The CDC Foundation announced last week its partnership with the global crowdfunding website, an online platform created by a Jewish team in 2013, to help raise emergency funds to combat the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The CDC Foundation, an independent nonprofit, is the sole entity created by U.S. Congress for the mobilization of philanthropic and private-sector resources that will support the work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Funds raised in the campaign will be used to help communities prevent, detect and respond to COVID-19; deploy emergency staff who have the necessary skills to help combat the virus on the ground at the state and local levels; fund and deliver critical home essentials, such as food and medical needs, to quarantined and isolated individuals; develop education and awareness campaigns to advance prevention and reduce stigma; and build capacity and infrastructure for global response efforts, among other immediate needs that will be addressed as they evolve.

“This crowdfunding campaign provides an incredible opportunity for individuals, philanthropies and corporations to take part in the response to the expanding coronavirus pandemic,” said Dr. Judy Monroe, president and chief executive officer of the CDC Foundation. “When we bring our resources together, we can make a tremendous impact and coordinate our efforts to tackle this dangerous public health threat. … All of us are needed to combat coronavirus.”

Lysol already donated $2 million to the campaign, it was announced on Wednesday.

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