Coronavirus Relief Fund

by GlobalGiving
Coronavirus Relief Fund
Photo: United Way of Southern Cameron County
Photo: United Way of Southern Cameron County

Fall has arrived, and we continue to bring our best to this most challenging year. Months after the COVID-19 outbreak, your generosity continues to help improve conditions for families in far-reaching corners of the world. Resources are stretched thin, and nonprofit leaders tell us that the GlobalGiving emergency grants your donations fund go well beyond providing material support. You’re also putting a smile on their faces and giving their teams hope and strength to keep going during these arduous times. 

Your generosity fueled the August + September grant cycles to:

  • Disburse more than $4.2 million
  • Award 187 grants 
  • Reach communities in 58 countries

These grants have impacted people in urban and rural communities worldwide. They provided food deliveries in Wisconsin, healthcare for patients in Nicaragua, hygiene kits for children in the Philippines, emergency relief for families in Yemen, water wells in Niger, psycho-social support in South Sudan, and nutrition activities for indigenous communities in Mexico, to name just a few.

Rather than summarize more of the life-changing activities our nonprofit partners are leading, I want to introduce you to Traci Wickett, President and CEO of the United Way of Southern Cameron County, Texas. Here’s what she and her team have been able to achieve with your support:

“Our coronavirus relief is focused on food insecurity, but with the added twist of helping hospitality workers who have become unemployed because of COVID-19. We have partnered with Get Shift Done to employ furloughed restaurant workers to add capacity to our hunger relief efforts. Workers sign up for shifts at the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Salvation Army, Amigos Del Valle (meals on wheels), Ozanam Center (homeless shelter), Good Neighbor Settlement House (soup kitchen and food pantry), Brownsville Wellness Coalition (food delivery), or United Way of Southern Cameron County’s weekly mass food distributions. They prepare, package, and deliver food to those among us who need it most and earn $10 per hour to help them get by during these terribly difficult times.  

You’ve provided 1,500 families with a generous bag of shelf-stable food and fresh produce, and you’ve provided 750 hours of work at $10 per hour to furloughed restaurant employees through Get Shift Done.”

I invite you to scan the list below of the 187 nonprofit teams you supported! I am looking forward to my next update about the many ways in which your generosity is making a difference for so many people. Until then, I leave you with Traci’s words: 

“We are humbled by this gift, and we’re very grateful. The Rio Grande Valley is suffering, but you’re helping to make things better.”

In gratitude and solidarity,

Sandrina + the GlobalGiving Team


List of Grantees:

A Leg to Stand On

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT Foundation)


Afghan Institute of Learning

ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization

Arianna's Center

Arogya Agam

ASAP Foundation

Asociacion Civil Ingenieria sin Fronteras Argentina

Asociacion Civil Pequenos Pasos

Asociación Civil Yachay Wasi

Associacao Esmabama

Associacion Tui'k Ruch' Lew

Association For Women's Awareness and Rural Development

Association of Locally Empowered Youth - Northern Mindanao

Bali Life Foundation

Bamyan Foundation

Beyond Borders


Black Belt Community Foundation

Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Charles

Brave Hearts

Central Arizonans For A Sustainable Economy Case

Centre for LIve and Learn for Environment and Community

Centre for Sustainable Development and Education in Africa

Associacao para Protecao das Criancas e Adolescentes (CEPAC)


Citizens' Disaster Response Center Foundation, Inc.

Civic Force

Clinica Verde

Collinsville Food Pantry

Color of Change

Community Health Africa Trust

Compassion First

Concern Organization for Women & Children

Congo Children Trust

Conservation Through Poverty Alleviation, International

Corporacion Cultiva

Craft Emergency Relief Fund, Inc

Crecemos DIJO

Croix-Rouge Francaise /French Red Cross

Darfur Women Network

Dawood Global Foundation

Develop Africa, Inc.

Disable Development & Educational Foundation

Ecoviva NFP

Equality for All Foundation

Family Connection Foundation

Feed Northland Kids

Feeding San Diego

Feeding the Valley

FirstLight trust

Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley

Foundation for Advancement of Haitian Midwives

French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children

Friends of Burkina Faso

Fundación Ayni

Fundacion de Beneficencia Hogar de Cristo

Fundacion Fondo Unido Honduras

Fundacion Hearts of Gold

Fundacion Helping Hands-La Paz

Fundación Interpretalab

FUNDE Fundación Colombia Unida en Desarrollo y Educacion

Gaia Vaccine Foundation

Waqful Waqifin Foundation (Gift of the Givers)

Girls Power Initiative

Grace Honduras

Graces Cares Inc.

