On February 24th Russia attacked Ukraine, which included assaults on multiple cities. The attacks by Russia in Ukraine have continued, causing a massive humanitarian crisis. The UN estimates that 12 million people inside Ukraine will need relief and protection, while more than 4 million Ukrainian refugees may need protection and assistance in neighboring countries in the coming months.

This latest crisis has roots dating to 2014 and before. As reported by CNBC, “Heightened fears of a military conflict between Russia and Ukraine have been present for some time, and Eastern Ukraine has been the location of a proxy war between the two countries. Soon after Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, pro-Russian separatists proclaimed two republics in the eastern part of the country: the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic—much to the Ukrainian government’s consternation. Since then, there have been ongoing skirmishes and fighting in the region, which is known as the Donbas, between Ukraine’s troops and separatists.”

Immediate humanitarian needs are multiple among internally displaced peoples (IDPs) inside Ukraine and refugees fleeing Ukraine into neighboring countries. Bombing and attacks in Ukraine continue, putting people further at risk. In one week, approximately one million people have fled Ukraine to adjacent countries. Critical needs include food assistance, medical attention, water and sanitation, health care, psychosocial supports, education services, shelter assistance to rebuild damaged homes, protection from gender-based violence, and the specific needs of vulnerable children. It is likely that there will also be mid- and long-term needs as the crisis evolves and communities seek to rehabilitate.

The organizations listed below represent some of the most experienced and capable entities working to provide immediate humanitarian assistance across the needs mentioned above. Each one has particular expertise and areas of focus, and many are working in close partnership with organizations based on the ground in Ukraine. Each has been vetted and is able to receive support from US-based donor advised funds (grants) and direct donations.

Alight

In-country humanitarian response; Refugee support; Healthcare

Established in 1978 Alight, formerly known as American Refugee Committee, provides healthcare, clean water, shelter, protection and economic opportunities to more than 3.5 million people in over 20 countries each year. Working closely with locals and organizations to coordinate and amplify each other's efforts, Alight is responding to the emergency needs of people within Ukraine and ramping up their work in multiple neighboring countries including Poland, Germany and Moldova. They are providing incoming refugees with critical needs such as safe and secure shelter, safe transportation, and survival supplies, as well as supporting host communities to welcome incoming individuals. For those still within Ukraine, Alight is procuring medical supplies such as freeze-dried plasma transfusion kits, wound dressings, pain relievers and transporting them into Ukraine to groups in bomb shelters or hospitals that need resupplying. Alight is also providing baby food, diapers, sanitary items, blankets and phone chargers so people can stay connected with. wearealight.org

Americares

In-country humanitarian response; Healthcare; Refugee support 

Americares has supported the health sector in Eastern Europe since 1986, delivering more than $1 billion in aid to support people affected by poverty and crisis in Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine. Since 1992, Americares has provided more than $120 million in aid to Ukrainians. The organization works in partnership with Ministries of Health and local health organizations to deliver medicine and supplies, implement health programs, and respond to emergencies. In anticipation of wide-scale country and regional impact due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, Americares is prepared to support the Ministry of Health and other partners with targeted interventions including immediate deployment of an Emergency Response team to Poland. Team members have expertise in crisis response, logistics, and emergency medical team operations. Americares’ health-focused efforts will aid Ukrainians in-country and those taking refuge in neighboring countries. americares.org

CARE

In-country humanitarian response; Support for women and girls; Cash assistance; Psychosocial support

CARE is a global humanitarian organization focused on saving lives, defeating poverty, and achieving social justice, with a priority focus on women and girls in the effort to overcome poverty and ensure all people have equal rights and opportunities. In partnership with the Czeck organization People in Need, CARE has established a Ukraine Crisis Fund to provide 4 million people—prioritizing women, girls, families, and the elderly—with immediate aid and recovery, food, water, hygiene kits, psychosocial support, and cash assistance. care.org

MCF donors: should you wish to make a grant to this fund at CARE, please include “Ukraine Crisis Fund” in the grant purpose line.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Grantmaking to local organizations

