COVID-19 Requests

We are fielding requests for private sector support from city and state agencies, nonprofit groups and institutions.

We will be updating this list regularly. If you would like to learn more or be connected to any of these efforts, please contact us.

Support for Frontline Workers & Institutions

Brave of Heart Fund

The New York Life Foundation partnered with Cigna Foundation to launch the Brave of Heart Fund. Initially capitalized at $50 million, the Fund will provide financial and emotional support to the families of healthcare workers and volunteers nationwide who lose their lives to COVID-19. The Fund will provide eligible families with initial charitable grants of $15,000 that help cover immediate expenses and support services. Eligible families of fallen healthcare workers will also be able to receive up to an additional $60,000 to aid their recovery. More information can be found here.

Emergency Cash Assistance Program

The Emergency Cash Assistance Program (ECAP) is providing cash grants to New York City households that have lost jobs as a result of the COVID-19 crisis but are not likely to receive full federal benefits because of their family immigration status or nature of their past employment. A network of organizations, including Catholic Charities, UJA-Federation of New York and the New York Immigration Coalition, will distribute the funds to needy families. More information can be found here.

Feed the Frontlines NYC

Restauranteur Luca Di Pietro is leading an initiative, Feed the Frontlines NYC that is organizing local restaurants to prepare and distribute free meals for hospital workers and those in supportive housing and unemployed as a result of the pandemic. More information can be found here.

First Responders Fund

Governor Cuomo has established the First Responders Fund to directly support the purchase of medical equipment and supplies for healthcare workers and public health officials, scientific research related to COVID-19, public outreach and nonprofits contributing to response efforts. More information can be found here and donations can be made here.


SL Green, a Partnership member company, launched Food1st in partnership with Chef Daniel Boulud to deliver thousands of meals daily to front-line first responders, elderly New Yorkers and food-insecure families. Food1st will re-activate the kitchens of shuttered food and beverage businesses, preparing and delivering more than 150,000 meals. More information can be found here.

Frontline Workers Fund

Amalgamated Bank, a Partnership member company, is accepting donations through its foundation to a Frontline Workers Fund to provide hotel rooms, transportation, protective gear and other support for hospital workers and other first responders. More information is available here.

Greater New York Hospital Association

The Greater New York Hospital Association is requesting that companies with hospital-grade medical supplies and equipment donate them for use by frontline healthcare providers. There is an ongoing need for surgical and N95 masks. The mask donation form can be found here.

Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York

The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York is currently raising money to support frontline staff at the 11 hospitals and other facilities in the New York City Health + Hospitals system. Funds are needed for meals, hotel rooms for workers who cannot go home due to risk of infection, laundry services and other needs. More information can be found here or here.

NYC Healthcare Heroes Initiative

The NYC Healthcare Heroes initiative, launched with a $20 million commitment from the Debra and Leon Black Foundation, is providing “care packages” of shelf-stable food and other items hospitals and temporary medical facilities across the five boroughs through June, alleviating the burden of having to shop for themselves and their families. More information can be found here and donations can be made here.

Support for Nonprofit Organizations, Cultural and Educational Institutions, and Human Service Providers

NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund

The NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund is being administered by the New York Community Trust to support New York City-based social services and arts and cultural organizations that have been affected by the current coronavirus public health crisis. The Fund is initially capitalized at $75 million and will provide grants and interest-free loans to small and mid-size nonprofits to help them respond to emerging needs, cover losses associated with the disruption of their operations, and help them continue their critical work. Among social services groups, priority will be given to direct service providers, such as those supporting essential healthcare and food insecurity. In the arts and cultural sector, the Fund will provide support to small- and mid-size organizations that work from and are attentive to their communities. More information can be found here.

New York Immigration Coalition

The New York Immigration Coalition has launched the #NYunitedFund to support the work of 140 member organizations that are providing services to immigrant communities that have been especially hard hit by loss of employment and illness. More information can be found here.

Coalition for the Homeless

The Coalition for the Homeless is distributing meals and other essential items to people living on the street in addition to staffing a crisis hotline to help find shelter and meet other essential needs of the homeless. More information can be found here.

New York City Fund for Public Schools

The New York City Fund for Public Schools is soliciting funds and equipment to support distance learning. More information on the Fund for Public Schools can be found here.

Chancellor’s Emergency Relief Fund

The City University of New York has established the Chancellor’s Emergency Relief Fund to help students facing financial hardship during the COVID-19 crisis. The Fund is initially capitalized at $3.2 million and will distribute grants of $500 each to CUNY students who are coping with the severe economic fallout of COVID-19. More information can be found here and donations can be made here.

#SUNYTogether COVID-19 Support Fund

The State University of New York (SUNY) is soliciting funds for its #SUNYTogether COVID-19 Support Fund. There are four areas of giving within the Fund: assistance for students lacking access to laptops and/or stable internet connections; emergency funds for students who lack basic resources due to a loss of a job; support towards the manufacturing of PPE for the state’s frontline workers; and, support for rapid-response treatment and resurgence prevention medical research. More information can be found here.

Volunteer Needs

Empire State Development

Empire State Development needs volunteers to counsel an estimated 500,000 small businesses across New York state that are eligible to apply for the federal Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans. Volunteers will be part of the Empire State Development’s COVID-19 Volunteer Task Force through the Business NY Mentor program. Institutions that are prepared to field a team of volunteers or individuals who are interested should contact us for further information on how to sign up to volunteer.

New York Cares

In coordination with New York City Emergency Management, New York Cares is mobilizing volunteers to support vulnerable populations through programming such as phone calls to support seniors living in isolation, virtual learning to support students, and on-the-ground packaging and meal deliveries. More information on volunteer opportunities and making a donation to support New York Cares can be found here.