VF Corporation, one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies with a signifiant presence in Denver, will contribute an initial $1.5 million to support local communities around the world as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, VF Corp. is also initiating a two-for-one community match campaign, up to an additional $500,000.
“Helping others during times of need is a responsibility we all share, and this is especially true right now as our global community comes together to battle the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Steve Rendle, chairman, president and CEO of VF Corporation. “With the contribution from The VF Foundation and the community matching campaign with our employees and consumers alike, we hope to do our part in addressing this global public health crisis.”
The VF Foundation’s initial $1.5 million in funding will provide financial support to the following organizations:
- Colorado COVID-19 Relief Fund: The fund is working with government, businesses, foundations and nonprofit partners to assess and address the most critical needs across the state of Colorado.
- CDC Foundation Emergency Response Fund: Donations will be used to meet fast-emerging needs identified by the CDC, including additional support for state and local health departments, support for the global response, personal protective equipment, critical response supplies, and more.
- COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund: A joint effort by the United Nations Foundation, the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation and World Health Organization, the fund enables individuals, corporations and institutions to directly contribute to global response efforts. Contributions will support the actions outlined in the COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan.
Money raised through the community challenge grant will go to GlobalGiving, the grantmaking partner of The VF Foundation. GlobalGiving helps ensure The VF Foundation strategically supports organizations that are addressing the greatest community needs in countries and communities where VF Corporation has a meaningful business presence.
All VF employees and consumers of its brands are invited to contribute via the company’s giving page at https://www.globalgiving.org/vfgivesback/.