Table of Contents
- Health Information
- Recent GlobalWA Webinars
- GlobalWA Members Responding
- GlobalWA Companies Responding
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- International SOS Travel Restrictions
- King County Public Health
- State Department Travel Advisory
- WHO Regional Offices
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- Center for Disaster Philanthropy
- CLA webinar on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
- Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act: Independent Sector Resource page
- Coronavirus Funds
- Gates Philanthropy Partners
- Global Impact
- Open Road Alliance
- Seattle Foundation
- Tableau Foundation COVID-19 Community Response Fund
- UN Foundation’s Solidarity Response Fund for WHO
Recent Global Washington Webinars
- Approaching Individual Donors During a Pandemic: This webinar was designed to help you navigate and calibrate your engagement with donors at this time. It helped answer some of the following questions: What happens when the crisis impacts philanthropists, nonprofit organizations and their teams, as well as vulnerable populations in the Global South? Should an international non-profit ask a donor to fund a project that is not related to COVID 19? Is now the time to ask anyone for funding or should we just wait? Click here for: Reference Links – Approaching Individual Donors During a Pandemic. A recording of the presentation is available for GlobalWA members upon request.
- Communications during COVID-19: Resource Media and GlobalWA discuss communications and media relations for non-profits during this time of crisis. Resource Media is a one of a kind: a nonprofit communications firm working exclusively in support of social change. They shared examples of current partners and how they are managing communications strategies. A recording of the presentation is available for GlobalWA members upon request.
- Contingency Planning for Fundraising: Pamela Oaks, Managing Director of The Profitable Nonprofit, discusses the following questions: How can global nonprofits be nimble in this ever-changing environment? How do we shift gears to set and achieve funding goals? How should we plan for the summer and fall 2020? For slides from Pamela’s presentation, click here. A recording of the presentation is available for GlobalWA members upon request.
- Creating a Virtual Gala: During this webinar, Upaya’s Marketing & Communications Manager, Heather Targosz, and Director of Philanthropy, Suman Bhat-Kincaid, discussed the strategy and logistics around their virtual gala and answer questions from participants. Click here for the event recording.
- Food Security and COVID-19 in the Global South: As COVID-19 expands in the Global South, fragile systems such as food security are in danger. The World Food Program estimates that 265 million people could fall into acute hunger by the end of 2020, double the current figure. Small-scale farmers in the developing world are the backbone to the food supply chain, and they are also the most vulnerable to health and economic crises. This webinar brings together leaders from Heifer International, Oxfam America, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to discuss the implications and response options to this crisis. A recording of the presentation is available for GlobalWA members upon request.
- Overview of the CARES Act and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) is now providing nearly $2 trillion to individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Several non-profit organizations have already applied for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or are in process. Representative from Clark Nuber answer questions: Now what? How should a non-profit organization manage the loan once it’s received? What are the restrictions around use of funds? What do you need to know in order to get loan forgiveness? What other tax related provisions are available for non-profit organizations? For Clark Nuber’s slideshow presentation, click here.Click here for Clark Nuber’s slideshow presentation. To help understand how much forgiveness you can expect, visit Lane Powell’s publication.
Travel and Airport Restrictions During Covid-19: During this webinar Global Washington and Kevin Brown, Senior Vice President from Key Travel, provided industry insights to some of the following questions: What happens when airports around the world are shut down and travel restrictions are in place due to a pandemic? How can NGOs get up-to-date information about travel in the regions they serve? How can NGOs plan for future travel later this year? Click here for Key Travel’s Covid 19 – Travel Industry Briefing. A recording of the presentation is available for GlobalWA members upon request.
GlobalWA Members Responding
- Adara: Adara is reaching across divides and standing by communities in the developing world to help keep them safe during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Agros International: Agros International is providing education, medical supplies, and emergency food supplies to hundreds of families in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
- Americares: Americares is using every resource to fight the COVID-19 pandemic from critical supplies to education, training and other support for its staff and partners here at home and around the world.
- Amplio:Talking Book COVID-19 response in North Ghana: Amplio is providing technology support, M&E support, and funding (in the works). Their affiliate, Literacy Bridge Ghana (LBG) is partnering with Ghana Health Services, the Ministry of Health, UNICEF Ghana, and Amplio to use Talking Books for COVID-19 response in the Upper West Region.
- Bloodworks NW: Bloodworks NW has announced that potential blood donors are exempt from stay-at-home orders in Washington and Oregon, which do not include essential health services, such as those provided by Bloodworks Northwest and its donors. Blood Donation is an Essential and Encouraged Activity.
- CARE: CARE is preparing an immediate COVID-19 response surge in 19 of the most vulnerable countries, at a minimum cost of $200,000 per country.
