FAQ

What is Step Up in Crisis?

We are a nonprofit created to help address the lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare workers.

What problems are we trying to address?

America is the wealthiest country in the world, and yet we are asking our healthcare workers to stand in the frontline and fight the pandemic without the most basic protective gear - from masks to gowns. We are pushing our doctors and nurses to their physical limit and we are losing them to Covid-19. The situation is simply untenable.

How are we addressing them?

We are taking a multi-pronged approach. This is our operational flow chart:

Step Up in Crisis Operational Flowchart

What have we done so far?

  • Donated 4,000 N95 masks to 6 hospitals - raising funds through donations.
  • Established reliable supply channels in China.
  • Launched a test site and collected information from healthcare organizations for their PPE needs.
  • Obtained $1,500,000 initial funding commitments.

Are we driving up the price?

We do our best to expand the global supply pool by identifying and working with suppliers who are not in established supply chains. We purchase in bulk and negotiate for the best price. When we sell supplies to healthcare organizations with the budget to purchase PPE, we sell them at cost.

We are currently working with a large manufacturer in China who has never exported to the US. We're doing a lot of handholding for them, working with an experienced freight forwarder and a very patient trading partner in China. With another manufacturer, we are helping them obtain the Emergency Use Authorization on the fast track from FDA. It is an uncharted territory - but it's worth every effort.

Why don't we donate all the supplies?

We will donate some of the gear to qualified healthcare organizations and sell the rest at cost to organizations that can afford to pay. Most healthcare organizations have enough budget for PPE but some don't. We would like to provide PPE to as many organizations as possible with the funds we raise. Every dollar of the sales revenue will be used to purchase more protective gear.

Who runs the organization?

The organization is entirely volunteer run. Assist International, a nonprofit addressing medical needs all around the globe, is our fiscal sponsor and distribution partner and they provide their services at no cost. Every dollar of your donation will go to procuring PPE for healthcare workers. Every dollar of revenue we make in selling PPE will go to procuring more PPE. When the PPE crisis is over or when our help is no longer needed, all the remaining funds will be donated to mission aligned non-profit healthcare organizations.

What is your tax exempt status?

We are applying for the 501(c)3 status on fast track due to the national emergency. In the meantime, we work with our fiscal sponsor Assist International which is an established 501(c)3. Your donation will go through Assist International and will be tax deductible.

What can you do to help?

You can help us spread the word and reach the fundraising goal. The more we raise, the more PPE we will be able to procure. If you have any questions, please contact info@StepUpinCrisis.org.