Grain de Riz Pour un Sourire

Great Heart Charity Association

Habitat for Humanity

Halt Poverty

Hand to Hand Foundation

Health Equity International/St. Boniface Haiti Foundation

Health in Harmony

Heart of Los Angeles

Help Bolivia Foundation

High Atlas Foundation

Hoedspruit Training Trust

Hope For Our Sisters, Inc.

HOPE Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh

Human Development Foundation (Mercy Center)

iDE Mozambique


INMED Partnerships for Children, Inc.

Insan Hak ve Hurriyetleri Insani Yardm Vakfi

Instituto Chaikuni

Instituto Ekloos


Iraqi Children Foundation


Justice & Accountability Center of Louisiana

Justice for Migrant Women

Karuna trust

Keeping it Real Foundation


Kito Onlus

Lebanon Red Cross

Lending for Evanston and Northwestern Development

LIN Center for Community Development

Lower Nine

LULAC Institute Inc.


Mali Health

Martha O'Bryan Center

Mensajeros de la Paz Argentina

Mercy in Action

Movimento de Saude Mental Comunitaria de Bom Jardin

Mozambique School Lunch Initiative

Mundo de Talentos

National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People (NAACP)

National Day Labor Network

Native American Advancement Foundation

Nicaragua-Projekt e.V.

Nor Luyce Mentoring Center for Youth

One Foundation

Operation Mercy

Oregon Food Bank, Inc.

Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition

Ouelessebougou Alliance

Partnership for Southern Equity

Partnership with Native Americans

Perkin Educational Opportunities Foundation

Perkumpulan Pelita Indonesia

Project Elimu

Project Soar

Psicologia y Derechos Humanos PSYDEH A.C.

Rain for the Sahel and Sahara

Rainbow Trust Children's Charity

Raising Futures Kenya

Recovering Oklahomans After Disaster, Inc.

Relief International

Remember Niger Coalition

RISE Foundation, Inc.

Rise International

Roots Community Health Center

Safe Spaces Nairobi

Sahar Education

Sanid Organization for Relief and Development

Seeding Sovereignty

Siam-Care Foundation

Sibol ng Agham at Teknolohiya (SIBAT), Inc.


Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR)

Sodis Foundation

Sphoorthi Foundation

St. Nicholas' Home, Penang

Strategy and Innovation for Development Initiative

Support Yemeni Society Organization for Development SYS


Tahanan ng Pagmamahal Children's Home, Inc.

The Bharath Abhyudaya Seva Samithi

The Centre for HIV-AIDS prevention Studies

The Circulate Initiative

The Freedom Story

The Global ShareResource Foundation

The HALO Foundation

The Lambi Fund of Haiti

The Mariposa DR Foundation

The Mustard Seed Mission

The Rotary Club of Brentwood

The Trussell Trust

Tigoung Nonma

Tiljala Society

Trees Water & People

Tropical Health and Education Trust

United to Benefit Ecuadorian Children International (UBECI)

Union of Relief & Development Associations

United Way of Southern Cameron County

Viet Blind Children Foundation

Village Earth

Village Exchange Center

Voice Trust

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Network (WASH-Net)

Wells Bring Hope

Wings Melaka

Women Inspiration Dev Center

Women's Aid Organization

Women's Employment Network

Wonder Foundation

Yayasan Bumi Sehat, Ds. PKR Nyuh Kuning

Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa Foundation

Yayasan Usaha Mulia / Foundation for Noble Work

Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation

Youth for Homeland



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I hope this update finds you and your loved ones in good health. I want to begin by recognizing how challenging it’s been to care for ourselves and our families with the many important events unfolding around usfrom crucial racial justice conversations, to monitoring COVID-19 infection rates, and keeping up with health advisories as well as reopening protocols and projections for the future. Yet, thanks to you and our community of nonprofit leaders worldwide, I remain optimistic. Because of your generosity, since the end of April, we have awarded: 

$1,300,000 to 47 nonprofit partners across more than 20 countries.

