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Give2Asia mobilizes $17 million for COVID-19 pandemic response, launches new campaigns

Give2Asia, a US-based public charity that facilitates philanthropy across international borders, has received more than US$17 million in donations and commitments to fund local COVID-19 disaster response projects across the Asia-Pacific region.

“We are grateful to the corporations, foundations, and individuals who are supporting local response efforts during this unprecedented crisis,” said Birger Stamperdahl, Give2Asia’s President and CEO. “We have come together as a global community to make an enormous difference in the lives of frontline health workers, patients, and their families.”

One of the largest commitments to date came from The PepsiCo Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm. As part of its global response to COVID-19, the company pledged US$3.3 million to address humanitarian needs in the Asia-Pacific region. After providing early funding for protective gear for healthcare workers, PepsiCo’s latest grants are supporting meal distribution programs to alleviate hunger in rural communities. 

The PepsiCo Foundation is committed to help directing critical resources to the most vulnerable during COVID-19 and we couldn’t do it with the expediency this crisis requires without the partnership of Give2Asia, a longstanding partner of our Foundation,” said Jon Banner, executive vice president, Global Communications and president, PepsiCo Foundation. “PepsiCo teams around the world are leveraging their expertise and capabilities, along with help from our partners, to bring food and other vital resources to our neighbors who need it most as we unite to tackle this pandemic.” 

Give2Asia’s coronavirus response campaign launched in January 2020. As one of the few US-based nonprofits registered to support NGOs in China, the organization was able to facilitate emergency grants to more than a dozen trusted charities working in Hubei Province. 

The expanded APAC campaign is supporting in-country response efforts in 23 countries: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.

Donors can learn more about Give2Asia’s local partners and program priorities in each country by visiting the above links. 

Friends International delivering COVID-19 public health messages door-to-door in Cambodia


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To make an online donation to Give2Asia’s COVID-19 response fund, use our online donation form. Your gift will support local nonprofits that can make the biggest impact in the country of your choice.

About Give2Asia 

Give2Asia is a trusted partner for international philanthropy and the leader in donor-advised grantmaking to the Asia-Pacific. Our mission is to strengthen communities in Asia by making overseas giving easier and more effective. Since 2001, Give2Asia has facilitated more than $350 million of charitable grants across 23 countries. Give2Asia is a US-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Oakland, California with offices in Beijing and in-country experts across the Asia-Pacific region. 

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