A year of collaboration with Swiss Philanthropy Foundation
To face the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund on 13 March 2020, the only way for individuals, corporations and foundations around the world to directly support the work of WHO and partners to help countries prevent, detect, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially where needs are greatest. Money raised through the Fund can be disbursed at speed and flexibly, so it gets where it is most needed as quickly as possible.
At the request of the WHO, the Solidarity Response Fund was co-hosted by the United Nations Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation from 13 March 2020 to 13 of March 2021.
Our mission has been to collect donations in Switzerland and Europe, which are then used by the WHO and its partners to assist countries according to the WHO COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan (SPRP), outlining the global public health strategies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
After 12 months of activities, 662’000 donors (individuals, corporations, foundations) have participated in the global effort raising over $242 million. In Europe, $32 million have been collected through Swiss Philanthropy Foundation.
Transition to the WHO Foundation starting from 13 March 2021
Since 13 March 2021, the newly created WHO Foundation officially takes over the activities of the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and becomes the main agent in collaboration with the United Nations Foundation and a global network of partners. Swiss Philanthropy Foundation remains one of the global partners and is still able to receive donations.
For donors based in Europe and Canada, the Transnational Giving Europe network and KBF Canada also remain able to process donations to the WHO Foundation.
For additional information about the Fund’s current investment priorities and to find out more about donation opportunities, visit the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund page.
Swiss Philanthropy Foundation is honored to have participated in this collective effort at the request of the World Health Organization and in collaboration with the United Nations Foundation, by facilitating donations from Switzerland, Europe and Canada to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund together with its partners. We are very grateful to the World Health Organization and the United Nations Foundation for their trust in this collaboration.
« Your contribution has been of utmost importance and critical in the creation and management of this novel instrument. (…) The Solidarity Reponse Fund has been a critical source of funding for WHO’s overall response. It has allowed us to impact people’s live, reach the most vulnerable groups, work with civil society organizations, engage youth, advance research, strengthen health systems, encourage vaccine uptake, among key achievements. None of this would have been possible without your support »
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to Swiss Philanthropy Foundation
Impact: How are donations used?
Donations to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund support the World Health Organization‘s (WHO) unique and essential role in coordinating, supporting and procuring global public goods. They are used by the WHO and its partners to assist and support countries according to the COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness.
The WHO called on UNICEF, the “Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations” (CEPI), the “United Nations World Food Programme” (WFP), the “Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees” (UNHCR), and the “United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East” (UNRWA) to be partners of the Fund. Recognizing their essential role in achieving the goals of the Plan, to accelerate vaccine research and development, and to reach and support the most vulnerable communities in low-resource countries. Under the leadership of the WHO, the financial resources collected are thus allocated to the areas of greatest need and directly to the above mentioned organizations.
The World Health Organization regularly publishes impact reports to publicly inform on the use of fund resources and efforts by the WHO and its partners to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan updated version for 2021-2022. Below are the latest reports:
In addition, a progress report on the COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan is also available [1st February 2020 –30th June 2020] : download here.
To learn more about how the WHO and its partners use donations: Visit the page dedicated to the impact of the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
COVID-19 Solidarity Respond Fund Donors for the WHO
We are extremely grateful for the commitment and support of every donor in this fight against COVID-19. Alongside individuals and foundations, companies are getting involved. Discover the institutional donors in Switzerland and Europe, who generously contributed in 2020 up to CHF 100’000 and more via Swiss Philanthropy Foundation.
Find all the international institutional donors who have contributed to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund on the dedicated page.
For any questions and information on the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund‘s support priorities or to make a donation, we invite you to visit the Fund’s page, or to contact the WHO Foundation directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.