Coronavirus Relief Fund

by GlobalGiving
Coronavirus Relief Fund

Project Report | Feb 10, 2021
There are brighter days ahead, thanks to you

By Sandrina da Cruz | Senior Manager, Disaster Response

Photo: Rebuilding Alliance
Photo: Rebuilding Alliance

GlobalGiving launched the Coronavirus Relief Fund on Jan. 27, 2020. Later that week, I boarded a flight to Geneva to attend a humanitarian conference. The World Health Organization, headquartered nearby, had placed signs around the conference center with basic information about the virus, but no one was wearing masks or socially distancing. These gatherings are a great opportunity to network, share, and generate ideas while connecting with old friends and colleagues we’ve worked with around the world. Needless to say, there was lots of hugging and handshaking. That feels like a lifetime ago. 

For the past year, you’ve been an inspiration to me and the entire GlobalGiving team. While you’ve been busy adapting to new realities of the pandemic and caring for loved ones, you also made time to share your resources and help deliver COVID-19 relief to frontline workers and families around the world.  

With your support, last week we awarded 89 emergency grants totaling more than $2 million to nonprofit organizations helping communities in more than 25 countries. 

You can find the entire list of grantees at the end of this update. Here’s a snapshot of how these hardworking teams are continuing to serve their communities through the pandemic.

  • The Partnerships with Native Americans team is working across tribal lands to bring food, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and other emergency relief supplies to tribes, many of whom are still experiencing lockdowns and precarious conditions. 
  • Port Elizabeth Mental Health is delivering critical mental health support to children, and youth and their families in the Port Elizabeth region of South Africa, which has been at the center of the latest surge of COVID-19 cases. 
  • International Medical Corps’ teams are supporting vaccination efforts in refugee camps in Jordan. In the Azraq refugee camp, they are the main provider of health care services. 
  • Fresh Spirit Wellness for Women is assisting women in Texas who have been verbally, emotionally, physically, or sexually abused. They operate a women's shelter and an out-care program for women from all walks of life who are in search of healing and support.
  • LIFE ElderCare is delivering meals, groceries, and essential supplies for people age 60 and older in California.
  • Abraham’s Oasis is providing residential care for abandoned children and support for surrounding communities in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, which is affected by both COVID-19 and impacts from the conflict that’s escalated there in recent months. 

Since January 2020, your contributions powered:

  • $8.4 million in funding for vetted nonprofit organizations
  • 355 emergency grants 
  • Relief for communities in more than 70 countries

Some hopeful news has come to light since I last wrote to you. Globally, reported COVID-19 cases have decreased for the third week in a row. And four types of vaccines have been approved in different parts of the world and are slowly becoming available and being administered (my colleague Sami Adler outlined vaccine distribution efforts in this helpful article). 

The many reasons that have moved you to give your time and money to meet needs created by this pandemic are what makes the GlobalGiving community so special. Thank you.

In gratitude and solidarity,

Sandrina + the GlobalGiving Team


List of Grantees:

Abraham's Oasis

Akhuwat USA

Alaska Sudan Medical Project

Alawite Islamic Charity Association

American Friends of the Spafford Children's Center

AnneGift Foundation

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation, Inc.

Ask The Paediatricians Foundation

Association for Dalit Women's Advancement of Nepal

Autismo en Voz Alta

Bahini Educare Foundation

Baobá - Fundo para Equidade Racial

Basildon Concord

Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (BASR)

British Red Cross

Carers Network

Casa de la Amistad para Niños con Cáncer

Charity Foundation 'Change One Life'

Civic Assistance Committee

Color of Change

Community Foundation of West Texas

Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim

Customs Health Care Society

Dako Foundation For Rural Healthcare And Education


DCWC Nepal - Development of Children and Women Center

Direct Relief

Downtown Women's Center

El Centro Popular para América Latina de Comunicación

Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness

FASOL- Fondo Acción Solidaria, AC

Favela Inc.

First Nations Development Institute

FirstLight Trust

Footprints 4 Sam

Fresh Spirit Wellness for Women Inc.

Friends of Burkina Faso

Fundación Madre María Luisa Casar

Fundación San Genaro

Fundación Pro Eco Azuero

Fundo Casa Socioambiental (CASA)

Global Hope Network International

Global Need Burkina

GoodWeave International

Great Plains Tribal Health Board

Hadleigh Castle Trust Fund

Health Opportunity Partnership and Empowerment in Africa

Himalayan Life Switzerland


Infinite Family

International Medical Corps



Joy Foundation

Karachi Down Syndrome Program

Karama Organisation for Women and Children's Development


LIFE ElderCare

Mali Health

Mt. Calvary Center for Leadership Development

My Friend's House, Inc

National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics

Native American Advancement Foundation

Near East Foundation

Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)

Our Sansar

Pak Mission Society

Palliative Care Education and Research Consortium

Partnerships With Native Americans


Port Elizabeth Mental Health

POWER- People Organized for Westside Renewal

Proyecto Impacto Consultores, AC

Reach Out and Feed Philippines

Rebuilding Alliance

Samaritans (Central London Branch)

St. Mungo’s

Starfish Greathearts Foundation


Teens Unite Fighting Cancer

Texas Low Income Housing Information Services

Thanda UK


The Rotary Club of Chelmer Bridge

The Small World

Tomorrow's Youth Organization

Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET)

Union of Health Work Committees

Women's Health Specialists of California

Photo: Autismo en Voz Alta
Photo: Autismo en Voz Alta


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