Russia’s war in Ukraine is entering its third week. Most western powers, including the United States, have imposed heavy economic sanctions on Russia for invading Ukraine, hoping that crippling its economy will slow down or end the war.
But so far, the violence has only intensified. Many of us are watching from afar and wondering how we can help ordinary Ukrainian people whose homes, cities and lives are being destroyed before our eyes.
In times of humanitarian crises like this, acts of compassion and generosity can make a huge difference. There are dozens of organizations working directly in Ukraine, or active in nations that border on Ukraine, to provide aid to Ukrainian refugees.
If you’re looking to support people affected by the war in Ukraine, consider donating money directly to the following organizations.
How to Donate to Organizations in Ukraine
The Ukrainian Red Cross
The Red Cross is often on the frontlines of war serving to help those affected by armed conflict. The Ukrainian Red Cross is currently assisting people inside the country by aiding evacuations and providing shelter, food and basic necessities.
Donate to the Ukrainian Red Cross. - https://donate.redcrossredcrescent.org/ua/donate/~my-donation?_cv=1
World Central Kitchen
World Central Kitchen (WCK), established in 2010, is an organization that deploys chefs directly to disaster areas to provide hot meals to those in need. WCK is currently working in Ukraine and along its borders in neighboring countries.
Donate to World Central Kitchen - https://donate.wck.org/give/236738/#!/donation/checkout
GlobalGiving Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund
GlobalGiving is raising funds to support locally-led organizations throughout Ukraine. Any donations to the fund will provide essentials for refugees, health, psychological and support and access to education and economic assistance.
Donate directly to GlobalGiving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund - https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/ukraine-crisis-relief-fund/
Vostok SOS is a Ukraine-based non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to assisting areas of conflict within Ukraine. The organization is currently accepting donations to help aid local people, evacuate the vulnerable and provide trauma support after shelling.
Donate directly to Vostok SOS via bank transfer - https://vostok-sos.org/en/ukraine-under-fire-support-vostok-sos-aid-operation/
Donate directly to Vostok SOS via bank transfer - https://www.lphr.org/en/spenden/
Voices of Children
Created in 2015, the Voices of Children Foundation has been providing psychological support to children affected by war in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine through art therapy, video storytelling, mobile psychologists and more. Now, the organization is working to support children across the country with emergency psychological assistance and assisting in the evacuation process.
Donate to Voices of Children - https://voices.org.ua/en/donat/
Donating directly toward the media in Ukraine can help fight against Russian misinformation and keep Ukrainians informed of the latest developments. A GoFundMe has been launched by various organizations to help keep Ukraine’s media outlets running during the war.
Donate to the media support GoFundMe - https://www.gofundme.com/f/keep-ukraines-media-going?fbclid=IwAR2jWrF8nx344X94zBesGMlM1pMEPbV8vMv1N5Dvg5-WGQXcdBzA8QDDGF0
Kyiv School of Economics
The Kyiv School of Economics has created an initiative to provide equipment to those directly involved in the war through its charitable foundation. This equipment includes protective kits, such as bulletproof vests and helmets, for groups including the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Paramedic Association and the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces. As of March 10, it has raised $5.9 million.
Donate to the Kyiv School of Economics’ initiative - https://kse.ua/support/donation/
Humanity & Inclusion
Humanity & Inclusion (H&I) is an international nongovernmental organization that works to support people with disabilities in areas of conflict, poverty and disaster. H&I workers have arrived in Ukraine to assess how it can help distribute medical equipment, provide post-operative care for the injured and provide mental health support. Donations will go toward supplying emergency kits and rehabilitation and mental health support sessions.
Donate to Humanity & Inclusion - https://www.hi-us.org/support-ukraine
How to Support Ukrainian Refugees
According to a tracker from the United Nations refugee agency, over 2.5 million Ukrainians have fled the country due to the war. Many have fled to neighboring countries, including Poland, Hungary, Moldova and Romania.
Many refugees will be in dire need of basic supplies, food and resources as they’re now forced to rebuild their lives. You can donate to the following organizations to help them do this.
USA for UNHCR
USA for UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, is raising funds to provide emergency supply kits, helping set up transit centers and providing temporary shelter to help Ukrainians displaced by the war. The organization has created a restricted donation fund where 100% of the donations will go toward supporting Ukrainian refugees. It recently partnered with Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds to match $1 million in donations.
Donate to USA for UNHCR’s Ukraine mission - https://give.unrefugees.org/220224ukr_emer_d_4983/
Global Empowerment Mission
This nonprofit has organized a welcome center at the border of Ukraine and Poland. Donated funds will help support refugees with relocation assistance, such as transportation, lodging and airfare; it will also help with other initiatives, including war-zone evacuation of those still in Ukraine and getting aid directly into Ukraine.
Donate to the Global Empowerment Mission - https://www.globalempowermentmission.org/mission/ukraine-crisis/
Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE)
Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to immediate crisis response. CORE is working in Poland to help support Ukrainian refugees. Donations will go toward providing cash assistance to displaced families and distributing hygiene kits with soap, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes, thermal blankets and other essential hygiene items.
Donate to CORE - https://donate.coreresponse.org/give/393950/#!/donation/checkout
The International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee is a longstanding organization that provides resources to those fleeing countries in crisis, including providing cash assistance, medical treatment and more. The organization is currently on the ground in both Poland and Ukraine to provide support to those who have had to flee their homes.
Donate to the International Rescue Committee - https://help.rescue.org/donate-fr/ukraine-crisis?initialms=ws_modl_fy22_ukraine_mmus&ms=ws_modl_fy22_ukraine_mmus
The Polish Red Cross
As of Feb. 28, most of the Ukrainian refugees have crossed into the country’s eastern neighbor, Poland. The Polish Red Cross has provided humanitarian reception points at Ukrainian-Polish borders to assist those entering with humanitarian aid and medical support.
Donate to the Polish Red Cross - https://pck.pl/wspieraj-nas/ (Note: the website is in Polish, but most browsers have an option to translate pages into English. Donations will be made in local Polish currency, zloty, and will be converted according to your card’s current exchange rate.)