Even with Western support, Ukraine’s army and its legions of volunteer fighters are severely outgunned by Russian forces. The National Bank of Ukraine has created an account where people from around the world can donate to the country’s military.
I can’t stop stress knitting from reading the news updates on Ukraine. I find it easy to feel stressed and helpless so I rounded up some ideas of ways to donate to help Ukraine. The first comes from my neighbor, who went to college with Tymofiy Mylovanov, the former Minister of Economic Development in Ukraine. The second is a list of nonprofits from The Washington Post.
Donate to nonprofit Kyiv School of Economics
This is from my neighbor:
Tymofiy Mylovanov is a Ukrainian economist and former Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine in the government of Oleksiy Honcharuk.
You have been asking how you can act. Here it is. “Kyiv School of Economics” (501.3(с) nonprofit registered in Washington DC) is collecting funds for humanitarian aid to Ukraine! To address the current challenges in Ukraine and in accordance with the goals stated in its Charter, Kyiv School of Economics raises funds to help vulnerable groups of people in Ukraine and those who cannot ensure their safety independently. We ask for your financial support for the humanitarian project of Ukrainian NGOs and local administrations, specifically: Funding for the volunteer groups, 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.
Please donate to the KSE DC to support the development of the humanitarian movement and best international practices. Bank details for payment in USD Kyiv School of Economics / Economics Education and Research Consortium, Inc. 1350 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 1000 Washington, DC 20036 Citibank, F.S.B. 901 P.O. Box 19748 Account number: 66804191, Citibank ABA/Routing Number: 254070116 Citibank
Address: 1775 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20006 Website for donation in USD https://kse.ua/donation/ (USD) Kind regards, President Tymofiy.
Book an AirBNB in the Ukraine
A new idea just bubbled up on social media from IG: @quentin.quarantino and Twitter @quentquarantino
Yesterday I shared an idea to support Ukraine by booking rooms for rent on AirBNB. 24 hours later, 100’s of people are booking AirBnBs in Ukraine as a way to send immediate monetary assistance to people in hard-hit areas. The messages in response from the hosts are so moving
Also, in The Globe and Mail:
When Olivera White was searching for an Airbnb rental in Ukraine, she had no intention of staying at any of the three units she booked near Kyiv. Instead, she’s part of a global movement looking to directly support Ukrainians under siege by Russia.
And it seems to be working!
Airbnb says 61,000 nights booked in 48 hours in Ukraine this week as people across the world make bookings they don’t intend to use as a way to raise money for Ukrainians On March 2/3: – 34,000 nights booked by US users – 3,000 from Canadians – 8,000 from UK
Pre-Order a Lovely Picture Book!
Here is an easy way to help a dad in Ukraine. The publisher of The Happiest Lion Cub lives in Ukraine and is the father to a three-year-old and a three-month-old baby. They are trying to survive the daily bombing.
Red Comet Press has translated the original book into English and it’s available for pre-sale and ships in September.
Order via IndieBound here and also help independent bookstores.
More Ways to Help from The Washington Post
“Across the country, many Americans are desperate to support Ukraine as its people try to fend off a Russian invasion that has left hundreds dead, thousands homeless, and millions fearful of what could become of their country in the weeks ahead.
- Voices of Children, a charitable foundation based in Ukraine, has been serving the psychological needs of children affected by the war in the country’s east since 2015, according to its website. The group’s psychologists specialize in art therapy and provide general psychosocial support with group classes or individual sessions. Many of its psychologists are based in the regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, areas that have long been controlled by Russian-backed separatists and that are on the front lines of the current, wider conflict. Now, Voices of Children is providing assistance to children and families all over Ukraine, even helping with evacuations. You can donate here.
- Journalists with the Kyiv Independent have done tremendous work covering the war, offering the world constant updates as they fear for themselves, their families, and their homes. The Independent has started a GoFundMe asking for support, but they’ve also promoted a separate GoFundMe — “Keep Ukraine’s media going” — for journalists around the country who have received less international attention. “[Ukraine’s reporters] have shown extraordinary courage, but the reality on the ground is that most operations cannot continue from Ukraine alone,” one organizer wrote. “This fundraiser is aimed at helping media relocate, set-up back offices, and continue their operations from neighboring countries.”
- José Andrés, the beloved D.C. chef famous for feeding people in need around the world, is already in Europe with his World Central Kitchen team helping provide “thousands of meals in Poland, Romania and even inside Ukraine,” he wrote on Twitter. Anyone who wishes to donate to the efforts can go here.
- Razom for Ukraine was founded in 2014 and has since launched efforts to build a stronger democracy in the country. Now, according to its website, the nonprofit is “focused on purchasing medical supplies for critical situations like blood loss and other tactical medicine items. We have a large procurement team of volunteers that tracks down and purchases supplies and a logistics team that then gets them to Ukraine.” Razom — which means “together” in Ukrainian — posted a list of the lifesaving supplies it has already purchased and is asking for more support here.
- Click on the website for Care, the international humanitarian juggernaut, and a pop-up window appears. “UKRAINE EMERGENCY,” the alert says, with a photo of a woman holding a child. “Families in Ukraine are fleeing violence and urgently need emergency aid. CARE is providing food, water, and more,” the homepage says. The group has partnered with People in Need and hopes to build a fund that can reach 4 million people, especially women, girls, and the elderly. Donations for Care can be made here.
- Save the Children, founded more than a century ago, is blunt about the grueling nature of its work: “We work in the hardest-to-reach places, where it’s toughest to be a child,” its homepage says. The organization says it is “gravely concerned” for the children of Ukraine and Afghanistan. Its donation page says that $50 can prevent three children from going hungry for a month, $150 can provide warm blankets for 30 children, and $300 can furnish masks to refugee health workers on the front lines.
- Sunflower of Peace is a small nonprofit with ambitions to help Ukrainian orphans and internally displaced people. A post on its Facebook page in mid-February said it had launched a fundraiser for first-aid medical tactical backpacks. Each backpack, it says, can save up to 10 people. They’re packed with bandages and anti-hemorrhagic medicines, among other critical items. The group has worked mostly off its Facebook page, where it’s accepting donations.
- Even with Western support, Ukraine’s army and its legions of volunteer fighters are severely outgunned by Russian forces. The National Bank of Ukraine has created an account where people from around the world can donate to the country’s military.”
Ukrainian UCLA Student’s Plea For Help
#1: Share information.
Other Resources to Help
And a few more:
Started by a Alex Iskold, a Ukrainian VC
EVACUATION / REFUGEE
Helps evacuate Americans and Allies from Ukraine
This link is UK based
Started by the Romanian Embassy and Romanian United Fund
Provides fresh meals to families in crisis
Recommended by a few alums
Through the National Bank of Ukraine
List of organizations that help the military
LISTS OF NON-PROFITS
Believed to be setup by Michael McFaul (former ambassador to Ukraine)
Includes info on Meest-Karpaty, a Ukrainian shipping company that is sending a plane-load of supplies to Ukraine every week
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p.s. Here are some resources to talk to your kids about Ukraine that I found:
From PBS So Cal: How To Talk to Kids about the Ukraine Invasion
From Multicultural Children’s Book Day Classroom Kit on Empathy covering Immigrants and the Refugee Experience
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- Junior Library Guild Gold selection
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- Starred review from School Library Journal
- Chicago Library’s Best of the Best
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