Giving Back During COVID-19

COVID-19 is having a profound effect on all of us and our communities. With the difficulties faced by millions, IVP is supporting others in need.

IVP Team donates over $1 million to fight COVID-19

To assist those in need around us, especially in the local Bay Area community, the IVP team is making collective personal donations to five local non-profits totaling over $1 million to support those affected by COVID-19.

Here are the five organizations we supported:

  1. Glide Memorial – Mission is to break the cycle of poverty and marginalization. Based in San Francisco.
  2. Meals of Gratitude – Provides meals for frontline healthcare providers and support staff in the Bay Area.
  3. Second Harvest – Silicon Valley organization founded to ensure that everyone who needs a healthy meal can get one.
  4. SF-Marin Food Bank – Trying to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin.
  5. Tipping Point – Non-profit working to break the cycle of poverty for the 1.7 million people who don’t have resources to meet basic needs in the Bay Area.

True Hero Fund

In addition, IVP’s Todd Chaffee made a personal $2 million commitment – $1 million upfront and $1 million to match the donations received by the fund through the True Hero Fund website and the True Hero GoFundMe page.

IVP portfolio companies donate product and funds

Series B Funding IVP portfolio company Deputy
Deputy Offers Free Services to Businesses

Deputy understands that everyone is facing unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. To help give businesses the tools needed to overcome these challenges, Deputy is offering their service free for 31 days.

Try Deputy for Free

Series B Funding IVP portfolio company Dropbox

Dropbox Works with Partners to Support Organizations Impacted by COVID-19

In the face of the pandemic and the global workforce moving to a distributed work environment, cloud tools are helping people collaborate and stay connected. At Dropbox, not only do they want to make this transition as smooth as possible, they also want to empower and support organizations working around the clock to eradicate COVID-19, so you can focus on keeping yourselves and your families safe.


Series B Funding IVP portfolio company Dropbox

Dropbox joins Bay Area companies to distribute $22M in funding in response to the COVID-19 crisis

Funding will go towards organizations responding to the crisis, with a focus on COVID-19 funds through the CDC Foundation, United Nations Foundation, and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and will support vulnerable populations, nonprofits, and small businesses impacted as well as national and global public health response efforts. Creates Talent Exchange together with FMI – The Food Industry Association, launched the Eightfold Talent Exchange, a nationwide marketplace connecting HR and business leaders to immediately employ associates whose jobs are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join Talent Exchange

Expanse Offers Free Services to Hospitals and Healthcare Providers

Working remotely comes with the heightened threats of security attacks. Healthcare workers and providers are at more of a risk of security attacks as they enter crucial patient information from their home networks. That is why Expanse has decided to offer its services for free to hospitals and healthcare providers.

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Grammarly is Offering Support and Resources

Grammarly believes it’s important to support our communities in the ways we can. They’ve engaged in several initiatives to date and will continue to do so. They have donated to COVID-19 relief efforts based where they are—in San Francisco, New York City, Vancouver, and Kyiv. In North America, they have donated to these local initiatives: Give2SF COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, the New York Community Trust Emergency Fund, and the Vancouver Foundation Community Response Fund. In Kyiv, they are finalizing donations to the Tvoya Opora Charitable Fund, the Happy Old Charitable Fund, the Tabletochki Fund, and the Krab Fund.

Grammarly is Offering Complimentary Premium Subscriptions to Nonprofits and NGOs

Grammarly launched a tailored offering for nonprofits and NGOs around the world—and it’s free through all of 2020. These organizations provide services and programs of vital importance and are meeting ever-increasing demands during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Hims & Hers Provides Free Anonymous Support Groups

The world has been turned upside down. We all feel it. In times like these, it’s vital to take care of our mental health. And because individual therapy isn’t for everyone, Hims & Hers is providing access to group support sessions—available through your phone or computer.

Explore their services here and here

Hims & Hers Provides Free Coronavirus Symptom Tool

Knowing that the current climate is stressful and it’s hard to know what coronavirus information is legitimate, Hims worked with their clinical team to provide a tool that can help you assess whether you want to seek testing or consultation with a physician about COVID-19.

Start Free Self-Assessment

Series B Funding IVP portfolio company Humu

Humu Provides Nudges to Anyone Who Needs Them

Humu’s mission is to make work better for everyone, everywhere. As part of that effort, they’re providing modified email nudges about working remotely or with distributed colleagues to anyone who wants them.

