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Andrew Yang partners with Seattle-based coronavirus relief project

Andrew Yang’s foundation will match donations to the $1K Project up to $1 million.

SEATTLE — Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang has partnered with a Seattle-based volunteer effort to provide relief for people impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The $1K Project, which aims to provide families with $1,000 a month for three months, announced Yang’s partnership Monday.

Yang’s nonprofit, the Humanity Forward Foundation, will match donations up to $1 million. Yang's foundation promotes research and education about universal basic income and gives cash assistance to Americans in need.

The $1K Project matches families in financial distress with people who are willing to sponsor them. Donors can also make smaller contributions.

Minda Brusse started the $1K Project with Alex Iskold, a New York-based venture capitalist, to give people an option that didn’t include going through an institution that may not be able to quickly adapt to changing circumstances of the pandemic.

Brusse said the project becomes a trusted network of people. Small businesses can nominate someone they laid off, and that family can nominate someone else in need.