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Autodesk Foundation is committed to supporting the health and resilience of our communities, customers, and employees. We are working to deploy capital and assistance where it’s most needed to fight the negative impacts of COVID-19.
With COVID-19, we are facing one of the most disruptive global events in recent memory. The need for improved health –– capacity, infrastructure, and systems –– has rarely been greater. And the need for resilience –– personal, economic, and societal –– is paramount. As a result, we’ve given more than $2 million to-date in philanthropic support to our communities and we continue to explore new ways we can help.
In response to COVID-19, Autodesk Foundation joined a consortium of 25 companies who committed $22 million in funding to global, national, and local Bay Area solutions through the United Nations Foundation, the CDC Foundation, and Silicon Valley Community Foundation. These organizations are actively engaged in the global health response, and building the local economic resilience of vulnerable populations, nonprofits, and small businesses impacted by the virus.
Autodesk Foundation is working collaboratively with our customers to ensure the entrepreneurs and innovators in our portfolio can withstand the negative impacts of COVID-19. Small businesses and startups have been disproportionaly affected by the crisis. We’ve brought together funding, employee pro bono resources, software donations, and storytelling capabilities to support our partners during this difficult time.
Autodesk Foundation empowered Autodesk employees with a 2:1 match for all eligible COVID-19-related donations. As a result, employees committed nearly $1.5 million to global causes in one month. Autodesk is also supporting our employees by providing stipends to equip their home offices, unlimited Zoom access to gather virtually with friends and family, as well as flexibility and understanding given the unusual demands of our new working environments.
Foundation partner Mass Design applies their knowledge of architectural design for infection control to fight COVID-19.
Image courtesy of Mass Design
Foundation partner ISAIC, Detroit’s Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center, pivots to sew masks and personal protective equipment to protect healthcare workers, and keep employees working.
Image courtesy of ISAIC
Foundation partner Splash is helping the Ethiopian government to convert three schools in Addis Ababa into COVID-19 quarantine centers. These centers will have access to clean water and Splash handwashing stations, both of which are critical to combat COVID-19.
Image courtesy of Splash