Target will invest $5 million to help more communities gain access to a COVID-19 vaccine through partnerships with local, national and global organizations. The money will be invested in a number of different ways, to assist with tasks ranging from providing rides in underserved communities to making vaccinations more available among vulnerable communities.
The causes Target will fund include:
- Contributing $1 million to local and national nonprofits that offer access to free and discounted rides to vaccination appointments through Lyft’s Universal Vaccine Access campaign;
- Donating $2.5 million to trusted local community organizations across the country to better support vaccination efforts directly in the neighborhoods they serve, including $500,000 for the Minnesota Council on Foundations to coordinate philanthropic support with the Minnesota Department of Health’s vaccine equity effort. This program is designed to reach communities of color, people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations;
- Providing $1 million toward the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative’s effort to educate the public and build confidence around the vaccines, particularly within communities of color; and
- Contributing $500,000 to UNICEF USA to support its global work alongside the World Health Organization and partners to ensure fair, equitable access to vaccines, including in countries with limited vaccine access.
“Vaccine availability is increasing across the country, but not as quickly for underserved communities, many of which have been the most impacted by the pandemic,” said Amanda Nusz, SVP of Corporate Responsibility at Target and President of the Target Foundation in a statement. “That’s why we’re using our size, scale and resources to make it easier to receive a vaccine. Our $5 million investment helps bridge the gap between these communities and the resources they need, from our hometown to communities across the country and the world.”