Twitter's Jack Dorsey donates $25 million to undocumented immigrants, inmates

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Jack Dorsey speaks during The New York Times 2017 DealBook Conference at Jazz at Lincoln Center on November 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images for The New York Times)

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has donated $25 million in the last few days to San Francisco's undocumented residents and to inmates. 

Mayor London N. Breed on Tuesday announced Dorsey gave $15 million to the Give2SF COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

She said the money will help undocumented, mixed-status, and low-income households in San Francisco: $5 million will go toward food security, $5 million to housing access, and $5 million to supporting workers and small businesses.

Breed said that Dorsey's donation more than doubles the total contributions to Give2SF and brings the total funding to $26.3 million.

“COVID-19 affects us all, but disproportionately affects those who were already in need,” Dorsey said in a statement. “It’s important to acknowledge this fact and provide more support to those who are struggling. Food and shelter to weather this crisis is critical, and I want to thank the Mayor and City of San Francisco for ensuring these funds will help people directly and immediately.”

On Monday, Politico reported that Dorsey pledged $10 million  to help U.S. prisons battle the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as inmates living in confined quarters remain particularly vulnerable to the disease.

The donation to REFORM Alliance, a criminal justice advocacy group led by CNN analyst Van Jones, will buy 10 million face masks and other personal protective equipment for people who are incarcerated, as well as correctional officers, health care workers and other prison employees.

Many African American, Latino, immigrant, and low-income communities in San Francisco have been especially hard-hit by the coronavirus, Breed's office noted.

Many are further disadvantaged by the fact that they do not qualify for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security CARES Act or loan programs because of immigration status.

Even before the global outbreak of COVID-19, Breed's office noted the rates of chronic illness, poor housing conditions, and low wages were already concentrated in these groups and the virus has disproportionately impacted these groups as well.

For example, Latino people make up 40% of reported cases of COVID-19 even though they make up just 15% of San Francisco’s population, Breed's office said. 

The $15 million in funding from #StartSmall will:

  • Support 5,000 households over three months with grocery gift cards, home-delivered and takeaway meals, and other related food supports;
  • Provide at least 1,250 households with up to $3,000 for assistance meeting housing costs, including rent and utilities; and
  • Provide financial relief for immigrant workers and provide 0% interest loans to small businesses through the San Francisco Hardship Emergency Loan Program.

IF YOU'RE INTERESTED: Anyone interested in making a monetary contribution to the City and County of San Francisco’s Give2SF Fund can do so at Money can be donated via check or wire to the Office of the Controller or through the Give2SF website via credit card. It is preferable that large donations be made by check or wire so no credit card merchant fees are incurred.