Charities to help the people of Ukraine
February 23, 2022 9:22 PM   Subscribe

I'm interested in information about any trustworthy charities helping the people of Ukraine that a U.S. citizen can donate to. Thank you.
posted by DavidNYC to Grab Bag (13 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

People in Need is already active in Ukraine since the 2014 conflict and generally seem to be doing good.
posted by I claim sanctuary at 3:07 AM on February 24, 2022

Helping local news organizations in Ukraine would be another way to help. Here are links for helping the Kyiv Independent; perhaps other people can identify other news orgs worth supporting:
• via Patreon:
• via GoFundMe:
(Disclaimers: I have no association with this news organization or anyone in Ukraine.)
posted by StrawberryPie at 9:40 AM on February 24, 2022 [1 favorite]

Here a list of options from Timothy Snyder's substack, scroll to the bottom of the article.
From what i know about him and how much he cares for the people there, and how often he has been there i am sure his recommendations are sound.
posted by 15L06 at 4:19 PM on February 24, 2022 [2 favorites]

The Ukrainian social club in my town (Leicester, UK) has been recommending this GoFundMe appeal, set up by the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, which is working with registered charities in Ukraine to provide emergency disaster relief packs (pharmaceuticals, food, etc.) and other services.

(N.B. Whilst you can donate from outside the UK, your bank may charge a currency conversion fee.)
posted by Morfil Ffyrnig at 11:31 AM on February 25, 2022

NPR posted a list today. Some other news orgs also did the same.
posted by StrawberryPie at 12:36 PM on February 25, 2022

The Government of Ukraine now has a page for international donations to support the Ukrainian Armed Forces directly, if such is your desire (whether this counts as assisting the "people of Ukraine" is, of course, a question that I won't attempt to resolve for anyone else):

Given that money is involved, I would recommend looking very closely at any intended recipients. I have decided to trust the linked page given that it comes from an official site, with a domain security certificate created September 3, 2020, well before the current crisis began.

As a sidenote, I am facilitating donations for US-based Mefites who do not have the ability, or want to avoid the transfer costs involved in, a domestic wire transfer to the NBU's receiving account. You can MeMail me if you are interested in discussing this route; it obviously involves trusting me, a dog on the Internet, although I will provide receipts and confirmation information directly to provide whatever assurance I can beyond my personal honor that I am not skimming. Everyone should do what they are comfortable with, of course.
posted by Kadin2048 at 12:44 PM on February 25, 2022

Razom for Ukraine is a group I've personally worked with the last few years and can personally vouch for; here is their linktree as a starting point.
posted by larthegreat at 1:30 PM on February 25, 2022

I was working directly with a Ukrainian genealogist in Khardiv prior to the invasion. So once I heard Khardiv had been hit, I wrote him, saying I'd like to move forward with a project he had suggested, and I had no timetable whatsoever.

He is currently housed in a subway station doubling as a bomb shelter, with hundreds of other people, kids and pets. If you or anyone you know with Jewish or Ukrainian ancestry is looking for genealogical help, memail me. I expect he could use the continued influx of work.
posted by Violet Blue at 1:34 PM on February 25, 2022

p.s. ^ That should be Kharkiv.
posted by Violet Blue at 1:43 PM on February 25, 2022

United Nations Ukraine Humanitarian Fund: "The Ukraine Humanitarian Fund is one of the UN's country-based pooled funds. Contributions are collected into a single, unearmarked fund and managed locally under UN leadership. As crises evolve, funds are made directly and immediately available to a wide range of partner organizations at the front lines of response. This way, funding reaches the people most in need when they need it."
posted by gwint at 3:36 PM on February 25, 2022

Someone on one of the recent Ukraine threads also mentioned World Central Kitchen - they're feeding refugees in Poland and helping prepare meals in Odesa and Lviv.
posted by kristi at 2:14 PM on March 1, 2022

A category-specific emergency fund to help filmmakers affected by the war has been set up by the several European filmmaking entities that form the ICFR (International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk) here: Emergency Fund for Filmmakers in Wake of Ukraine War
posted by progosk at 3:10 AM on March 11, 2022

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