COVID-19 Relief and Response

Dear Tamer Center for Social Enterprise Community,

Thank you for all that you are doing in your organizations, neighborhoods, and broader communities, as we navigate this unprecedented public health, social, and economic crisis in New York City and around the world. As part of our educational mission, we are committed to convening solution-oriented ideas, strategies, and actions that you are doing and can do during these uncertain times.

With the help of adjunct professor Georgia Levenson Keohane, alumni, and students in our Executive Education's Senior Leaders Program, we have compiled a list of resources (in NYC and beyond) on how you can support the nonprofit sector and get engaged remotely or through volunteering. All of these resources can be found below. If you have additional resources to add, please email socialenterprise@gsb.columbia.edu.

Now, more than ever, we need your leadership, collective support, ideas, and actions to address the critical social and environmental problems we face during these troubling times. We look forward to continuing the conversation and thank you for your continued participation and support.

In partnership,
The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise

Priorities

Emergency needs — particularly food, shelter / threat of eviction, cash for health, childcare and other critical needs, and technology for remote learning — remain very urgent priorities. 

Donate 

In addition to the Robin Hood Relief Fund and The United Way of NYC COVID 19 Community Fund, a number of the city’s anchor Foundations launched the NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund to support NYC-based nonprofits (with grants and no interest loans) that are trying to meet urgent needs in NYC, with priority given to nonprofits addressing essential health care and food insecurity as well as arts and culture. More on the fund, which is being managed by the New York Community Trust, and its founding members here.

Beyond individual donations, if anyone is involved with foundations or corporations that want to partner with or contribute to any of the above funds, please let us know and we'd be happy to connect you to the right people at each.

In NYC and elsewhere, there are a number of fundraising efforts targeting restaurant and other food industry workers and artists. Both lists below start with activities that we know are in NY or serving NY restaurant workers and artists (with some national and other regions towards the bottom). 

Restaurants and Food Industry Workers

Artists and Arts Organizations

Volunteer / Virtual Volunteer Activities

Robin Hood, United Way of NYC, and NY Cares (among others) are all developing virtual volunteering opportunities (tutoring, mentoring, interview coaching, financial and health and wellness coaching, etc.). 

In the meantime,

  • Retired NYS certified healthcare workers can still sign up to work here.
  • You can volunteer to deliver food to those in need via Invisible Hands Deliver here.
  • City Harvest is looking for volunteers to pack family-sized bags with fresh produce and shelf-stable items for delivery to their food pantry partners and through their Mobile Markets all week. If you are unable to volunteer, you can still support their work by making a donation. To volunteer, and for the latest on how they are responding, visit their website.
  • You can let NYCares know that you are interested once relevant opportunities become available.
  • Blood supplies are low, and the New York Blood Center and the American Red Cross are looking for donors (we are not yet sure how donating squares with the new restrictions in NYS)
  • Volunteer New York! has created a virtual Volunteer Center to connect people who want to volunteer during the coronavirus outbreak with potential opportunities to help with regional nonprofits.
  • Want to help NYC deal with the coronavirus and have tech skills? This Slack is for you.
  • Many nonprofits are now struggling to meet demand and need extra support. BoardAssist identifies and personally matches high impact New Yorkers who want to be real agents of change with the hardworking boards that make the city the best it can be.

Resources and Ways to Help in NYC

Food

  • All school age children can pick up free breakfast or lunch between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at any public school building. 
  • The plentiful app: https://www.plentifulapp.com/, created by the NYC Food Assistance Collaborative, connects food insecure New Yorkers and people in need to critical food and nutrition resources.
  • Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio member Eat Offbeat, founded by Manal Kahi ’15SIPA and Wissam Kahi ’04, is offering a week's worth of meals and snacks, delivered to your door.
  • B Corporation Ox Verte has introduced a delivery service (with company-sponsored and individual options) called Ox “Work From Home.”
  • Pizza delivery app Slice launched sliceouthunger.org, which lets you donate pizzas to health care workers and support local pizzerias at the same time.

Health Care

  • The City of New York is seeking New York State-certified health care workers to support healthcare facility needs. More here: nyc.gov\helpnownyc
  • If you have or know of a space that might be suitable as a community location or health care screening site, send an email to the Office of Emergency Management: publicprivate@oem.nyc.gov.

