The world is collectively facing an unprecedented challenge, with communities and economies everywhere affected by the growing COVID-19 pandemic. Danaher's commitment to supporting both our associates and the global community during this pandemic is how we put the promise of our shared purpose – Helping Realize Life’s Potential – into practice.
We are continuously caring for our associates by making sure they have the resources and support they need to do their jobs during this challenging time, including introducing new tools to support leaders and teams in these unique circumstances. We continue to pay our associates who may not be able to work or who need time to care for themselves or their family for reasons related to COVID-19.
We are incredibly proud that many of our operating companies, like Pall, Cepheid and IDT, are on the front lines of the fight – developing tests to diagnose the disease, supporting the development of a vaccine for COVID-19 and creating critically-needed personal protective equipment (PPE), among other important work.
We've also had the opportunity to make in-kind donations to global organizations supporting countries and regions hit the hardest.
We are now extending our support to nonprofit organizations focused on COVID-19 relief efforts. Danaher will make a one-time donation to the four organizations below in the amount of $250K USD each, for a total of $1 million USD and offer 2:1 matching (up to an additional $1M USD total) on all associate donations to these organizations.
Direct Relief coordinates with public health authorities, nonprofit organizations and businesses globally to provide PPE and essential medical items to health workers responding to COVID-19.
World Health Organization (WHO): COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund
The World Health Organization (WHO): COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund provides support globally to all countries to help prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic. This fund is powered by the United Nations Foundation.
Save the Children and No Kid Hungry
With 94% of schools closed due to coronavirus, Save the Children and No Kid Hungry has been working to support vulnerable children in the US and internationally. Their efforts are focused on supporting vulnerable families, reducing severe disruptions to children's education, and supporting their emotional well-being.
The Feeding America network is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Their COVID-19 Response Fund enables food banks to secure the resources they need to serve the most vulnerable members of the community during this difficult time.
Additionally, Danaher will accelerate and un-restrict more than $200,000 of our planned 2020 giving funds to our established partner organizations to allow them to more effectively manage their organizational priorities and respond to COVID-19 impacts as needed.