Now is The Time: Ramp Up Support to Fuel the Response and Together Crush COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic represents the greatest threat to our health and the global economy in more than 100 years, and it spares no one. A safe and effective vaccine may be on the horizon, but it is not coming soon enough for the potentially millions of Americans who could contract COVID-19 this fall and winter. The United States is seeing record-breaking numbers of cases almost daily, and a vaccine is potentially six months away for most Americans.

While the CDC Foundation and our generous donors have made tremendous impact in record-breaking speed in the last 10 months, the job is far from over, and we must come together again to quell the pandemic. That’s why the CDC Foundation announced today it is redoubling its response efforts through the official launch of the Crush COVID campaign. This campaign aims to raise support and advance programs targeted to end the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC Foundation is calling on individuals, corporations and the philanthropic community to step forward again to support the emergency response at this critical time.

The CDC Foundation is seeking immediate, significant resources to support the most critical COVID-19 response needs during what some are calling the third wave of the pandemic. We are focused on stopping the spread of COVID-19 both by modeling protective and proactive health behaviors and by mobilizing resources to impact three core areas: health equity, frontline support and health protection communications to drive home the importance of critical protective behaviors.

“The CDC Foundation is in a unique position to swiftly deploy resources to state and local public health departments and other key organizations that desperately need support now to battle COVID-19,” said Judy Monroe, MD, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation. “We can greatly reduce the spread of COVID-19 before a vaccine is available, but it takes all of us to engage together. Together our impact is greater.”

The support from you, our donors and partners, is critical to provide essential resources and flexibility where government support is not available or available rapidly enough. Importantly, donations are leveraged against investments by the federal government and coordinated with local leaders and nonprofits on the ground for maximum impact.

To help Crush COVID today, donate to our Emergency Response Fund at or contact Caitlin Smyke Epstein at for more information.

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Laura Croft is the vice president for advancement for the CDC Foundation.