PPE Supplies for the Frontline

Go Fund Me Campaign

SONSIEL, GLO Good Foundation, Lenny Kravitz Combine Forces to Protect Frontline Against COVID-19SHARE Program Delivers FDA-Certified Respirator Masks with 501c3 Tax-Exempt Donor Status 

Further bolstering its heroic response in the national emergency to combat COVID-19, the Society of Nurse Scientists Innovators Entrepreneurs & Leaders (SONSIEL) today announced a partnership with the GLO Good Foundation in order to power-up donation and distribution of desperately needed personal protective equipment (PPE) to the nation’s frontline. The collaboration is a next-level milestone in a series of strategic steps to ensure swift and optimal help to healthcare workers battling COVID-19. The overarching goal of the partnership is to help further close the gap in the time it takes to get crucially needed PPE to the frontlines while awaiting resumption of traditional supply chains, so that no one on the front lines of care is without proper protection. Benefits of the SONSIEL-GLO Good Foundation combination include access to an established FDA-certified source of respirator masks as well as 501c3 tax-exempt status for donors.

SONSIEL first issued an urgent, grassroots call-to-action March 17, 2020 with the SHARE (Strengthen Healthcare Ability to Respond to Emergencies) program. In a matter of days, tens of thousands of pieces of protective gear were collected and brought to frontline locations in nearly a dozen states. A March 20, 2020 ABC News Nightline episode featured SONSIEL SHARE program activity, with SONSIEL President & Co-Founder Rebecca C. Love, MSN, RN, and GLO Good Foundation Co-Founder Dr. Jonathan B. Levine. With an ensuing onslaught of incoming requests for PPE, SONSIEL established a direct-sourcing GoFundMe campaign March 22, 2020 to assist the already-burgeoning community-driven PPE donations. Again, in mere days, donations have poured in to support critical PPE fulfillment requests.

While we hear millions of PPE units are being provided to hospitals in hot spots all around the country, millions more are needed to sufficiently protect U.S. frontline healthcare workers. Respirator masks remain the single most-essential PPE item, yet global demand has created an international supply shortage. The SHARE program has an existing, qualified source for approved respirator masks through a certified supplier that has long-standing relationships with healthcare integrated delivery networks and group purchasing organizations nationwide. In addition, the SHARE program, a partnership of SONSIEL and the GLO Good Foundation, an approved 501c3 charity, provides tax-exempt status for contributions.

The partners have pooled GoFundMe donations to benefit additional hospital and healthcare facilities around the U.S. An initial value of $42,000 in donations has been earmarked to send approximately 1,500 respirator masks, each, to eight and 750, each, to four hard-hit hospitals in New York, New Jersey, and Michigan. As more donations arrive, more PPE will be purchased and distributed.

Remarked Dr. Jonathan B. Levine, GLO Good Foundation President & Co-Founder, “We want to rally the country to get behind these healthcare heroes. Our best people are crying out for help on a minute-by-minute basis. The SONSIEL and GLO Good Foundation partnership combines the two organizations’ resources, networks, and qualifications, mobilizing an even more powerful force for good in service to the medical community. We must quickly activate all modes and methods of acquiring and moving appropriate and qualified PPE. We have ready access to approved PPE products. And the GLO Good Foundation is an IRS-approved 501c3 public charity. We’re honored to partner with SONSIEL in this once-in-a-lifetime American effort.”

Lenny Kravitz, a partner in GLO Good Foundation missions in the Bahamas, said, “Please join me in supporting GLO Good Foundation in this partnership effort. The shortage of the proper protective gear threatens the well-being of all the workers on the frontlines and it is our duty to help protect them.”

Rebecca C. Love, MSN, RN, SONSIEL President & Co-Founder, stated, “With a hard-working infantry of volunteers, we’ve been blessed to move masks, shields, gowns, gloves, scrubs, hazmat suits, even shoes, disinfectant, and sanitizer to troops of healthcare workers all around the nation. Our primary focus remains putting respirator masks and other physical barriers quickly into the hands of frontline healthcare workers, to give our nurses and physicians a fighting chance. By combining forces with the GLO Good Foundation, we’re able to move more PPE to the frontlines and every donation is 100% tax deductible.” Ms. Love continued, “We’re working through the right channels to get the right equipment to people where it is needed. We cannot stop until we know we’ve done everything possible. As long as lives are lost in the fight against this virus, we will keep seeking and implementing solutions.”

To contribute to the SONSIEL-GLO Good Foundation effort, please visit the Charity GoFundMe page at https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/sonsielxglogood. For more information on SONSIEL SHARE, please visit https://sonsiel.org/coronavirus.

SONSIEL is a national and international platform for nurses, to engage and advocate for nursing’s role in influencing and directly impacting health and the healthcare ecosystem through innovation and entrepreneurship. Nurses are on the front lines, working with all healthcare team members to keep patients and the community safe. For more information about SONSIEL, please visit https://sonsiel.org/. Follow SONSIEL on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SONSIEL2 (@SONSIEL2); Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Sonsielnurse/ (@SONSIELnurse); and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/sonsielnurse/ (@SONSIELNURSE).

