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** This page is regularly updated. Last update – 1 April **

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are being felt all around us, impacting our daily lives and the way we work. On this page you can find links to information on how our membership is responding to the crisis, both internally in terms of their HR policies and externally in terms of their grantees and operational work. We have been amazed at the speed with which our members have put together a wide range of coalitions, strategies and mechanisms from research and vaccine funding to supporting the most at risk populations.

Take a look at the inspirational ideas that our members are doing and sharing with the whole world:


King Baudouin Foundation allocate close to €5 million to support organisations dealing with COVID-19 emergency (31 March)

IKEA Foundation commit up to €10 million for COVID-19 specific programmes to support communities around the world (30 March)

TrustAfrica establishes COVID-19 Africa Solidarity Fund to support Emergency Response Units deployed in several countries across the African continent (30 March)

“la Caixa” launch express call for CaixaImpulse COVID-19, seeking projects that address the COVID-19 emergency (27 March)

Fondation Botnar commit CHF 20 million to global research efforts around COVID-19 (27 March)

Croatian Philanthropy House converted into temporary, quarantined accommodation for logistics drivers in Zadar (26 March)

The Bodossaki Foundation funds the disinfection of all 7 municipal areas of Athens for the next 2 weeks (26 March)

Fondazione CRT take part in initiative between Italian and Chinese philanthropy to create aerial bridge for the transport and delivery of urgent medical supplies (26 March)

Thousand Currents launch Above and Beyond Solidarity Fund supporting grassroots action against COVID-19 (24 March)

Vladimir Potanin donates one billion rubles to support the non-profit sector, and Vladimir Potanin Foundation announce the launch of new large-scale initiatives to help non-profits and their beneficiaries (23 March)

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation launches €5 million Emergency Fund (23 March)

Aga Khan Development Network announces multiple initiatives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (23 March)

Kone Foundation launches open call to a home residency for actors working in the arts (23 March)

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation offer free online access to concerts, museum and educational resources (20 March)

Stavros Niarchos Foundation announce the cancellation of the 2020 Summer Nostos Festival and SNF Conference (20 March)

Bader Philanthropies help establish community coalition and fund for COVID-19 response (20 March)

Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Brothers Fund amongst a number of American foundations to provide funds to establish the NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund (20 March)

A number of Finnish foundations, including the Finnish Cultural Foundation provide millions in emergency aid for cultural sector in distress (20 March)

ONCE Social Group lend services to the manufacturing of medical supplies (20 March)

Council on Foundations launches a call to action inviting the philanthropic sector to join in supporting the people and communities hit hardest by the impacts of COVID-19 (19 March)

Carlsberg Foundations donate 95 million DKK to accelerate efforts against COVID-19 (19 March)

Fondazione CRT allocate €3 million for the purchase of medical transport and hospital equipment for the Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta regions (19 March)

The Kone Foundation are assessing providing funding to arts and research professionals whose livelihoods have been interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic (18 March)

150 (and counting) UK funders (including several EFC members) sign up to Funders Statement (18 March)

City Bridge Trust contributes £1 million to a new emergency support fund to help London’s community and voluntary organisations affected by the impact of the coronavirus (18 March)

TechSoup launched free eCourses to learn more about tools & training related to working remotely (18 March)

COVID-19 Response Fund launched by WHO and UN Foundation with the support of Transnational Giving Europe (17 March)

King Baudouin Foundation US establish a COVID-19 Response Fund for Italy, facilitating donations from the public (17 March)

Fondazione CRT, together with The GovLab and ISI Foundation has promoted an international call for action aimed at increasing the availability and use of data at the service of the current global emergency (16 March)

Ford Foundation issue statement of support for grantees providing flexibility, certainty, and stability (16 March)

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation approve $600,000 in grants to organisations on the frontlines in the global response to COVID-19 (13 March)

European Cultural Foundation calls for a European Culture of Solidarity (13 March)

Amgen Foundation launch Ventura County Rapid Response Fund in collaboration with Ventura County Community Foundation and other local organisations (13 March)

Fondazione Cariplo establish the Special Fund, worth an initial €2 million to support the people most in need, supporting associations and non-profit organisations (12 March)

Novo Nordisk Foundation allocates DKK 20 million for research into preparedness for and response to new viral infections (11 March)

Compagnia di San Paolo announce additional funding for COVID-19 response (11 March)

Lego Foundation turned their physical 2020 Idea Conference into a digital conference (10 March)

Wellcome Trust pledges up to $50 million to new initiative to speed development of COVID-19 treatments (9 March)


Wellcome pledges £10 million to tackle COVID-19 epidemic (13 February)

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation dedicates additional funding to the novel Coronavirus response (5 February)

Wellcome Trust release statement urging for increased sharing of research data and findings related the novel coronavirus outbreak (4 February)


With the rapidly changing situation we have created a space where you can find all the resources, blogs, updates, news relating to COVID-19 in one central place.





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