Engulfed by so much uncertainty, our partners are continuing to do what they do bestshow up to support their communities through the unfolding complexities.

Within the U.S., you helped fund relief and support in the form of medical care, shelter, meals, financial assistance, mental and emotional support services. One such example is the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, which operates in all 50 states. Its teams have creatively adapted medical services, launching telehealth consultations and setting up care in parking lots as well as conducting testing and handing out protective medical equipment. 

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country I once called home, Synergie des Associations Féminines du Congo (SAFECO) is implementing innovative solutions to help its communities stay healthy. This coalition of inspiring Congolese women’s associations has been hard at work, making soap and protective masks as well as building water stations. I can attest first-hand that this is no easy feat, considering the lack of running water in many of these areas. But, instead of being discouraged, they continue to shine a light in their community and have even launched a campaign to sensitize individuals about the best health practices to mitigate risks and where to access support.  

In Brazil, Associação de Saúde da Criança is providing physical, mental, emotional, and social support to children and their families. They are working around the clock to deliver hygiene products, medication, and other critical supplies for 250 families—an average of more than 1,000 individuals across Rio de Janeiro.

You can find a complete list of grantees from the most recent round of Coronavirus Relief grants at the very bottom of this update.

I may not know how this virus will be affecting our world when I send you our next update. But you can rest assured that we will continue to monitor and assess pressing humanitarian needs and partner with high impact, community-led organizations providing critical support to those who need it most.

You can learn more about GlobalGiving’s holistic and community-led approach to the COVID-19 pandemic here

In gratitude and solidarity,


List of Grantees:

Asociación Grupo de Trabajo Redes, Peru

Banco de Alimentos de Bogotá, Colombia

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, Canada

Brazil Child Health/Associação de Saúde da Criança, Brazil

Breakthrough Urban Ministries, USA

Cathedral Soup Kitchen, USA

Chengdu Hezhong NGO Development Center, China

The Children’s Center, USA

Citizens' Disaster Response Center Foundation, Inc., Philippines

Community Skills Development, South Sudan

Global Medic, Canada

Ednica, Institución de Asistencia Privada, Mexico

Egyptian Food Bank, Egypt

Enjoyable Aging / Starost v radost, Russia

Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop, USA

Fundación de Beneficencia Privada Banco de Alimentos de Puebla, Mexico

Fundación Patronato María Auxiliadora, Colombia

Global Fund for Children, various Latin American Countries

Global Fund for Women, Brazil

Greater Boston Food Bank, USA

Health and Illness Awareness Fit for You Raising Awareness with Students, USA

Instituto Oswaldo Ribeiro De Mendonca, Brazil

Interfaith Neighbors Inc., USA

Latin American Youth Center, USA

LEAD Coalition of Bay County, Inc., USA

Mission old Brewery, Canada

Mothers2Mothers, various countries in Africa

Move for Hunger, USA

Movimiento de Apoyo a Menores Abandonados, Mexico

Narada Foundation, China

National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, USA

National Day Labor Network, USA

Network of Organizations working for people with Disabilities in Pakistan

One Planet, Peru

Organismo de Nutrición Infantil, Mexico

Promoción y Acción Comunitaria, Mexico

Rajasthan Samgrah Kalyan Sansthan RSKS, India

Reach Out NGO, Cameroon

Sarah’s Circle, USA

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, USA

Snehalaya, India

Sozidanie, Charitable Foundation, Russia

Synergie des Associations Féminines du Congo (SAFECO), DRC

Voice Trust, India

World Vision Somalia

Xilotl Asociación para el Desarrollo Social, Mexico

Zindagi Trust, Pakistan

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As you continue to care for your family and community, we want to share what your donations have meant for people on the front lines of COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts around the world. Thanks to your generosity, GlobalGiving has made rapid response grants to nonprofit partners in more than 20 countries. In addition, we continued our support to nonprofit partners in Europe through a new partnership with JPMorgan Chase. Here are a few highlights of the work being carried out right now by our nonprofit partners who are leading the effort to defeat COVID-19:

GlobalGiving partners continue to support the brave women and men treating patients at hospitals and clinics—nurses, doctors, technicians, as well as workers cleaning and disinfecting medical facilities. International Medical Corps reached 11 hospitals in New York, Los Angeles, and Puerto Rico with emergency medical units, equipment and/or volunteers. They’re also conducting specialized trainings and delivering medical protective equipment. They have plans to continue deploying this support to hot spots across the U.S., focusing on under-resourced communities. The Spanish Red Cross has activated its emergency response services, including actively monitoring at-risk populations such as the elderly and immuno-compromised who are socially isolating at home. Nearby in Germany, Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V. is supporting hospitals and health care facilities, as well as building and managing screening centers and screening vehicles.

