With the war in Ukraine on everyone’s minds, the question I hear most is: how do I help Ukraine? Or, where can I donate money that will make a real difference? Good questions! Below is a list of reputable organizations that would love your donation. But first, let me tell you why donating may not be the best way to help. You can also find the quick list here thanks to Razom.
Before You Donate
Donating money to good causes is great, but there are downsides. For one, organizations like Patreon and GoFundMe take a cut of the funds raised. Also, in the case of Patreon, they may unexpectedly close an account:
“Patreon took down an account run by one of Ukraine’s biggest charitable foundations because the organization uses donations to supply equipment for the country’s military.”Insider
Please donate if you can, but donations can also seem like the ‘easy way out.’ People feel bad, donate money, feel good about themselves, stop supporting a cause in other ways. Although I don’t want to discourage anyone from donating to Ukraine, I would love to see people help in other ways if at all possible. For example, check out Host a Sister if you are a woman who is able to host a lady from Ukraine or others in need.
I also urge people donating to do their research about the organizations they pick. My favorite source for news right now, The Kyiv Independent, has almost 1 million dollars in donations on GoFundMe. So as someone who can’t donate a significant amount, I would not pick them. I may donate to someone like the Helmets & Armory Vests for the European Defenders 🇺🇦 instead. I love when organizations tell you how much the items they are collecting cost to buy:
I also like when they let you pick what your donation will be used for so you can donate more mindfully:
Unfortunately, there is a lot of donation fraud out there. My main social media platform is Facebook and I have seen so many ads for fake organizations:
“Scammers are using the crisis in Ukraine as a way to swindle altruistic people who are looking to provide financial assistance to those in need.”Newsweek
This is why I always advocate for donating to local organizations that you are sure will use the money well. This isn’t possible for everyone in this case, which is why I put together this list. Taken mostly from Razom for Ukraine.
Reputable Organizations: Donate to Ukraine
A lot of this list is taken from Razom for Ukraine in no particular order. Razom is an organization that was formed in 2013/2014. They have been collecting money for refugees moving across Ukraine and also supporting the soldiers, both civilian and military.
“Razom, which means “together” in Ukrainian, believes deeply in the enormous potential of dedicated volunteers around the world united by a single goal: to unlock the potential of Ukraine. Razom works towards that mission by creating spaces where people meet, partner, and do.”
- Razom – https://razomforukraine.org/about-us/
- You can find the full list of organizations suggested by Razom here.
1. DONATE DIRECTLY to the Ukrainian Army
The National Bank of Ukraine has decided to open a special fundraising account to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Click here to donate to the Ukrainian Army.
The central bank’s decision comes after the Ukrainian government imposed martial law throughout Ukraine in response to armed aggression by Russia and the renewed threat to Ukraine’s independence and territorial integrity.
NBU Governor Kyrylo Shevchenko announced the opening of this special account in his 24 February video address:
2. DONATE for HELMETS & VESTS to Ukraine
“Ukrainian American Coordinating Council, Razom for Ukraine, and International Charitable Foundation “Come back alive” are uniting their efforts to purchase military-grade Helmets and Armory Vests for the Ukrainian Army and Territorial defense battalions. European defenders are in huge need of these things right now!
UACC is obtaining an export license for regulated military-grade items such as Helmets and Armory Vests. Only this non-profit will be able to send these things to Ukraine via Meest with the support of the Embassy of Ukraine in the USA.
If you’d like to make a bigger tax-deductible contribution ($5000+), we’d prefer to receive it via wire transfer or ACH to speed up the process. Account information: uaccusa.org.
- Contact: email@example.com for a tax-deduction receipt.
- If you’d like to make an itemized donation to UACC (Helmets, Armory Vests, Armory Plates) please contact via firstname.lastname@example.org and send your items to Meest NJ (600 Markley Street, Port Reading, NJ 07064, +18002889949).
- Facebook pays all the processing fees for you, so 100% of your donation goes directly to the nonprofit.
- Armory Vests (NIJ IIIa) ~ $300-800/each
- Helmets (NIJ III & IIIa)~ $300-400/each
- Please wire/ACH $5000+ donations to Bank of the West Name: UACC Acct # 036148171 Routing # 121100782 Contact email@example.com”
3. DONATE: Come Back Alive – DIRECT SUPPORT of the Ukrainian Army
“War with Russia has come to Ukraine, the Shield of Europe. As we defend the world from tyranny, it’s now or never to show your support for freedom and democracy in Ukraine and the world.”
Our organization needs your support and uses these funds to cover the real-time needs of defending Ukraine. Over $20M raised from 50+ countries.Provides assistance to around 100 combat units of the Ukrainian armed forces. Total transparency. The foundation has open reporting.
