To support the many ways in which The University of Pennsylvania Health System and the Perelman School of Medicine are responding to the coronavirus, donors can direct gifts to the following funds.
Center for Research on Coronavirus Gift Fund
The Center for Research on Coronavirus Gift Fund will accelerate and expand COVID-19 research, bolstering our capacity for scientific discovery platforms and allowing our experts to move forward quickly with high priority projects — including an at-home diagnostic test for exposed and previously-infected patients, as well as the rapid screening of current drugs that may prove useful in fighting COVID-19.
COVID-19 Clinical Response Team Fund
Gifts to the COVID-19 Clinical Response Team Fund support the clinical teams caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the costs of child-care, housing, commuting, and wellness offerings.
Advanced Care Pavilion Building Fund
The Advanced Care Pavilion Building Fund supports the construction of the Pavilion at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, including early completion of facilities this spring to increase the number of beds available for the treatment of patients.
Donations of Medical Supplies
For information about specific supplies needed by Penn Medicine and how to donate such supplies, visit their website.
COVID-19 Engineering Faculty Research Fund
The COVID-19 Engineering Faculty Research Fund will energize research projects designed to address and mitigate the risks associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The fund is open to faculty across Penn Engineering’s six departments and will focus on projects that significantly improve human health, such as rapid testing or predictive medicine and analytics, or will produce products of immediate need to healthcare systems in our region and around the world. Funding priorities will shift to meet the most urgent challenges posed by COVID-19 and to have the greatest overall impact.
Penn Dental Medicine Clinical Emergency Fund
From facial trauma to oral infections, Penn Dental Medicine is playing a unique role managing emergency dental care in a safe environment and keeping patients out of ERs. Funding will bolster emergency patient care during the current public health crisis, including procuring dental PPE and providing remote care via teledentistry. Penn Dental Medicine is also leading research projects involving diagnostics, therapeutics, and the long-term impact of COVID-19 infection on oral and systemic health. Support for the Penn Dental Medicine Clinical Emergency Fund will help recruit patients, purchase trial supplies, support clinical and lab personnel.
Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research
For over 30 years, Penn Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR) has been conducting rigorous research to help understand how nursing affects patients and health systems—with the goal of improving and saving lives. CHOPR is uniquely poised to conduct critical research at this unusual time, to inform best practice and better prepare health systems for future global threats like COVID-19.
Penn Nursing COVID-19 Telehealth Support Fund
Providers across the country and the world lack the knowledge and skills to successfully connect, treat and improve accessibility for patients using telehealth. Penn Nursing is responding to this urgent need by providing new online training in telehealth practices (free-of-charge) to fellow health providers at this critical time. To support Penn Nursing’s new training initiative, donors can give to the Penn Nursing COVID-19 Telehealth Support Fund.
Penn Vet COVID-19 Research Innovation Fund
Penn Vet COVID-19 Research Innovation Fund will be used to support the School’s research and essential clinical services engaged in the direct response to the coronavirus pandemic. This includes Penn Vet’s research on inhibitors that can block the spread of SARS-CoV-2 from cell-to-cell, as well as lung injury and lung regeneration during and after a coronavirus diagnosis. This work represents an indispensable investment in the type of public health breakthroughs and support the world needs to protect millions of people around the globe at this critical time.
Student Support Funds
COVID-19 Special Response Fund for Undergraduates
Gifts to help aided undergraduate students and their families during this time can be directed to the COVID-19 Special Response Fund for Undergraduates. This fund will be used to support emergency and ongoing financial needs for undergraduates due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Special Response Fund for International Undergraduates
Gifts to help international undergraduate students and their families during this time can be directed to the COVID-19 Special Response Fund for International Undergraduates. This fund will be used to support emergency and ongoing financial needs for international undergraduates due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
GAPSA-Provost COVID-19 Emergency Fund
The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly-Provost COVID-19 Emergency Fund will provide support to full- and part-time graduate and professional students who have incurred unexpected expenses directly related to the COVID-19 disruptions, including moving expenses, travel, covering multiple rents, and other urgent needs as appropriate.
Other Ways to Help
In this time of uncertainty brought on by COVID-19, there are other ways to connect with and help current Penn students and our graduates. We encourage Penn alumni to serve as mentors, and to post job and internship opportunities.
Staff Support Funds
COVID-19 Emergency Fund to Assist Penn Employees and Contract Workers
The COVID-19 Emergency Fund to Assist Penn Employees and Contract Workers exists to support the needs of full-time and part-time Penn employees, as well as certain third-party, non-dining-related contract workers in need of emergency assistance as a consequence of the economic downturn created by COVID-19 crisis.
Penn Libraries Fund
Health and science e-books and journals are some of the most vital as the world grapples with COVID-19. The Penn Libraries responded swiftly to ensure remote access to the tremendous body of resources for students, faculty, and researchers now learning online and conducting critical medical and scientific investigations. To help defray considerable unanticipated costs—such as the purchase of new e-licenses for academic content—donors should direct their gifts to the Penn Libraries Fund.