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Giving guidance for the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated October 12, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to spread, many people are seeking direction on how to provide help in the face of a pandemic of such magnitude. Our guidance and resources are designed to help you identify effective ways to make a difference with your giving. Below you will find resources and guidance on how to help, divided into three focus areas: supporting medical needs, protecting vulnerable populations and sustaining all nonprofits.

As the situation evolves, we will continue to update this page with more resources and guidance.


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How to help

We’ve identified three critical areas where giving can make the greatest difference in this pandemic. For each area, we’ve identified key ways to help and, working with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, organizations actively working to provide aid.

medical needs

Needs in this area range from providing crucial protective equipment for frontline health staff and necessary support for free clinics, to helping further the development of potential diagnostics and vaccines.

vulnerable populations

Help protect the people who may be affected most deeply by the pandemic. Safety net organizations like food banks need your support now more than ever.

all nonprofits

Nonprofits are facing an increased demand for services paired with strains on fundraising. Many organizations rely on in-person volunteerism, fundraising events or public performances to survive. Continue your support for the organizations you always have.

Related resources

Spark Your Impact

Our COVID-19 webinars and Spark Your Impact video series feature interviews with nonprofits from around the country offering guidance on how you can help right now.

Videos and webinars

About Fidelity Charitable

Fidelity Charitable is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Established in 1991, we are the nation’s top grantmaker, distributing $7.3 billion to charities in 2019. We help donors maximize their generosity through our donor-advised fund, called the Giving Account. A donor-advised fund is like a charitable investment account, for the sole purpose of supporting charitable organizations you care about.