The global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is an unprecedented health challenge for each and every one of us. Healthcare professionals on the frontline are not only battling the disease, but also dealing with shortages of medical protective gear, including masks, gowns, gloves, and critical medical equipment for patients such as ventilators.

There are ways to help our colleagues who are facing this heartbreaking ordeal. Below are some nonprofit organizations who have created COVID-19 funds to aid local and global relief efforts. We hope you consider donating to them. Your support will help individuals and communities battle the disease in the U.S. and around the globe.

Direct Relief

Donations will help efforts to provide personal protective equipment for health workers, build an ICU medication model and mobilize private resources to build a stockpile to assist with the anticipated spike in ICU patients, and boost support to safety-net facilities to address existing chronic gaps that are likely to grow.

Direct Relief is ranked one of the 10 best charities and given a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator.

CDC Foundation Combat Coronavirus Fund
(U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Donations will help communities prevent, detect, and respond to COVID-19; deploy emergency staffing; fund and deliver critical essentials to quarantined and isolated individuals; develop education and awareness campaigns to advance prevention and reduce stigma; and build capacity and infrastructure for global response efforts and other immediate needs as they evolve.

The CDC Foundation is given a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator.

COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO
(World Health Organization)

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.

The fund was created in partnership with the United Nations Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation. The United Nations Foundation is given a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator.

CRF is committed to serving the needs of the cardiovascular community during this challenging time. Learn more about COVID-19 educational resources available for healthcare professionals.