Waqful Waqifin Foundation (Gift of the Givers) has established COVID-19 testing sites, including drive-through facilities, across South Africa. Their teams are providing hospitals with triaging capability. They’re also managing feeding programs at temporary shelters set up for people experiencing homelessness and delivering food to rural areas. Experts in disaster response, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT Foundation) medical teams are hard at work delivering life-saving treatment across Indonesia. ACT Foundation is also providing food, medical protective equipment, and hygiene materials to vulnerable families. In Burundi, the Association of Volunteers for Awareness, Promoting Human Rights and Sustainable Development is delivering test kits and crucial protective supplies such as masks  to health care providers.

But we know all too well that this pandemic is creating additional life-threatening conditions that extend beyond the impacts on our health, and are hitting the already vulnerable especially hard. That’s why we’ve sent your dollars to World Central Kitchen. Their teams are working with community leaders to deliver meals to children and their families, healthcare workers, and the elderly. In the U.K., we partnered with St. Mungo’s— one of the largest providers of services for thousands of people experiencing homelessness across 300 centers in the U.K. Their team is working diligently to help people who are sleeping on the streets or in hostels to self-isolate, providing food and support for their well-being. In addition, The Trussell Trust, which operates a national network of food banks, is coordinating an emergency response effort to help vulnerable populations access food, including the elderly and children who typically rely on free school meals. And in Spain, Amigos de la Calle continues to serve people living on the streets in Valencia, increasing their services to deliver much-needed food, hand sanitizer, masks, and other life-saving materials. 

Across all disasters, children are especially vulnerable, and this pandemic is no exception. Operating in low-income New York City communities, Children’s Aid is providing testing and treatment options in their health clinics. They are conducting in-person and virtual home visits and academic services for nearly 700 youth in foster care, helping to secure permanent housing for anyone who is at risk for homelessness, and distributing food families, and offering remote counseling. Aldeas Infantiles de España offers protection and well-being for 1,155 children in eight villages including through their foster programs. They’ve been providing emergency aid to meet the basic needs of vulnerable families, including delivering food, hygiene kits, health services, and cash vouchers. In Germany, Die Arche Christliches Kinder-und Jugendwerk e.V. is supporting children and their families during the national lockdown by delivering boxes of fresh and non-perishable items. Morocco has one of the highest numbers of infections in the African continent, and our partner, SOS Children’s Villages Morocco is providing safe accommodation, food, and health services to close to 1,000 children and their families.  

Because of sheltering in place mandates, survivors of violence are experiencing even greater risks to their safety and well being and their access to support services is significantly reduced. The Safe Horizon team is committed to supporting survivors of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault across New York. Their message is clear, “You are not alone. We are here to help you.” They’re continuing to operate shelters, helplines, and child advocacy centers, which means survivors have somewhere safe to go during this difficult time.

In areas already enduring humanitarian crises, the spread of the novel coronavirus is extremely concerning. GlobalGiving partners are committed to seeing their communities overcome these mounting challenges. The Middle East Children's Alliance team is providing emergency medical care for children and families across the Gaza Strip. With a focus on women, girls and the elderly communities, Improve Your Society Organization (IYSO) is providing hygiene kits and awareness trainings as well as delivering medical protective supplies. GlobalGiving is also supporting SMEPS and SANID to deliver humanitarian aid and livelihood training to Yemeni communities. 

The economic impact from COVID-19 shutdown measures is threatening millions of jobs in India and Bangladesh, affecting rickshaw drivers, garment workers, and other day laborers. JAAGO Foundation is sending medical professionals and lifesaving supplies to communities in need. The JAAGO Foundation team is also providing school meals for children who normally receive their only source of nutrition at school and delivering food and essential items to individuals and families in refugee camps. The Indian Association for the Blind is providing food, medicine, and support with rental costs for persons with visual impairments and their families.

