The Shawn Carter Foundation announced via Twitter that it will join with Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation to donate $2 million to COVID-19 relief efforts in New York City and Los Angeles Tuesday morning.


According to Rolling Stone, the foundations’ endowment will support undocumented workers, incarcerated populations, the elderly and those experiencing homelessness. Children of frontline healthcare workers in both cities will receive support as well.

Through collaboration with local organizations in both cities, including the ACLU and the Fund for Public Schools, the initiative will also advocate for free COVID-19 testing to all residents. 

“In times of crisis it is imperative that we come together as one community to ensure that everyone, especially the most vulnerable, has access to critical needs: shelter, health, nutrition and education,” Gloria Carter, Jay-Z’s mother and CEO of the Shawn Carter Foundation, said in a statement to Rolling Stone. 

As Blavity previously reported, Black celebrities nationwide have stepped up and donated money to help families experiencing financial burdens. 

Rihanna recently provided personal protective equipment to medical staff in New York and was thanked by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for her philanthropy and support of COVID-19 relief efforts. 


Singer Ciara and her husband, NFL quarterback Russell Wilson, are donating meals to people in Washington through a partnership with Food Lifeline, an organization that provides meals to those in need in the state.