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20 places Americans can donate to help the people of Ukraine

Updated 3-30-23.   See also Good reporting on the Ukraine-Russia military situation.


"The opposite of good is not evil; the opposite of good is indifference. In a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible." ~Abraham Joshua Heschel

President Obama's list, which seems more targeted to Ukraine region:

President Obama stated, “People of conscience around the world need to loudly and clearly condemn Russia’s actions and offer support for the Ukrainian people.”

He recommend helping the people of Ukraine by supporting one of several organizations, specific to the region
How You Can Help the People of Ukraine (President Barack Obama, 3-3-22):
---Fight for Right Helps make it safe for people with disabilities to stay in Ukraine.
---Hungarian Helsinki Committee provide free-of-charge legal assistance and representation to asylum seekers
---Fundacja Ocalenie (for African and Indian students at the border)
---Kyiv Independent, which has a GoFundMe site, to keep accurate news coming.
---Polish Migration Forum a free crisis hotline
---Cordélia Foundation for the Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (Hungarian site provides counseling and advanced psychiatric support for trauma survivors)
---Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights supports women, transgender, and nonbinary activists on the ground in and around Ukraine
---International Organization for Migration (IOM) scaling up its humanitarian operations in Ukraine and neighboring countries
---Association for Legal Intervention A Polish NGO providing pro bono legal work for migrants and refugees



My original compilation, before President Obama's appeared:
Doctors Without Borders is working in Ukraine 

Global Empowerment Mission (GEM, Miami-based) Doing strategic assistance at the border and on the ground in the tiny village of Medyka, Poland, it uses donations to buy refugees train and plane tickets to help them reach any family or friends they may have in Europe.

GoFundMe has launched a centralized fund that includes verified fundraisers.

International Rescue Committee is mobilizing resources to aid the people in Ukraine who were forced to flee their homes.

Kyiv Independent journalists have done tremendous work covering the war, offering 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.”

National Bank of Ukraine has created an account where people from around the world can donate to support the Ukraine military. Even with Western support, Ukraine’s army and its legions of volunteer fighters are severely outgunned by Russian forces.

Razom for Ukraine was founded in 2014 to build a stronger democracy in the country. Now the nonprofit is “focused on purchasing medical supplies for critical situations like blood loss and other tactical medicine items. They 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.

Red Cross in Ukraine (0 800 332 656)

Save the Children helping children in Ukraine, Afghanistan and around the world who might be caught in the middle of armed conflict, forced to flee their homes and exposed to injury, hunger and sub-zero temperatures.

Sunflower of Peace Foundation A Boston-based nonprofit whose current mission is to support the people of Ukraine affected by the Russian military invasion, in collaboration with a global network of established organizations and institutions.

Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund (Global Giving) Donations help "affected communities in Ukraine, with a focus on the most vulnerable, including children, who need access to food, medical services, and psychosocial support."

World Central Kitchen Chef Jose Andrés and his staff are feeding Ukrainian refugees streaming across the border into Poland, as well as those who remain in Ukraine. With their mobile kitchens and local chefs they've helped on the ground in Galveston, New Orleans, and Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria (even before other relief agencies), in Beirut after the giant blast, and helping asylum seekers in Kentucky, Texas.

Voices of Children focuses on helping children recover from the psychological trauma of war. During the full-scale Russian invasion, they are providing non-stop assistance to affected children and families from all over the country, providing emergency psychological assistance, and assisting in the evacuation process. Donate here.


How You Can Help the People of Ukraine (President Barack Obama, 3-3-22)
How to help Ukraine: 7 verified charities working to help Ukrainians amid invasion (Joyann Jeffrey, Today, 2-28-22)
Here’s how Americans can donate to help people in Ukraine
(John Woodrow Cox, Ian Shapira, and Omari Daniels, Washington Post, 2-27-22)
Five ways to help Ukraine right now in NYC (TimeOut, 2-28-22)


Good reporting on the Russia/Ukraine military situation.
20 Days in Mariupol: The Team That Documented City's Agonies (Mstyslav Chernov, 3-21-22) Vivid account of covering Russia's systematic destruction of most of the city's lifelines, starting with power and communications, by two journalists taking risks to get stunning images of the damage to the world, while Russian propaganda denied what their visual record made evident. Follow AP coverage of the Russia-Ukraine war here
The Grand Theory Driving Putin to War (Jane Burbank, NY Times, 3-22-22) Since the 1990s, plans to reunite Ukraine and other post-Soviet states into a transcontinental superpower have been brewing in Russia. A revitalized theory of Eurasian empire informs Mr. Putin’s every move. Post-imperial egos felt the loss of Russia’s status and significance keenly. Ukraine sovereignty is a threat to Russia's Eurasian empire.
The View from Warsaw ( Joy Neumeyer, The Baffler, 3-21-22) After decades of conflict, Poland stands in solidarity with Ukraine. In Poland, NATO membership is supported across political lines as a basic guarantee of sovereignty. Over two million Ukrainians have entered Poland, where lawmakers voted to grant them free travel on public transport, access to health care, and the possibility of three years of residency without a visa. Relations between the two countries have been fractious in centuries past, but the overwhelming support for the refugees is perhaps "a form of apology by a former ruler and fellow sufferer."
Best Reading On Ukraine and Russia (The Browser, 3-18-22)
Understanding Russian Offensive Campaign (Backgrounder, Institute for the Understanding of War, Assessment 3-15-22)
Ukraine’s Three-to-One Advantage (Elliot Ackerman, The Atlantic, 3-24-22) It’s not technology or tactics that has given Ukrainian fighters their greatest edge. A really good explanation about the military story.
Putin Doesn’t Realize How Much Warfare Has Changed (Antony Beevor, The Atlantic, 3-24-22) The Russian president’s obsession with World War II is hindering his invasion of Ukraine.
Why Z Is for Putin (The Economist, 3-8-22)
In the Ukraine Conflict, Fake Fact-Checks Are Being Used to Spread Disinformation (Craig Silverman and Jeff Kao, ProPublica, 3-8-22) Social media posts debunking purported Ukrainian disinformation are themselves fake. That doesn’t stop them from being featured on Russian state TV.
What Racism Taught an American Journalist About Covering the War ( Ruby Cramer, Politico, 3-19-22) Seeing persecution, a Black reporter in Ukraine refuses to keep his distance.  Terrell Jermaine Starr is redefining what it means to be a journalist who is as much a participant as an observer.

What a World War II Survival Story Reveals About Putin’s Lies (The Experiment Podcast, The Atlantic, 3-22-22) One Jewish American family’s debt to Ukraine.

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