The 2019-2020 outbreak of COVID-19 (also known as "coronavirus") began in the Wuhan,China. It has since been delcared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization. With thousands infected in China and the disease spreading to new countries, the Council is working to provide our members with tools to respond and track relief efforts.
The WHO released a $675 million preparedness and response plan covering the months of February through April 2020.
Council Disaster Grantmaking Resources
Foundations can access our Disaster Grantmaking Resources to understand how to effectively respond to a disaster.
Given the outbreak is primarily based in China and outside the United States, please contact Brian Kastner, Manager, Global Philanthropy for advice on supporting Chinese or other non-US responses.
Disaster Philanthropy Resources
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) is the Council's recommended partner for those needing support in mobilizing a philanthropic response to disasters.
Their dedicated page on the virus provides helpful information about the outbreak and ways you can help.
As various philanthropic institutions establish response funds for disaster recovery, we will flag them here.
Disaster response funds from Council members and partners:
- GlobalGiving: Coronavirus Relief Fund
- Give2Asia: Coronavirus Fund — Give2Asia has raised $3 million and is working with 8 different partners in China and the region to respond.
Other Council members responding:
- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $100 million
- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has committed $1 million
- Medtronic and the Medtronic Foundation has committed more than $1 million