helper giving groceriesWe are in the throes of a global pandemic. As first-hit countries reopen, the coronavirus continues to spread, with the U.S., Brazil, Russia, and India currently experiencing the most confirmed cases.

The most effective, widely implemented tool for containing the disease — social distancing — has shut down economies, leaving businesses shuttered, schools closed, millions without a livelihood, and people around the world isolated from both loved ones and those who would normally provide support. Even as states and countries open up, the crisis reverberates and new hotspots emerge. Against this backdrop, the question for individual donors and institutional grantmakers alike is: How can I help?

Here you’ll find our team’s answer to that question. For weeks, we have been reviewing hundreds of sources of information — including reports from public health institutions; mainstream media; first responder accounts; relevant historical evidence from past pandemics and disasters; CHIP’s network of grantmakers, nonprofits, and intermediaries; and real-time surveys, modeling, and data by academics and practitioners — to provide answers to that question. Our answers fall into the categories below.

Effective Crisis-Response Giving & Grantmaking

In times of crisis, the ability to address needs as they emerge is critical. We look at strategies individual donors and institutional grantmakers can use to make the biggest impact at a time when every donation counts. Read more >> 

Urgent Needs & Nonprofits to Give to

COVID-19 is affecting the most basic human needs for health, food, and safe shelter. In the U.S., citizens are also looking for trusted, relevant local information on emerging solutions and resources. This section describes the most urgent needs and how nonprofits are working to fill them. Read more >>

List of Nonprofits, Funds & Resources

This section provides additional information on the nonprofits we mention in Urgent Needs & Nonprofits to Give to. We also provide information on the major, relevant national and global COVID-19 relief funds, as well as public sources of information you can use to conduct additional research. Read more >>

What’s Next: Beyond Immediate Needs

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to be far-reaching. Philanthropy has a critical role to play beyond the immediate, urgent needs. Here’s what our team is paying attention to so we can help you understand what’s next for how you can help.  Read more >>

Stay Updated

This guidance is based on the best information available as of April 15, 2020. We will continue to monitor developments and update these pages as we learn more. We are still in the fast-moving first stage of this crisis, and recovery will take a long time. The economic and mental health effects will be long term, and relief efforts will be needed in stages.

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Published April 15, 2020, updated July 9, 2020.

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