Siemens Foundation Donates $1.4M to Support COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Efforts in Black, Latinx and Indigenous Communities
April 19, 2021
- Grants to support five non-profit organizations across the country that provide direct outreach in Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities
- The Siemens Foundation has now invested $7 million in response to COVID-19 to advance health care, economic and social equity in the United States
The Siemens Foundation today announced it is providing $1.4 million in COVID-19 vaccination grants to five non-profit organizations across the country that provide direct outreach to promote vaccine adoption in Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities. Aligning with its commitment to advance health equity, the Siemens Foundation, including funding from the Siemens Healthineers Fund of the Siemens Foundation, is committed to supporting these critical organizations so they can continue serving communities most impacted by COVID-19.
“In response to the pandemic and racial inequities across the country, the Siemens Foundation pivoted its philanthropic giving to directly support communities most affected,” said Barbara Humpton, chair of the Siemens Foundation Board of Directors and CEO of Siemens USA. “This latest investment is the next step in our effort, which spans from our initial COVID-19 response and recovery to vaccine access.”
The grants will be distributed to the following organizations, based on criteria developed by the Siemens Foundation, including quality and reach of existing vaccine distribution programs and service to communities most in need.
- Morehouse School of Medicine
- National Alliance for Hispanic Health
- Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI)
- United Way New York City in partnership with Choose Healthy Life
“Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities continue to be disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, and these organizations are critical to advancing health equity through vaccine distribution,” said David Etzwiler, CEO of Siemens Foundation. “We are incredibly grateful to these organizations and their health care workers.”
The COVID-19 vaccination grants from the Siemens Foundation support increasing distribution services, including direct service and mobile vaccination sites, to enable organizations to enhance accessibility, confidence and adoption of the vaccine in Black, Latinx, Indigenous and rural communities with limited resources.
These donations reflect the Siemens Foundation’s ongoing commitment to advance economic, social and racial justice for all in the United States. In response to COVID-19, the Siemens Foundation has now invested $7 million to support healthcare, economic and social equity in underserved and underrepresented communities across the country.
Most recently, the Siemens Foundation donated $600,000 to Feeding America to address the growing need to fight hunger in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this year, the Foundation invested $2 million in two Community Development Financial Institution Funds (CDFI) that provide low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged people with the capital they need for meaningful health and economic opportunity and development.
In 2020, the Siemens Foundation, including funding from the Siemens Healthineers Fund, donated $2 million to 20 community health centers across the country, enabling these centers to continue providing care for millions of Americans in underserved and uninsured communities. Other Siemens Foundation donations are supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in their plans to safely reopen campuses and efforts by the National Governors Association to reskill workers in the new economy.
These efforts complement Siemens’ corporate social responsibility initiatives, including advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as supporting communities as they combat and recover from the pandemic. Most recently, in partnership with the U.S Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Centers, Siemens donated $140,000 across seven Black-owned small businesses to build more resilient supply chains. In addition, the company’s employees are on the front lines of the COVID-19 response across the country helping to reopen schools, keep factories running, and strengthen the vaccine rollout.
For more information on how Siemens is taking action to support communities, industry, healthcare and local governments during the pandemic, visit its COVID-19 response page.
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The Siemens Foundation has invested more than $130 million in the United States to advance equitable workforce development and education initiatives in science, technology, engineering and math. Its mission is inspired by the culture of innovation, research and continuous learning that is the hallmark of Siemens’ companies. The Foundation is committed to economic, social and racial justice for all in the United States, and together the programs at the Siemens Foundation are narrowing the opportunity gap for young people in the U.S. and igniting and sustaining today’s STEM workforce and tomorrow’s scientists and engineers.
Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. Active around the world, the company focuses on intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems and on automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Siemens brings together the digital and physical worlds to benefit customers and society. Through Mobility, a leading supplier of intelligent mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is helping to shape the world market for passenger and freight services. Via its majority stake in the publicly listed company Siemens Healthineers, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital health services. In addition, Siemens holds a minority stake in Siemens Energy, a global leader in the transmission and generation of electrical power that has been listed on the stock exchange since September 28, 2020. In fiscal 2020, Siemens Group USA generated revenue of $17 billion and employs approximately 40,000 people serving customers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.