Gates has announced confirmed charitable donations of more than $535,000 in support of organisations responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Directed by the company’s global headquarters in Denver, the firm is working with nearly 100 Gates facilities around the world to identify and help fund local nonprofits that are making a difference.
Josef Parzhuber, president at Gates EMEA said: “We’re tapping into local knowledge to address area-specific needs.
“Here in EMEA, we’ve been able to direct our support to 19 charities making an impact in all of the communities we call home.”
Responding quickly to the global outbreak, Gates initiated the charitable initiative with a substantial donation to the Hubei Charity Federation to support the medical needs in the area where the virus is believed to have originated.
The aid campaign now spans other parts of South and North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa; Greater China; and East Asia and India, including 17 locations across the United States.
Among the recipient organizations are chapters of large NGOs, such as the United Way and the American Red Cross, as well as local hospitals, food banks and other humanitarian organizations.
Donations, totaling more than $535,000, are being provided on an unrestricted basis to allow recipient charities maximum flexibility to address the most urgent needs in their area.
Among those are PPE for frontline medical professionals and health care services and food and housing for the most vulnerable populations impacted by the pandemic.
In addition to its worldwide charitable donation initiative, Gates continues to actively monitor, manage and adapt to the evolving pandemic.
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