CDP Leverages the power of philanthropy to mobilize a full range of resources that strengthen the ability of communities to withstand disasters and recover equitably when they occur. CDP’s Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Recovery Fund will focus on addressing humanitarian needs that arise, particularly among the most vulnerable, marginalized, and at-risk internally displaced peoples (IDPs) and refugees. The fund will focus on medium- and long-term recovery, ensuring access to basic services and strengthening the protection of those affected by the humanitarian crisis and COVID-19. Responses encompass different sectors, including education, food, health, protection, shelter, water, sanitation, and hygiene. The programmatic expertise of CDP’s board, advisory council and staff, paired with an extensive network of international humanitarian experts, guides its grantmaking strategy. disasterphilanthropy.org

MCF donors: should you wish to make a grant to this fund at CDP, please include “Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Recovery Fund” in the grant purpose line.

Direct Relief

In-country humanitarian response; Healthcare

Direct Relief works in the U.S. and internationally to equip doctors and nurses with life-saving medical resources to care for the world’s most vulnerable people. Since January 2021, Direct Relief has supplied the Ukrainian health care system with more than $27M and continues to support it today. DR has received a comprehensive list from the Ukrainian Ministry of Health of needed medications, which the organization is now mobilizing. In addition to critical care medical items for blood pressure support, intubation/ventilation, IV antibiotics, fluids, etc., DR has received requests for Combat Application Tourniquets and bandages, indicating mass casualties. The Ukrainian Ministry of Health also requested at least 500 mobile medical outreach packs, which include items such as CAT-style tourniquets, among other trauma-focused items. Oxygen supply in Ukrainian hospitals is another major issue and projected to get worse, as the conflict is compounding an already chronic problem. There are currently 1,700 people being treated for COVID in Ukraine and the WHO estimates that demand for oxygen due to the conflict is going to increase by 20-25 percent. directrelief.org

GlobalGiving

In-country humanitarian response; Child welfare, Healthcare; Refugee support

Since 2002, GlobalGiving has helped trusted, community-led organizations across the world access the tools, training, and support they need to make our world a better place. When it comes to disasters, GlobalGiving has responded to disasters and supported emergency aid and long-term relief programs since 2004. They have facilitated more than $100 million in disaster donations to crises around the world. Historically, GlobalGiving has partnered with dozens of local child welfare and health care organizations in Ukraine. In the wake of the current conflict, GlobalGiving launched a Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund that will support local partners who are providing humanitarian assistance in impacted communities in Ukraine and surrounding regions where Ukranian refugees have fled. Donations to GlobalGiving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund will provide shelter, food, and clean water for refugees, health and psychosocial support, access to education and economic assistance, and more. globalgiving.org

MCF donors: should you wish to make a grant to this fund at GlobalGiving, please include “Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund” in the grant purpose line.

HIAS

Refugee support; In-country IDP support

HIAS works around the world to protect refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands because of who they are, including ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities. For more than 130 years, HIAS has helped refugees rebuild their lives in safety and dignity. Closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine and neighboring countries, HIAS is responding with emergency humanitarian assistance to those who are displaced. HIAS has a response team working with the Jewish community in Poland and has rushed funding to their long-time partner on the ground in Ukraine, Right to Protection (R2P), which has aided refugees and displaced people since 2013. R2P is an independent NGO based in Kyiv with offices across Ukraine, including in government-controlled areas of Donbas, East Ukraine. R2P specialists work in 10 cities providing legal assistance, monitoring, and advocating for internally displaced people (IDPs); refugees; asylum seekers; and stateless persons. hias.org

International Medical Corps

In-country humanitarian response; Healthcare; Mental health

The International Medical Corps is a global nonprofit that provides emergency relief, often within hours, to those hit by disaster, no matter where they are, no matter what the conditions. The organization delivered primary health care and mental health services in Eastern Ukraine since 2014 and is responding to the current conflict by expanding access to medical and mental health services for those living in affected communities as well as working in the region to help refugees. International Medical Corps is prepared to work with health agencies and local partners to provide: primary and emergency health services from medical professionals; mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS), critical for people affected by war; gender-based violence (GBV) response services and increasing protection of women and children who face risks during conflict; and COVID-19 prevention and awareness services, to keep refugee and displaced populations safe from the pandemic. internationalmedicalcorps.org

