Category: Advent Action

London focuses on six charities providing Covid-19 relief

Like all Advent’s operations across the world, the London team was tasked with selecting organizations focused on Covid-19 relief in their local community.


Big Issue vendors supported through the crisis

Efforts were concentrated on seven areas in the UK: domestic abuse, elderly care, financial security, homelessness, mental health, coronavirus crisis funds and healthcare.
After carrying out a detailed review of the charity landscape, six UK charities helping those most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic were selected to receive financial aid: Action for Children, The Big Issue, Frontline19, Helpforce, Refuge and The Wellcome Trust.
Action for Children supports vulnerable children, young people and families across the country, providing online guidance, mental-health support, fostering and adoption services, and residential care. Funds will be used to ramp up helpline services during the pandemic and provide much-needed emergency grants for necessities such as food, nappies and household supplies.
By offering the chance to sell the magazine of the same name, The Big Issue helps homeless people get back on their feet and achieve self-sufficiency. Since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, the charity has provided extra financial and emotional support for its network of over 2,000 vendors, keeping them warm and well-fed, and helping them with access to welfare services.
Frontline19 was set up by experienced psychotherapists as a direct response to the pandemic. Its mission is to provide mental-health and emotional wellbeing support for those on the frontline of the emergency – including healthcare workers coping with long hours in extremely stressful conditions.
Helpforce is a new social movement that uses the power of volunteering to improve the health and wellbeing of people across the UK. It aims to inspire communities, individuals and other organisations to get involved with the nation’s health through volunteering, outreach and advocacy. At this time of severely constrained healthcare capacity, the charity is helping to ease pressure on the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) by providing volunteers to fulfil back-office functions and support both staff and patients with essential practical support.
Since the outbreak began, Refuge has seen a spike in calls to its 24-hour domestic-abuse helpline. The organization also runs a digital platform where those suffering abuse can contact expert counselors, and has 46 of its own refuges across the country. With the period of heightened demand expected to continue, the charity has launched a specific Covid-19 appeal to keep its services running.
As a world-leading healthcare and research organization, the Wellcome Trust is coordinating Covid-Zero, a coalition of businesses and philanthropic organizations who are raising funds for research and development into new vaccines, treatments and tests to support an exit from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The London initiatives are funded from the Advent Global Relief Fund and are part of our global commitment to help all those engaged in the fight against Covid-19 and its effects.

Building intensive care capacity

In Mexico, our team has decided to support the Instituto Nacional de Nutrición, one of the top public hospitals and research institutions in Mexico.

The hospital is currently being converted into a dedicated ICU facility to ensure that there is capacity to focus on the most complicated Covid-19 cases.
The Advent donation will contribute towards the conversion of the facility to new and improved ICU facilities. Specifically, 11 patient monitors and 2 steam sterilizers will be donated to strengthen critical areas of their operations.  
Patient monitors
Steam sterilisers donated

New York – Bringing relief to our homeless communities in desperate times

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on New York City has been severe and far-reaching. As part of our worldwide relief effort, Advent is supporting six local organizations performing vital work to help those affected by the outbreak.

