How to

How You Can Help

Donations to assist during these most unusual times to stem the impact of Covid-19 can be divided into three areas:

Immediate Medical Needs

Immediate medical needs in the U.S. and internationally.
Helping Vulnerable Populations
Helping Vulnerable Populations


Strengthening the capacity of nonprofits.

Immediate Medical Needs in the US and Internationally

Immediate medical needs include supplies such as surgical masks, isolation gowns, and other protective equipment. Organizations such as hospitals and health systems are also preparing to respond to the anticipated surge in coronavirus cases, are coordinating with additional staff and specialists to support local medical personnel, and are assembling the specialized medical equipment and portable clinics required for isolation, screening, and treatment.
  • U.S. and International:
    • CDC Foundation’s Coronavirus Response Fund
    • TIN: 58-2106707
    • 600 Peachtree Street NE
      Suite 1000
      Atlanta, GA 30308
    • Make a grant recommendation
    • The CDC Foundation is an independent nonprofit and the sole entity created by Congress to mobilize philanthropic and private-sector resources to support the Centers for Disease Control’s health protection work.The CDC’s Coronavirus Response Fund helps connect philanthropic dollars with fast-emerging needs related to the virus, providing flexible funding that can support state and local health departments, logistics, communication and data management.

Helping Vulnerable Populations in the U.S

As is the case with many disasters, the most vulnerable populations are likely to be most affected by COVID-19. Much of this response will take place at a local level, so check in with your favorite local organizations and ask about addressing any anticipated gaps. Additionally, look to national safety net organizations with local chapters helping people near you.

Strengthening the Capacity of Nonprofits

Nonprofits that provide safety net services are seeing an increase in demand for their services. Yet the economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic may cause many donors to dial back. Now’s the time to support the nonprofit of your choice that provides safety net services.

At the same time, nonprofit organizations of all stripes need your support as well. Many nonprofits are having to cancel many of their usual programs and fundraising events out of concern for public safety. Yet these programs and events are often how nonprofits survive. Most organizations have limited financial reserves and these lean times will hit them hard. Sustaining your support at your usual levels or increasing it will help your favorite nonprofit organizations get through the crisis and continue its important work.

Please Note

The organizations listed in this guidance do not represent the full list of organizations raising money for relief efforts for the coronavirus. Lindy Communities is providing the names of these organizations for reference purposes only, and Lindy Communities does not endorse these organizations.