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The rapid spread of COVID-19 has created a global health and economic crisis that is testing every sector or our nation. Leaders in philanthropy recognize the critical need to act with great urgency to support nonprofits as well as the people and communities hardest hit by this pandemic. To support nonprofits, many corporate and private foundations are providing emergency assistance. Some of these include:

Coronavirus and Covid-19 Funds

Giving Compass compiled a list of vetted funds that are addressing immediate and long-terms needs stemming from the Covid-19 crisis.

Robin Hood 

The Robin Hood Relief fund is open to all frontline 501(c)3 organizations responding to COVID-19 in New York City.

JP Morgan Chase and Co.
JPMC announced a $50 million global philanthropic commitment to address the immediate public health and long-term economic challenges from the COVID-19 global pandemic.

New York Community Trust
The NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund was created to aid nonprofit service providers struggling with the health and economic effects of the coronavirus. It will give grants and loans to NYC-based nonprofits that are trying to meet the new and urgent needs that are hitting the city. Priority will be given to nonprofits addressing essential healthcare and food insecurity as well as arts and culture, because New York is the cultural capital of the nation. Your gift will help nonprofits with a variety of needs, including protective equipment, cleaning supplies, technological assistance, and support for financial losses.

The fund is made possible by a partnership of Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Joan Ganz Cooney & Holly Peterson Fund, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Estée Lauder Companies Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund, the JPB Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the New York Community Trust, the Charles H. Revson Foundation, Robin Hood, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Jennifer and Jonathan Allan Soros, Jon Stryker and Slobodan Randjelović, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, the UJA-Federation of New York, and Wells Fargo Foundation.

Hartford Foundation
The Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations throughout the region that serve residents who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak. The Fund is designed to complement the work of federal, state and municipal government efforts and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.

Brooklyn Community Foundation
The Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund will operate in alignment with the Foundation’s racial justice lens, which prioritizes support for nonprofits that work towards racial equity, are led by members of affected communities, and center the voices of those directly impacted by structural racism in decision-making.

The Fund is accepting applications on a rolling basis for immediate response grants of up to $10,000 in the following priority areas:

  • Anti-stigma efforts and support to address xenophobic, anti-Asian harassment, and discrimination
  • Prevention measures (education, sanitary supplies) and support for vulnerable populations of people, i.e. older adults, people with compromised immune systems, and people who are unhoused
  • Practical needs, in case of a disruption in services to vulnerable populations, such as meal delivery and daily living support for homebound older adults
  • Food access and other practical supports for people who may have impacted wages or be unable to stock up on food, specifically those who may fall in the gaps of any government-led structural responses
  • Support for workers, especially low-wage workers, to address lack of access to healthcare and paid sick leave, lack of proper safety equipment, economic impact of lost wages due to quarantines, cancelled activities, reduced hours/layoffs
  • Other emerging, immediate needs

Lowe's, National and NC 
$25 million( in grants and in-kind donations to benefit the coronavirus relief effort. Among the first grants announced is $1.5 million to the Covid-19 Response Fund, a joint project of the Foundation for the Carolinas and United Way of Central Carolinas to aid residents of Charlotte, N.C.

  • $10 million in product that will be donated to medical professionals on the frontlines. Lowe’s is currently delivering essential items, such as respirators and other protective gear, to hospitals nationwide by working with national healthcare supply distributors to allocate product where it’s needed most.
  • Nearly $4.5 million for Lowe’s stores in the U.S. and Canada, which are empowered to donate products in their communities to serve short and long-term needs.
  • $3 million to support associates, including through the Lowe’s Employee Relief Fund, which helps Lowe’s associates in times of disaster and crisis.
  • $3 million to help support local small businesses, particularly skilled trades professionals, continue to operate.
  • $1.5 million to support the COVID-19 Response Fund and other nonprofit organizations in Lowe’s hometown, the Greater Charlotte, N.C. region.
  • $500,000 to the American Red Cross, whose long standing mission is to alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. This donation will support the operations of the Red Cross to maintain a sufficient supply of blood to help patients in need and ensure that the Red Cross is able to fulfill its promise of helping people prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters big and small. The organization faces a blood shortage as blood drives are canceled, and it needs additional donors now more than ever. Visit to schedule an appointment to give blood.

Citi Foundation
The Citi Foundation announced today that it will provide $15 million to support COVID-19 related relief activities globally. It will be allocated as follows:

  • $5 million will be directed to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
  • $5 million will be directed to No Kid Hungry to support emergency Food Distribution Programs in the U.S.
  • $5 million will be directed to additional international, country-specific efforts in places that are severely impacted. In the coming weeks, the Citi Foundation will also be working to identify additional opportunities to support longer-term recovery efforts.
$15 million in cash grants to nonprofit groups that are helping small and midsize businesses. This commitment is part of the tech giant’s commitment of $200 million to create an investment fund that will support nongovernmental organizations, nonprofit financial institutions, and other banking groups to make grants and loans to small businesses. In addition, Google is giving $250 million in advertising credits to help the World Health Organization and more than 100 government agencies disseminate critical information on how to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Citizen’s Bank
Citizens Bank today announced a $5 million commitment to support communities and businesses dealing with impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. These resources will back both a number of broad-based community support initiatives across the Citizens service area as well as specialized programs focused on providing aid to small businesses and their workforces.

The bank’s COVID-19 support effort will have two components:

  • A Community Support Relief program that will provide charitable contributions to community partners to assist with wider relief efforts. One example of this is charitable contributions to be committed to broad-based relief funds in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, with others to be determined. Longer term, the company plans to work with community partners to identify solutions to address changing needs.
  • A Small Business Relief and Recovery program that will provide charitable contributions and other assistance aimed at helping small businesses restore full operations, rehire and recover in the months to come.

Foundation for the Carolinas, NC
The COVID 19 Response Fund is a partnership comprising Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, corporations, houses of faith and others. The Fund’s goal is to help those individuals and families in Mecklenburg County most impacted by the pandemic, with a special emphasis on providing for the basic human needs of our community’s most vulnerable residents. The Fund will issue grants to eligible nonprofits able to meet existing needs. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The next deadline for grant submission is April 3, 2020.

Florida Blue
Florida Blue, the state’s leading health insurer, announced today that it is making an initial investment of $2 million to address urgent health and safety needs in communities across Florida, the company’s latest response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. The contributions will address food security for seniors and children, support for hourly workers, behavioral health needs and other crisis priorities.

The company will make a series of donations across Florida through four gifts of $500,000. The monies will then be distributed to community organizations and partners in north, central, west and south Florida that are working on immediate needs addressing neighborhood health and well-being.