GENEVA and Washington, D.C. – A new coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Solidarity Response Fund will raise money from a wide range of donors to
support the work of the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners to
help countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund, the
first-of-its-kind, enables private individuals, corporations and
institutions anywhere in the world to come together to directly
contribute to global response efforts, and has been created by the
United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation,
together with WHO.
“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, WHO
Director-General. “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.”
fund launches with major support already lined up, including from
Facebook and Google who have instituted a matching scheme for funds
raised through their platforms, while individual donors are also
supporting the fund through www.COVID19ResponseFund.org.
can’t ignore the fact that this is a truly global problem – one that
requires truly global solutions,” said Elizabeth Cousens, UN Foundation
President and CEO. “The case for global cooperation could not be clearer
– communities everywhere are affected, and people want to contribute.
This new fund will create space for people everywhere, together, to
fight this virus.”
Funds will go towards actions outlined in the
COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan to enable all
countries – particularly those most vulnerable and at-risk, and with the
weakest health systems – to prepare for and respond to the COVID-19
crisis including rapidly detecting cases, stopping transmission of the
virus, and caring for those affected.
WHO and its partners are
seeking financing for protective equipment for frontline health workers;
to equip diagnostic laboratories; improve surveillance and data
collection; establish and maintain intensive care units; strengthen
supply chains; accelerate research and development of vaccines and
therapeutics; and take other critical steps to scale up the public
health response to the pandemic.
The COVID-19 Solidarity Response
Fund is hosted by two foundations, the UN Foundation (registered in the
United States) and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation (registered in
Switzerland). Both foundations have established relationships with the
World Health Organization, allowing for efficient transfer of financial
resources to enable COVID-19 response efforts.
Apart from giving online at www.COVID19ResponseFund.org, the UN Foundation can also receive donations via check or wire from around the world by contacting COVID19Fund@unfoundation.org.
donations made to the United Nations Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy
Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by the law, where
applicable (U.S. and Switzerland). Additionally, Swiss Philanthropy
Foundation has partnered with Transnational Giving Europe to extend tax benefit to certain additional European countries where applicable.