Twitter’s Jack Dorsey Donates $15M to Coronavirus Relief for Illegal Immigrants, Others

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is donating $15 million to San Francisco’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, which distributes money from private donations to people and businesses some of which will go to illegal immigrants.

“This donation will support food security, housing access, and small business and worker support programs for undocumented, mixed status, and low-income San Franciscans,” Mayor London Breed wrote in a tweet thanking Dorsey for the contribution.

Immigration status is an eligibility factor for receiving benefits from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

San Francisco set up its own fund, called Gives2SF, to receive tax-deductible donations in support of coronavirus-related public health challenges — including aiding people as they face economic hardship due to isolation guidelines and helping small businesses stay afloat amid temporary closures, according to the city’s website. So far 11.3 million has been raised  in donations and pledges through the San Francisco Foundation.

Dorsey’s donation of $15 million more than doubles the total contributions to Give2SF to date, the mayor said.

“COVID-19 affects us all, but disproportionately affects those who were already in need,” Dorsey said, according to Oakland-based KTVU. “It’s important to acknowledge this fact and provide more support to those who are struggling.”

The donation came through Dorsey’s #startsmall LLC – a $1 billion fund he announced in April to fund COVID-19 relief around the world.

Dorsey pledged another $10 million Monday from #startsmall LLC to help U.S. prisons battle the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Politco reported Monday.

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