The GLO Good Foundation brings oral health treatment, education, tools, and basic medical screening to adults and children. GLO Good sends fully equipped teams of dental professionals to communities in need, recently completing missions in Rwanda, the United States, and the Bahamas. For more information about the GLO Good Foundation, visit https://www.glogoodfoundation.org/. Follow the GLO Good Foundation on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GLO_Science (@GLO_Science); Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/glogoodfoundation (@GLOGoodFoundation); and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/glogoodfoundation/ (@GLOGoodFoundation).

PPE Supplies for the Frontline – Go Fund Me Campaign

On March 17, 2020, the Society of Nurse Scientists Innovators Entrepreneurs & Leaders (SONSIEL) launched an urgent call-to-action to move supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE), including vital respirator masks, to healthcare providers on the frontline care for COVID-19 patients. The SONSIEL program is called SHARE (Strengthen Healthcare Ability to Respond to Emergencies). On March 20, 2020, ABC News Nightline aired a story, “Communities help collect medical supplies as coronavirus threatens shortages,” featuring the SONSIEL SHARE program and valiant, nationwide efforts rapidly rising to meet the need.

A high and sustained volume of incoming calls and emails have followed the airing of the Nightline story. SONSIEL has received an overwhelming number of requests from nurses around the U.S. for N95 masks and other PPE. Recognizing that in our communities alone there is not enough supply of N95 masks in the country to cover our frontline, we are starting a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to purchase N95 masks directly, outside of and donate them to the frontline healthcare staff across the country.

Hospitals and healthcare providers already are experiencing rationing and shortages. This is true even at the most-well-resourced hospitals in the Boston and New York regions and all over the country; it is prevalent in suburban and rural healthcare facilities as well. No facility is sufficiently equipped. Based on the amount of money raised in this GoFundMe campaign, we will prioritize getting N95 masks to the areas and facilities facing the most-dire shortages as we understand them.

While PPE production is ramping up nationally in response to COVID-19, there are significant delays in the supply chain.   SONSIEL has been working our networks finding creative viable sources for supplies that we can procure and distribute.  Time is of the essence; each day our frontline of nurses and doctors are without N95 masks and other PPE, they run a higher risk of becoming infected. If our frontline healthcare providers go down, our healthcare system will fail. This is a temporary effort, not meant to inhibit existing purchase contracts or supply systems, but to meet an urgent and vital need—survival of healthcare workers, life and death, who treat patients—until traditional manufacturing and existing supply chains can meet new demand levels required to combat COVID-19.

SONSIEL, through our SHARE initiative, is raising funds to directly purchase large quantities of PPE supplies to directly give to nurses and other healthcare professionals on the frontlines. Please donate what you can today.

Rebecca Love, SONSIEL President, and Faith Ann Lawlor, SONSIEL COO, on behalf of the SONSIEL Board of Directors

Q: What type of personal protective equipment (PPE) is needed?
The type of equipment needed, commonly used by other entities and in other industries, includes masks, respirator masks (N95), eyewear (goggles, shields, visors), and gloves (latex, latex-tipped, protective). Non-hospital healthcare providers also may have available inventories of gowns, caps, or other items.

Q: Can hospitals source directly from new vendors?
Yes, and they are working sourcing avenues. SONSIEL, as a grassroots effort, is working to be additive to traditional efforts using our energy, passion, and networks to locate untapped PPE vendors and their supplies.

Q: Who is SONSIEL?
SONSIEL is an international platform for Nurses to engage and advocate for Nursing’s role in influencing and directly impacting global health through innovation, and entrepreneurship. The organization is recognized as an Associate Member of The Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (CoNGO) to the United Nations. This status enables SONSIEL members to participate on committees at the United Nations and have a worldwide impact.

Q: What is SHARE?
SHARE is an innovative, community-based solution created to help swiftly back-fill temporary PPE supply deficiency at hospitals and healthcare facilities. Our initial call to action, SHARE (Strengthen Healthcare Ability to Respond to Emergencies), was launched March 17, 2020, to quickly move PPE to the frontlines of care and to spur, at the grassroots level, an immediate community dialogue regarding readily available,  supplies of this urgently needed equipment.

Q: In addition to donating, how else can we help?
If you relate to a non-hospital healthcare organization or commercial business that has a supply of PPE in its day-to-day activities, please consider donating supplies. Organizations include construction, cleaning,  landscaping companies, nursing and medical schools, pharmaceutical labs, veterinarians, dentists, and simulation centers, even construction, cleaning, and landscaping companies.

Answer: SONSIEL has filed an application as a Tax-exempt organization under 501(c)(3) of the tax code and has received preliminary approval from the IRS.   Final approval has not been acquired as of this time, and is in “pending status”. SONSEIL has asked for their application to be expedited, intends to continue to pursue such status, and believes it will qualify.  If you make a donation, either directly or through another entity supporting SONSIEL then SONSEIL will make every effort to obtain such approval and qualify your donation for tax deductibility.  SONSIEL understands we can accept such donations and the same will qualify for deductibility.   Here is what the IRS guidance currently states:

When the IRS approves a timely filed exemption application, exempt status is recognized back to the date the organization was created. Thus, while an application is pending, the organization can treat itself as exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3).  For example, it must file Form 990 (instead of an income tax return) while its application is pending.  However, contributors to the organization do not have the advance assurance of deductibility because the organization’s exemption is pending.  If the organization ultimately qualifies for exemption for the period in which the contribution is made, the contribution will be tax-deductible by the donor.  Alternatively, if the organization ultimately does not qualify for the exemption, then the contribution will not be tax-deductible.