The Center For Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) is one of the top, and most well-known organizations who has jumped into action to help combat COVID-19 and those most effected by the pandemic. Funds donated to the CDP go to:

  • Supporting healthcare and other frontline workers through provision and distribution of masks, gowns, gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE) for essential staff, as well as the deployment of emergency medical teams where needed.

  • Supporting quarantined and especially vulnerable individuals by lessening financial hardships for people who are quarantined and those for whom social distancing is not an option. Support also includes building the capacity of local food banks to respond to the mounting number of people who are food insecure.

  • Supporting small businesses through emergency grants and mentoring programs to help owners sustain their businesses and to support the economy of vulnerable communities.

  • Supporting hygiene promotion activities (WASH) and community-based care in areas with poor access to medical care to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and other infections.

CDP is responding rapidly and effectively, using contributions to the Fund to address these core issues, while constantly assessing needs. This allows CDP to be adaptive in our support.

As of April 23, more than $4.6 million has been distributed to 21 organizations working in the U.S. and abroad.

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Even before the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a global health emergency, UNICEF had rushed six metric tons of medical supplies to the front lines. To date, UNICEF has delivered tens of millions of protective items for health workers, medical equipment and hygiene supplies. Now, 40 million health care and frontline workers won’t have to risk their lives to save lives. Key to UNICEF's effectiveness is its humanitarian warehouse in Copenhagen, the world's largest, which can ship emergency supplies anywhere in the world in 48 to 72 hours.

UNICEF is also leading on preventative actions in communities to protect the health of children and their parents and caregivers. And now that 191 countries have closed schools nationwide, UNICEF is finding ways to help children keep learning through online classes and radio broadcasts. As of the end of March, over 154 million children in eight countries whose schools have closed are getting the support they need to learn at home.

UNICEF is focusing on:

  • Procuring supplies and rushing personal protective equipment (PPE) to health facilities that are straining to treat the sick and contain COVID-19

  • Delivering hygiene and handwashing supplies to schools, health centers and childcare facilities

  • Creating solutions — like educational radio broadcasts — to keep children safe, connected and learning in countries that have closed schools

  • Training health workers to continue providing critical care for pregnant women, very young children and those struggling with nutrition

  • Encouraging children to ask questions and express their concerns


UNICEF has already helped reach over half a billion people with COVID-19 prevention messaging. At a time when fake news can do real harm, UNICEF is teaming up with Facebook, LinkedIn and TikTok to dispel rumors and make sure that health education messages specifically tailored for children, parents and caregivers, teachers, community leaders and the media reach all corners of the globe.

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