How to Give and Get Help: COVID-19 Resources


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The global COVID-19 pandemic affects all of us on a deeply human level, but it disproportionately affects countless human beings in vulnerable and marginalized populations. We’ve cultivated this list of ways to help in the current crisis and also get the help you need, with charitable organizations, volunteer programs, resources to understand the CARES Act and much more.

Multi-Sector Charitable Funds

Silicon Valley Bank COVID-19 Response FundThis fund is dedicated to stopping the spread of COVID-19, supporting medical response, and mitigating the social cost of this pandemic by providing relief to affected families.
Center for Disaster Philanthropy COVID-19 Response FundDirects donations to benefit healthcare workers and clinics, quarantined and especially vulnerable individuals, including hourly wage earners, workers in the gig economy, immigrant/New American populations, older adults, people with disabilities and other communities vulnerable to the physical health, mental health and economic impacts of the pandemic.
Tides FoundationAn emergency response fund to support a social ventures network of 140+ fiscally-sponsored organizations that advance innovative solutions, improve lives, and drive lasting social change. These social ventures have increased demand to serve high-risk communities or those who have suffered unrecoverable losses due to COVID-19.

Lists of Multiple Charities Directly Helping with Coronavirus

ImpactAssets COVID Response FundsThe ImpactAssets COVID Response Funds rapidly deploy charitable donations to worthy causes addressing the most pressing issues emerging from the pandemic. The Funds will dynamically evolve as the world moves through stages of response, recovery and reinvention. Donations will be allocated to beneficiaries as forgivable loans, low-interest loans, project-based donations and other impact investing structures.
Rockefeller Philanthropy AdvisorsSuggestions and Clearinghouse of Recommendations for Donors.
Eldercare LocatorWith this tool, you can find all of the local organizations assisting older people in your community and support them directly.
COVID-19 Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQI+BIPOC FolksSupport for the LBGTQI community.
Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief FundHelps Navajo and Hopi families affected by Coronavirus.
Charity NavigatorList of COVID-19 helping charities, by sector; from medical supplies to relief agencies, domestic to global.
National Center on Family PhilanthropyCompiled in partnership with Giving Compass, these funds include a social justice lens and/or community-based focus, but also include select strategic response funds. (US based)
Effective GivingFunding opportunities that could help turn the tide on this pandemic and make sure that another pandemic of this ilk never happens again.
Nonprofit & Social Sector ResourcesReference guide for funding, tools, and other resources to support nonprofit and social enterprise operations in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Individual Charities

National Domestic Workers AllianceDomestic Workers’ Care Fund: supporting in-home care workers, nannies, and house cleaners during this crisis.
Restaurant Workers Community FoundationRelief to workers and nonprofits serving them; zero interest loans to restaurants.
No Kid HungryHelping kids during school closures and all year long.
Meals on WheelsProvides meals to seniors (National).
One Fair WageSupports tipped workers (whose minimum hourly wage qualifies them for almost no unemployment insurance).
Support + FeedFood donations to women’s and food shelters, senior centers, and first responders.
The Town Kitchen ProvisionsDelivering meals and essentials to people in need (US: San Francisco).
West Valley Community ServicesEmergency food and health services to neglected populations in Santa Clara County (Cupertino).
Feed the HoodFood distribution in Oakland/East Bay.
Direct ReliefDelivers personal protective equipment to health care workers (US).
Clean the WorldDistribute one month’s worth of soap to one person (US: LA, WA, MO, NY), Haiti, Mexico, Bangladesh, Philippines, Dominican Republic, Somalia, Guatemala, Zambia.
DC Central Food Bank & MCNProviding meals to children in need (US: DC).
Ceres ProjectCeres supports individuals dealing with serious illness with free and low-cost, delivered and nutrient-rich prepared meals, nutrition education, and a community of caring. Serving Sonoma and Marin counties in Northern California.
The Women’s Foundation of CaliforniaThis California statewide, publicly supported foundation focuses on achieving racial, economic, and gender justice by centering the experience and expertise of communities most impacted by systemic injustice. As a response to COVID-19, they began the Relief and Resilience Fund to help organizations on the frontlines.
Habitat for Humanity LAHabitat LA’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief fund provides emergency food, essential items, and financial resources to families in greater Los Angeles who have been affected by COVID-19 due to sickness, loss of income, or quarantine.

Charities Offering Long-Term Research & Support

Johns Hopkins Center for Health SecurityThe Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security explores how new policy approaches, scientific advances, and technological innovations can strengthen health security and save lives.
Effective Altruism Long Term Future FundFields such as AI alignment and biosecurity are still relatively new, and it’s crucial to develop talent and provide researchers with the opportunity to make progress on important issues. The Fund has made numerous grants that support individual researchers – working in academia or alongside it – to develop skills and work on key problems.
80,000 HoursHelps talented people dedicate their careers to the big problems whereby their efforts will have the greatest probability of doing the most good.
Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities ResearchAims to promote academic work that addresses the question of how to use our scarce resources to improve the world by as much as possible.