4. DONATE: Razom Emergency Response
Razom initiates short and long-term projects, or collaborates on existing projects with partner organizations, which help Ukraine stay on the path of fostering democracy and prosperity. We’ve grown a diverse community of volunteers and collaborators across the US and Ukraine which allows us to create spaces where people can meet, partner, and execute on these projects.
In a very short time Razom has built an inspiring network of partners, volunteers, and donors that fuel our community, and consistently activate people in the United States and Ukraine to help Ukraine unlock its potential. Our projects are designed to have tangible, immediate manifestations of impact and provide opportunities for scalable growth ensuring that impact lasts. Check out our Annual Reports to learn more.
- You can donate to them here.
- You can also take it one step further and volunteer with them here!
- Don’t forget to check out their fact sheet.
- Here is another resource from the Ukrainian-American Crisis Response Committee of Michigan.
5. DONATE: Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine
Nova Ukraine is a Bay Area based nonprofit working to help Ukraine. We have been providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine since 2014 and have send over $400,000 on humanitarian aid to Ukraine ranging from medical equipment for wounded soldiers to dresses and suits for graduation days in orphanages across Ukraine.
In the time of war, we are doubling down our humanitarian efforts. We have proven and established partners on the ground in Ukraine that we trust. We are ready to face this extraordinary challenge together. With your help we will provide humanitarian aid for Ukraine and help ordinary people and families with children affected by war.
Nova Ukraine is 501(c)3 registered non-profit organization (EIN 465335435). Your donations is US tax deductible.
- There are ways to donate besides Facebook:
- Crypto donations: https://commerce.coinbase.com/charges/P5KLD2F6
- PayPal: send to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Check out their Facebook group and donate to them here.
6. DONATE: Support Hospitals in Ukraine
US $4.05 million is the value of the humanitarian medical cargo (equipment and supplies) delivered to hospitals in Ukraine in 2014-2022 by the International humaniterian project ‘Support Hospitals in Ukraine’. For more information, visit our website: www.uahospitals.org
We are committed to raise $500,000 to send twenty 40-foot containers to Ukrainian hospitals in Dnipro, Zaporizhzhia, Kyiv and other areas in need. We continue fundraising towards next humanitarian cargo and ask for your support!
To date, the war in Ukraine has left thousands dead and tens of thousands wounded. Hospitals in Ukraine are under immense strain that will likely continue for a long time regardless of how quickly the war can be ended. Doctors and numerous volunteers have been doing a consistently heroic job, but are in dire need of more trauma-related equipment and surgical tools.
Our team is committed to supporting Ukrainian hospitals with much needed modern medical equipment and supplies. We are doing this in a sustainable, transparent and cost-effective manner by partnering with one of the largest US medical surplus recovery non-profit: Project C.U.R.E. as well as numerous NGOs in the United States and Ukraine.
Thanks to the support of our partners and the project model, for $1 of donations we are able to ship to Ukraine $25-30 of medical equipment and supplies. All the work on the project is done on a strictly volunteer basis, the project has 0% overhead, and does not handle donation money.
With the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine, we continue our work in shipping humanitarian medical cargo and ask for your support. Please support this cause and donate. Any amount will make a change! All donations are tax-deductible.
Please share this information with your friends. If you would like to learn more about the project, see the results of your donations, get updates, or contact us directly, visit www.uahospitals.org or our page on Facebook. Donate to them here.
7. Army SOS
Army protects Ukraine! Are you ready to help Army today? …it could be too late tomorrow… Army SOS Citizen`s Initiative coordinates people`s efforts to help soldiers of Ukraine.
List for tactical medicine (Priority):
- 1.CAT or SOF turnstile
- 2. Hemostatic (means to stop bleeding in the form of a bandage) QuikClot Combat Gauze Z-Folded, Celox, Gauze.
- 3. Israeli bandage size 4 ”or 6”
- 4. Nasopharyngeal tube.
- 5. Lubricant. Without it, inserting the tube is much more difficult and painful
- 6. HALO occlusive dressing. For chest injuries. The set usually has two bandages – on the inlet and outlet openings. Also come with a valve. This is important if the fighter develops a severe pneumothorax.
- 7. Decompression needle. To solve the problem of intense pneumothorax.
- 8. Individual set of tablets, which is taken immediately after injury and washed down with water. The most correct option: put them in a separate zip bag or plastic cone. Ingredients: anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, analgesic. Dosages are as large as possible to act safely and quickly. If desired, you can analogs.
- Diclofenac sodium 75 mg.
- Paracetamol 500 mg.
- Ceftriaxone 500 mg.
- 9. Anti-burn hydrogel bandage. For example – BurnTec.
- 10. Rubber disposable medical gloves.
