Giving to Support the People of Ukraine
The devastating invasion of Ukraine is creating one of the most significant humanitarian crises in the world. Hundreds of thousands of families have fled Ukraine to avoid the threat of war, leaving people in need of food, shelter, and emergency assistance.
While the world continues to watch the violence unfold, many are wondering how they can help the people of Ukraine. Listed below are recommended organizations and response funds that are directly supporting those affected by the conflict. We hope you consider donating to amplify these efforts.
Organizations Supporting Ukraine
- Catholic Relief Charities and Caritas International have partners on the ground to provide safe shelter, hot meals, hygiene supplies, fuel to keep warm, transport to safe areas, and counseling support in Ukraine and bordering countries.
- The International Rescue Committee is helping to welcome the refugees from the conflict in Poland and is supporting partners in Ukraine.
- Save the Children’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund is providing children and families with immediate aid, such as food, water, hygiene kits, psychosocial support, and cash assistance.
- World Central Kitchen began working at a 24-hour pedestrian border crossing in southern Poland, serving hot, nourishing meals within hours of the initial invasion. Now the World Central Kitchen team is set up at multiple border crossings across Poland. Additional the team is supporting local restaurants preparing meals in five Ukrainian cities, including Odessa and Lviv.
Response Funds Supporting Ukraine
Several funds have been established to help direct philanthropic resources to those in need.
- The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has established the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Recovery Fund to address humanitarian needs that arise, particularly among the most vulnerable, marginalized, and at-risk internally-displaced peoples and refugees. CDP is also in contact with and can grant to Ukrainian and other international organizations that are not 501(c)3 entities.
- The King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS) launched a Humanitarian Response Fund for Ukraine. The fund is pooling contributions to be distributed to three nonprofits working on the frontlines – Caritas Ukraine, People in Need Ukraine, and the Polish Red Cross. These organizations are providing food, shelter, and medical assistance to vulnerable individuals across Ukraine and to the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians who are seeking refuge in other countries.
- Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights has established an Urgent Response Fund to support women, trans, and nonbinary activists on the ground in and surrounding Ukraine by providing flexible funding and security support.
- GoFundMe.org established the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund and is collaborating with a number of partners, including the U.S. State Department and GlobalGiving, to identify organizations providing effective relief to individuals and families impacted by the war.
Tips on Finding and Supporting Charities Involved in Ukraine Humanitarian Relief
Unfortunately, scammers love to use times of tragedy and unrest to take advantage of kindness. As you look for ways to help Ukrainians impacted by Russia’s attack, it is important to take your time and do your research to ensure you do not fall victim to a scam.
Here are some tips from our friends at Indiana University Bloomington to keep in mind while donating to Ukraine:
- Give to charities with a track record in eastern Europe. Not all relief groups are position to provide help quickly. Supporting an organization that is already established in eastern Europe will have already build local relationships, trust, and infrastructure, so they will be more resilient than pup-up charities.
- Prioritize cash over goods, and unrestricted cash gifts over restricted gifts. Local drives to collect clothing and food may not be as practical due to the timing and logistics to deliver and give out the items.
- Verify the organization is a registered charity. Check the names of organizations soliciting your help with the Internal Revenue Service list of registered charities. Scam artists often use a name close to the name of a real charity.
- Consider supporting advocacy and independent media organizations as well as direct relief organizations. Some, such as Zaborona and the Kyiv Independent, are working to address Russian disinformation campaigns that distort the political situation.