How It Could Help

Sign up for a Daily Generosity Alert from Giving TuesdayJoin the national generosity wave by signing up to receive daily ideas for things you can do to help your neighbors, community and world.
Join the ServiceSpace MovementServiceSpace is an organization run entirely by volunteers leveraging technology to encourage everyday people around the world to do small acts of service. See all their volunteer opportunities online and learn about other ways you can contribute to the community.
Volunteer your Time and Skills with Crowdfight COVID-19If you are a researcher not currently involved in COVID-19 research, you can help with different levels of involvement (even with virtually no involvement at all). Sign up and list any specific professional skills you have. Researchers and others who may need your skills can then get in touch if you can help.
Send a Neighborly Invitation Regarding CoronavirusUse this sample letter to offer help to elderly neighbors and others that have been affected in your community.
Find Volunteer and Job Opportunities through 80,000 Hours80,000 Hours is a non-profit that provides research and support to help people find careers that effectively tackle the world’s most pressing problems. Learn about the available opportunities to help with the COVID-19 crisis — most in bio-science and engineering, but quite a few looking for layperson volunteers (scroll down the linked page for a full list of opportunities).
Learn About Projects Seeking Volunteers from 80,000 HoursFind a list of projects being undertaken by individuals and groups to battle Coronavirus currently seeking volunteers (scroll down the linked page for list).
Give Blood with American Red CrossFind out if you’re eligible and where you can donate. Even if near-term dates are full, sign up for available slots.
Find Community Organized Relief Effort Volunteer OpportunitiesCORE is providing free drive-through testing to California communities in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Napa, and Malibu. Find out how you can support COREs efforts to combat COVID-19, and find volunteer opportunities in your area.

For Everyone

How to Navigate Unemployment During COVID-19Learning to navigate new financial terrain in a time of crisis can be stressful and challenging but it’s important to understand all of the options available for those affected by COVID-19.
Check the Status of Your Economic Impact PaymentVisit the IRS website to check the status of your Economic Impact Payment, payment type, and whether the IRS needs more information to process your payment. Expect longer loading times due to high traffic on this site.
CARES Act 101: What You Need to KnowCritical ways the CARES Act can help individuals and small businesses.
Abacus Pro Bono Financial Planning ServicesThrough our pro bono program, individuals and families have access to the highest standards of fiduciary advice and financial planning. Abacus Financial Advisors will host a 45-minute phone session with you to clarify steps you can take to achieve your most important goals.
CARES ActEconomic relief plan for individuals and businesses approved by Congress – download the full bill as signed.
PA Department of Revenue Coronavirus PageInformation about extended filing deadlines and some relief.
Duke University Capital Relief SourcesA searchable database for global, national and regional capital sources, currently including over 90 programs offering ~$15B in relief payments to businesses, non-profits, and individuals.

For Individuals

Your Money: A Hub for Help During the Coronavirus CrisisThe New York Times shares synopses of information on payments to individuals, debt relief, unemployment benefits, and homeowner/renter relief.
CA Employment Development Department Coronavirus PageA very helpful resources for California residents about unemployment benefits, paid family leave, disability (if you have the virus), including assistance for the self-employed. Note: you do not have to have been fired, nor be working zero hours to possibly receive benefits.

For Organizations: Small Businesses & Non-Profits

CARES Act: Small Business Owner ResourcesSome helpful details and frequently asked questions about a few of the programs available for small business owners through the CARES Act.
Video: Breaking Down the CARES Act For Small Business OwnersWondering what the CARES Act can do for your business? In this video interview, Abacus CEO and CFO disucuss elements of the CARES Act that are beneficial to small business owners.
US Chamber of Commerce Small Business Provisions of CARES ActThe U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this Coronavirus emergency loans guide and checklist to help small businesses and self-employed individuals check eligibility and prepare to file for a loan.
Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Fact SheetPDF of program provisions for borrowers with helpful information and links for eligibility and applications.
The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES ActFrom the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship: Summary of all the CARES Act programs that could benefit small business. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.
SBA Highlights of the CARES ActFrom Mann Gelon Glodney Gumerove Yee, LLP: Helpful summary with examples and links to SBA’s page and a loan application.


How It Could Help

Self-Curated At-Home Mindfulness RetreatYou know what you need more than anyone else. Use this article offering guidelines for building your own retreat, choosing from a variety of structures, teachings and more.
Money MeditationsJoin Abacus Co-Founder Spencer Sherman as he leads our new series of powerful guided meditations, helping you recenter and explore what’s most valuable in your life.
Anxious and overwhelmed? Here’s how to find calm.Some guidance on self-care, social distancing, and mindfulness to support mental and physical health from our team here at Abacus.
Start an At-Home Yoga PracticeBoost immunity and bring peace of mind.
Free Online Health and Wellness Services Compiled by Kensho For anyone who is feeling isolated, stressed, sick, recovering and/or simply plowing through this COVID19 environment. This list of offerings includes live and on-demand classes, workshops and communities on topics such as: yoga, wellness, dance, fitness, therapy, cooking, breath work, coaching, and still growing!
3 Ways to Help Your Financial FearsAbacus Co-Founder Spencer Sherman shares ways to work with your financial fears, and even use them as an opportunity for personal growth.
Compassion in the Time of Coronavirus with Jack KornfeldIn this 13-minute practice, a renowned meditation teacher helps us anchor in compassion during this time of uncertainty.
5 Mindfulness Practices that Change How We Relate to MoneyReduce your financial stress and gain peace of mind with these 5 mindfulness practices.
Self-Guided Mindfulness Retreat: Looking for Refuge?Recenter and refocus to find peace of mind. Jack Kornfield & Tara Brach offer materials for a half-day, self-guided mindfulness retreat, outlining each step so you can easily lead yourself through the process.
Surviving HomeschoolWith so many kids at home for the foreseeable future, Abacus advisor Stacie Rasmussen (former teacher and current homeschool mom) has offered some practical advice and resources to parents on how to survive.


What It’s About

Note from the CIO: Is This Time Different?Words from our Chief Investment Office, Darius Gagne, on navigating the current climate.
Reflections on Market SwingsA note from our advisory team addressing global events and market volatility.
Webcast: Perspective on Recent Market VolatilityIn this 40-minute webinar, Dimensional (DFA) Head of Client Communications, Jake DeKinder, and Head of Global Client Services, Mark Gochnour, discuss recent volatility in financial markets and provide perspective on these events.

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