Corporate Aid Tracker: COVID-19 Business in Action

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.  Pandemics know no borders.  As the number of infections grows daily, it has become clear that no community will be spared its effects.

The leadership of the business community has never been more important than in times of crisis.  American businesses have been at the forefront of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic – from manufacturing essential medical supplies to providing support for first responders and healthcare professionals. 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has been tracking the contributions from businesses of all sizes and sectors that are helping combat the coronavirus. This tracker is updated daily, and we’d love to include your information.

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2020

Microsoft

Microsoft will donate Rmb1m ($144,160) to help relief efforts in Wuhan and surrounding Hubei province. Microsoft is offering a free six-month trial globally for a premium tier of Microsoft Teams, Business Insider first reported on Tuesday. The tier was originally designed to enable hospitals, schools, and businesses in China to get up and running quickly on Microsoft Teams, and that tier is now available globally. However, when you try to sign up for it, you’ll be prompted to work with a Microsoft partner or a member of Microsoft’s sales team to get it set up...

Midea Group

Midea Group donated RMB 100 million ($14,374,838) to the Hubei epidemic area through the Red Cross Society of Hubei Province, designated for procurement of emergency medical supplies.

Moody's Corporation

Moody's Corporation will fund a $1 million program of charitable donations and other support to help address the immediate and long-term impact of COVID-19. Moody’s will extend support to its existing philanthropic partners to help small businesses and education systems and reconfigure its employee volunteer programs to assist communities most affected by the pandemic. Moody’s will provide $550,000 of funding for humanitarian aid to support global efforts. Funds will also be distributed to organizations involved in direct relief work in communities where Moody’s operates, including:

Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley pledged $10 million in support of COVID-19 response efforts, including $2 million to Feeding America to ensure that its affiliates can continue to operate; $2 million to the CDC Foundation; and $2 million to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, which was launched by the United Nations Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation to fund the World Health Organization's coronavirus response efforts.

MSC Group

Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV), a ferry operator that is part of MSC Group, has converted the ferry ship Splendid into a floating hospital equipped for patients with and recovering from COVID-19. Stationed in the ferry terminal in Genoa, Italy, it has 25 beds in single cabins, although it is possible to equip up to 400 beds. The floating hospital also features a heliport and dedicated areas to healthcare personnel and crew.

MTV

MTV and 65 partners are Introducing the inaugural Vote Early Day, a first-of-its-kind holiday celebrating American voters everywhere and championing your ability to cast your ballot. The effort has been cosigned by an advisory board helmed by Secretaries of State Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Brad Raffensperger (R-GA).

MyPillow

MyPillow has dedicated 75% of its manufacturing to produce up to 50,000 masks a day.

MyTAASK Technology

MyTAASK Technology is helping working parents exchange information while working remotely with kids.

Nando's

In addition to staying open, Nando’s has launched a community service program tied to coronavirus. Nando’s employees will take hot catered meals to hospitals near every Nando’s in North America and provide takeout to any nurse, doctor or healthcare worker who visits a Nando’s restaurant with a valid healthcare ID.

NationBuilder

During this global pandemic, Nationbuilder recognizes that those coordinating emergency responses or essential services need access to digital organizing tools to communicate with their local communities. To meet that need, NationBuilder is offering free software and services for the course of this critical period to governments, agencies, and NGOs engaged in COVID-19 direct relief and emergency response efforts. The platform provides digital organizing infrastructure, including geo-targeted SMS, email, website, and online fundraising tools.

Neiman Marcus Group

Neiman Marcus Group and Jo-Ann Fabrics are working together to make apparel for medical workers.  Neiman Marcus Group’s alterations facilities are receiving product from Jo-Ann Fabrics to start creating personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, gowns and scrubs for use by health-care providers.

Netflix

Netflix established a $100 million relief fund, which includes $15 million for donations to organizations already working to support out-of-work production employees.

New York Life

New York Life is pledging the following donations in response to the COVID-19 outbreak... - $450,000 to support the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Covid-19 Response Fund and the CDC Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund - $236,500 to support First Book - $250,000 to the New York Life Emergency Assistance Fund to support New York Life agents and employees - $250,000 in matching gifts

Nextdoor

Nextdoor launched two new products to better help you connect right now. The first feature will facilitate neighbors helping neighbors. It’s called Help Map. The Help Map allows those in need to easily identify which neighbors have raised a hand to assist with an errand — or just give a call to check in.  The second is Nextdoor Groups. This allows neighbors to organize for those who may need assistance during this challenging time.

Nike

Nike is donating $15 million toward the effort to stop the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 and help people impacted by the outbreak across the world. $10 million is dedicated locally to the Oregon Food Bank, Oregon Health & Science University, and a recovery fund created by the Oregon Community Foundation. More than $4 million donated by the Nike Foundation will go toward the following national and global relief agencies:

Novartis International AG

Novartis announced that it is donating 20,000 doses of hydroxychloroquine to the University of Washington for a COVID-19 PEP clinical trial. Sandoz, the company’s generics and biosimilars division, is facilitating the donation.

NRG Energy

NRG committed to donating $2 million in charitable contributions to aid those on the front lines of the pandemic response and provide relief to people adversely impacted. The companies COVID-19 relief initiatives include:

Okabashi

The Buford, Ga.-based company, Okabashi, has reached out to federal authorities with an offer to donate shoes that can be disinfected after use.

Onset

Onset, a Utah business, gave $250 to each employee to help prepare for the Coronavirus outbreak. Employees were asked to use the money for items such as soap, nonperishable food items, water, and medicine.

Oofos

The comfort and recovery shoe brand is implementing a multilayered program to help those impacted by the coronavirus. Beginning on March 27, the company will launch the first phase by donating more than 1,000 pairs of shoes to nurses and medical professionals in the U.S. The seven in-person shoe drops will take place at hospitals across the country.

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