COVID-related nonprofits taking donations this holiday season

Last week, in response to my call for donations to the COVID-19 Data Dispatch, I received some very generous support from readers. Thank you to everyone who donated—you are truly helping me keep this a free, accessible publication for anyone following COVID-19 news.

Following up on last week’s post, I wanted to share some suggestions for other COVID-related organizations that are taking donations this holiday season. If you have the resources and are looking for places to donate, please consider these nonprofits!

  • Body Politic, which runs one of the foremost Long COVID online support groups, is seeking donations to transition from a grassroots, all-volunteer organization to a format that’s more sustainable in the long-term. Their funding goal is $500,000.
  • The COVID-19 Longhauler Advocacy Project seeks donations to support its work advancing Long COVID research and supporting patients. Like Body Politic, this organization was founded by volunteers themselves dealing with Long COVID.
  • Marked by COVID is a nonprofit advocacy organization, also volunteer-run, seeking recognition of the Americans who lost their lives to COVID-19 and improved public health policies in the U.S.
  • Peste Magazine is a new online magazine focused on health journalism, advocacy, and the arts. The publication’s work so far has focused on COVID-19 but also includes other health justice topics; donations help to support payments for writers.
  • ME Action is a leading advocacy organization for people with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), a chronic condition that shares many symptoms with (and is often co-diagnosed with) Long COVID. Since the pandemic started, it’s also been involved with Long COVID advocacy.
  • Solve ME/CFS is another advocacy organization for ME/CFS and now Long COVID, focused particularly on funding and supporting research on these conditions.
  • Dysautonomia International is a leading advocacy group for dysautonomia, an umbrella term for conditions involving a malfunctioning autonomic nervous system. Similar to ME/CFS, dysautonomia is often a co-diagnosis for Long COVID.
  • Your local mutual aid group: Early in the pandemic, hundreds of mutual aid groups started across the country to help share food and other supplies with people in need. Some of them are still doing this important work! Websites like Mutual Aid Hub and this NYC directory can help you find a group in your area. 

Disclaimer: This is not sponsored content, these recommendations come from my own research and reporting on COVID-19. If you’d like to recommend another organization, let me know and I’ll include it in a future issue.

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