COVID-19 Tracking

Tracking the philanthropic response to COVID-19

Philanthropy plays a critical role in solving some of the world’s largest health and development challenges. This is particularly true in disaster response.

The COVID-19 crisis has led to unprecedented levels of philanthropy worldwide. The school has tracked disaster giving since September 11, 2001, and has been tracking the response to COVID-19 at a global, national, and individual level.

This tracking effort seeks to enhance our knowledge of the philanthropic responses at all levels in the U.S. and internationally. By increasing our understanding of giving around COVID-19, we can learn how to unlock greater levels of generosity to address various community needs as a result of the pandemic.

Insights gained from the tracking will inform nonprofits and the governments to leverage and unleash additional philanthropic support for public health and community wellbeing in the long run.

Individual generosity response

In addition, we are in the process of conducting multiple studies on individual donor responses to the pandemic. Among other things, we are coordinating a comparative study of global generosity behaviors and motivations across countries and cultural groups in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contact Visiting Stead Chair in International Philanthropy Dr. Pamala Wiepking for more information about this project.