We are all affected by the growing COVID-19 outbreak. It’s an unprecedented health challenge and we know people and organizations everywhere want to help. The World Health Organization is leading and coordinating the global response, ensuring all countries can prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic, especially where needs are greatest. WHO now estimates the total financial needs at $1.7 billion to combat COVID19. By the end of 2020, $718 million is still to be collected.

In the context of the current health crisis,WHO launched the first and only pooled fund for individuals, businesses, and organizations to directly contribute to the global COVID-19 response :  The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

To expand the global network of donors WHO partnered with two charitable foundations: The United Nations Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation. These two foundations will receive donated funds, which will then be used by the World Health Organization and partners to support countries according to the COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan.

How to donate from or through Switzerland ?

Should you wish to give from or through Switzerland, we recommend you to donate to Swiss Philanthropy Foundation by one of the following two means:

  • Make an online donation (by VISA, Mastercard or Maestro credit card)
  • Make a donation by wire transfer, using the following bank details:

For donations in Swiss Francs (CHF):

Account holder: Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, Rue De-Grenus 3, CH-1201 Geneva

Account heading: Covid-19 Fund

IBAN: CH56 0024 0240 9261 81ES B

Bank: UBS Switzerland AG, rue des Noirettes 35, CH-1227 Carouge

Swift/BIC: UBSWCHZH80A

For donations in Euros (EUR):

Account holder: Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, Rue De-Grenus 3, CH-1201 Geneva

Account heading: Covid-19 Fund

IBAN: CH44 0024 0240 9261 81EW L

Bank: UBS Switzerland AG, rue des Noirettes 35, CH-1227 Carouge

Swift/BIC: UBSWCHZH80A

Swiss Philanthropy Foundation is a tax-exempt entity and donations may be deductible to the extent allowable by the Swiss jurisdiction.

To cover its administrative costs, Swiss Philanthropy Foundation deducts a declining contribution on the accumulated donations received: 4% up to CHF 5 million, then 2% up to CHF 10 million, then 1% beyond. As the donations collected represent more than CHF 10 million today, the contribution deducted from each donation is therefore only 1%.

How to donate from Europe, with the Transnational Giving Europe network?

Swiss Philanthropy Foundation is member of the Transnational Giving Europe network. Should you wish to donate from or through Europe,  we recommend donors based in selected countries of Europe to contact the corresponding Transnational Giving Europe Partner.

In order to cover the administrative costs of the network, the Transnational Giving Europe partner deducts a contribution of 5% on each donation up to EUR 100,000, then 1% on the residual amount, but at most EUR 15,000.
In addition, in order to cover its administrative costs, Swiss Philanthropy Foundation deducts a declining contribution on the accumulated donations received: 4% up to CHF 5 million, then 2% up to CHF 10 million, then 1% beyond. Today, the contribution deducted by Swiss Philanthropy Foundation from each donation is only 1%.

Please find below the gift procedures for the participating European countries (donations can be made by wire transfer and for certain countries, online):

Austria

Donors living in Austria and wanting to make a donation should first contact the Stiftung Philanthropie Österreich.

Contact: Miriam Faber – miriam.faber@fundraising.at

Belgium

Belgian donors can make their TGE donations on following account:

Account holder: King Baudouin Foundation
Bank: bpost bank
Address: Rue des colonies 56 (P28)- 1000 Brussels
Account number: 000-0000004-04
IBAN: BE10 0000 0000 0404
BIC: BPOTBEB1
Reference: “TGE – Covid-19 Fund”
Contact: Carine Poskin – tge@kbs-frb.be
By online donation: donate.kbs-frb.be/Covid-19

Bulgaria

Bulgarian donors can make their TGE donations on following account:

Account holder: Bcause
Bank: Unicredit Bulbank
Address: 7, St. Nedelya sq. – Sofia 1000
IBAN: BG 54 UNCR 7630 100 711 02 07
BIC: UNCRBGSF
Reference: “TGE – Covid-19 Fund”
Contact: Lyudmila Atanassova – tge@bcause.bg

Croatia

Croatian donors can make their TGE donations on following account:

Account holder: Europska zaklada za filantropiju i drustveni
Bank: Privredna banka Zagreb
Address: Radnicka cesta 50, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
IBAN: HR1123400091110660216
BIC: PBZGHR2X
Reference: “TGE – Covid-19 Fund”
Contact: Cvjetana Plavsa-Matic – info@europskazaklada-filantropija.hr

Estonia

Estonian donors can make their TGE donations on following account:

Account holder: SA Avatud Eesti Fond
Bank: Swedbank
Address: Liivalaia 8, 15040 Talinn, Estonia
IBAN: EE282200221019874750
BIC: HABAEE2X
Reference: “TGE – Covid-19 Fund”
Contact: Mall Hellam – mall@oef.org.ee