ChildFund International is actively engaging with the ministries of health and education in all 24 countries where we work to help bolster their nationwide efforts to protect children from COVID-19 and sustain the services they need. We especially want to ensure that protection and support reach the most marginalized and isolated including women and girls, LGBTQI youth, children and youth living on the street, refugees, internally displaced families, and others facing discrimination and stigma. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also providing emergency cash transfers to families in need, supporting access to nutritious meals and learning materials at home, raising awareness of the importance of handwashing, distributing medical supplies and hygiene kits, and ensuring that water and sanitation facilities in communities are safe and clean.
- Construction for Change: In collaboration with with Adaptiv Architecture and HDR’s design4others (d4o) Initiative, Construction for Change is providing an open-source COVID-19 Response Unit Resource Guide to serve as a roadmap for components, concepts, and critical immediacy for organizations operating in resource strained settings that are looking to retrofit an existing space or construct a new one to provide healthcare and safety to reduce the spread of this virus. The full 16-page guide is available for download here.
- Days for Girls: Join Days for Girls to participate in the DfG Masks4Millions campaign. Their goal is to provide millions of masks to hospitals and clinics around the world.
- Fred Hutch: Researchers at Fred Hutch are working to understand this pandemic and inform efforts to stop it.
- Gates Foundation: The Gates Foundation is sharing expert perspectives and updates on the response to COVID-19. Additionally, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it’s planning to donate $3.7 million to support various response efforts to the novel coronavirus pandemic in the greater Seattle area.
- Girl Rising: Girl Rising is responding to the current reality of distance learning by making more of their content and educational tools available free of charge.In addition to their tools for teachers. they are creating a family discussion guide with access to various GR chapters, which they hope to have available next week.
- International Rescue Committee: The International Rescue Committee is ramping up their response to the outbreak with a focus on crisis zones with especially weak health systems.
- The Max Foundation: The Max Foundation is solving last-mile delivery challenges for thousands of cancer patients in low- and middle-income countries who are unable to reach hospitals and clinics to receive their supply of lifesaving treatment during this pandemic.
- Medical Teams International : Medical Teams International is pivoting their entire organization to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to support local health systems in responding to it through providing PPE, converting dental centers into support centers, and training staff in order to prevent infections in refugee camps and other remote locations.
- Mercy Corps: Mercy Corps is actively helping communities to prepare for and protect against the coronavirus outbreak, providing safe, reliable information and support to vulnerable and often overlooked people, and positioning to ensure ongoing delivery of their lifesaving work.
- Northeastern University: The Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University put together a one-hour training course on safety and resilience in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak.
- OutRight Action International: OutRight has launched a COVID-19 LGBTIQ Emergency Fund to respond to the urgent needs of LGBTIQ people and communities around the world. The organization is giving away $100K to grassroots LGBTIQ organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response. Applications are now open and the first round of grants will be made May 1. Funding can be used for any emergency resulting from the COVID-19 crisis, such as immediate support for food or medicine, shelter, rent & utilities, WiFi, assistance for survivors of family & domestic violence, etc. The application is available in 5 languages.
- Oxfam America : Oxfam is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by protecting and advocating for the most vulnerable people here in the United States and around the globe.
- PATH: PATH is working to lessen the impact of COVID 19 by partnering with governments to establish emergency operations centers; advising on testing, treating, and managing the outbreak; and standing up digital and data systems that support real-time disease surveillance.
- Rise Beyond the Reef: Rise Beyond the Reef is focused on distributing the following to Fijian communities: food rations, COVID 19 awareness kits with masks, and seeds/cuttings to help boost food security.
- Schools for Salone: Although COVID-19 is just arriving in Sierra Leone, the country is acting early and quickly to minimize the outbreak. Schools for Salone’s partners are supporting their school communities by providing sanitation supplies, distributing remote learning materials, and PPE. Schools for Salone is updating their resource page regularly as current news for Sierra Leone warrants.
- Spreeha: Members of the communities Spreeha serves are very vulnerable to coronavirus because they live in heavily crowded urban slums. Their livelihood is also directly affected as most of them are daily wage earners. Their team consisting of doctors, medical professionals and health workers are serving the community members through the following measures: Food supply, Hygiene materials, Essential drugs, Door to door awareness and counseling, and Online doctor helpline.
- The Spring Development Initiative: As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in Nigeria, TSDI was one of the ﬁrst responders through a $5000 targeted donation to SI4DEV. While the government and larger private philanthropies were still mobilizing, SI4DEV launched their 5 million-naira ($14,000) COVID-19 community response fund two days after the president announced cross-country shutdowns on March 29. 52 SI4DEV volunteers are currently reaching out to about 20 families each in 26 communities with food and hygiene supplies.
