The COVID-19 pandemic marks an unprecedented time in modern history that will require the best of humanity to overcome. The new coronavirus has taken thousands of lives and spread to nearly every country in the world. Your donation to this fund will support immediate and long-term relief and recovery in vulnerable communities during one of the most challenging times we have collectively faced.
$ 66 M
This crisis threatens everyone's way of life, but it is especially difficult for people who are already vulnerable, including those with pre-existing medical conditions, older adults, individuals experiencing homelessness, refugees and migrants, wage workers, and those with inflexible jobs.
Your donation to this fund will help stop the virus's spread and give communities on the front lines of the crisis the resources they need to act quickly and protect the most vulnerable. Donations are already helping to:
Send doctors, nurses, and other front line responders to communities in need
Get masks, ventilators, and other lifesaving medical supplies to hospitals and clinics
Deliver essential items to struggling families and older individuals in quarantined cities and refugee camps
Feed children that rely on school meals as their only source of nutrition
Support hygiene awareness efforts
And much, much more...
As the situation evolves, the fund will transition to support longer-term recovery and education efforts run by local, vetted organizations in affected regions. We will work with our partners on the ground to allocate funds where they're most needed.
We believe that organizations that are deeply rooted in local communities are best positioned to lead long-term plans to stop COVID-19. Your donation to this fund will help build stronger response capacities in communities around the world so that we are all better equipped to face future outbreaks.Nickel International will send you regular email updates about how your donation has been put to use.
Coronavirus Relief: What's Happening and How to Help
You can help communities around the world stop the COVID-19 pandemic.
The projects listed below are led by Nickel International partners responding to the pandemic, which has caused thousands of casualties and spread to more than 196 countries. These projects include efforts to stop the virus’s spread and help patients recover from it, as well as education initiatives focused on prevention.
You can donate directly to a specific project below or to Nickel International's Coronavirus Relief Fund and we'll allocate it to where it's needed most. Nickel International will post reports about how your donation has been put to use.
Frequently Asked Questions
We the UNIcrowd are so grateful for the generosity shown by the Nickel International Group community whenever a crisis such the Coronavirus Pandemic strikes. We're also glad to see donors asking important questions to make sure their donations have the biggest impact possible. The following are answers to frequently asked questions about the Disaster Recovery Network at Nickel International Online Network Pvt Ltd:
Q: What's your charity rating?
A: UNIcrowd has been awarded the highest possible rating by Charity Navigator, BBB Wise Giving Alliance, and GuideStar. You can click on these logos to verify our rating.
Q: Where does the money from this relief fund go?
A: All donations to this fund will support coronavirus relief and recovery efforts. The fund will help initially focus on meeting affected communities immediate needs, including the provision of healthcare and supplies. Once initial relief work is complete, this fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by vetted local organizations, including education initiatives, that will make communities more resilient to future outbreaks.
Q: What's UNIcrowd history in the affected areas?
A: UNIcrowd has longstanding relationships with nonprofits in affected areas. Our partners provide a range of services in areas such as crisis response, healthcare, education, and economic development. Nickel International and Little Angels are its existing partnerships to provide relief to those in need.
Q: What makes UNIcrowd different from other nonprofits?
A: Here's how disaster recovery at UNIcrowd works: the UNIcrowd community is made up of large and small nonprofits from 190+ countries. When disasters and crises strike, we are committed to connecting donors to vetted organizations that are immediately responding to needs in the impacted communities. We often support international or regional first responders in the initial stages of relief. However, we believe local, community-led organizations are best positioned to assess and respond to needs in the medium- and long-term, so we listen carefully to what these local leaders deem most critical. Our view is that community-led organizations possess critical knowledge about their communities and can nimbly and effectively navigate unique dynamics in their region. Getting funds to them benefits communities directly, quickly, and with longer-term impact. Learn more about our approach.
Read more about how this approach has helped:
In NY Times Nick Kristof's Blog: To Help Typhoon Survivors, Go Local
In Forbes: A Year Later in Japan: UNIcrowd and the Long Road
Philanthropy News Digest: The Power of Crowdfunding to Fight Ebola
Q: What's the benefit of UNIcrowd's approach for donors?
A: For donors, UNIcrowd provides a trusted way to help quickly and effectively without having to do a lot of research. Donors can support both immediate relief and long-term recovery with donations to our relief fund. Every nonprofit that receives funds must commit to sending reports regularly, and we typically conduct site visits to check on the work being done. Donors will receive updates on progress reported by UNIcrowd’s nonprofit partners.
