How to help Florence + Tuscany during Coronavirus

How to help Florence + Tuscany during Coronavirus

Here is a list of fundraising campaigns and charities in Florence and Tuscany that require help during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Sun 22 Mar 2020 11:44 AM

Here is a list of fundraising campaigns and charities in Florence and Tuscany that require help during the Covid-19 pandemic. 




#SostieniUnInfermiere: Support A Nurse




700 nurses are set to arrive in Florence from all over Italy to assist in the Covid-19 emergency. A crowdfunding campaign aims to provide financial assistance to the 700 nurses recruited to respond to the growing number of patients in Tuscany. The initiative was launched by the Claudio Ciai Foundation, under the patronage of the City of Florence and Fondazione CR Firenze, which will double the amount raised once the target of 20,000 euro has been reached. This gesture of support for those on the frontline is the best way to ensure there is help on hand for those who need it. The campaign page can be found here. Spread the message using the hashtag #SostieniUnInfermiere.




A fundraiser by Fiorentina football club




The ACF Fiorentina football club has launched a fundraiser titled #ForzaeCuore, kicked off by a generous donation of 250,000 euro by the Italian-American owner of ACF Fiorentina Rocco Commisso, his wife Catherine and son Giuseppe. Funds raised via the GoFundMe platform will primarily go to supporting the Careggi Foundation and the Santa Maria Nuova Onlus Foundation. The target of 500,000 euro will fund essential medical supplies and equipment delivered to hospitals. Football fans, this is the cause for you!




Insieme contro il Coronavirus: raising funds for Careggi





The aim is to raise a million euro for intensive care equipment at Careggi Hospital. Insieme contro il Coronavirus (Together against Coronavirus) calls on the world to help Tuscany during the Covid-19 emergency. Gabriele Borgogni Onlus is the charity driving the campaign, spearheaded by Nicola Cecchi, former vice-president of the Tuscans in the World association.





Crowdfunding for the AUSL Toscano Centro hospitals




This crowdfunding supports the hospitals of the AUSL Toscana Coronavirus Emergency Centre. “Il Cuore di Firenze” is a partnership between the four great historical institutions of Florentine charity (Santa Maria Nuova non-profit foundation, Istituto degli Innocenti, Misericordia di Firenze and Montedomini), which are running this campaign to provide essential medical equipment for the hospitals of the AUSL Toscana Centro. Contribute here.





Associazione Tumori Toscana



In this time when efforts are multiplied in order to deal with the Covid-19 emergency, cancer patients are at high risk. In order to give increased assistance, a reinforcement nurse is needed for three months as well as five new beds. The cost of the nurse is 2,500 euro a month, while the beds are 500 euro each. With the usual fundraising events now cancelled, please consider donating on their website





Gli Amici del Pronto Soccorso – Careggi Hospital in Florence



Funds raised go to providing respirators for Careggi hospital



Consider giving a donation to the non-profit organization Gli Amici del Pronto Soccorso, represented by prof. Stefano Gridoni, head of the emergency department of the Careggi Hospital in Florence. Funds raised will go towards funding a larger number of respirators as well as ultrasound systems. 





Support the Veneto Region with Ruffino Wines





Ruffino Wines are running a Go Fund Me campaign to raise a million euros for the Veneto Region, one of the areas worst affected by Covid-19. The beverage company, Tuscan-based and American-owned, will match every euro donated. Donate here.





Support local artisans


Help our local cherished creatives



The artisan industry depends on Italy lovers to make a living. Florence’s artistic and creative heritage is its heart and soul, and we can’t afford to lose it. The Creative People in Florence group inspires with the support that is being rallied amongst creatives and supporters. Give to small creative businesses by purchasing their creations, following their Instagram and Facebook pages, sharing their content, and reaching out to find out how to order their designs directly. You could also make a donation to the Creative People in Florence association by becoming a patron on their newly created Patreon page or by using the PayPal info detailed here





A photo for Florence



ph/ Francesco Spighi



Order one of Francesco Spighi’s iconic photographs of empty Florence, taken on commission for The Florentine, during the Coronavirus epidemic and make a donation to the city’s main hospital, Careggi. All proceeds from the sale of these photos will go directly to Careggi.





Waving a flag for Florence



The Bandierai degli Uffizi association, famous for their traditional flag throwing, is running a fundraiser with monies going to the purchase of personal protection equipment for Florence’s hospitals.





Support The Florentine


The city we love



At this time of uncertainty as Covid-19 lays siege to Italy’s health, culture and economy, The Florentine needs your help to continue our mission as an international community magazine. Since 2005 we’ve produced the publication for free – monthly as a print mag distributed around the city and by post, and online as soon as news happens. Right now, we are switching our focus to digital, to keep our community strong, optimistic and informed. We believe it is essential to support our local economy by providing communication at this critical time and to prepare for a brighter, vibrant future as soon as the current health emergency has subsided. We’re asking Florence lovers, here in Italy, in the US and further afield, to pledge what you can to guarantee coverage in the short- and mid-term.


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