International Rescue Committee

Refugee support

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people affected by humanitarian crises to survive, recover and rebuild their lives. Founded at the call of Albert Einstein in 1933, the IRC now operates in over 40 crisis-affected countries as well as communities throughout Europe and the Americas. It provides health care, helps children learn, and empowers individuals and communities to become self-reliant, always seeking to address the inequalities facing women and girls. In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the IRC is working to quickly mobilize resources that will provide life-saving support to civilians forced to flee their homes. Its teams are already on the ground in Poland and working with local partners in both Poland and Ukraine as well as providing food, medical care and emergency supplies to refugee families in countries such as Ukraine, Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen. rescue.org

King Baudouin Foundation (KBF)

Fiscal sponsor for local response

KBF serves as a fiscal sponsor to local organizations that are working across Europe and Africa. They are currently supporting three organizations in Ukraine (listed below) and have a humanitarian response fund for Ukraine. kbfus.org

  • Caritas Ukraine: With more than 30 regional organizations in 15 regions of Ukraine, Caritas Ukraine is dedicated to assisting vulnerable people affected by traumatic events—regardless of age, sex, nationality, religious, or political beliefs. Since 2014, following Russia's annexation of Crimea, Caritas Ukraine has been providing humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of survivors of hostilities in Ukraine, especially vulnerable groups—children, single parents, people living with disabilities, and the elderly. Caritas Ukraine is currently providing food, clean water, shelter and hygiene kits across Ukraine and at Ukrainian borders.
  • People in Need Ukraine: Established in 1992 by a group of Czech war correspondents, People in Need is one of the biggest nonprofit organizations in Central Europe. Its focus is humanitarian assistance, based on the ideals of humanism, freedom, equality, and solidarity. Its local team is now working out of Lviv in Western Ukraine, where the situation is deteriorating rapidly. They arrange for convoys of trucks loaded with humanitarian aid—food, hygiene items, diapers, sleeping bags, mats, and other goods—to assist the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people flocking to the city and provide support to those waiting for safe crossing into the Slovak Republic.
  • Polish Red Cross: The Polish Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Since the beginning of the armed conflict in Ukraine, hundreds of thousands of people have crossed the Polish border —mainly women and children seeking shelter. The Polish Red Cross is providing food, shelter, and medical assistance to Ukrainian refugees arriving in Poland. Volunteers and employees of the Polish Red Cross organize reception points along the Polish-Ukrainian border and are also present at railway stations in various cities across Poland.

MCF donors: should you wish to make a grant to this fund at KBF, please include “Humanitarian Response Fund for Ukraine” in the grant purpose line.

Norwegian Refugee Council

In-country humanitarian assistance; Refugee support; Legal assistance; Cash assistance

NRC is a leading humanitarian organization with over 70 years of experience in refugee and internally displaced persons (IDP) response. Active in Ukraine since 2014, NRC is at the forefront of the current humanitarian crisis and is committed to staying in-country to deliver support for long-term response and recovery. NRC’s immediate response includes providing cash aid, shelter, and water, and they will be deploying two emergency response teams to Poland and Moldova to provide immediate humanitarian relief to refugees crossing the borders. NRC also provides legal assistance to refugees, which is critical for establishing refugee status and gaining access to health, education, shelter, food and cash assistance from NGOs and government service providers. As the lead for NORCAP—the global provider of humanitarian, development, and peace-building expertise—NRC deploys emergency aid workers in partnership with the UN and other international actors in times of crisis. NRC is currently deploying NORCAP teams to Ukraine. nrc.no