- Tearfund: Tearfund is working as quickly as possible to assess how coronavirus is affecting the world’s most vulnerable communities and how they can best support their partners and churches to make a meaningful, sustained response.
- Upaya Social Ventures: Upaya is enacting a response to COVID-19 that follows the three waves of the crisis (short, medium, and long term). They are helping the vulnerable populations that they work in recovery and rebuild in the following three waves: emergency relief, job reservation, and job creation. For detailed descriptions of each wave, check out their blog.
- VillageReach: VillageReach is reviewing all of their program priorities to determine what can move forward and what may be delayed. Many of their staff are directly involved in delivering products and services. They are currently focusing on following government mandates and public health best practices to keep their staff safe, while also supporting the ministry of health colleagues as they work tirelessly to ensure their health systems are equipped and able to respond.
- WaterAid: WaterAid is scaling their efforts to improve handwashing and hygiene in every country where they work.
- Water1st International: As the coronavirus spreads, Water1st wants to make sure that they can continue to support their programs around the world, allowing more communities to have access to their number one defense against the spread of infectious disease: clean water for hand-washing.
- World Bicycle Relief: World Bicycle Relief is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by ramping up their health programming and increasing bicycle distributions to health partners across their program countries.
- World Concern: World Concern’s field teams are integrating COVID-19 messages and hygiene promotion within their community-based programs, such as care groups, nutrition programs, savings groups, and child protection programs.
- World Vision: World Vision is helping to provide things like face masks and gloves for health workers; thermometers, hand sanitizer, and emergency food for children and families; and health training where needed to keep everyone safe. Their Channels of Hope program equips faith leaders to engage their communities when epidemics arise.
GlobalWA Companies Responding
- Amazon: Amazon is supporting their employees, customers, and communities through a variety of ways including: helping customers get groceries, providing Seattle quarantine patients with essential items, and the launch of the $20 million AWS Diagnostic Initiative to accelerate COVID-19 research. Additionally, Amazon provides SPS with 8,200 laptops: Amazon will provide 8,200 laptops to families of elementary-school students in Seattle Public schools who lack access to a device needed for remote learning. The donation of laptops kick-starts a new fund, the Education Equity Fund, from the school district’s nonprofit partner, the Alliance for Education. The aim of the fund is to promote education for “students furthest from educational justice in accessing the technology, technical support, and additional learning resources required to continue to learn during the COVID-19 crisis.”
- Clark Nuber: The situation involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve daily. In response, Clark Nuber PS developed this resource page, which includes timely alerts and helpful links, so you can locate information in one convenient location.
- Emirates: Emirates has implemented generous waiver policies and has temporarily suspended most passenger operations. They will not cut jobs and they support government measures to safeguard community health
- F5: F5 is extending F5 resources to non-profit organizations as they adapt to supporting a remote workforce and we proudly match our employee donations through a COVID-19 response fund.
- Largesse Company: Largesse is embracing the opportunity to supply you with face masks. Selecting from their extensive portfolio of masks will impact health, education, and empowerment programs in communities, and especially for women, around the world, and here in the US. They work with partners who depend on their craft for their livelihood. As with many of us, COVID-19 has left their businesses without any revenue from their core product lines. Producing face masks provides them with an alternative revenue stream through social enterprises like Largesse who specialize in developing the market for ethical, earth-friendly, and handmade products.
- Microsoft: Microsoft is ensuring the safety of their employees, striving to protect the health and well-being of the communities in which they operate, and providing technology, tips and resources to their customers to help them do their best work while remote. They also donated $1 million to Puget Sound’s COVID-19 Response Fund.
- PwC: PwC’s team of specialists collaborated to create a digital assessment to help you understand the potential impact to your business and gauge your readiness to respond.
- Starbucks: The Starbucks Foundation is donating more than $3 million to support community relief efforts globally in response to COVID-19. This includes $1M to the UN Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund in support of the WHO, plus several grants to support communities across the U.S., Canada and China, as well as frontline responders. They’re working with Give2Asia on grants that will support front-line medical workers in China and promote community resilience. You can see the full press release here: https://sbux.co/sbuxfdncovid19
- Tableau: Tableau has gathered the power of the Tableau Community and their technology to create a free Covid19 Data Resource Hub to help you make confident decisions with data.
- Vulcan: The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has made a $500,000 commitment to the Seattle Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund. The foundation has also made a $100,000 commitment to the COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund. Alongside the foundation’s contributions, Vulcan Inc. has committed $100,000 to support the Chinatown-International District, where the company has been headquartered since 2000.