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The world is facing one of its worst recessions in decades

Our portfolio companies are doing amazing work to help businesses all over the world, coming up with innovative solutions to the daily challenges being posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Watch this video to get inspired by great initiatives from CCC Information Services, Nets Group, Nexi, and Prisma Medios de Pago.

Hospitals are the world’s lifelines

Advent portfolio companies are stepping up to help hospitals all over the world – Definitive Healthcare, Syneos Health and Culligan International in the US, Rubix in the UK and INNIO Group in Austria.

Supporting the most vulnerable people around the world

From Latin America to East Asia, our portfolio companies are doing incredible work helping to look after the most vulnerable people during these difficult times. Watch the video to see some of the amazing work being done by Quero Quero, Cataratas do Iguaçu S.A and Grupo Big – Brasil in Brazil, King Koil in China, YDUQS and Estácio Amazonia across South America, and Circet in France.

Uniting to support healthcare workers

Healthcare workers are doing everything they can to keep us all safe – and the Advent community is doing everything it can to support them. Check out this video to see how our portfolio companies, including AccentCare, Inc., First Watch Restaurants, InPost, and Syneos Health are going above and beyond to support incredible frontline workers.

Producing, supplying and donating essential sanitizer to those who need it most

Hand sanitizer is one of the world’s most important resources right now – so our portfolio companies have stepped up to the plate and begun producing vital supplies to help the global effort. Watch the video to find out more about what allnex, Zentiva, Culligan International and Manjushree Technopack Limited (MTL) have been doing.

Frankfurt team sponsors raft of Covid-19 relief efforts

Advent office pledges support to high-impact projects in Germany and around the world.


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Charities backed in Frankfurt


The Advent team in Frankfurt is supporting a range of organizations to help people severly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. After a comprehensive deliberation process, the Frankfurt Team has carefully selected a set of local, national and international initiatives and projects which are providing relief in the midst of the crisis.
Ärzte ohne Grenzen is an international humanitarian organization that provides medical assistance to areas facing conflicts, epidemics or disasters. The organization has been at the forefront of healthcare services in less developed nations dealing with the impact of Covid-19. The donation will go towards helping Covid-19 relief initiatives in countries such as Iraq, India, Brazil, Italy and Greece.
Deutscher Kinderhospizverein supports young people and their families through the trauma of terminal illness. As well as advocating the rights of terminally ill children and young adults, the charity provides practical support in the form of hospices, education and supervised vacations. The Advent donation will help the regional Frankfurt chapter to open a new centre for families in the neighbouring town of Bad Homburg.
Kindernothilfe is a German organization that supports children and families in developing countries around the world who are suffering from the wider societal impact of Covid-19 including domestic violence and food poverty. The Advent donation will support a range of international initiatives.
Die Arche helps children and families in need to improve their living conditions. The offer comprises free educational support, lunch, home-schooling and outdoor activities. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions effective in most German cities, die Arche had to temporarily close their facilities. Advent’s support has enabled die Arche to continue its (remote-) support and care offering, deliver food packages to over 400 families as well as to provide IT equipment for home-schooling activities.
Aktion Deutschland Hilft is an association of 23 German aid organizations, active in more than 100 countries worldwide. It is geared towards providing fast relief when a major catastrophe is declared, such as the current Covid-19 pandemic. Advent’s support will be used to deliver medical assistance to individuals in need without health insurance in Germany.
The Goethe-Corona-Fund was established by the Goethe University and the University Hospital Frankfurt in March 2020. The donation will help to provide equipment and training for intensive care units, to fund critical virology research and develop urgently needed expertise in Covid-19 patient care.
Zentrale Informationsstelle Autonomer Frauenhäuser (“ZIF”) was founded in 1980 to coordinate the work of autonomous women’s shelters across Germany. During the pandemic, the incidence of domestic violence has increased, making ZIF’s work even more crucial. Our donation will support the development of a web-based portal that enables women to quickly see where there is capacity in their local region or in the entire country to immediately seek a shelter for themselves (and their children).
Deutsche Depressionshilfe offers psychological assistance for people with depression – many of whom are unable to consult therapists during the coronavirus shutdown. Its online program already provides more than 12,000 patients with help and guidance, and Advent’s support has enabled the charity to recruit an interim project coordinator.
Operating internationally, The Brooke is committed to the welfare of working animals and the communities that depend on them. Via the donations, Advent’s Frankfurt team assists emergency work in India and Ethiopia, where brick-kiln workers and their horses have been left destitute by the Covid-19 crisis.
Strassenengel Hanau is an important initiative for homeless people, providing them with food, hygiene products and medical care, and helping them re-establish lives in the community. Its outreach work is a vital lifeline during the pandemic, while many facilities aimed at those on the streets are temporarily unavailable.
Advent is providing support to an additional twelve organizations and initiatives. They are Teestube Jona, a facility for homeless people; Sanktionsfrei, providing one-off financial support for families in need; Aktion “Wir Gegen Corona”, a neighbourhood initiative against Covid-19; Humane Society International, a global animal welfare organization; Tiertafel Berlin, offering aid for deprived families and their pets in Berlin/Germany; Opel Zoo, in nearby Kronberg im Taunus, Germany; Papageno Musiktheater, a local theatre that produces shows for children; Initiative Musik, a fund that supports musicians who cannot perform due to Covid-19; FeM Mädchenhaus, advice centres and safe houses for vulnerable women; German Doctors, healthcare and medical trainings by volunteer doctors; Perspektiven e.V., an advice centre for mentally ill, addicted and physically impaired parents and their children; and NePals e.V., a charity providing food parcels to mountain villages in Nepal.

Uniting to help relieve the pressure on the world’s hospitals

Advent portfolio companies around the world are doing all they can to help in the fight against Covid-19 – using their expertise and resources to support the incredible efforts of healthcare workers everywhere. Here we look at the important work being done by Aimbridge Hospitality, Serta Simmons Bedding, LLC and Deutsche Fachpflege Gruppe.

Harnessing the expertise of the Advent portfolio to help beat Covid-19

Medical research is key to beating Covid-19 – and we’re proud that Advent companies are supporting in every way they can. Whether it’s Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions sequencing Covid-19 samples, Bharat Serums and Vaccines Limited getting to work on lifesaving treatments, or the top-class research happening at BioDuro and Grupo SOMAR, we’ll play our part in fighting this global pandemic. 

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.


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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.

Delivering essential protective equipment to where it’s needed most

Getting personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline workers is one of the biggest challenges in the fight against Covid-19 – and Advent portfolio companies have been using their expertise and resources to do everything they can to help.
From logistical support to developing entirely new printing and manufacturing techniques, we’re proud of the work being done by Rubix, InPost, INNIO Group, Estácio Amazonas, Röhm and many more to ensure those working to keep us safe have the protection they need.

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