Where to Donate to Ukraine Relief

The ongoing war in Ukraine has already caused millions of Ukrainians to flee their country and seek refuge, as well as leaving those who have remained often in dire straits. According to CNN, over 2.5 million Ukrainians have fled since the beginning of Russia’s invasion on February 24th, with 1.6 million crossing into Poland and significant numbers going to Hungary, Slovakia, Moldova, and Romania. These countries on Ukraine’s border are often serving as the first point of contact, with many refugees seeking to move westward to countries further from the conflict willing to accept them.

With civilian casualties mounting as Russian attacks grow increasingly indiscriminate, the flow of refugees out of Ukraine is likely to increase and the plight of Ukrainian civilians still inside the country is likely to get worse.

According to the Council on Foreign Relations, “Many Russian attacks have hit highly populated areas, causing civilians to seek refuge in subway stations and leaving hundreds of thousands without electricity, water, or basic supplies. Experts also worry about Russia’s increasing reliance on artillery, cluster munitions, rockets, and other weapons that can devastate civilian areas, including in the major cities of Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Kyiv, and Mariupol.”

Below is a list of organizations supporting those suffering as a result of the war in Ukraine. It is by no means an exhaustive list, but these organizations are a good place to start. As always, we recommend doing independent research regarding which donation source best serves their intended mission:

  • AirBnB.org– Accepting donations to fund short-term housing for Ukrainian refugees at Airbnb locations.
  • Polish Humanitarian Action—Polish group providing food and other forms of humanitarian aid to refugees.
  • Voices of Children—Ukrainian charity providing psychological and psychosocial support to children affected by the conflict in Ukraine since 2015, and now assisting in civilian evacuations as well.
  • Kyiv Independent—The English-language newspaper launched a GoFundMe to support their efforts to cover events on the ground and provide real and true information in the face of Russian threats and misinformation.
  • “Keep Ukraine’s media going”—Another GoFundMe page dedicated to supporting Ukraine’s media in the challenging circumstances they face, with funds going toward helping relocate offices, purchasing security equipment, paying drivers, and medical care.
  • Doctors Without Borders—An international organization providing medical aid, supplies, and training in Ukraine and neighboring states taking in refugees.
  • International Committee of the Red Cross—An international organization providing humanitarian aid including food and water, medical equipment, and reuniting families separated during the conflict.
  • Razom for Ukraine—pro-democracy advocacy group now working to provide humanitarian and medical aid supplies to people in Poland and Ukraine.
  • CARE—one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations currently providing food, water, hygiene kits, and other forms of humanitarian aid, prioritizing the most vulnerable populations of women and girls, families, and the elderly.
  • World Central Kitchen—an international organization providing food in places experiencing a crisis, now with kitchens on the Ukrainian border feeding refugees as well as partnering with restaurants inside the country to provide meals to those in need.

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