Global social investment response to COVID-19


As the coronavirus crisis takes its toll on societies and economies around the world, the need for the global social investment market to come together to tackle the challenges ahead and help the recovery has never been greater.

This page collates and shares a range of the latest news, tools and learning from social investors across the world as they respond to COVID-19, but is by no means exhaustive. We will aim to evolve this page as responses develop. If you have any additional items not listed here, please get in touch with the team.

Latest news


April – May: Global Responses to a Global Pandemic webinar series: Sharing Philanthropy's Response to COVID-19

As the global community for investors for impact, AVPA, AVPN, EVPA & IVPC (LatImpacto) have launched a 4-part series to share lessons and philanthropic responses from across the world.

Social investors taking action

Ashoka fellows in 90+ countries are responding to the crisis addressing issues such as the frontline health response, combating isolation, mental health and new ways of working (statement)

British Patient Capital has committed to the continued delivery of their investment programme, including considering new investments as before (statement)

EIB Group has proposed a plan to mobilise up to EUR40 billion of financing for bridging loans, credit holidays, and other measures designed to alleviate liquidity for SMEs and mid-cap companies (statement)

Ford Foundation leading a coalition of 15+ foundations in the US providing no-interest, unsecured loans of up to $3 million to non-profits in NYC (“NYC COVID-19 Impact Fund”)

CDC is “open for business” but with a focus on funding for existing partners (statement)

Soros Economic Development Fund, the impact investment arm of the Open Society Foundations, is supporting existing investments and continuing to provide catalytic capital (statement)

World Bank and IFC approved an increased $14 billion package of fast-track financing to assist companies and countries in their efforts to prevent, detect and respond to the rapid spread of COVID-19 (statement)

Useful tools