Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and award-winning singer Rihanna are partnering to help raise funds in support of domestic violence programmes in Los Angeles.
Per the agreement between the two, each will raise a sum of $2.1 million for a total of $4.2 million. Reports surrounding the commitment indicate that the funding will go straight to the Los Angeles Major’s fund, which will be directed towards providing shelter, meals and counseling for individuals and children suffering from domestic violence at a time when shelters are full in LA.
The action comes in after several cases of domestic violence sprouted up in LA following the stay home directive last month to help curb COVID-19 pandemic. The Los Angeles Housing Authority reports that, about 90 people per week along with their children get turned away from shelters in L.A, and as a result exposes them in contracting the virus easily.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 spread across the US and other parts of the world, both Rihanna and Dorsey have dedicated some amounts of money to help government in their fight against the virus. Rihanna together with Jay Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation donated $2 million to help support undocumented workers, children of front-line health workers, first responders, incarcerated, elderly and homeless populations in New York City and Los Angeles.
Under her Clara Lionel Foundation, the ‘Umbrella’ singer also gave out $5 million in grants to support on-the-ground partners working on the front lines of the COVID-19 response to protect and prepare vulnerable and marginalised communities in the United States, the Caribbean and Africa.
Dorsey on the other hand, has already pledged to donate $1 billion of his stake in Square Inc. to help fund COVID-19 relief effort.