Project HOPE

In-country humanitarian support; Healthcare

Project HOPE has worked in Ukraine with high-risk populations since 2002 and is on the ground responding to the current crisis. It is actively shipping essential medicine and medical supplies for primary healthcare and trauma care to affected areas, including hygiene kits, Interagency Emergency Health Kits (IEHKs), insulin and more. Continuing to expand its presence within the region to provide immediate health and humanitarian relief, emergency response teams have been set up in Krakow, Poland; Bucharest, Romania; and Chisinau, Moldova. Project HOPE also has a presence in Dnepro, Ukraine, where it is assessing medical needs and availability to procure pharmaceuticals and supplies locally. It has also engaged contacts within Ukraine to determine needs in other municipalities and will be fulfilling requests as available. Project HOPE is working with the WHO Health Cluster and Logistics Cluster as well as the Ukrainian Ministry of Health and other authorities. projecthope.org

Razom for Ukraine

Fostering democracy; Healthcare; In-country humanitarian support

Razom is a Ukrainian organization established in 2014 that initiates short and long-term projects, and collaborates on existing projects, which help Ukraine stay on the path of fostering democracy and prosperity. Razom’s emergency response efforts by its procurement and logistic teams are focused on delivering medical supplies for critical situations like blood loss and other tactical medicine items. Razom is coordinating with several partner organizations worldwide, including Nova Ukraine, United Help Ukraine, Revived Soldiers Ukraine, Sunflower for Peace, Euromaidan-Warszava, The Meest Company, as well as working with governments and embassies on humanitarian corridors. razomforukraine.org

UNICEF

In-country humanitarian response; Refugee support; Child protection; Psychosocial care

UNICEF supports health, nutrition, HIV prevention, education, safe drinking water, sanitation, and protection for children and families caught in the conflict in Ukraine. They have active emergency response teams working in four field offices-- two in government-controlled areas and two in non-government-controlled areas, which are separated by a ‘contact line’--in Kramatorsk, Mariupol, Luhansk, and Donetsk. In addition, UNICEF's child protective teams are providing psychosocial care for trauma and response to cases of violence and abuse. Working alongside UNHCR and other partners and municipalities to ensure immediate assistance is available in Ukraine, UNICEF's response outside the borders includes setting up 26 'Blue Dot' centers at border entry points and other strategic locations to support the delivery of emergency services to vulnerable families. UNCIEF has long-running programs that include efforts to immunize children against measles and polio and shore up critical water, sanitation, electrical and heating facilities as well as school infrastructure, and these will continue in 2022. unicefusa.org

UN Foundation

In-country humanitarian response; Refugee support

The UN has launched an emergency appeal for member states to fund its relief work in and around Ukraine. Coordinated jointly by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN is seeking $1.7 billion to help ensure it can meet the urgent needs of those affected by the conflict—both within Ukraine and in neighboring countries. In addition to this rapid resource mobilization, the UN is on the ground delivering lifesaving humanitarian assistance and support to the people of Ukraine—with help from the UN Refugee Agency for those displaced by the conflict to support by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for Ukraine’s 7.5 million children, to the World Food Programme’s emergency food assistance and ongoing efforts by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to protect the health and safety of girls and women. unfoundation.org

MCF donors: should you wish to make a grant to this fund at UN Foundation, please include “Ukraine Humanitarian Fund” in the grant purpose line.

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights

Grantmaking to local organizations; Women’s and Gender Rights; LGBTQI+ support

As part of women’s rights movements worldwide, UAF supports women’s rights activists striving to create cultures of justice, equality, and peace. In Ukraine and surrounding areas, UAF is committed to supporting women, trans, and nonbinary activists by providing flexible funding and security support. Grants will be focused on emergency evacuations and relocations; legal, financial, and medical efforts; security and disaster survival training; increasing shelter capacities for children, women, and all other civilians; and access to alternative communication channels, mobile internet, power banks, VPNs, proxy, spare phones, and tablets. urgentactionfund.org

World Central Kitchen

In-country humanitarian response; Refugee support; Food security

WCK was founded by Chef Jose Andres in 2010 and responds to humanitarian crises around the world. Its mission is to feed those in need during or after a major crisis. Within hours of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, WCK was serving hot meals at one boarder location in Poland. Now WCK is set up at multiple border crossing locations across the country and supporting restaurants in two cities in Ukraine, Odessa and Lviv. Teams are also on the ground in Romania and will soon be established in Moldova, Slovakia, and Hungary, which all share a boarder with Ukraine and are taking in refugees. wck.org

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