Other Resources

  • The City's Department of Small Business Services has this webpage up with "guidance for businesses impacted due to novel coronavirus."

Resources and Ways to Help Outside of NYC

Food

  • World Central Kitchen is distributing meals to children and others in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Little Rock, Ark., and LA.
  • Feeding America is doubling down on supplying its network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries across the country.

Children

  • UNICEF is providing hygiene and medical kits to schools and health clinics.
  • Save the Children has partnered with No Kid Hungry to support schools and community programs in feeding children fed during the pandemic.
  • First Book aims to deliver seven million books to children in the United States who do not have internet access or home libraries so they can continue learning while schools are closed.

International Medical Supplies

  • Relief International, which operates in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, has focused some of its efforts on helping Iran, where more than 20,000 infections and at least 1,500 deaths have been reported.
  • Heart to Heart International is distributing equipment, medication and medical supplies, to its partners around the world. Medical supplies are also being delivered to providers on the front lines.

More Ways to Help

  • The United Way Worldwide COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund, which will support communities struggling in the wake of the virus, by supporting local United Ways and 211, the information resource in times of crisis. This support is directed to communities in the United States.
  • A growing list of local United Way COVID response efforts across the country is here.
  • In the Seattle area, the Seattle Community Foundation is working with local philanthropic partners and companies like Starbucks, Costco and JP Morgan Chase and has created a COVID-19 Response Fund.
  • The CDC Foundation is raising funds to help respond to the threat in areas and ways when federal and state funding is not available.
  • The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is a US-based organization supporting local nonprofits in areas with a high number of affected individuals and vulnerable populations.
  • Aunt Bertha, the app and social care network that connects people to free or reduced cost services like medical care, food and job training has created https://findhelp.org and has re-positioned its data team to index emergency food and financial assistance programs popping up. It’s nationwide, all zip codes. COVID- programs are added constantly.
  • 211, an emergency resource that connects people in need to crisis and emergency counseling, disaster assistance, food, health care and insurance assistance, housing and utilities payment assistance, employment services, veteran services, and childcare and family services, has dedicated resources to COVID-19 response.
  • Be part of IBM's 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge to help dode and deploy solutions to the crisis.

Resources for Employees

  • Resources from Lisa Gitelson:  Managing Stress Anxiety, Online Playtime resources and much more
  • These free tools from Entrepreneur can help your organization, team, and family during this confusing and dangerous time.

Informational Resources

For NYC (and beyond)

And Beyond NYC:

Inspiring Work That is Already Underway

  • The NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund (a group of 18 funders, including Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Robin Hood and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund) launched a $75 million fund to provide grants and interest-free loans to social services and arts and cultural organizations in New York City impacted by the pandemic. It will provide unrestricted, flexible funding, as well as support for additional needs such as technology for remote work, additional staff support, and hygiene equipment. Interested organizations can apply here.
  • Many foundations have signed on to a pledge with the Council of Foundations to loosen grant restrictions with their grantees. Here are some of the New York-based foundations that have signed on: Altman Foundation, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, Ford Foundation, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, New York Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Surdna Foundation.
  • The Central New York Community Foundation, the United Way of Central New York, the Allyn Family Foundation and local government partners created a COVID-19 community support fund to help nonprofits supporting communities most economically impacted by the health crisis.
  • Humanity Forward, the nonprofit recently created by former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, committed to giving away at least $1 million to individuals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The New York City-based nonprofit Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, which provides financial coaching in the Bronx, will partner with Humanity Forward to pick 1,000 households it works with to receive $1,000 checks each.
  • In an effort to help small business owners find financial relief, Forbes has rounded up all of the government agencies, private companies and nonprofit organizations that are extending support.
  • University of Florida researchers and students built an open source, low cost DIY ventilator out of parts from Lowe’s and Home Depot. They are in the process of testing it.

We will be hosting weekly Social Impact Webinars, which will focus on topics related to social enterprise and the COVID-19 crisis. This series will provide information on opportunities for you to learn and act on. More information about upcoming events coming soon!

Additional Virtual Events Aross Campus and in NYC

April 2 – Business As Unusual Webinar: Can Corporate Social Business Turn Companies into a Force for Good? →

April 15 – BoardAssist's Virtual Nonprofit Board Fair →