Germany

German donors can make their TGE donations on following account:

Account holder: Maecenata Stiftung
Bank: Bankhaus Löbbecke
Address: Bankhaus Löbbecke, Behrenstraße 36, 10 117 Berlin
Account number: 1061 0007 01
IBAN: DE89 1003 0500 1061 0007 01
BIC: LOEB DEBB XXX
Bank code / BLZ: 10030500
Reference: “TGE – Covid-19 Fund”
Contact: Christian Schreier – tg@maecenata.eu
By online donation: maecenata.eu/spenden

Greece

Greek donors can make their TGE donations on following account:

Account holder: HIGGS
Bank: Piraeus Bank
Address Olympionikon 208, Neo Psychiko 15451
Account number: 6737-137763-057
IBAN: GR23 0171 7370 0067 3713 7763 057
BIC: PIRBGRAA
paypal Account: Higher Incubator Giving Growth & Sustainability (HIGGS)
https://goo.gl/irzyW1
Reference: “TGE – Covid-19 Fund”
Contact: Katerina Velliou – tge@higgs3.org

Hungary

Hungarian donors can make their TGE donations on following account:

Bank account in HUF:
Account holder: Kárpátok Alapítvány-Magyarország
Bank: ERSTE Bank Hungary Zrt.
Bank account: 1160 0006 0000 0000 7891 0845
IBAN: HU83 1160 0006 0000 0000 7891 0845
BIC: GIBAHUHB
Reference: “TGE – Covid-19 Fund”
Contact: Bata Boglárka – tge@cfoundation.org
Bank account in Euro:
Account holder: Kárpátok Alapítvány-Magyarország
Bank: ERSTE Bank Hungary Zrt.
Bank account: 1160 0006 0000 0000 7891 0845
IBAN: HU83 1160 0006 0000 0000 7891 0845
BIC: GIBAHUHB
Reference: “TGE – Covid-19 Fund”
Contact: Bata Boglárka – tge@cfoundation.org

Italy

Italian donors can make their TGE donations on following account:

Account holder: Fondazione Lang Europe Onlus
Bank: Banca Generali SpA
Address: Piazza Sant’ Alessandro 4 20123 Milano
Bank account: CC151 0750 719
IBAN: IT45I0307501603CC1510750719
BIC: BGENIT2T
Reference: “TGE – Covid-19 Fund”
Contact: Elena Redini – tge@fondazionelangeurope.it
By online donation: transnationalgiving.eu/italia/covid19fund

Luxembourg

Thanks to Luxembourg’s legal framework, donors living in Luxembourg can make their donations directly to a foreign beneficiary (as far as those beneficiaries comply with certain requirements) without passing through TGE and will, under certain conditions, benefit from income tax deductibility in Luxembourg. For more information, please contact Fondation de Luxembourg.

Contact: Audrey Lesperoy – tge@fdlux.lu – +352/2747481

Romania

Romanian donors can make their TGE donations on following account:

Account holder: Fundatia Comunitara din Odorheiu Secuiesc
Bank: OTP Bank – Sucursala Odorheiu Secuiesc
Address Odorheiu Secuiesc – 20, str. Kossuth Lajos – jud. Hargita – Romania
IBAN: RO26 OTPV 2610 0020 7775 RO01
BIC: OTPVROBU
Reference: “TGE – Covid-19 Fund”
Contact: Rozalia Csaki – szka@szka.org

Communication: TGE – “Name organisation” – “Country of destination”

Slovenia

Slovenian donors can make their donations on following account:

Account holder: Skupnost Privatnih Zavodov
Bank: Banka Sparkasse d.d.
Address: Poslovna enota Kranj, Delavska cesta 26, 4208 Šenčur, Slovenia
IBAN: SI56 3400 0101 4524 819
BIC: KSPK SI 22
Reference: “TGE – CH – Covid-19 Fund”
Contact: Primož Šporar – info@skup.si

Spain

Donors in Spain can contact Francisco Abad : fabad@empresaysociedad.org

Account holder: Fundación Empresa y Sociedad
Bank: Bank Ibercaja
Address: Glorieta Rubén Darío 4, 28010 Madrid (SPAIN)
IBAN: ES58 2085 8370 8703 3016 9996
BIC: CAZRES2ZXXX
Reference: “TGE – Covid-19 Fund”
Contact: Francisco Abad – fabad@empresaysociedad.org
By online donation: support.transnationalgiving.eu/espana/covid19fund

United Kingdom

Donors living in the UK and wanting to benefit from Gift Aid should first contact the Charities Aid Foundation before making their donations. After a short KYC (Know Your Customer) procedure, CAF will provide the donor with all the instructions to make his/her donation.

