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Where to Donate to Help People in India During the COVID-19 Crisis: Nonprofits Recommended by Benevity

May 7, 2021

India is facing a massive healthcare crisis as the world’s worst COVID-19 outbreak ravages the country, accounting for almost half of the cases recorded globally last week. Infections are surging past 300,000 every day, and the shortage and lack of access to hospital beds, oxygen and other critical supplies are resulting in record levels of mortality. With a population of 1.4 billion facing the crisis, there is a growing, urgent global movement to help those in need and without equitable access.

With so much help needed, it can be hard to know where to start and which nonprofits to support. Whether you’re an individual who wants to donate or a company who wants to launch a relief appeal or employee campaign, you’ll want to ensure that you are supporting those who need it most right now and into the future as the long-term impacts of the crisis begin to surface.

Here is our recommended list of causes that are providing critical relief in India.

 

Since April 1, seven of the 10 most frequent user searches across our platform have been directly related to the COVID-19 crisis in India and over $12 million has been donated already.

 

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American organizations 

  • Americares India is mobilizing more than 5.2 million units of protective and isolation set-up equipment
  • Give2Asia is supporting frontline health workers and institutions responding to the coronavirus pandemic
  • Direct Relief is supplying oxygen concentrators and other medical resources to India
  • Doctors Without Borders is supporting case identification and management, as well as prevention activities in Mumbai
  • American India Foundation is leading procurement efforts to tackle the COVID-19 crisis immediately
  • UNICEF is assisting with the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination effort in India

Want to support all of these causes at once? Visit our U.S.-specific giving opportunity on the Benevity Community Impact Portal to make a secure donation that will be split equally amongst these organizations.

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Indian organizations* 

  • HelpAge India is reaching out to elders, homeless people and migrant workers who are the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis
  • Goonj is providing ration and hygiene kits for families in India affected by COVID-19
  • Rise Against Hunger India is ensuring aid is efficiently and effectively deployed and received by communities in India

Want to support all of these causes at once? Visit our Indian-specific giving opportunity on the Benevity Community Impact Portal to make a secure donation that will be split equally amongst these organizations.

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Canadian organizations 

  • Canadian UNICEF Committee is increasing access to medical oxygen, providing testing machines, supporting communities and essential workers, and distributing vaccines
  • Canadian Red Cross is supporting COVID-19 preparedness, response and recovery activities
  • CARE Canada is helping families access emergency health care and supplies including hospital beds, medical oxygen, lifesaving medicine and personal protective equipment
  • Plan International Canada is stopping COVID-19 from spreading further and claiming more lives
     

Want to support all of these causes at once? Visit our Canadian-specific giving opportunity on the Benevity Community Impact Portal to make a secure donation that will be split equally amongst these organizations.

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UK organizations 

  • British Red Cross Society is supporting COVID-19 preparedness, response and recovery activities
  • Medecins Sans Frontieres is identifying cases, conducting screening and triage, and providing medical and technical support with oxygen supplies and therapy
  • The United Kingdom Committee for UNICEF is increasing access to medical oxygen, providing testing machines, supporting communities and essential workers, and distributing vaccines
  • International Medical Corps is activating the Emergency Response Team to strengthen the healthcare infrastructure, providing medical supplies and personal protective equipment

Want to support all of these causes at once? Visit our U.K.-specific giving opportunity on the Benevity Community Impact Portal to make a secure donation that will be split equally amongst these organizations.

When you donate through our portal, rest assured you’re giving directly to reputable nonprofits that are working hard to deliver medical supplies and oxygen, support frontline workers and assist in the vaccination effort in India.

Leading a corporate campaign to provide relief to India? Download our campaign kit to activate your company.

To make it easier for your employees or customers to take action, we’re sharing our COVID-19 Crisis in India kit with trusted resources you can use to create an impactful relief appeal.

The kit includes:

  • A list of vetted U.S., Canadian, U.K. and Indian organizations bringing critical medical supplies, including oxygen, to India and working on the frontlines of the public health response to save lives (all Indian causes included are eligible to receive both foreign and local contributions compliant with local regulatory requirements)
  • Text to create awareness around our recommended U.S., Canadian and Indian causes which you can use in your communications
  • Suggested images you can licence to inspire action

Many of Benevity’s clients are already using this content to engage their employees and have raised millions in just a matter of days. It’s suitable for companies of any size, and you don’t have to be a Benevity client to use it. We hope you find the content useful in mobilizing support for the people of India.

 

Download the kit here

 

*All organizations are FCRA compliant and are able to receive both foreign and local funds. Any charitable organization in India receiving foreign funds has to comply with FCRA regulations, which are governed by the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) of India. Indian FCRA-registered nonprofits need to confirm compliance in order to receive any foreign contributions. Benevity takes necessary measures to ensure we comply with regulatory requirements so that we can continue to support the causes we all care about in India.

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