March 30, 2020

To All AVDF Grantees, Partners, and Friends,

Over the last few weeks our world has changed.

Colleges and universities have transitioned to virtual instruction, public media organizations have pivoted to provide national and regional news to their stakeholders, inter-faith organizations are mobilizing the resources of faith communities to address public health and financial needs, and health professionals are struggling to treat patient populations while remaining free from infection.

As the country confronts the COVID-19 pandemic, the well-being of communities that lie at the center of AVDF’s mission are confronting monumental and unprecedented short-term and long-term challenges.

For our grantees, we understand that these developments will in many cases impact our shared work. For many of you, this means turning your full attention to meeting the basic needs of your organization and the people you serve. As a result, the work that we are supporting with you might change, be delayed, or no longer be possible.

To address these challenges, the Foundations are taking the following steps.

First, to do our part in mitigating the spread of the disease, we have closed the Foundations’ office until further notice. Nevertheless, the Foundations’ work will continue uninterrupted. The staff are all working remotely and remain able to respond to your needs and questions. If you have concerns you may write to staff members individually, or to the office at

Second, we recognize that the virus and its effects may have significantly disrupted your work. If that is the case, we encourage you to reach out to us as soon as you are able so that we can discuss how we can support you through this difficult period. Our top priority is to give you the flexibility you need to ensure the safety of your staff and the individuals you serve. As conditions evolve in the coming weeks, we aim to be supportive and understanding in the face of these challenges

Finally, we are in conversation with other funders with overlapping aims and goals, and we will continue to seek ways to better support the communities we serve.

Overcoming the challenges that have emerged from the COVID-19 epidemic will require all of us to work together to protect the lives of our fellow citizens, and to restore the health and economic vitality of our nation. As a result, we remain committed to you and the communities that you serve.


Michael J. Murray, Ph.D.

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