Sign Up for Remote Work Nudges

Indigogo waived their platform fee

From March 18 – April 18, Indiegogo is waiving the platform fee for the campaigns who have been accepted into their Local Business Relief Program. Businesses can use Indiegogo’s platform to provide things to your patrons like: vouchers, items to claim at a future date, personalized, hand-written notes, and more.

Start a Campaign

Series B Funding IVP portfolio company Podium

Podium Launches Free Tools for Local Restaurants Impacted by COVID-19

Many of the local businesses our community relies on have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic resulting from the outbreak of COVID-19. Podium introduced Text-to-Takeout, a platform they are giving to restaurants at zero-cost that will enable safe online ordering, payment processing, and customer pickup all via text for local restaurants impacted by the pandemic.

List of Participating Restaurants

Series B Funding IVP portfolio company Podium

Podium Provides Essential Messaging Tools For Free

Local businesses are facing unprecedented challenges and an uncertain future, which is why Podium is offering a starter version of Podium for free to those who qualify. Businesses will be able to connect remotely with website visitors, communicate with customers, and collect payments—all without face-to-face interactions.

Join Podium Starter

Skydio Provides Support to Frontline Medical Workers and First Responders

Safety and reducing risk are the number one priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why Skydio has facilitated the deliveries of over 1 million pieces of PPE to the University of Washington and is also donating drones to support police and fire departments.

Series E Funding IVP portfolio company Slack

Slack is Here to Help Your Team’s COVID-19 Efforts

The way we work has radically shifted. Slack is helping to make sure we can still work together. They’re supporting all nonprofits and other organizations carrying out critical relief efforts during this time with free access to a Slack paid plan for three months.

Apply for a Free Plan

Series B Funding IVP portfolio company Snap

Snap is Contributing to COVID-19 Relief

To support the global COVID-19 relief efforts, Snap launched a new augmented reality donation experience, using Snapchat Lenses to bring awareness to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization.

Tala Launches Rebuild Fund to Support Small Businesses

Small businesses provide essential services to their communities, but as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are experiencing devastating effects. This is why Tala is launching the COVID-19 Rebuild Fund in Kenyathe Philippines, and Mexico. The fund will help support small, essential businesses with an offer of a 0% interest loan.

Thrive Global Initiative #FirstRespondersFirst

As frontline healthcare workers step forward to address this epic public health challenge, their own health is threatened. FirstRespondersFirst, an initative of CAA, Harvard, and Thrive Global, launched a fundraising call to action to help address their needs. FirstRespondersFirst will also provide access to actionable Microsteps, online workshops, virtual training, and coaching that support and sustain our frontline care providers.

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TransferWise Waives Fees for Donations to Organizations Searching for a COVID-19 Vaccine

TransferWise is working with the organization Gavi to waive any donation transfer fee for up to $20,000. Gavi is the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations and is intensely searching for a COVID-19 vaccine. By waiving the fee, Gavi will be able to receive more money to fight against the virus.

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Uber pledged 10 million free rides and deliveries of food

Uber pledged 10 million free rides and deliveries of food for frontline healthcare workers, seniors, and people in need around the world. Uber Health is providing free transportation for frontline healthcare workers, helping them get to and from patients’ homes, as well as between healthcare facilities. They have waived the Delivery Fee for the more than 100,000 independent restaurants across US and Canada and providing free meals on Uber Eats to first responders and healthcare workers in US and Canada, in coordination with local, state, and provincial governments.

Late stage venture capital firm IVP portfolio company UiPath
UiPath Launches Pro Bono Project to Help Nurses Fight COVID-19

UiPath understands that nurses are working hard on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and need more resources. That is why they are launching a pro bono initiative that will provide the Infection Prevention and Control department at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital with software robots. These software robots will relieve the administrative strain being put on IPC nurses, which will allow them to spend more time treating COVID-19 patients.

Voxer Offers Free Services to Frontline Workers

Voxer’s mission has always been to connect people through personal communication that is both effortless and effective. To help connect first responders, medical professionals, nonprofits, and healthcare companies on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, Voxer is providing 6 months of Voxer Business for free.

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Zenefits Offers Free Payroll for One Year

Zenefits recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing small businesses to deal with unprecedented challenges. This is why they are providing one year of free payroll software to businesses in need.

Sign Up for Free Payroll


Last edited April 27, 2020