As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, there remains a critical lack of testing capability. We are proud to support Innovative Genomics Institute’s (IGI) in their efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 by expanding testing capacity and reducing turn-around time. Founded by Jennifer Doudna, IGI is a partnership between UC Berkeley and University of California, San Francisco. IGI is working around the clock to set up a clinical COVID-19 testing lab that will analyze patient samples collected by clinical partners.
An effort of this nature is extremely challenging and requires staff at multiple institutions, new equipment, new reagents and extensive administrative support. Looking ahead, IGI is developing point-of-care diagnostic tests and launching strategic research projects to understand the virus and combat it with new therapeutics. Help support Innovative Genomics Institute’s COVID-19 Fund with a donation here.
In addition to working capital extended to small businesses in 62 countries across the world through our impact fund, Advance Global Capital, we’re also supporting small businesses closer to home. Even with government backed programs, smaller financial institutions like Community Finance Development Institutions face huge liquidity problems serving their small business clients. Many offer federally insured certificates of deposit – a low risk way to put our capital to work doing good for many around the country. Hope Credit Union which serves 1.5 million underserved business clients the Deep South offers a Transformational Deposit to fuel lending in underserved communities.
UC Berkeley Students
We have also supported UC Berkeley’s Emergency Fund to provide much-needed direct financial support to Berkeley students who are experiencing unforeseen difficulties and struggling to cover day to day expenses and academic endeavors. Gifts will help students with relocation expenses, food, books, clothing and technology solutions for remote learning. For more details, or to give, click here.