- 11. Tactical scissors. For example: North American Rescue. It is also better not to save on scissors, as cheap analogues will not cut clothes quickly
- 12. Hypoallergenic plaster on a nonwoven basis. From such material simply tear off with hands a piece of the necessary size. The woven base can only be cut
- 13. Permanent black marker. To record the time of imposition of the turnstile, the drugs administered and fill out the inspection card
- 14. The result for the first aid kit. The main thing is to be comfortable and waterproof
List of UAVs (Priority):
1. DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced – https://www.dji.com/mavic-2-enterprise-advanced
List of night vision devices:
- PVS-14 MONOCULAR Generation 2+ and Generation 3
- Thermal imagers: Helion 2 XP50 Pro
- Radio stations: Hytera per example one and per example two
- Armor plates for plate socks protection class is desirable above IV, but if there is a class “III +” and the
- manufacturer guarantees that it will withstand a caliber of 7.62×39 or 5.56×45, you can buy. Sample, Plate holder,
- Helmets sample – or another one
- Knee pads and elbow pads (military class, can be used)
Let`s help Ukrainian Army together! Donate to them here.
8 DONATE: Voices of Children – services that help children overcome the trauma of war
None of a child may be left alone with a war trauma. This is our mission. With your help, we give psychological and psychosocial support to children who suffered as a result of war operations.
It helps them to win the consequences of the war and develop themselves. We also help families to cope with everyday difficulties, treatment and rehabilitation of children, giving an individual support. To give children a voice we create a video content, and we are also engaged in promoting children rights in order to change the children’s rights protection system in the country.
Our objective is that every child who has suffered from the war in Ukraine must get psychological help in time.
Our values: respect to child’s dignity and rights; understanding of the needs of every child to be heard; faith in getting the best results only with the help of partnership and mutual aid.
We are working in various villages and towns along the frontline in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
9. DONATE: Sunflower of Peace – Tactical medicine
Sunflower of Peacehas officially started a fundraiser to prepare first aid medical tactical backpacks for paramedics and doctors on the front lines. In 2014-2016 those backpacks helped paramedics and doctors on the front lines save hundred and hundred of lives. Those were the bags they didn’t leave out of their sight as they had everything to preserve a person’s life and get them to proper medical care alive. It meant the world to them then and it will mean the world to them now.
Please, donate any amount: big or small as everything makes a huge difference.
Each backpack has the ability to save up to 10 lives: Ukrainian soldiers, civilians, volunteers, and children. These backpacks are designed for a second level of medical care in terms of combat action, according to the standards of tactical medicine (Tactical Combat Casualty Care), namely the level of paramedics, arrow-sanitary department.
The backpack’s contents are specially designed to be used by highly skilled military combat groups – marines, special forces units and intelligence. These groups operate in areas without access to MedicalFacilities or Emergency Care. Therefore, it’s crucial that each combat group have a soldier capable of acting as a medic on the spot.
Each backpack is designed for groups of 5 to 10 people and includes a variety of first aid supplies: bandages, anti hemorrhagic medicine like Quikclot and Celox, medical instruments, and a means for survival in extreme conditions.
Thank you for your donations and generosity! Donate to them here.
10. DONATE: Revived Soldiers Ukraine
Revived Soldiers Ukraine is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts are tax deductible to the full extent allowable under the law. Taxpayer Identification Number(TIN): 47-5315018.
Revived Soldiers Ukraine is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to the people of Ukraine in support of their fundamental human rights and medical rehabilitation of Ukrainian soldiers.
With the help of committed supporters like you, we can continue our work to assist families and soldiers in Ukraine. We retain the right to use no more than 10% of the funds for operational costs. If you have any questions, please contact us by email at: email@example.com. Donate to them here.
11. DONATE to Kyiv School of Economics
To address the current challenges in Ukraine and in accordance with the goals stated in its Charter, Kyiv School of Economics starts fundraising to help vulnerable groups of people in Ukraine and those who cannot ensure their safety independently.
We ask for your financial support for humanitarian project of Ukrainian NGOs and local administrations, specifically:
- Funding for the volunteer movement, which provides services and support for vulnerable groups in times of crisis
- Assistance to humanitarian aid centers
- Organizational and institutional support for both leading and emerging during the crisis civic initiatives to establish and preserve Ukraine’s intellectual sovereignty
KSE is fully operational in Ukraine and will use its institutional capacity to ensure the most effective and most targeted use of funds for humanitarian purposes. Donate to them here.
12. DONATE to Emergency support for the Ukrainian LGBTQ community
QUA – LGBTQ Ukrainians in America is the first association of LGBTQ Ukrainians and their allies in the United States. As an organization, we focus on supporting the Ukrainian LGBTQ community, helping LGBTQ Ukrainian immigrants to America integrate into American society, facilitating cultural and humanitarian exchanges between Ukraine and America, and advocating for the rights of LGBTQ people both in Ukraine and the United States.
