Employees of The E.W. Scripps Company, and select communities where it does business, are benefiting from a gift from the Scripps Family Impact Fund.
The fund is giving $1.6 million to three initiatives, including two related to the company and its foundation.
The Scripps family will contribute to the Scripps COVID-19 Employee Relief Fund established by the Scripps Howard Foundation in March to help employees of The E.W. Scripps Company who have been adversely affected by the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. This gift allows the Foundation to provide up to $2,000 to an employee with urgent financial need – doubling the original $1,000 per employee.
Additionally, funds will be given to food pantries in the markets where Scripps operates TV stations and national brands Newsy, Stitcher, the Katz networks and the Scripps Washington Bureau. Each market will receive $12,000 to designate to a local organization focused on food insecurity, including food banks, Meals on Wheels programs and soup kitchens. The TV stations and brands will share content that highlights the need and encourages additional giving to that cause from their audiences.
“During these challenging times, my family members and I are proud to support Scripps employees and those in need in Scripps’ markets through this gift to the Scripps Howard Foundation,” said Wes Scripps, board co-chair of the Scripps Family Impact Fund. “We hope our gift can help provide some comfort and security to those who could use extra support.”
“The Scripps Howard Foundation deeply appreciates the generosity of the Scripps family,” said Liz Carter, president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation. “With this gift, the Foundation will be able to greatly increase its support for Scripps employees in need while also working hand-in-hand with Scripps stations and national brands to combat food insecurity that is growing in our communities across the country.”