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Giving guidance for the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated August 27, 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.

Support
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.

Protect
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.

Sustain
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

The Giving Compass online content aggregator offers news and thought leadership on COVID-19 from philanthropic sources.

The Giving Compass Widget is provided by an independent third party. The views and opinions of third party content providers are solely those of the author and not Fidelity Charitable. Fidelity Charitable does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided by such third parties.

*This resource is reprinted with permission from National Center for Family Philanthropy and Giving Compass. The views and opinions of third-party content providers are solely those of the author and not Fidelity Charitable. Fidelity Charitable does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided by such third parties. Fidelity Charitable is not responsible for the accuracy of such information or the ability of any organization to achieve specific goals. Fidelity Charitable makes no recommendation or endorsement with respect to any particular organization.

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