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We must act quickly and creatively to address epidemics to ensure all New Yorkers can thrive.

The Race to fight COVID-19

We’re in an extraordinary moment for public health. The coronavirus (COVID-19) is dramatically impacting the lives of New Yorkers and humanity worldwide. Now more than ever, we need to be prepared to respond quickly with flexible resources to address emerging needs.

It is exactly for moments like this that we established our Epidemics Fund to support the Health Department’s life-saving work to combat emerging and ongoing epidemics. With your support, we can respond swiftly to the coronavirus and help contain its spread.

Funds raised through the Epidemics Fund during this period will be directed towards critical emerging needs identified by the Health Department to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

These include:

  • Expanding mental health resources for New Yorkers struggling with stress and anxiety;
  • Supporting capacity and infrastructure for response efforts and immediate needs as they evolve;
  • Maintaining effective communications , including combating the spread of misinformation and stigma;
  • Supporting a buddy program to call isolated older adults and people with disabilities to check in;
  • Ensuring that vulnerable New Yorkers have access to the care and programs they need.

As the nonprofit partner to the New York City Department of Health, FPHNYC is uniquely positioned to ensure your donation goes to the area of greatest need during this coronavirus outbreak.

Founded in 2002 to help address the urgent health needs of the city after 9/11, FPHNYC has nearly 20 years of experience managing and directing emergency funding. We work closely with our partners at the Health Department to determine where funds will have the greatest impact.


Check out our latest Impact Report highlighting the work you’ve helped make possible from March through May of 2020 as part of our COVID-19 response.

Download the Impact Report


We’re doing our best to keep you updated on the latest information that New Yorkers need to know to keep themselves and their communities safe. Visit our COVID-19 FAQ page for more information.

Here’s what New Yorkers need to know.