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Where to donate to help Ukraine right now

As we all watch news events unfold, you may be wondering what you can do to help. Here are some places to start.

People waiting for a Kyiv bound train spread on a platform in Kostiantynivka, the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. Russia launched a wide-ranging attack on Ukraine on Thursday, hitting cities and bases with airstrikes or shelling, as civilians piled into trains and cars to flee. Ukraine's government said Russian tanks and troops rolled across the border in a “full-scale war” that could rewrite the geopolitical order and whose fallout already reverberated around the world. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda). ... Read moreVADIM GHIRDA / AP
by Michelle Myers
Updated 
March 14, 2022

On Feb. 23, Russia invaded Ukraine. If you’re catching up to events, here’s how we got here While the world watches the attack unfold, you may be wondering what you can do to help.

Here are some groups currently helping people in Ukraine.

One note: When deciding where to give, it’s always a good idea to check out Charity Navigator, which evaluates nonprofits and recommends credible organizations.

We’ll be updating this list. If you know of a nonprofit we should consider adding, email us.

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Project HOPE

What it does: Founded in 1958, Project HOPE responds to humanitarian emergencies and disasters. Currently, according to the group’s website, the group is aiding those in Ukraine by mobilizing its emergency teams and “sending medical supplies and standing by to provide health screening and care for refugees.”

How you can help: Donate on the group’s website. This group is U.S. registered, so your donation is tax deductible.

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📍1220 19th St. N.W. Suite 800, Washington, D.C., 📞 844-349-0188, 🌐 projecthope.org

GlobalGiving

What it does: GlobalGiving uses its funding to support local nonprofits working in affected areas. Currently, “GlobalGiving’s local partners in Ukraine are bringing relief to displaced families and people in high-risk areas.” According to the group, your donation will support refugees with food, shelter, and clean water, as well as providing health and psychological support.

How you can help: Donate to the group’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund online. This group is U.S. registered, so your donation is tax deductible.

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📍1 Thomas Circle N.W. Suite 800, Washington, D.C., 📞 202-232-5784, 🌐 globalgiving.org

UNICEF USA

What it does: More than 510,000 children have been affected by the conflict so far, and the UNICEF emergency response is working to address their needs by preparing health, hygiene, and emergency education supplies, as well as distributing safe water to affected areas, providing children with psychosocial care, and helping kids separated from their families. At the moment, UNICEF is trying to raise $66.4 million to be able to continue their programs and offer immunization, health care, child protection, and cash assistance.

How you can help: Donate on the UNICEF website. UNICEF USA is U.S. registered, so your donation is tax deductible.

📍125 Maiden Ln., New York, NY, 📞 800-367-5437, 🌐 unicefusa.org

Catholic Relief Services

What it does: Catholic Relief Services has partners across Ukraine and is currently providing shelter, food, hygiene supplies, fuel, transportation to safe areas, and counseling support.

How you can help: Donate through PayPal on the group’s website. Donations to this organization are tax deductible.

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📍228 W. Lexington St. Baltimore, MD, 📞 888-277-7575, 🌐 support.crs.org

International Medical Corps

What it does: International Medical Corps helped Ukrainians during conflict in 1999-2000 by delivering medicine and training more than 500 local doctors and medical staff. In 2014, it partnered with the Ukraine Ministry of Health to support mobile health services and train medical professionals on preventing and controlling infections. As the crisis develops, the International Medical Corps has added mental health counseling to the services available for the community.

How you can help: Donate on the group’s website. Donations to this organization are tax deductible.

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📍12400 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1500, Los Angeles, CA, 📞 202-828-5155, 🌐 give.internationalmedicalcorps.org

United Help Ukraine

What it does: United Help Ukraine receives and distributes food donations and medical supplies to people in Ukraine. The group’s current priorities: aiding Ukrainian soldiers and their families, helping displaced people from Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, and raising awareness of the current situation.

How you can help: Donate through PayPal, or by check payable to United Help Ukraine, Box 83426, Gaithersburg, Md. 20883. This is a registered nonprofit so all donations are tax deductible.

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🌐 facebook.com/UnitedHelpUkraine.org

📍P.O. Box 83426, Gaithersburg, MD, 📧 unitedhelpukraine@gmail.com , 🌐 give.internationalmedicalcorps.org

Revived Soldiers Ukraine

What it does: This nonprofit provides medical aid for people affected by military conflict. The group buys medication and medical supplies, helps support army hospitals, and works to improve the living standards for soldiers and their families.

How you can help: Donate directly through the group’s website, through PayPal or Patreon, or make it your preferred Amazon nonprofit, which donates 0.5% of the amount of your Amazon purchases to the group. This group is U.S. registered, so your donation is tax deductible.

