Inspired by the actions of former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter, the LBJ Foundation in Austin is skipping a crucial fundraising season and instead asking donors to contribute to local groups working on the COVID-19 crisis.

"President Johnson led us through many crises in his time in office and would want us to do everything we can to support our nation at this critical moment," said Mark K. Updegrove, president and CEO of the LBJ Foundation, which supports the efforts of the LBJ Presidential Library and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.

Tuesday, the Carters urged the backers of the nonprofit Carter Center, chaired by Jason Carter in Atlanta, to help alleviate the current crisis instead.