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Community Health Charities Focuses on Those Most At-Risk During Coronavirus Crisis

CHC is raising awareness and building capacity for community-based nonprofit organizations and people with health issues most at risk for coronavirus.

Published 03-19-20

Submitted by Community Health Charities

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As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forces health to the forefront, Community Health Charities (CHC) is taking immediate steps to combat the effects of coronavirus.

“Community-based health organizations are critical to sustaining and rebuilding individual health during a coronavirus outbreak and beyond,” said Thomas G. Bognanno, president and CEO of Community Health Charities. “For more than 65 years, we’ve been raising awareness and building the capacity of our nonprofit partners, and we’re determined to do so more now than ever.”

CHC’s response includes:

  • Surveying our nearly 2,000 local, national and global nonprofit partners to identify the impact coronavirus has on their ability to carry out their missions, and then presenting that collective data to funders (foundations, donor advised funds). Many small community-based organizations are on the frontlines, providing critical health and human services, but do not have much in cash reserves to weather this storm. Nonprofits can take the two-minute survey and add their data.

  • Sharing health and wellness resources focused on those most at risk: older adults, socioeconomically disadvantaged, underinsured, and those with severe chronic health conditions such as lung and heart disease, diabetes, and more.

  • Establishing the Coronavirus Resiliency Fund to help vulnerable populations impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) by shoring up capacity and building the long-term resilience of our nearly 2,000 community nonprofit partners who ensure food, aid, shelter and medical supplies are delivered to those who need it most.

  • Working with corporate partners on funding, employee assistance programs, and more to respond to this crisis.

Older adults and people with chronic health conditions, such as heart and lung disease and diabetes, are at higher risk of developing more serious illness from COVID-19. Check out these helpful resources from our nonprofit partners, designed for specific at-risk communities, including:

For more information, contact

About Community Health Charities

For more than 65 years, Community Health Charities (CHC) has been creating stronger, healthier communities. We build capacity for nonprofits by raising awareness, amplifying their message, and driving more funds and supporters to their cause; increase employee engagement and social impact for companies through giving, volunteering, health resources, engagement tools, community partnerships, and more; bring leaders together at the national, regional, and local levels to educate, elevate key issues, and improve overall social impact and community health; build community partnerships to harness collective efforts and coalitions; working together to tackle projects that improve community health and address root causes at scale. Visit or @healthcharities. 


Amanda Ponzar, Chief Communications & Strategy Officer, 571.302.9171

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Community Health Charities (CHC) works to improve the lives of people affected by a disability or chronic disease. We accomplish this by making it easier for employees in the workplace to give to the health charities important to them and connect to the reliable health information, services and resources of the nation's most trusted health charities. For more than half a century, CHC has partnered with more than 2,000 national and local charities to provide a cost effective partnership that enhances the ability to deliver more of every dollar donated into the hands of those who desperately need it.

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