📍110 Drew Ct., P.O. Box 3196, Stateline, NV, 📞 213-926-6627, 🌐 rsukraine.org

Sunflower of Peace

What it does: Sunflower for Peace offers medical assistance to Ukrainian orphans, people displaced by war, and people heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. In February 2022, the group started asking for donations to prepare first aid medical tactical backpacks for paramedics and doctors on the front lines. These kinds of backpacks — usually handled by Marines, special military forces, and military groups — are used to save lives in areas without access to hospitals or emergency care.

How you can help: Donate on Facebook. This group is U.S. registered, so your donation is tax deductible.

📍P.O. Box 391044, Cambridge, MA, 📧 unitedhelpukraine@gmail.com,🌐 facebook.com/sunflowerofpeace

The Kyiv Independent

What it does: The Kyiv Independent is an independent media outlet reporting in English. The organization has been covering the Russia-Ukraine conflict, doing fact checking, and reporting on human rights. Since the group is not affiliated with any government and reports in English, it is becoming an important window into what’s happening in Ukraine right now.

How you can help: Since its creation in 2021, the Kyiv Independent runs mainly on donations. Donate through GoFundMe or Patreon.

📧 kyivindependent@gmail.com,🌐 kyivindependent.com

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

What it does: This group runs an emergency program with $1 million in funding that helps the approximately 300,000 Jewish people in Ukraine. The fellowship has staff and volunteers on the ground in Ukraine, and also funds the country’s Jewish organizations to give Ukrainian Jews the chance to move to Israel. Funds are also used to provide the Ukrainian Jewish community with food, medicine, and heat. This group is U.S. registered, so your donation is tax deductible.

How you can help: Donate online.

📍30 N. LaSalle St. Suite 4300, Chicago, IL,📞 800-486-8844, 🌐 help.ifcj.org

Voices of Children

What it does: Voices of Children provides psychological and psychosocial support to children affected by war. Its main focus is on the front lines in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. Donations help finance art therapy and mobile psychologists, and help families in need.

How you can help: Donate directly on its website.

🌐 voices.org.ua

Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe (CARE)

What it does: Created in 1945 to help people overcome the devastation of WWII, CARE works to end poverty, and achieve equity and social justice worldwide. In Ukraine, the group is working on providing girls, women, and elderly people with water, food, and hygiene kits. It currently has a Ukraine Crisis Fund specially focused on continuing work in the country, and providing psychological support, recovery, and cash assistance.

How you can help: Donate using a credit card or through PayPal on the website.

📍151 Ellis St. N.E., Atlanta, GA, 📞 1-800-422-7385, 🌐 care.org

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

What it does: The Red Cross’ International Committee provides shelter, food, first-aid training, and humanitarian aid around the world. The group has been supporting people in Ukraine for almost a decade and as the crisis continues, it is adding to comfort kits for individuals and families in need.

How you can help: Donate to the ICRC on its website.

📍801 2nd Ave., New York, NY, 📞 212-599-6021, 🌐 icrc.org

American Red Cross

What it does: In Ukraine, the American Red Cross is currently helping U.S. military people and families deployed in the region. So far, it has sent 30 staff members to Europe to help U.S. military members in Ukraine connect with their families back home, and is delivering hygiene items and resources to service members and U.S. State Department staff abroad. It cannot help Ukraine with blood directly, because it can’t be sent without special request from the U.S Department of State, the United Nation, or other affected Red Cross networks.

How you can help: Donate on its website. It is U.S. registered, so your donation is tax deductible.

📍2221 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, 📞 215-299-4000, 🌐 redcross.org

United Ukrainian American Relief Committee (UUARC)

What it does: Founded in 1944, the UUARC was created to help Ukrainians in refugee camps during WWII relocate to the U.S.. It is currently working in coordination with the Ukrainian Embassy to arrange medical supplies, food, offering shelter, and taking care of injured people and refugees.

How you can help: Donate on its website or send a check to the United Ukrainian American Relief Committee, Inc. 1206 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. For medical donations, call 215-728-1630. It is U.S. registered, so your donation is tax deductible.

📍1206 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, 📞 215-728-1630, 🌐 uuarc.org

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)

What it does: The JDC has been helping the Jewish community around the world since 1914; for the last 30 years it has focused on helping Ukraine’s Jewish population. It aids elderly Jewish people, children, and families by providing food, medicine, and utilities. At the moment, JDC is preparing to send psychosocial support to Ukraine as mass displacements increase, as well as delivering food packages, and providing online support.

How you can help: Donate on its website. It is U.S. registered, so your donation is tax deductible.

📍P.O. Box 4124, New York, NY, 📞 212-687-6200, 🌐 jdc.org

Doctors Without Borders

What it does: This international humanitarian organization has been providing medical treatment to people in conflict zones worldwide since 1971. Doctors without Borders has been in Ukraine for almost a decade, providing training and emergency medicine, helping with HIV and tuberculosis care, chronic disease management, and more. Due to increasing tensions, the group has halted some programs. Currently, the group is preparing medical kits, has teams in Belarus and Russia, and is in the process of expanding to other countries in the region to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees.