Meals for frontline workers
City Harvest is the city’s largest food rescue organization. Its mission is to help feed the 1.2 million New Yorkers who struggle to put food on the table. This year, it expects to rescue 68 million pounds of food and deliver it to food banks, soup kitchens and other distribution points across the Five Boroughs.
Unemployment and deprivation are rising sharply at the same time as City Harvest’s main source of food, surplus from New York’s restaurants, has completely dried up. At the time of greatest need, City Harvest is therefore been forced to pay for food from supermarkets. The same is true of staff – as fewer people are volunteering, the charity has been forced to pay for more salaried staff. The combination of these factors has led to a dramatic rise in costs and an urgent need for funding.
Covenant House New York is working to ensure homeless youth in the city remain safe and secure in the face of Covid-19. In response to the pandemic, they’ve retro-fitted ~12 rooms as “Wellness Rooms” for youth who are symptomatic or have tested positive along with an on-site health clinic. With schools closed and unemployment rising dramatically, CHNY is now serving double the meals as before. In the next couple of months the charity will need an additional $1.5 million – $2 million to deal with increased demand caused by Covid-19.
Frontline Foods is a grassroots organization that raises money from the community to pay local restaurants to prepare meals for the heroes responding to the Covid-19 crisis. Fueled by a growing army of over 400 volunteers, to date they’ve raised over $1.5 million and delivered more than 50,000 meals to frontline workers in over 50 hospitals nationwide. Our contributions will be directed to their New York City operations.
Our donation to Mount Sinai Hospital will help increase its capacity, enhancing its ability to care for the growing number of Covid-19 patients requiring admission. Triage tents have been erected at several of its hospitals and in Central Park to expand its much-needed emergency facilities.
The hospital urgently needs funds for supplies – including protective kit such as masks, gowns and gloves to keep healthcare workers safe, and lifesaving equipment such as ventilators for critically ill patients.
New York City Health and Hospitals is the largest public healthcare system in the United States, it serves more than a million New Yorkers each year across 70 locations – irrespective of their ability to pay or their immigration status.
Our funding will provide for meals, accommodation costs, laundry service, groceries for healthcare workers’ families and other direct expenses. This money will help doctors, nurses and other employees to provide the best care for patients without exposing themselves or their families to undue risk.
In collaboration with our Boston colleagues, we have committed to Off Their Plate, a charity that creates work at a network of local restaurants who in turn make meals to feed frontline healthcare professionals. For every $100 donated, 10 meals are sent to frontline healthcare workers and three shift hours are restored at restaurants. Our contributions will be directed to their New York City operations.

Getting PPE to the frontline

The team in Luxembourg has decided to back two local charities from the Advent Global Relief Fund.

Medical centers in Luxembourg funded by our donation
The Covid-19 Foundation is part of the Fondation de Luxembourg and was launched specifically to direct support to Covid-19 emergency relief projects in Luxembourg. The Advent commitment will be specifically directed at two initiatives. The first is the provision of urgently needed protective Tyvek 600+ full bodysuits to healthcare workers fighting Covid-19 on the frontline in Luxembourg. The second part of our donation will be used to help fund the staff and running costs of two medical centers in Luxembourg.  
We are also making a commitment to the Fondation Caritas Luxembourg, a charity that cares for vulnerable people in Luxembourg including single parent families, deprived youths, migrants and refugees and those that are struggling financially or homeless. At this time of added peril for the most precarious in our society, Caritas will continue to focus its efforts on those with the greatest need.

Delivering food to those who need it most

Our team in São Paulo has pledged support to four programs – all of which provide practical relief to vulnerable sectors of the community in Brazil.

Families provided with food, hygiene and cleaning products
The Advent Relief Fund is donating to União São Paulo, which aims to prevent Covid-19 causing a humanitarian crisis in the state of São Paulo. The money will be used to distribute food, hygiene and cleaning products to more than 66,000 families living in deprived circumstances in the region.
In Rio de Janeiro, União Rio is overseeing the Rio Contra Corona program to minimize the impact of the virus in the state. Our donation will ensure more than 33,000 families receive vital food, hygiene and cleaning products.
Our grant to Hospital das Clinicas, the main public hospital in São Paulo, will fund the hiring of 140 emergency-care doctors for a three-month period. The program is being run in association with SMA, an organization that provides anesthesia and pain-treatment services in the city’s hospitals.
In addition, Advent has pledged a significant donation to the Instituto Conhecer para Conservar, an institute run by our portfolio company Grupo Cataratas. The Institute was founded with the aim of bringing humankind and nature closer together through environmental education and sustainable development. The funding will provide the distribution of food parcels for more than 10,000 families in deprived communities that are located nearby Cataratas parks (eg. slums near the Christ the Redeemer Statue). Those families are fully dependent on the economic activity of the parks, which are currently closed due to Covid-19. 

