Rihanna Donates $5M Towards Coronavirus Pandemic

Rihanna’s Foundation Donates $5M Towards Coronavirus Response Efforts

March 22, 2020 Updated March 27, 2020

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The funds will go toward stocking shelves at local food banks in the U.S. – and more

Singer, songwriter, body positivity champion, and fashion designer Rihanna has given $5 million to help with coronavirus prevention, preparation, and response efforts through her Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF).

“CLF is supporting on-the-ground partners working on the frontlines of disaster response especially those focused on protecting and serving marginalized communities – helping the most vulnerable in the United States, the Caribbean and in Africa prepare for what is to come,” the foundation said in a statement.

The funds will go toward stocking shelves at local food banks in the U.S., acceleration of testing in countries like Haiti and Malawi, protective equipment for frontline health workers and diagnostic labs, healthcare worker training, and distribution of respiratory equipment.

The contribution will be directed toward Direct Relief, Partners In Health, Feeding America, the International Rescue Committee, and World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, among others.

The Clara Lionel Foundation is nonprofit organization founded in 2012 by Rihanna in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. The foundation funds groundbreaking education and emergency preparedness and response programs around the world.

“Over the past five years, CLF has been one of the first organizations to respond to some of the world’s most devastating natural disasters, and we’ve seen firsthand the profound and unintended consequences of not being prepared,” its website states.