All the most important names form the luxury fashion industry – and not only – have made significant donation since the crisis began in February. From Giorgio Armani, who was the first to take measures to halt the spread of the epidemic not only in terms of money donation but with the decision to hold its Milan Fashion week show on February 23rd behind closed doors, to Gustavo Denegri, owner of the pharmaceutical firm DiaSorin, which completed medical studies for a new, faster testing kit for COVID-19 and recently received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services an amount of $679,000 as funding grant to accelerate development of the new diagnostic tests. More recently, Ferrari and Fiat are looking at helping the country make ventilators. Digital entrepreneur Chiara Ferragni and her husband, musician Fedez, did also their part to fight the coronavirus crisis: the couple, through a personal donation of 100,000 euros, launched a fund-raising campaing raising 3.3 million euros.
With more than 41,000 cases confirmed, a number still rising and surpassing the cases in China, also in terms of deaths, some of Italy’s top export industries donated about $28 million to hospitals in Italy and to the Italian civil protection agency, which is coordinating the country’s response to the outbreak.
In Italy donations were made by: Giorgio Armani, Remo Ruffini, Silvio Berlusconi, Benetton family, Francesco Gaetano Caltagirone, Luca Garavoglia, Renzo Rosso, Massimiliana Landini Aleotti, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Nicola and Paolo Bulgari, Patrizio Bertelli and Miuccia Prada, Massimo Moratti, Diego Della Valle.
Globally, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, Alibaba founder Jack Ma, and Hong Kong’s richest man Li Ka-Shing have collectively pledged over $100 billion to various efforts to help alleviate the coronavirus outbreak.
There are plenty of organizations doing important work right now to help those most affected by the virus. Below are 2/3 organizations you can refer to for a donation:
1/ Global Giving: LINK
2/ Save the Children: LINK
3/ United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund: LINK
4/ Gates Philanthropy Partners: LINK