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“This is a time when humanity is fundamentally tested; a time when each of us is called to reflect on how we might not only persist, but contribute to the health and well-being of those around us.”
-Nick Tedesco, NCFP President & CEO
A Letter to the Community (March 23, 2020)
During these trying times, NCFP is heartened to see donors harness the power of philanthropy to combat the social, economic, and health implications of COVID-19.
We recognize that it’s challenging to identify trusted information in a time of crisis. Accordingly, NCFP is actively curating funding opportunities and resources, which include an issue brief, Leadership in Difficult Times: Guidance for Donors and Giving Families, and other tools.
Issue Brief: Leadership in Difficult Times: Guidance for Donors and Families
This guide offers an initial compilation of lessons and inspirations to help donors and families act in the near-term, as well as a variety of tips for family philanthropy’s long-term response. Included are ideas and resources from giving families, family funders, and philanthropy leadership organizations.
Webinar Replay: Family Philanthropy’s Response to COVID-19
This webinar features perspectives and advice from key philanthropy leaders including Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO of the Nonprofit Finance Fund; Patricia McIlreavy, President and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy; Diana Scearce, consultant with the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and Principal, Diana Scearce Consulting; and Marcus Walton, President and CEO, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO).
COVID-19 Response and Recovery Funds
NCFP and Giving Compass are working together to bring you the most comprehensive list of COVID-19 relief funds. While we integrate our efforts, you can also explore funds on Giving Compass.
Basic due diligence has been conducted on the listed funds confirming charitable status and good financial standing; however, we recommend that all grantors conduct independent due diligence and / or consult with legal counsel prior to initiating a gift. NCFP does not endorse the organizations listed or make any representations as to their efficacy. Please contact email@example.com with questions or comments.
National and International Funds
American Red Cross Coronavirus Outbreak
CARE Emergency Surge Fund
CDC Foundation Combat Coronavirus
Center for Disaster Philanthropy CDP COVID-19 Response Fund
Emergency Ong Onlus Italian Coronavirus Appeal
Emergent Fund People’s Bailout
Feeding America COVID-19 Response Fund
Gates Foundation Combating COVID-19 Fund
GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund
King Baudouin Foundation United States COVID-19 Fund for Italy
Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Response Fund
Save the Children Coronavirus Relief Fund
Unicef USA COVID-19 Relief
World Health Organization, United Nations Foundation, and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund
Thank you to CAF America for assisting in the sourcing of international funds.
CERF+ The Artists Safety Net
Gates Foundation Therapeutics Accelerator Fund
Horizons Foundation LGBTQ COVID-19 Response Emergency Fund
Hispanics in Philanthropy COVID-19 Rapid Response Migration Fund and Civic Participation Fund (Hispanics in Philanthropy)
Hispanics in Philanthropy and Justice for Migrant Women: Farmerworkers’ COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Fund
Musicians Foundation CV19 Support Fund
National Education Association Foundation, Grantmakers for Education COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund to Support School Communities
Click the interactive map below to explore local funds.
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Articles and Resources
There are a growing number of helpful resources and perspectives on how philanthropic families and donors can best understand and respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Below are several initial resources that we have found to be most useful. NCFP staff will continue to update this list with more current information as it becomes available; please let us know if you have a resource to suggest.
Family Foundation Messaging to Grantees
Endowments: Balancing Increasing Grantmaking Needs with Decreasing Returns
Recent strategies and perspectives:
NCFP Passages Issue Briefs with Lessons Learned from Past Financial Crises:
Families Step Up to Meet Economic Crisis (NCFP, 2009)
Giving Until it Hurts: Coping with a Tough Economy (NCFP, 2003)
Equity and Social Justice
Operations and Self-care
Resources for Grantees
Other Resource Centers
Candid: Funding for Coronavirus
Center for Disaster Philanthropy: COVID-19 Coronavirus
Council on Foundations: External Resources for Responding to COVID-19
Council of Michigan Foundations: COVID-19 Resource Central
Early Childhood Funders Collaborative: COVID-19 Resources
Foundant Technologies: COVID-19 Response
Forefront: COVID-19 Resources and Updates
Funders for LGBTQ Issues: LGBTQ Funding Resources in the COVID-19 Response
Independent Sector: Information on COVID-19
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy: Philanthropy & COVID-19
National Council of Nonprofits: The Nonprofit Community Confronts the Coronavirus
New England International Donors: COVID-19 Articles
Philanthropy California: COVID-19 Response
Philanthropy Ohio: COVID-19 Resources for Funders
Philanthropy New York: COVID-19 Updates and Resources
Philanthropy Northwest: Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak
Philanthropy Roundtable: Philanthropy & COVID-19
Philanthropy Southwest: COVID-19 Resources
Southeastern Council of Foundations: COVID-19 Resource Hub
Tableau: COVID-19 Data Hub
United Philanthropy Forum: How Philanthropy Can Respond to COVID-19