I hope that, like me, you draw hope from the heroes across these four continents and the sheer humanity that unites us. Thank you for continuing to think of others even as you and your loved ones are touched by the impact of this pandemic.    

Alongside the rapid response grants being made from this Coronavirus Relief Fund, GlobalGiving is working around the clock to support the entirety of our nonprofit community in 170 countries through our COVID-19 Hardship Microgrants Initiative.

In gratitude and solidarity,

Sandrina da Cruz

Senior Humanitarian Response Specialist

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Thank you for your generous donation to the GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund. As we come together to adapt to new realities unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic, GlobalGiving partners are already on the ground, providing medical support and meeting critical needs in communities around the world. The new coronavirus is now present in nearly every country in the world, and this pandemic has taken thousands of lives and is affecting millions of people. Today, we'd like to show you how your donation is bringing relief to vulnerable people in some of the most intensely affected areas.

With your support and contributions from our corporate partners, GlobalGiving has made emergency grants to nonprofits working hard to respond to and contain the spread of COVID-19 in China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, and the United States. The full impact of this unprecedented global crisis is not yet known. But GlobalGiving remains committed to raising and delivering funds for both immediate relief and long-term recovery. Thank you for being part of the solution! Below are a few ways your donation has already made a difference.

Amid global shortages, Direct Relief is delivering personal protective equipment and essential medical supplies to health facilities in the U.S., China, and other affected countries. In close coordination with public health officials, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, Direct Relief has been providing much needed N-95 surgical masks, gloves, coveralls, and face shields to frontline health workers.

Hubei province in China was the original epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak, with Wuhan city being the most acutely affected. One Foundation rapidly launched a response in late January. Their teams provided medical care and coordinated the distribution of medical supplies and equipment for health workers, and provided online consultation for local communities. Since the outbreak, the One Foundation team has supported 499 hospitals in 81 counties across Hubei Province, including maternal care and children’s hospitals.

Another Chinese GlobalGiving partner, Non-Profit Incubator (NPI), launched the "Alliance to Battle COVID-19 on Community Level” to bring together experts, activists, and researchers to address community concerns and priorities. This initiative focuses on conducting sustainable community building, resolving community problems, and cultivating volunteer spirit. The initiative began with a series of community-based interventions to drive increased attention and resources where needs were greatest. This helped mobilize resources to frontline workers and vulnerable communities most affected by the outbreak, and support residents to self-organize and volunteer safely in their communities. In the long term, the alliance aims to establish a learning network that empowers grassroots community organizations and social worker institutions, for both online and offline capacity building long after the pandemic has passed.

Italy has become the new epicenter for this pandemic, and the Italian Red Cross has been in the front lines of the COVID-19 response from day one. Their team has been providing emergency health care, psychological and emotional support, logistics, informative campaigns, surveillance activities, and health screenings. In partnership with public health entities, the Italian Red Cross is safely coordinating case management. They are triaging patients, conducting testing, and managing transportation to hospitals, if necessary, or providing medical care for non-infected patients at home. Through regional emergency units, they are supporting pre-triage activities to identify new positive cases before they enter emergency rooms and home health care services.

Relief International is acting fast to address the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Iran. Relief International is delivering protective medical gear and equipment to frontline health workers including masks, goggles, and gloves. Their teams are working tirelessly to launch preventive campaigns and deliver critical hygiene training to help stop the spread of the virus.

A mere two weeks ago, South Korea had the second highest rate of COVID-19 cases. The Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (A-PAD) Korea has been working with local restaurants to deliver meals to children who rely on school lunches for their nutrition. The A-PAD Korea team is providing meals across six children centers in Daegu, the worst affected region in South Korea.

Hundreds of GlobalGiving nonprofit partners are mobilizing to meet urgent and evolving COVID-19 needs in their communities. Your support is crucial to their efforts and the eventual defeat of COVID-19. We will continue to keep you informed as we actively monitor this crisis and support valiant efforts to bring this global pandemic under control. We stand in solidarity with you and these amazing responders as we rise to face one of the most challenging crises in modern history.

In gratitude and solidarity,

Sandrina da Cruz
Senior Humanitarian Response Specialist


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