April 13, 2020
George and Amal Clooney's $1 million donation to COVID-19 relief efforts was divided among six organizations, each addressing the needs of a specific community during the health crisis.
George Clooney and his wife Amal are the latest celebrities to make a sizeable donation for the fight against COVID-19. The Clooneys reportedly doled out $1 million to various institutions assisting in the pandemic’s relief efforts.
George and Amal Clooney at the Hollywood premiere of "Catch-22" in May 2019. | Photo: Getty Images
They allotted $250,000 each to the Motion Picture and Television Fund to assist in the financial needs of its members, the SAG-AFRTRA Foundation which provides relief fund for its members’ grants, health premiums, food, shelter and medical expenses, as well as the Los Angeles Mayors Fund for the care of children of first respondents and health workers.
George and Amal Clooney at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival for the screening of "Money Monster.” | Photo: Shutterstock
Meanwhile, $300,000 was divided among the Lebanese Food Bank which caters to the unemployed, the elderly, the disabled, the chronically sick, single mothers, and orphans, Italy’s Lombardy Region to provide the needs of its hospitals, and the National Health Service to support hospital staff and frontline volunteers.
The threat of COVID-19 continues to strengthen all over the world. As of this writing, the death toll has reached over 102,000 across 210 countries and territories.
Award Recipient George Clooney and his wife Amal at the American Film Institute's 46th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute. | Photo: Getty Images
The A-List couple is the latest in a string of generous celebrities who’ve stepped up to help financially. Oprah Winfrey, apart from pledging $1 million to America’s Food Fund, donated $10 million to various cities across the US, especially the places she grew up in.
Meanwhile, singer Pink, who tested positive for the virus and recovered also donated $1 million to be divided between the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in Philadelphia where her mother used to work, and the Los Angeles Mayor’s Fund, the same one the Clooneys supported.
Oprah Winfrey speaking onstage during the 45th NAACP Image Awards in February 2014. | Photo: Getty Images
Pink has been campaigning for the widening of COVID-19 testing and for it to be made free for everyone. She acknowledged how serious the illness is especially after she and her three-year-old son, Jameson, showed symptoms.
The 40-year-old shared that she stayed home while nursing her illness and tested negative two weeks later.
The threat of COVID-19 continues to strengthen all over the world. As of this writing, the death toll has reached over 100,000 across 210 countries and territories. According to Business Insider, a third of the population are under some form of restriction to curb the spread of the virus.
Several countries have extended their lockdown period including Italy, one of the hardest-hit nations, Argentina, the US, and South Africa. Even Singapore which previously battled the virus without the need for a lockdown has decided to close all schools and non-essential businesses this April.