Palo Alto – Backing communities in need in the Bay Area

After an extensive review of the local landscape, the newly formed Palo Alto Philanthropy Committee has chosen two anchor partners and a further three partners providing essential relief to those most affected by Covid-19 in the Bay Area.

Meals to those most in need in their local communities
The UCSF Medical Center is a network of more than a half-dozen hospital campuses around San Francisco. The Advent commitment will be used to address the needs of patients and caregivers by providing diagnostics and testing, emergency provision for the uninsured, medical research and support for frontline healthcare workers. Our donation to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) will go towards providing basic needs such as shelter, food, clothing and financial assistance to the most vulnerable Covid-19 affected Bay Area communities.
As well as these two primary partners, the Palo Alto office is delighted to support two food banks: The SF/Marin Foodbank and Second Harvest of Silicon Valley. Both provide pop-up and drive-thru pantries as well as home-delivery services for homebound citizens during Covid-19. The Advent commitment will enable these great charities to serve roughly 200,000 meals to those most in need in their local communities. Last, but by no means least, we are partnering with the SVCF Covid-19 Small Business Relief Fund, which provides immediate support to struggling self-employed and small business owners in the form of loans, grants and technical assistance.

Wide-ranging support for our Boston communities

Like so many cities around the world, Boston has been severely affected by the Covid-19 crisis. As a global firm headquartered in the city, Advent is proud to support those who are helping the most vulnerable members of our community.

Charities backed in Massachusettes
Prior to the outbreak of the pandemic, we formed the Boston Philanthropy Committee to coordinate our charitable work in the community. As the most immediate need is coronavirus related, the Committee decided to make donations to organizations providing immediate relief to healthcare workers, hospitals, the homeless community, restaurant workers and those suffering food scarcity. Based on these criteria, we have chosen the following charity partners, as well as making direct donations to five local hospitals.
Massachusetts Covid-19 Relief Fund
The Massachusetts Covid-19 Relief Fund acts as a focal point for initiatives across Massachusetts to support the most vulnerable in our communities.
United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and its Covid-19 Family Support Fund
The United Way’s Covid-19 Family Support Fund is helping hourly, low-wage workers weather the losses from the pandemic.
The Boston Resiliency Fund
The Boston Resiliency Fund is the City of Boston’s formal effort to help coordinate fundraising and philanthropic efforts for residents. It will help provide food security for those in need, educational tools and support for healthcare workers at the frontline.
Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the U.S. It will continue its crucial role during this time of heightened need for Boston’s most at risk populations. 
Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program
The Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) provides integrated healthcare to a homeless population of more than 11,000 across Boston. As this pandemic grows, the BHCHP will incur significant financial losses, upwards of $1M/month, as it continues to combat Covid-19.
Off Their Plate/World Central Kitchen
In collaboration with our colleagues in New York, we have also committed to Off Their Plate, a charity that creates work at a network of local restaurants who in turn make meals to feed frontline healthcare professionals. For every $100 donated, 10 meals are sent to frontline healthcare workers and three shift hours are restored at restaurants.
Pine Street Inn’s Covid-19 Emergency Services Fund
The Pine Street Inn’s Covid-19 Emergency Services Fund is designed to support actions being taken by New England’s largest homeless services provider to keep its staff, guests and tenants safe.
Boston Rescue Mission
The Boston Rescue Mission is committed to transforming and empowering people at risk of becoming homeless, experiencing homelessness and substance abuse disorder.
Newton Food Pantry
The Newton Food Pantry provides nutritionally-balanced free food and personal care products to approximately 750 Newton residents each month. 
The Boston office has also pledged to support the following hospitals: Boston Medical Center, The Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation, Holyoke Medical Center, Lowell General Hospital, South Shore Health and UMass Memorial Health Care.
These donations are being made from Advent’s $25 million Global Relief Fund and follow a $570,000 donation made in late March by the firm’s Boston employees to the Boston Resiliency Fund and Boston Medical Center’s Emergency Social Services Fund.

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