The UN's Coronavirus Fund Is the Fastest and Easiest Way You Can Help Right Now
With coronavirus and self-isolation, it's definitely been more challenging to help those in need. Stepping out of your home means putting yourself and others at risk, which is why the United Nations Foundation has set up the solidarity response fund.
"We are at a critical point in the global response to COVID-19—we need everyone to get involved in this massive effort to keep the world safe," said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO). "We are immensely grateful to the UN Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation for coming forward to help us set up this fund. A lot of people and institutions have been saying they want to contribute to the fight against the novel coronavirus. Now they can."
The fund connects individuals, corporations, foundations, and other organizations to support WHO's efforts to prevent, detect, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Best of all, it's all done online through the UN Foundation's site, Facebook, and Google.
On Facebook, users can donate through the site's Fundraisers feature. As of writing, the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fundraiser has raised $4,060,295 out of the $10,000,000 goal. Google Donate's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization, on the other hand, will match $2 for every donation made.
"Donations support WHO's work to track and understand the spread of the virus; to ensure patients get the care they need and frontline workers get essential supplies and information; and to accelerate efforts to develop vaccines, tests, and treatments," it said.
The WHO is one of the leading organizations that's currently working overtime to support countries all over the world. You can donate in denominations of $25, $50, $100, $500, $1,000, or $2,500 or any amount that you see fit.
Plus, all donations made to the United Nations Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation are tax-deductible in the U.S. and Switzerland. The Swiss Philanthropy Foundation has also extended the tax benefit to additional European countries such as Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
If you're hoping to donate to a certain country, jury's still out on that. As the United Nations Foundation explains, the response fund's needs are rapidly changing, so the funds are currently flexible for allocation where needed.
The good news is that donations have already been put to use. The WHO has shipped personal protective equipment to 57 countries, as well as lab supplies to 120 countries. There is also an allocation for research and development with set protocols for studies.