SF Bay Area Coronavirus Support Fund
Hospitals, hospices, and clinics around the US are running out of supplies for frontline healthcare workers who are treating COVID-19 patients. Without proper equipment, healthcare workers are at some of the highest risks for getting coronavirus.
We have secured suppliers, who are ready to ship masks and gloves.
We have contacted hospital, hospice, and clinic staff, who are in dire need of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
We need you to help fund our effort.
Two of the highest needs right now are masks and gloves.
· Without enough gloves, healthcare workers are more likely to transmit Coronavirus from patient to patient,
· Without enough masks, they are also more likely to contract Coronavirus and infect their patients.
Therefore, we started this campaign to purchase PPE directly from the factories that are producing them and deliver them to our local hospitals, hospice, and clinics.
All donations will go directly into the purchase of masks and gloves for hospitals, hospices, and clinics in the SF Bay Area. We already have doctors and nurses waiting for this equipment.
First $10,000 committed will acquire 2,000 N95, KN95 and surgical masks and 10,000 disposable gloves to arrive next Tuesday, 3/31, in the SF Bay Area.
If we hit $25,000, we will acquire at least another 4,000 masks, and 20,000 gloves.
Funds above $25,000 will be used for wave 3. Stay tuned!
Once the masks and gloves are delivered, we will put our deliveries on a real time map, so you can see where your donations are going.
HOW WILL THE FUNDS BE USED?
100% of the funds will go towards facilitating the purchase and delivery of masks, gloves, and other protective equipment for healthcare workers in the SF Bay Area and beyond.
HOW WILL THE MASKS AND GLOVES BE DELIVERED?
We are partnering with GetMePPE-sfbay, the LEAP initiative, and other volunteers to distribute masks to the hospitals, hospice and clinics in need.
HEAR FROM THE FRONT LINES
Hi all, My name is David Grundy and I work in the emergency department at Seton Medical Center in Daly City.
As we do the difficult and high risk work of triaging and treating patients with the novel coronavirus, one of our biggest concerns is having adequate personal protective equipment (PPE). The greatest need at this time is for more high-quality masks that we can wear during patient encounters and especially high-risk procedures such as intubating patients.
Anything that you can donate to help supply us with gloves and N95 masks will be a great help to us.
David Grundy MD, FRSA, FACEM, Major US Army (ret)
WHO WE ARE
Yi Ding is a Cal graduate who is currently the co-president of Asian American Parents Association and the secretary of the Cupertino Education Endowment Foundation. He previously served on the board of the largest Federally Qualified Health Center in Santa Clara County.
Abby Soong is a Mechanical Engineer working for Amazon. She has experience working with suppliers and has joined this team as a volunteer to help with operations and project management.
Dr. Divya Dhar is a physician by background and a product manager at Google Maps working on rideshare and deliveries. She previously founded Medical Aid Abroad Program (MAAP) that enabled donation of pharmaceuticals and medical equipment to areas of need.
Angie Muller is a partnership lead for Nvidia’s ML developer program. She ran a GoFundMe previously focused on sourcing PPEs for smaller clinics and hospice networks in the Bay Area.
ADVISORS AND PARTNERS
Seamon Chan is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Palm Drive Capital, a global venture capital firm with 80 investments over 5 continents. The Palm Drive Team has been involved with nonprofit initiatives such as Welcoming America, Mekong Future Initiative, EDSnaps, Committee of 100, the Milken Institute, and The Billion Dollar Fund for Women. Palm Drive has procured ten thousand masks to donate to China, US, and Europe during the Covid-19 pandemic. He is graduated from Stanford University and is completing the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School as well as the Belt Road Initiative EMBA program at Tsinghua University People’s Bank of China School of Finance.
Ran Ding is a Principal at Norwest Venture Partners.
Gabriel Schillinger: Gabriel most recently co-founded and sold Gamma to Animoca Brands. In a past life, he founded For Darfur, which gathered over 15,000 people for Kanye West’s Glow in the Dark Tour in Miami and raised $1M+ for Doctors Without Borders.
We have identified qualified suppliers who are ready to take our orders and have contacted hospitals, hospices, and clinics and gotten in touch with their procurement officers to accept delivery of the supplies once they come in. Thank you for your support as we work together to make our communities and healthcare professionals safer.
What does success look like?
If we can stop even one person more than necessary from dying from coronavirus, then this will have been worth it. Our goal is to get as many masks, gloves, and other PPE into the hands of health workers as quickly as possible.
How will funds be used?
100% of the funds will go towards acquiring and shipping protective equipment to our hospitals and clinics.
How much are you paying for the masks?
We are getting manufacturer pricing on the mask. As pricing depends on order quantity, shipping rate (in this case, the faster the better to protect our healthcare workers), and competing demand, the number may change. However, we have spent our time comparing prices across multiple manufacturers to get the best possible price per unit while making sure that each manufacturer has the right certification and approval by the FDA or the EMA.
Are donations tax deductible?
Because we have partnered with the LEAP initiative, a 501c3 nonprofit, and will be able to give tax receipts when our campaign is over.