Contact: Andrew Fakley – ttge@cafonline.org 

Transnational Giving Europe partners are tax-exempt entities and donations in their favor may be deductible to the extent allowable by their respective jurisdictions.European donors having a residence in a country not listed above can donate directly to Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, according to the above procedure. Such donations will probably not be tax-deductible.

How to donate from Canada and the United States?

Should you wish to give from or through Canada, collaboration has been extended to KBF Canada through the Transnational Giving Europe network.  KBF Canada is a tax-exempt entity and donations may be deductible to the extent allowable by the Canadian jurisdiction.

Should you wish to give from or through the United States, online donations made via the COVID19ResponseFund.org website received by the United Nations Foundation are tax deductible in the U.S. to the extent allowable by law.

Contact COVID19Fund@unfoundation.org if you have any questions.

Donors of the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO

We are extremely grateful for the commitment and support of each donor in this fight against Covid19.

Alongside individuals and foundations, companies are committed. Find out about the corporate donors in Switzerland and in Europe, who have generously contributed up to CHF 100,000 and more, via Swiss Philanthropy Foundation.

Find out all international corporate donors of the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund here.

If your company wishes to donate, contact our team: covid19Fund@swissphilanthropy.ch

Restrictions

Donations from governments and their bodies, as well as donations from entities having an affiliation with the alcohol, firearms, and tobacco industries cannot be accepted and will be refunded if received.

Individual donors confirm that they are not employed by or have a significant financial interest (in excess of CHF 5,000) in the alcohol, firearms, or tobacco industries.

Impact : How funds are used ?

Donations to the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund are supporting WHO’s unique and critical role in coordinating, supplying, supporting and providing global public goods that no-one else can. They are used by the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners to support countries according to the revised COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan, focused in three areas :

o          Supporting vulnerable countries and communities that need it most,

o          Ensuring global and regional coordination of response efforts, including coordinating and getting essential supplies of PPE and equipment to health workers

o          Speeding up work on treatments, tests and a vaccine available to everyone who needs them.

WHO asked UNICEF, CEPI, World Food Programme (WFP), UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to be partners in the Fund, recognizing their essential role in delivering on the Plan’s objectives of accelerating vaccine research and development, and reaching and supporting most vulnerable communities in low-resource countries. As outlined in the plan, the financial resources raised will go to the areas with the greatest need. At the direction of WHO leadership, the Fund expects that resources will go directly towards:

  • WHO for its work to directly lead efforts to track the spread of the virus, equip frontline health workers with personal protective equipment, ensure lab and testing tools are available in countries around the world, and keep communities and frontline responders informed with the latest technical guidance.
  • UNICEF, to ensure children and families around the world are equipped with all the evidence-based information and latest WHO guidance as well as locally relevant information to protect themselves from the spread of COVID-19; to support vulnerable countries by providing access to water, sanitation and hygiene, and basic infection prevention and control measures; and to provide access to care for vulnerable families and children.
  • CEPI, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, a key partner leading the financing for research and development for novel vaccines to combat COVID-19, working closely with WHO.
  • WFP, the World Food Programme (WFP) to airlift vital commodities to countries in most need.
  • UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to support internally displaced people and refugees around the world who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.
  • UNRWA, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, to prevent, detect, and respond to COVID-19 for refugee populations in Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank.

 

 

Impact report

The World Health Organization regularly publishes impact reports to publicly inform about the use of the fund’s resources and the efforts made by WHO and its partners to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with the COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan. Below are the latest reports:

             Impact report 1 [March 13 to May 1, 2020]: Download here

             Impact Report 2 [May 2 to May 31, 2020]: Download here

             Impact Report 3 [June 1 – June 30, 2020]: Download here

Previously published on a monthly basis, impact reports are now published quarterly.

In addition, a Progress report on WHO’s COVID-19 response [February 1 to June 30 2020] under the Strategic Preparedness & Response Plan (SPRP) is available : Download it here.

Learn more about the use of donations by WHO and its partners: Go to the page dedicated to the impact of the Covid19 Solidarity Response Fund.

 

 

Ressources

  • For more information on the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund, we invite you to consult following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  • For communication purposes, you may use key messages and assets available in the Partner Toolkit to help you share information about the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund with your networks.
  • For more information on Swiss Philanthropy Foundation Due Diligence Policy, we invite you to consult : Due Diligence Policy for Covid-19 Fund

To contact us

Should you have any questions please contact us at: covid19Fund@swissphilanthropy.ch

For media inquieries, please contact: communication@swissphilanthropy.ch

Warning | E-mail scams / Phishing : SPF being aware of suspicious E-mail messages trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 situation, please report them to the following address : covid19fund@swissphilanthropy.ch