Clippers owner Steve Ballmer helps donate $25 million to fight the coronavirus

After a $ 10 million donation this week to the University of Washington Medicine’s emergency fund, a philanthropic group founded by Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie, say they have committed more than $ 25 million to date to organizations the new coronavirus want to mitigate outbreak.

The Ballmer Group said its last donation to the Seattle healthcare system, where the Ballmers live, will be used to accelerate testing for a virus vaccine.

“Testing is currently the most immediate priority as we try to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community,” said Dr. Paul Ramsey, the director of UW Medicine. “Private philanthropy, such as the extraordinary gift from Connie and Steve Ballmer, is critical to expanding testing with the speed and scale needed to save lives. We are incredibly grateful for their leadership during this crisis.”

The group has also continued to provide short-term grants for immediate needs in southeast Michigan, where Ballmer grew up, and Los Angeles, home to his NBA team.

Last week, the group announced $ 1 million in donations to the Los Angeles County Education Office, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and to help low-paid workers and the homeless. Since then, more funds have been allocated in Los Angeles to provide childcare for first responders, health professionals and workers who are considered “essential”; and help employees of small businesses and non-profit organizations access publicly available funds.

In addition, a $ 100,000 donation was made to the Los Angeles Community College District, which oversees nine local community colleges, said Michael Fuller, the executive director of the Foundation for the Los Angeles Community Colleges.

The donation will go to the financial and food needs of “our students and their families, many of whom are now among the thousands of people fired from the virus outbreak,” Fuller said through a spokesperson, who will provide that support to applicants soon. . “We thank them from the bottom of our hearts for this generous gift that will help hundreds of our students.”

Earlier this week, Ballmer agreed to spend $ 400 million to buy the Forum, as a means of moving forward with the Clippers-proposed arena project in Inglewood.

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