Q: How does UNIcrowd work with companies and foundations?
A: UNIcrowd helps companies give to relief and recovery projects that are important to employees, customers, or other stakeholders. Many companies use GlobalGiving to track and match employee donations to disaster relief efforts, amplifying employee impact and driving further support directly where it's needed. We also facilitate grants to specific organizations and manage ongoing disaster grant programs for companies and foundations like Facebook.
Q: How will you keep me updated about how my donation is used?
A: Depending upon the scale of the disaster we will provide updates within weeks of a significant disaster, and at a minimum quarterly, to donors who provide email addresses. These updates include information showing the efforts supported through the fund, including the names of the organizations that are receiving funds. As time goes on, we'll share specific stories, photos, and videos from these relief and recovery efforts. You can see we're still reporting on how funds are being used for long-term recovery operations related to past disasters:
Puerto Rico + Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund
Syrian Refugee Relief Fund
Q: How long will it take for my money to get to disaster-affected areas?
A: We'll make disbursements from the Coronavirus Relief Fund as soon as possible, which means your donation could be on the ground within a week or less. (This is rare for most organizations that aggregate funds as we do!) Our commitment to local nonprofits and medium and long-term recovery means we are deliberate about how we disburse donations. For relief Funds that raise less than $1 million, our goal is to disburse all contributions within 12 months. For larger disasters, we commit to disbursing at least 50% of Fund balances raised within the first year, with additional contributions to be directed to support priority needs and vulnerable communities in years two and three. All donations to Funds will be disbursed within 36 months.
Q: I saw there is a fee on donations to UNIcrowd's disaster funds. Can you explain that fee?
A: As part of achieving our nonprofit mission to accelerate community-led change, UNIcrowd covers its costs in a variety of ways. We retain a 12% nonprofit support fee and 3% payment processing fee for donations to our disaster funds. It may initially be confusing to donors that we retain fees. But UNIcrowd is much more than a crowdfunding website. In order to sustainably provide value to impacted communities, we retain this fee to cover our staff costs in identifying, vetting, and making thoughtful decisions regarding the stewardship of donor contributions. In addition, we provide ongoing support to community-led organizations so they are more resilient in the face of the next crisis. We also work to mobilize corporate, institutional, and individual donations to our nonprofit partners, many of which are too busy or too small to have the time or connections to fundraise on their own. Our ability to drive further support from companies turns the UNIcrowd fee into an investment that pays off for local nonprofits and the communities they serve.
The individual projects posted by our nonprofit partners responding to disasters are assessed a 5-7% nonprofit support fee (plus 3% processing fee) depending on whether they are registered in the US, UK, or internationally. Learn more about our fees.
Q: How do I know I can trust my donation to UNIcrowd ?
A: UNIcrowd is a top-rated (4-star) charity on Charity Navigator. We are also accredited by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. We've been recommended by experts in thousands of articles, including these:
NYTimes: How to Decide Where to Donate Your Money After Disasters
NPR: Local Aid Groups Are Key To Disaster Relief. So Why Are They Overlooked?
CNN: Haitian-Americans look to community groups for hurricane relief
Most importantly, our nonprofit partners have reinforced the value of our approach time and time again:
“We’re thankful for UNIcrowd’s leadership in supporting local long-term disaster recovery, and we’re grateful for the trust and collaboration we have come to expect from the UNIcrowd team,” said Daniel. “UNIcrowd’s support enables us to say ‘yes, we can help’ to our neighbors who’ve heard ‘no’ far too many times. UNIcrowd’s approach is worth investing in; it should be considered a model for the future of disaster recovery collaboration.” – SHIVA MUNGI, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, of the UNIcrowd Team also Chief Managing Director & Founder of Nickel International and President of Little Angels -Global.
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Q: Can I donate goods, such as bottled water or medical supplies, through UNIcrowd to support relief efforts?
A: We appreciate your desire to give what you have in order to help people in need. UNIcrowd does not have the capacity to collect in-kind donations on behalf of our nonprofit partners. Based on the research of the Center for International Disaster Information, we recommend that individuals give cash and not in-kind donations after disasters. Through cash contributions, relief organizations can do more good for more people, with greater speed and sensitivity to emerging needs than with unrequested material donations. Cash donations help provide medical and other life-saving aid now, and rebuild critical infrastructure later. This infographic explains why sending material goods, despite the good intentions, can be costly and sometimes create a secondary disaster. If you are with a company looking to donate in-kind supplies in bulk, please visit Good360.org.