COVID-19 Outbreak Resources

FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020

Communities around the globe are currently responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease, known commonly as "COVID -19", which is caused by the virus “SARS-CoV-2”.  The virus has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States.

As we do during times of disaster, Maryland Philanthropy Network will serve as a clearinghouse for resources and information about relief and recovery efforts to aid Maryland's philanthropies response. This page will be updated as new information is received, so please check it regularly. 

Please read our Statement about COVID-19.

On March 20, we along with Maryland Nonprofits and United Way of Central Maryland sent this Letter to Maryland's Leadership outlining ways to support the nonprofit community and the communities they serve during these times of uncertainty.

Best Practices in Disaster Grantmaking

A joint study of the European Foundation Centre and the Council on Foundations determined that grantmakers can be more effective and strategic in addressing disasters by following eight principles of good disaster management.

  1. Do no harm.
  2. Stop, look and listen before taking action.
  3. Don't act in isolation.
  4. Think beyond the immediate crisis to the long term.
  5. Bear in mind the expertise of local organizations.
  6. Find out how prospective grantees operate.
  7. Be accountable to those you are trying to help.
  8. Communicate your work widely and use it as an educational tool.

A number of practical suggestions for good disaster grantmaking flow from these principles and are highlighted in "Disaster Grantmaking: A Practical Guide for Foundations and Corporations".

The Disaster Philanthropy Playbook is another a compilation of philanthropic strategies, promising practices and lessons learned that help communities be better prepared when a disaster strikes their community. 

Click here for more resources about disaster grantmaking.

Funder Resources and Information

Maryland Philanthropy Network has created this list of 7 Ways to Support Grantees Right Now based on best practices and filled with examples from our network.

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) statement on COVID-19 and how funders can combat xenophobia and take action

See Candid's website for up to date information on how philanthropy is responding to COVID-19 across the world or visit Foundation Maps

Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) COVID-19 website is a go-to source for impacts, critical needs, updates and ways to learn more about this crisis. CDP also created a list of suggestions for foundations to consider related to disaster giving.

  • Recording and slides from the CDP March 5 webinar on COVID-19: How Philanthropy Can Respond
  • CDP advises, "There are going to be multiple phases and needs in this crisis – the medical response situation, support for research and assisting vulnerable people who have been impacted. Match your giving to one of these areas or decide how you will transition funds as needs change. Reach out to your existing grantees to see how the crisis has impacted them. Consider issuing some additional funding to help them meet the new needs of their clients."

Council on Foundation’s Coronavirus Resource Hub and Funders Call to Action

Council on Foundation's Sample Agreement for Converting Project Grants to General Operating Support

Chronicle of Philanthropy:

FSG: COVID-19⁠—Seven Things Philanthropy Can Do

Maryland Nonprofits: COVID-19: What Nonprofits Need to Know About Coronavirus

Maryland State Arts Council COVID-19 Emergency Statement and Action + Recommendations

Mission Investors Exchange Impact Investing and Philanthropy Responses to COVID-19

National Center for Family Philanthropy's COVID-19 Resources

National Innovation Services' An Equitable Systems Transformation Framework for COVID-19

NAACP's Ten Equity Implications of the Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak in the United States

OSI - Baltimore: COVID-19 Information and Resources

Racial Equity Tools: COVID-19 - Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources

The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation is tracking how business is responding in real time. We encourage you to visit their COVID-19 Aid Tracking page to see how companies are responding.

WBUR: Grants And Resources For Artists And Nonprofits

Baltimore Sun: Resources to help pay for housing across Maryland

Monday, March 30, 2020 at 12:00 to 01:00 PM

This 60-minute call is to discuss the role that the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative can play over the next weeks/months during the COVID-19 crisis.

Monday, April 06, 2020 at 12:00 to 01:00 PM

This 60-minute call is to discuss the role that the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative can play over the next weeks/months during the COVID-19 crisis.

Monday, April 13, 2020 at 12:00 to 01:30 PM

This 60-minute call is to discuss the role that the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative can play over the next weeks/months during the COVID-19 crisis.

Monday, April 20, 2020 at 12:00 to 01:00 PM

This 60-minute call is to discuss the role that the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative can play over the next weeks/months during the COVID-19 crisis.

Monday, April 27, 2020 at 12:00 to 01:00 PM

This 60-minute call is to discuss the role that the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative can play over the next weeks/months during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Tuesday announced the launch of the Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, which he says will support residents and promote public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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For most of us, COVID-19 global pandemic’s breathtaking impact on the well-being and security of our family, friends, and neighbors and on our economy, healthcare, social services, and beyond has moved from abstractness to a harsh reality.

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The coronavirus pandemic has now reached every U.S. state. In addition to posing public health challenges, the outbreak has prompted mass closures of schools and businesses and is straining resources. Here are ways to help in your community.

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Half of Maryland jobs are in small businesses--most now shut down in the pandemic, like the rest of the economy.  We talk with Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz to hear about 

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In this time, more than ever, our local businesses need the community’s support. It may feel like a conflicting message, we’re being told to stay home and to interact with local businesses, but both are incredibly important.

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The truest test of any society is how its most marginalized members fare during times of crisis. While many of our lives are being inconvenienced during this COVID-19 crisis, roughly 53,000 children in low-income families in the District ― most of which are families of color ― are facing significant challenges from many angles.

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The financial, emotional, and physical toll that the COVID-19 health pandemic has put on our country can’t be overstated. This is a time for federal policymakers to come together – using every policy lever possible, every public resource available

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On March 11th, the World Health Organization announced that the CoronaVirus, COVID-19, is a global pandemic. With this news it is easy and also legitimate for us to feel stress, concern, and even fear.

