XPI Emergency Relief Fund
Early in 2020 when the COVID-19 virus began to spread throughout the globe, shortages of personal protection equipment followed soon thereafter. As the days passed, the situation only worsened, and it became apparent that these shortages were not only endangering the lives of health care workers but the general population as well.
With Chinese suppliers gouging prices and requiring upfront payments, organizations abroad were hesitant to buy these goods, further exacerbating the situation.
As these shortages showed no signs of stopping, XPI founders Benjamin Masters and Henry Zhao knew they had to help.
As they surveyed the situation, they realized that XPI had the personnel in China and the experience to source, inspect and ship these critical supplies. They looked for partners willing to buy these supplies, at cost, and distribute them in the USA. When they found none, they decided to take matters into their own hands.
They used their personal funds to buy 100,000 masks and 40,000 pairs of gloves and started shipping them to the USA. Once they arrived, they needed help getting these supplies into the hands that needed them the most. To fill this role, they founded XPI Emergency Relief Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
The mission of XPI Relief was simple: To provide critical supplies to those in need.
This new nonprofit organization attracted a group of highly motivated successful individuals from a variety of fields. These new team members, along with the founders, are committed to contribute their time and talents to this cause.
Their first goal was to not merely focus on donating the original batch of supplies, but to establish XPI Relief as a sustainable organization that will be able to contribute for years to come.