Donations for the C-19 Impact Initiative are now closed

Thank you to all donors who have contributed to Nicholas Kristof’s C-19 Impact Initiative, which awarded an astounding $7,000,000+ to five nonprofit organizations. Donations through this web page are now closed, but you can still support individual honorees by following the “Learn More” links below. 

C-19 Impact Initiative presented by Nicholas Kristof

Nick Kristof’s C-19 Impact Initiative

The COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder of how closely linked our communities are, throughout the country and around the world. Now more than ever, we have an opportunity and a responsibility to take care of each other.

As the effects of COVID-19 continue to impact our communities, it is critical to help the heroes working to keep people healthy and safe. New York Times columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof has launched in his recent column the C-19 Impact Initiative to highlight five organizations fighting on the frontlines, encouraging you to support their life-saving work.

Every dollar donated to these organizations will help support the superheroes of our age. Together, with your help, we can do this.

For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

About the featured organizations

Catalyst Kitchens

FareStart is a James Beard Award-winning nonprofit dedicated to disrupting poverty through food, life skills, and job training. Through its membership network Catalyst Kitchens, FareStart provides resources and support to more than 80 organizations across North America with on-the-job culinary training to help people in homelessness, recovery, or who were formerly incarcerated achieve lasting employment in the foodservice industry and prepare nutritious meals for low-income adults and children in the greater community. Collectively, over 72 million meals have been produced for people in need.

As the economic effects of COVID-19 continue to spread, millions of people who rely on the next paycheck to buy food are now unemployed, shelters are experiencing dramatic spikes in the number of people they serve and many of our most vulnerable neighbors have lost access to food. FareStart and its Catalyst Kitchens members with existing food security programs are ramping up to meet rapidly growing demand. Your donation will help provide millions of healthy meals to those who would otherwise go hungry. Learn more >

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FareStart is a James Beard Award-winning nonprofit dedicated to disrupting poverty through food, life skills, and job training. Through its membership network Catalyst Kitchens, FareStart provides resources and support to more than 80 organizations across North America with on-the-job culinary training to help people in homelessness, recovery, or who were formerly incarcerated achieve lasting employment in the foodservice industry and prepare nutritious meals for low-income adults and children in the greater community. Collectively, over 72 million meals have been produced for people in need.

As the economic effects of COVID-19 continue to spread, millions of people who rely on the next paycheck to buy food are now unemployed, shelters are experiencing dramatic spikes in the number of people they serve and many of our most vulnerable neighbors have lost access to food. FareStart and its Catalyst Kitchens members with existing food security programs are ramping up to meet rapidly growing demand. Your donation will help provide millions of healthy meals to those who would otherwise go hungry. Learn more >

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International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic well-being, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and over 20 U.S. cities.

With COVID-19 spreading globally, and now confirmed in crisis-affected countries with International Rescue Committee operations like Afghanistan, Syria, Burkina Faso and Venezuela, the IRC is ramping up its response to the outbreak with a focus on crisis zones with especially weak health systems. Your donation will support the IRC’s life-saving preparedness and prevention efforts to combat the virus in countries with limited resources to respond to the pandemic. Learn more >

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The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic well-being, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and over 20 U.S. cities.

With COVID-19 spreading globally, and now confirmed in crisis-affected countries with International Rescue Committee operations like Afghanistan, Syria, Burkina Faso and Venezuela, the IRC is ramping up its response to the outbreak with a focus on crisis zones with especially weak health systems. Your donation will support the IRC’s life-saving preparedness and prevention efforts to combat the virus in countries with limited resources to respond to the pandemic. Learn more >

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Water for People

Water For People has a proven solution to end the global water and sanitation crisis, which impacts 1 in 3 people around the world who lack access to safe, reliable water, and 1 in 2 who lack a proper toilet. With programs in Africa, Latin America, and India, Water For People creates sustainable water and sanitation systems by bringing together local entrepreneurs, community members, and governments to build, operate, and maintain their own systems so that every family, health clinic, and school has access to safe water and sanitation that will last for generations to come.

Now, more than ever, access to safe water, hygiene, and sanitation is essential to protecting human health during the COVID-19 outbreak. Your donation will help Water For People accelerate the construction of water systems that will serve hundreds of healthcare and other public facilities across nine countries, as well as their work with governments to improve handwashing and hygiene practices throughout local communities—both during the pandemic and once the recovery process begins. Learn More >

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Water For People has a proven solution to end the global water and sanitation crisis, which impacts 1 in 3 people around the world who lack access to safe, reliable water, and 1 in 2 who lack a proper toilet. With programs in Africa, Latin America, and India, Water For People creates sustainable water and sanitation systems by bringing together local entrepreneurs, community members, and governments to build, operate, and maintain their own systems so that every family, health clinic, and school has access to safe water and sanitation that will last for generations to come.

Now, more than ever, access to safe water, hygiene, and sanitation is essential to protecting human health during the COVID-19 outbreak. Your donation will help Water For People accelerate the construction of water systems that will serve hundreds of healthcare and other public facilities across nine countries, as well as their work with governments to improve handwashing and hygiene practices throughout local communities—both during the pandemic and once the recovery process begins. Learn More >

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Save the Children

For over 100 years, Save the Children has been giving children in the U.S. and around the world a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm. As the world’s leading expert on childhood, they know exactly what children in crisis need – and how to deliver it effectively and efficiently.

With sweeping school closures due to COVID-19, wide-scale learning loss could be among the biggest impacts this pandemic has on kids in America. Save the Children is supporting vulnerable children in some of rural America’s poorest communities to ensure they can continue to learn. Save the Children is also working to help make sure schools and community programs have the support they need to keep feeding kids. Your donation supports this important work. Thanks to supporters like you, vulnerable children and families affected by COVID-19 can receive the support they need to continue learning, stay healthy and stay safe. Learn More >

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For over 100 years, Save the Children has been giving children in the U.S. and around the world a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm. As the world’s leading expert on childhood, they know exactly what children in crisis need – and how to deliver it effectively and efficiently.

With sweeping school closures due to COVID-19, wide-scale learning loss could be among the biggest impacts this pandemic has on kids in America. Save the Children is supporting vulnerable children in some of rural America’s poorest communities to ensure they can continue to learn. Save the Children is also working to help make sure schools and community programs have the support they need to keep feeding kids. Your donation supports this important work. Thanks to supporters like you, vulnerable children and families affected by COVID-19 can receive the support they need to continue learning, stay healthy and stay safe. Learn More >

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Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health

Based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health works in partnership with tribal communities across the country to improve the health, self-sufficiency, and health leadership of Native people.

Native Americans are at high risk during the COVID-19 pandemic due to their existing health disparities, high rates of poverty, poor access to health services, and overcrowded, multi-generational housing conditions. Your donations will power a comprehensive public health response to protect and support Native Americans. This work includes delivery of critical protective gear and medical supplies to tribal communities; emergency food, water, cleaning and other household supplies; COVID-19 prevention information and resources; and, technical assistance to tribal leaders for contact tracing, surveillance, and mitigation. Learn More >

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Based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health works in partnership with tribal communities across the country to improve the health, self-sufficiency, and health leadership of Native people.

Native Americans are at high risk during the COVID-19 pandemic due to their existing health disparities, high rates of poverty, poor access to health services, and overcrowded, multi-generational housing conditions. Your donations will power a comprehensive public health response to protect and support Native Americans. This work includes delivery of critical protective gear and medical supplies to tribal communities; emergency food, water, cleaning and other household supplies; COVID-19 prevention information and resources; and, technical assistance to tribal leaders for contact tracing, surveillance, and mitigation. Learn More >

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