COVID-19 Relief Fund

Update as of October 22, 2020. 
Amid all of the uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing is clear–people need our help. High-risk individuals are still self-isolating to reduce their chance of infection while they wait for a vaccine. Millions are still unemployed and unable to afford basic needs such as PPE, groceries, rent, and medication. Organizations are struggling to meet the demand for additional support during these difficult times. 

The problems accompanying COVID-19 will continue to have a significant impact on our communities. Since launching the COVID-19 Relief Fund, we’ve seen an outpouring of support to help individuals facing immediate needs and organizations driving relief efforts, but the work is far from over. 

Together, we can help our global community and support those affected by COVID-19. Will you join our cause? 

Who benefits from your donation?
When you make a donation to the COVID-19 Relief cause, you financially support individuals impacted by the pandemic and organizations coordinating relief efforts. With your help, we can provide aid during this difficult time to those who need it most.

Am I eligible for a grant?
To qualify for a grant from the COVID-19 Relief Cause Fund, the GoFundMe fundraiser’s purpose must be to benefit people who have been affected by COVID-19. 

Please go to and create a fundraiser explaining your situation. In the fundraiser description, please explain how COVID-19 has affected you or your community, and what the donations will be used for. If you have already set up a fundraiser, please be sure it includes a relevant keyword like “coronavirus” or “COVID.”

To learn more about how GoFundMe Causes work, visit our FAQ. is an independent, registered 501(c)(3) public charity. It works closely with GoFundMe®, the world’s largest and most trusted online fundraising platform, to provide a transparent way to support your favorite causes and urgent needs. distributes your tax-deductible donation to hundreds of verified fundraisers and charities related to your cause.


The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared coronavirus a global pandemic. It is affecting people all across the globe. Whether it means deepening food insecurity, finding alternative childcare, losing jobs, or actually being infected, people’s health and daily lives are changing in big ways.

No matter who you are or where you are, we are all impacted by this pandemic to some degree. We’ve started the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help as many people as possible. With donations made to this fundraiser,, the nonprofit and charitable arm of GoFundMe, will  issue microgrants to individuals, organizations and communities that have either been impacted themselves or are dedicated to helping those affected by the crisis. 

By contributing to the COVID-19 Relief Fund, you are able to support a larger cause, with a tax-deductible donation, while seeing the direct impact of your donation with regular updates and stories from the people you’ve helped. Any donation, big or small, helps us further our goal of helping as many individuals and organizations as possible.

Who your donation impacts
Donations to the General Relief Fund supports a range of needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. From teachers who are ensuring their students have hot meals to grassroots efforts that are securing PPE for those on the frontlines to people chipping in to help strangers make ends meet ahead of rent payments - together, we are providing financial support to those who need it most. With a goal of every week, issues out grants to those in need from the COVID-19 Relief Fund. Donors also get updates to learn about the week’s activities. Here are just a few examples of some of the grant recipients to date: 

- An Italian organization that is providing free delivery of medicine and medical supplies to elderly
- Independent contractors such as rideshare drivers that are currently out of work
- Community groups making and delivering lunch to healthcare workers
- A distillery shifting normal operations to make hand sanitizer for essential workers

Partnering with PEOPLE Magazine
We’ve also partnered with PEOPLE  to help bring awareness to the COVID-19 Relief Fund. With their brand footprint close to 100 million, we can reach more people to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. Every COVID-19 article on will include a call to action to learn more and link to donate to the Fund. is an independent, registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations to the COVID-19 Relief Fund are tax-deductible, to the extent allowed by law.

Future Grants to Fundraisers and Organizations
To be considered for a grant, please go to and create a fundraiser explaining your situation. In the fundraiser description, please explain how COVID-19 has affected you or your community, and what the donations will be used for. If you have already set up a fundraiser, please be sure it includes a relevant keyword like “coronavirus” or “COVID.”


Funds raised on this fundraiser will be managed by GoFundMe.Org, an independent non-profit organization registered in the United States (EIN 81-2279757). Donors support the GoFundMe.Org fund and GoFundMe.Org selects and then distributes donations to verified GoFundMe fundraisers and aid to organizations that help those affected. Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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