Our community of philanthropy is wrestling with difficult issues now and will experience new challenges in the weeks and months ahead as Michiganders deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) that has spread across the globe. Please check back regularly as we continue to share new insights, analysis, emerging trends and leadership to the field.
Data and Community Sources
Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information about facts and statistics related to COVID-19, along with state and federal policy updates and official guidance, is available at:
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- State of Michigan
- Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Hotline created to respond to health-related questions about COVID-19, available by calling 888-535-6136, seven days a week from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- 211 Services
The Michigan Community Service Commission, the state’s lead agency on volunteerism, is connecting volunteers to COVID-19 response and relief needs by working with state level networks and associations. You can register as a volunteer and then respond to the needs listed in your local area through an online dashboard. There is also a place on the dashboard to register your organization and indicate your volunteer needs. Volunteers are reminded to follow mitigation strategies, and there are opportunities for virtual/e-volunteering.
Governor Whitmer and MDHHS also launched a new volunteer website where trained medical professionals can register to serve their fellow Michiganders by assisting hospitals in fighting COVID-19. Other state residents also can use the site to find out how they can help in their local communities, give blood, donate money or needed medical supplies, or assist public health officials in tracking infections.
The U.S. Department of Justice launched a website dedicated to "detecting, investigating, and prosecuting wrongdoing related to the [COVID-19] crisis." If you or your foundation have encountered a scam, fraud or a situation involving hoarding or price gouging of critical supplies (i.e. PPE), these incidents can be reported to the National Center for Disaster Fraud by calling the National Hotline at (866) 720-5721 or by e-mailing [email protected].
In recognition of the critical need to act with fierce urgency to support our nonprofit partners as well as the people and communities hit hardest by the impacts of COVID-19, the Council on Foundations is inviting funders and other leaders in the philanthropic sector to sign a pledge of action.