact Tracing Pilot Program Supported by Mayor Mike Bloomberg to Begin in Coming Weeks
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York’s contact tracing pilot program, with leadership from Mayor Mike Bloomberg, will begin in the coming weeks. This nation-leading tracing program will focus on areas with the highest rates of infection and on regions where data shows could be the first to open. The program will operate through the next flu season, and it will be implemented in coordination with tri-state neighbors New Jersey and Connecticut.
Johns Hopkins University announced the launch of the COVID-19 Testing Insights Initiative, a one-stop resource hub that fills the void of publicly-available information about COVID-19 testing data and offers critical insights, resources and expert analysis about COVID-19 testing around the nation.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi Joins Mike Bloomberg to Address More than 400 City Leaders at Sixth Virtual Convening to Support Local Coronavirus Response
Participants from more than 240 cities around the world, including mayors, local leaders, and members of response teams, joined Bloomberg Philanthropies’ sixth virtual COVID-19 Local Response Initiative convening on April 23 where the 52nd Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Michael Bloomberg addressed some of the challenges associated with the pandemic.
Mike Bloomberg Commits $10 Million to the International Rescue Committee for their COVID-19 Pandemic Response and Additional Work in Some of the World’s Most Vulnerable Communities
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a $10 million contribution to support the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) efforts to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on vulnerable populations across the globe, and for additional work that will be needed to protect these peoples. The support comes at a time when the world is experiencing the greatest number of people fleeing violence and persecution since World War II. With many of these displaced millions already suffering from ill health and living in poverty, they are at extreme risk of contracting the coronavirus. COVID-19 is in the early stages of spreading to less developed and fragile countries, which means there is still time to mount a coordinated response that can ease suffering today and guard against dangerous secondary impacts tomorrow.
Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo and Mayor Mike Bloomberg Launch Nation-Leading COVID-19 Contact Tracing Program to Control Infection Rate
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Mike Bloomberg announced a new nation-leading COVID-19 contact tracing program to control the infection rate of the disease. Mike Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies have committed organizational support and technical assistance to help build and execute this new program. The contact tracing program will be done in coordination with the downstate region as well as New Jersey and Connecticut and will serve as an important resource to gather best practices and as a model that can be replicated across the nation. There has never been a contact tracing program implemented at this scale either in New York or anywhere in the United States. The program will launch immediately.
Mayors from Partnership for Healthy Cities Network Convene During Launch of New Virtual Series to Help Inform Their COVID-19 Response
Executives and representatives from 24 cities around the world joined the inaugural Bloomberg Philanthropies Partnership for Healthy Cities COVID-19 webinar series for mayors. This virtual convening—the first in an ongoing series that is part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ COVID-19 Global Response Initiative—provided city leaders with guidance on how to implement best-practice COVID-19 interventions, such as physical distancing measures, in ways that are appropriate to each municipality and effective in gaining acceptance from the community, while minimizing social and economic impacts.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Partners with Global Citizen to Support the One World: Together At Home initiative, Commits $8 Million to World Health Organization (WHO) Solidarity Response Fund
Bloomberg Philanthropies has partnered with Global Citizen to support the ‘One World: Together At Home’ initiative, including an $8 million contribution that will go directly to the World Health Organization COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. The funding will support providing healthcare workers across the globe with protective equipment like masks and gloves, and getting them the necessary information and training to detect and treat affected patients. The funding will also help with efforts to track and study the spread of the virus, accelerate the development of treatments, vaccines, and tests, and produce guidance on measures that the general public should take to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Bill Gates Joins Mike Bloomberg to Address More Than 400 City Leaders at Fifth Virtual Convening to Support Local Coronavirus Response
Participants from more than 240 cities around the world, including mayors, local leaders, and members of response teams, joined Bloomberg Philanthropies’ fifth virtual COVID-19 Local Response Initiative convening on April 16, where Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg addressed the mayors on the challenges associated with the pandemic.
NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund Issues $44 Million in Grants and Loans to New York City-Based Social Services and Arts Nonprofits
The NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund in the New York Community Trust announced that 276 New York City-based social services and arts and cultural nonprofits affected by the coronavirus public health crisis have received support to date. These mainly small and mid-size nonprofits are receiving grants and interest-free loans totaling $44 million, with additional funding being issued to more organizations over the coming weeks. The support – which currently ranges from $8,000 to $250,000 given per grant and from $100,000 to $3 million per loan – is to help these vital community organizations across New York’s five boroughs with the continuity of their daily operations and to help offset the lost revenue that has diminished their ability to pay rent, make payroll, and fulfill their public service missions.
Partnership for Healthy Cities Launches Online Platform to Support City Leaders Responding to COVID-19
The Partnership for Healthy Cities (PHC) launched a new online platform for mayors, city officials and public health practitioners to support their efforts to address the COVID-19 crisis. The Partnership for Healthy Cities COVID-19 Response Center includes the latest tools and technical resources geared toward urban challenges, ranging from maintaining city services to legal guidance on implementing critical public health measures, for cities at every stage of the pandemic. The online platform was developed by the global health organization Vital Strategies, with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the World Health Organization. The PHC COVID-19 Response sits within the Bloomberg Philanthropies Coronavirus Global Response Initiative, in collaboration with leading global experts on epidemic prevention.