By Marci Ovadia, Senior Associate for Equity Programs and Communications  

As funders with deep connections to the people and places you support and serve, we recognize that you and your organizations are likely formulating strategies to best support those directly or indirectly impacted by the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

We’ve created a working resource library for funders that we hope will be helpful in navigating the many implications the pandemic will have on the people and places we care about, while keeping the values of equity, inclusion and justice front and center.

While the full health, economic and social impacts of the pandemic are still unkown, it almost certainly have a disproportionate impact on vulnerable communities, including those who rely on hourly wages, gig-economy jobs and others who do not have the privilege of paid sick leave and other employer benefits.

As many of you know, we cancelled our TFN 2020 Annual Conference in San Diego, which was to take place March 16-18 in San Diego. You can read the full statement from TFN President and CEO Pat Smith here, which includes an appeal to funders to be mindful of the important role philanthropy plays in ensuring responses to the coronavirus pandemic align with our values as a sector.

Resources for Funders
Please read, and feel free to share, these resources. We will continue to compile and distribute information via the TFN blog and other platforms.

We wish everyone health and well-being today and in the days ahead.

If you have additional resources to share, please reach out to our Senior Associate for Equity and Communications Marci Ovadia at

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Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

AAPIP Statement on COVID-19 can be found here.

The California Endowment

Center for Disaster Philanthropy Resources and Information

  • Center for Disaster Philanthropy has an overview of the entire COVID-19 situation here which they are updating daily with key events here.
  • CDP has a critical needs list for how organizations wanting to respond can proceed. “As this disease continues to spread across the world and emerge in new countries, the number of responding organizations continues to grow as well. “

CDP also has this call to action on how to help: “Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) has a COVID-19 Response Fund that provides an opportunity for donors to meet the ongoing and ever-expanding challenges presented by this virus.

CDP has also created a list of suggestions for foundations to consider related to disaster giving here with guidance on basic tips for disaster giving.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Council on Foundations

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Immune Deficiency Foundation

  • CEO statement on COVID-19 here.

Northern California Granmakers

Webinar: How Philanthropy Can Support and Enhance the Government Response to COVID-19 (March 12 at 9 a.m. PT)

Minnesota Council on Foundations

Webinar recording: Needs for a COOP and a COVID-19 plan specifically.

Seattle Foundation

US Chamber of Commerce Foundation:

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Richard E. Besser, a physician and president and chief executive of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,  penned this Op-Ed on how as coronavirus spreads, the bill for our public health failures is due can be found here.

Washington NonProfits

World Health Organization

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