Eagan, Minn. (April 20, 2020) – The Wilf family, owners of the Minnesota Vikings, have surpassed $5 million in donations to COVID-19-related causes after their $1 million contribution to United Way Worldwide, one of six national charitable organizations recommended by the NFL as part of its Draft-A-Thon fundraising campaign tied to this year's NFL Draft.
Through the Wilf Family Foundations and the Minnesota Vikings, the $5 million in donations and commitments since the pandemic arose have been contributed in New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, across the United States and in Israel. These donations have supported health care workers, the elderly, food banks, social service organizations and Jewish philanthropic causes.
"Our thoughts continue to be with everyone who has been impacted by this global crisis," said Vikings owner/president Mark Wilf. "We are especially concerned for individuals who are battling the virus, those who are facing financial insecurity and the heroic healthcare workers and first responders who are at the forefront of dealing with this pandemic."
"There are extraordinary individuals and organizations who are courageously working together to navigate COVID-19," said Vikings owner/chairman Zygi Wilf. "We are focused on trying to provide as many resources as possible to meet their needs and assist some of the most vulnerable populations during this unprecedented time."
Organizations Supported (partial list)
United Way Worldwide
New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund
Jewish Federations of North America (Greater MetroWest New Jersey, UJA New York)
New York Presbyterian Hospital
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital
Second Harvest Heartland
Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund for Coronavirus