Grants will support vital work in medical research, emergency food distribution and social care.


Hospital employees to be tested

In Spain, we have chosen five key organizations to receive financial support from the Advent Global Relief Fund.
The Fundación Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Gregorio Marañón is a foundation for biomedical research with around 1,100 scientific staff. Based at Spain’s largest hospital, the Gregorio Marañón in Madrid, it is a non-profit body that relies entirely on income from philanthropy, research grants, covenants, clinical trials and royalties. Advent’s donation will help in two critical areas: testing all the hospital’s 8,500 employees for Covid-19, and supporting research into how the virus is spread.
Aladina is a foundation that provides psychological support and financial assistance to children with cancer and their families – services that have been put under considerable strain by the coronavirus pandemic. Likewise, there has been increased demand on the Fundación Banco de Alimentos de Madrid. The non-profit organization collects food from suppliers, distributing it to charities that support some of the most disadvantaged people in the Spanish capital.
Caritas Española is the Catholic Church’s official organization in Spain for social relief, with a mission to help vulnerable and excluded people, irrespective of religious affiliation. It coordinates a global network of 70 local offices, 4,600 staff and around 83,000 volunteers which has allowed it to deliver relief to those who need it most, often as the first responder. The Charity has also launched the ‘Covid-19 Response Fund’ to coordinate its worldwide efforts. The fund will prioritize the provision of health care services in areas such as: prevention and control of infections, access to clean water and sanitation and the procurement of personal protective equipment.
Lastly, Fundación Mensajeros de la Paz is a non-profit foundation that aims to integrate Spain’s most vulnerable people into civil society. Its work includes protecting abandoned children, advocating for women who have been victims of violence, and caring for homeless and disadvantaged families – all areas which have become even more urgent since the outbreak of the pandemic. The foundation has expanded its services since the outbreak and has received donations from individuals, institutions, NGOs, politicians and companies like Advent. The donations will help give infected people a better standard of care and provide basic needs for the most vulnerable families.
Advent is also working with the management of portfolio company Vitaldent – a leading dental services provider in Spain – on further initiatives, with financial support from the Relief Fund.