Response Funds

Anne Arundel Community Foundation's Community Crisis Response Fund will provide flexible financial assistance for needs immediately following a violent incident, natural disaster or other crisis in our community. Funding will go to Anne Arundel County nonprofits, and/or county agencies and departments to support community capacity building and/or community healing. The goal of the fund is to improve community safety, well-being and resiliency.

Baltimore Artist Emergency Relief Fund was established to give the most effective way to provide timely aid to Baltimore artists through a nimble, localized relief fund that provides artists with a stipend ensuring that basic human needs are met. This coalition effort is administered by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts with advisors and support from many others in the arts community. For questions, please contact Maggie Villegas

Baltimore Community Foundation's COVID-19 Evolving Community Needs Fund was established to enable rapid response to mitigate the effects of the public health emergency our region is currently facing. One hundred percent of all donated funds will go directly to address the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our region’s communities, workforce, and vulnerable populations. 

Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will support the County’s efforts to promote public health and support residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. By creating a fund that is managed by an external partner (BCF), the County will be able to accept donations from individuals as well as foundations and corporate donors in furtherance of its efforts to help County residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund will be managed by the Baltimore Community Foundation, a local foundation that manages more than 800 philanthropic funds and $173 million in assets. 

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Emergency Response Fund to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), crowdsourcing fund through the "All of Us Combat Coronavirus”: CDC is taking aggressive public health measures to help protect the health of Americans against coronavirus, COVID-2019.  Funds raised by the CDC Foundation through our Emergency Response Fund will be used to meet emerging needs identified by CDC to help respond to the public health threat posed by this virus. These include additional support for state and local health departments, support for global response, logistics, communications, data management, personal protective equipment, critical response supplies and more.

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. 

CERF+ COVID-19 Response Fund provides emergency financial relief to be a critical safety-net for those artists who are suffering severe health impacts from the coronavirus.

Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund was created as a joint effort by area community partners. Qualifying nonprofits and organizations which assist those impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the Lower Shore Community will be eligible to apply for initial grants of up to $2,000. As the global pandemic unfolds, the Lower Shore community, including particularly vulnerable populations, continues to be severely impacted.

Federal Reserve Bank Investment Connection brings together nonprofit organizations, bankers, foundations, and public and private funders in the regions served by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond to explore community development opportunities that fit their mission, especially in low- and moderate-income, distressed and underserved communities.

Fund for Educational Excellence's Emergency School Closure Support Fund will be used to provide vital resources to Baltimore City Public School families and schools during this time of school closure. Funds will be used to purchase essential supplies for families and schools, with a primary focus on purchasing 30lb boxes of food through the Maryland Food Bank that we can send home with families who visit our emergency meal sites.

Give2Asia is partnering with leading Chinese nonprofit organizations to support frontline health workers and hospitals responding to the coronavirus crisis.

Greater Washington Community Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund was established to support emergency preparedness and response efforts, and to help mitigate the impact on disproportionately affected communities in our region.

Howard County Coordination

  • The Community Foundation of Howard County has established the Howard County Community Relief Fund to address ongoing emergencies in Howard County. Members of the community and fundholders at the foundation are invited to donate.

  • The Horizon Foundation has given $20,000 in emergency relief to the Community Action Council of Howard County to help buy food for Head Start families and for the Food Bank. Horizon also has contributed $40,000 to jump-start the emergency funds established by the Community Foundation of Howard County, United Way of Central Maryland and Women's Giving Circle of Howard County. 
  • The United Way of Central Maryland encourages community members to call 211, which is open at all times, for help finding food or shelter, paying bills, getting care or finding tax assistance. United Way is also working to mobilize volunteers and has established the new COVID-19 Community Fund for Central Maryland to support the community, and in particular, support those who operate on the frontlines of providing help and resources to those in need. Community members are invited to donate. United Way of Central Maryland has pledged $5,000 to support nonprofits providing relief efforts, and will also match up to $5,000 from donors.  
  • The Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County is inviting donations through its Emergency Response Network that will go directly to the Community Action Council to assist in providing adequate amounts of food to support Head Start families in Howard County. The organization is matching up to $5,000 of all donations. The WGC will continue to call on donors through the ERN in the coming weeks and months ahead.

Maryland Department of Commerce Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund offers working capital to assist Maryland small businesses and nonprofits with disrupted operations due to COVID-19. Grant assistance is intended to provide interim relief complementing actions with its bank, business interruption insurance, and financial partners.

Mid-Shore Community Foundation has established a COVID-19 Response Fund to rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Prince Geroge's County COVID-19 Business Relief Fund was established to provide financial assistance to businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The Relief Fund can be used to support cash operating expenses including payroll, suppliers, rent, fixed debt payments and other business critical cash operating costs. 

United Way of Washington County and the Community Foundation of Washington County's joint COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund to support Washington County community-based organizations. This fund will deliver economic assistance and access to vital food and basic need supplies to the many children, families, and households who already have and will be impacted by the temporary loss of income. 

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Emergency Grants (Phase 1) in Response to COVID-19 Health Crisis will support current grantees that are providing vital services within their communities while facing severe operational challenges as a result of this pandemic. The Foundation is also accelerating payment of several previously approved grants to ensure that organizations have use of those funds as quickly as possible.

Warnock COVID-19 Emergency Fund was established for all previous Warnock fellows who are working in emergency mode to ensure our communities have the basic necessities and services during this trying time. Former fellows can access up to $500 in emergency funds to continue their work. This funding must go towards a current initiative for Baltimore City communities during this COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to lighten the burdens placed on our fellows during this trying time.


Please let us know how you are engaged in relief efforts. 

Grant amounts, assisted organizations, and any other relief work that your organization undertakes will serve as valuable resources as your grantmaking colleagues craft response strategies.