We envision an America where LGBTQ Ukrainian immigrants can find dignity, respect, and a safe environment to live and build a family, and a Ukraine where LGBTQ people live free from fear and discrimination. With more than one million Ukrainians in the USA, we are an important part of a big family. At QUA, we remember and honor these roots. We work hard to promote cultural exchanges between Ukraine and the USA, and to provide opportunities for human rights activists between countries to connect and learn from each other.
QUA is dedicated to helping LGBTQ Ukrainians address a wide range of issues, including political asylum, LGBTQ rights advocacy and promotion, community-building, and cross-cultural cooperation between American and Ukrainian LGBTQ communities. By creating a platform to share experiences, QUA hopes to foster connections between members of the community and to serve as a valuable resource.
Learn more about them here, check out their Facebook page here, and donate to them here.
13. DONATE: Support Independent Ukrainian English-language journalism
A cause near and dear to my heart. The Kyiv Independent is Ukraine’s English-language media outlet, created by journalists who were fired from the Kyiv Post for defending editorial independence.
The Kyiv Post, Ukraine’s global voice, went silent on Nov. 8, 2021, days after celebrating the 26th year of its uninterrupted run. The publication was shut down by the owner in his attempt to take full control of the newsroom that has always followed the principle of editorial independence.
Yet, the editorial team of the independent Kyiv Post refused to be silenced. If we couldn’t save the Kyiv Post brand, we could save its values. On Nov. 11, 2021, over 30 ex-Kyiv Post employees decided to continue the Kyiv Post’s legacy by launching a new publication – the Kyiv Independent. The following values will serve as the backbone of the Kyiv Independent:
- The new publication will serve its readers and community, and nobody else.
- The Kyiv Independent won’t be dependent on a rich owner or an oligarch. The publication will depend on fundraising from readers and donors and later on, commercial activities.
- The newsroom will decide and execute the publication’s editorial policy in the community’s best interests. Attempts to influence it from outside will not be tolerated.
- The Kyiv Independent will always be at least partly owned by its journalists.
- The Kyiv Independent will strive to reach financial sustainability to preserve its independence in the future.
The team unanimously chose Olga Rudenko, former deputy chief editor at the Kyiv Post, who dedicated 10 years to the brand, to lead the new publication as editor-in-chief.
The Kyiv Independent is still in the making. The website you see is our first, temporary platform. As we embark on this new project, we vow to serve as the true, independent voice of Ukraine.
The Kyiv Independent provides fair and reliable news on a variety of topics. From Russia’s war against Ukraine and disinformation campaigns to the ongoing pandemic and medical procurement, from human rights in occupied Donbas and Crimea to reforms in Kyiv, nothing will escape the view of the Kyiv Independent.
But we can only do it together with you. Join us today and become a part of Ukraine’s fight for a better future with the Kyiv Independent.
Read more about them and donate here. Oh, and don’t forget to follow them on Twitter and Instagram for constant news updates.
Other Places to Donate
Donate to charity organizations that directly help Ukraine and Ukrainians
All the listed charities are registered in the USA and are 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit organizations. Donations and gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable under IRS regulations.
Всі благодійні організації подані нижче зареєстровані в США.
Внески та пожертви згідно з параграфом 501 (c) (3) звільнені від оподаткування.
- Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) – Donate to Humanitarian Effort https://www.mightycause.com/story/M1wzpf
- United Help Ukraine – Donate to the Life-saving medical supplies to Ukraine’s front lines https://www.facebook.com/donate/1790857681112387
- Revived Soldiers Ukraine – Donate to Treatment of the wounded and the provision of hospitals https://www.facebook.com/donate/349402380213614/2361219087352065
- Razom for Ukraine – Donate to Tactical medical training and emergency response in Ukraine https://www.facebook.com/donate/1158240871580789/10223987229401655/
- Nova Ukraine – Donate to Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine https://www.facebook.com/donate/1137971146948461/5313902711988404/
- Sunflower of Peace – Donate to Tactical medicine https://www.facebook.com/donate/507886070680475/2099553790222204/
Other Ways to Help
I will be posting another article on ways to help Ukraine that don’t involve donations. For now, you can get a bunch of ideas here. Thank you Razom for this inspiring initiative and genius way to share this information quickly and concisely. For those who wish to share, just copy-paste this link: https://linktr.ee/razomforukraine?fbclid=IwAR2r0v0M79k2M1mECrtXg6xgLxTcrA-JCAFkpX22U5xua9cFtOSl0-ii1Fs
I hope that this has been helpful and that you and your family, whether you are in or from Ukraine and Russia, or anywhere else in the world, are safe. Read Vacuum Bomb Ukraine, Snake Island Ukraine & More Ukraine News 2022 next.
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