How You Can Donate Effectively to COVID-19 Crisis Relief in India

April 30, 2021
Strategic philanthropy

The numbers are staggering. The images are heartbreaking. The stories are shocking. And toughest of all, the situation in India will probably worsen before it gets better.

COVID-19 has hit India hard. Estimates of 300,000 infections a day are probably under counted, and will likely increase to 500,000 a day by August. In the end, as many as one million of India’s 1.4 billion people could die from COVID-19.

Donating during disasters is not always straight forward. This is especially the case when it comes to international locations. Here are some suggested steps and organizations to look into for effectively donating during a crisis.

1. Find an organization providing relief on the ground.

There are a lot of aid and humanitarian organizations that work on a global and local level. Start narrowing them down by researching on sites like GuideStar or Charity Navigator that provide ratings, data, and other useful information.

Below is a list of organizations you may want to consider. Note that Charityvest has no affiliation with any of these groups and is in no way endorsing their operational effectiveness or organizational values.


The international humanitarian organization fights global poverty and world hunger by working alongside women and girls. Give through Charityvest here.


Improves the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations by providing essential medical resources. Give through Charityvest here.


Connects corporations, foundations, and individuals with charitable projects and social enterprises across Asia. Give through Charityvest here.

Sewa International

The Hindu faith-based nonprofit works in the areas of disaster recovery, education, and development. Give through Charityvest here.

AID India

The volunteer-driven charity focuses on sustainable, equitable and just development of marginalized communities in India. Give through Charityvest here.


The online donation platform aims to provide resources to credible, non-governmental organizations across India. Give through Charityvest here.

 2. Make a donation and craft a plan to support them beyond the immediate crisis.

Giving tends to be top of mind when a crisis hits and then becomes more of a distant memory as the months pass by. Think about donating a large one-time gift for immediate needs and a bigger impact per dollar. Set up recurring gifts for after the crisis which can often have an even bigger impact. This also helps organizations better budget for now and the future.

Stay up to date on the group you are supporting so you’re aware of their changing needs besides the disaster relief.Follow the organization on social media, sign up for their newsletters, and read their blogs.

 3. Get your company involved with strategic giving.

This crisis in India can hit home particularly if you have loved ones living there or your company has locations in the country. Ask your people operations department about what they are doing to help India and how you can get involved.

Charityvest can work with your company to create a corporate charitable giving program. It is quick and easy to set up. Encourage employee engagement with matching gifts for charities that support India during the COVID-19 crisis.

The U.S. government and countries around the world are working to support India during these difficult times. Charities often step in to fill the gap beyond government aid. They provide much needed care on the ground to the communities that need it most and deliver life saving supplies such as food, P.P.E, and oxygen tanks.

Thank you for your donations and support of India during this time of crisis!

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Stephen Kump

Stephen is the chief of promoting generosity @ Charityvest. Former Bain consultant, philanthropic advisor, and military officer. Yale MBA.

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