Last year, Covid-19 devastated communities and worsened humanitarian crises across the globe. It also threatened the viability of nonprofits addressing those crises. Organizations—especially in the area of logistics—faced greater need with fewer resources. These dire circumstances were the catalyst for key relief efforts by Flexport.org.
With the help of nearly 30,000 donors around the world, Flexport.org raised over $10.25 million for the Flexport.org Fund. Managed by CAF America, the fund helps cover transportation costs for organizations responding to crises.
Donations during 2020 had real impact:
Crisis relief isn’t new for Flexport.org. Since 2016, Flexport.org has helped partners ship 13 million pounds of aid to more than 60 countries affected by natural and manmade crises. But the pandemic magnified the typical scale of need.
Responding to the initial COVID-19 outbreak, Flexport.org shipped masks to clinics in Wuhan, China. As the crisis expanded globally, the logistical demands of delivering personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies worldwide became immense. Teaming with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Norton, Ron Conway and other community leaders, Flexport launched the Frontline Responders Fund—one of the top five fundraisers on GoFundMe in 2020. Donations to that fund support the Flexport.org Fund, first established in 2019 to help organizations with crisis relief logistics.
Supporting nonprofit partners in their missions to reach the most vulnerable communities is the central mission of the fund. This past year, efforts were wide-ranging:
Looking at Flexport’s total Covid-19 response impact during 2020, 438 million units of PPE and relief supplies were shipped, overall.
To learn more about how logistics can be a force for good—and how mission-driven organizations have joined forces to yield results—read our impact report.
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