How you can help: Donate with credit and debit card, or PayPal, on its website. It is U.S. registered, so your donation is tax deductible.

📍40 Rector St. 16th floor, New York, NY, 📞 888-392-0392,🌐 doctorswithoutborders.org

Samaritan’s Purse

What it does: Created in 1970, Samaritan’s Purse is an evangelical Christian organization that helps people dealing with poverty, natural disasters, disease, famine, and war. Prior to the escalation of the current conflict, the group was already working with more than 3,000 ministry partners in Ukraine; now, Samaritan’s Purse is providing food, water, shelter, and medicine, as well as assisting refugees in Poland and Romania.

How you can help: Donate through their website. It is a 501(c)(3) organization, so your donation is tax deductible.

📍P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC, 📞 828-262-1980,🌐 samaritanspurse.org

World Central Kitchen

What it does: World Central Kitchen was created by a Spanish-American chef José Andrés and his wife, Patricia, after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Since then, the Washington D.C.-based group has provided meals to people in humanitarian, community, and climate crises all over the world. On Feb. 24, Chef José Andrés arrived in Poland to help refugees arriving from Ukraine. World Center Kitchen is partnering with Caritas nuns to give hot meals and supplies to people in the Rava-Ruska border.

How you can help: Donate through their website. World Central Kitchen accepts a credit card, bank transfer, cryptocurrency, stocks, or PayPal. It is U.S. registered, so your donation is tax deductible.

📍200 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., 7th Floor, Washington, D.C., 📞 202-844-6330,🌐 wck.org

Save the Children

What it does: Save the Children has been working in Ukraine since 2014, helping kids have a healthy start in life. As people flee the country, Save the Children is providing food, hygiene kits, psychosocial support, cash transfers, and safe places for children and families to shelter from winter temperatures.

How you can help: Donate through its website. It is U.S. registered, so your donation is tax deductible.

📍501 Kings Hwy. E. Suite 400, Fairfield, CT, 📞 800-728-3843,🌐 savethechildren

Mercy Corps

What it does: Founded in 1979, Mercy Corps helps people in more than 40 countries dealing with poverty, conflict, climate crises, and natural disasters. Between 2015-2017 they helped more than 200,000 people in Ukraine with emergency cash, food, water, sanitation supplies, restoring war-damaged homes, and helping small-businesses sustainability. As the humanitarian crisis worsens, they are supporting local organizations and providing cash assistance.

How you can help: Donate through its website. It is U.S. registered, so your donation is tax deductible.

📍P.O. Box 37800, Boone, IA, 📞 888-747-7440, 🌐 mercycorps.org

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)

What it does: LIRS was created as a response to WWI to help immigrants and refuges resettle in the United States. Since then, they have helped vulnerable people in major conflict resettle in the U.S. As the Ukrainian conflict worsens, they are getting ready to help potential refugees arriving in the U.S. But for now, the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is running Solidarity with Ukraine: 5 Days of Prayer and Meditation, and advocating to Congress to pass an emergency bill for foreign assistance to Ukraine.

How you can help: You can register for the prayer by filling out this form, and join their advocacy efforts for Ukraine in their Action Center.

📍700 Light St., Baltimore, MD, 📞 410-230-2700, 🌐 lirs.org

Fox Chase Cancer Center

What it does: Laura Bukavina, a Ukrainian-American physician with Fox Chase Cancer Center, traveled to the Ukraine-Poland border to help refugees. She is working with the Cleveland Maidan Association to provide housing, infant and child care, medical care, and supplies to those at the Ukraine-Poland border.

How you can help: Donate directly to Bukavina’s GoFundMe, which has raised upward of $40,000. Donations through GoFundMe are considered personal gifts and are not guaranteed to be tax-deductible.

📍 333 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, 📞 844-371-3068, 🌐 foxchase.org

C.U.R.E

What it does: C.U.R.E was founded in 1987 to address the medical resource shortage around the world. They have been working in Ukraine since the 2000s, and as the current conflict worsened, they sent 40-foot containers filled with medical supplies and equipment to under-resourced hospitals, clinics, and community health centers in Moldova, Romania, and Poland to support Ukrainian refugees.

How you can help: Donate through its website. C.U.R.E is U.S. registered, so your donation is tax deductible.

📍10377 E. Geddes Ave., Centennial, CO, 📞 303-792-0729, 🌐 projectcure.org

A Family For Every Orphan (AFFEO)

What it does: AFFEO is a faith-based nonprofit that helps children without guardians find families in their home countries. Throughout the years, they’ve worked with several Ukrainian agencies to provide financial and mentoring support. Now, they are helping the same agencies aid Ukrainians with the costs of transportation, food, water, medicine, medical supplies, and shelter.

How you can help: Donate through the AFFEO website. Donations are tax deductible.

📍P.O. Box 34628 #37939, Seattle, WA,📞 360-358-3293,🌐 afamilyforeveryorphan.org

KIDSAVE

What it does: This nonprofit helps older children and teens in orphanages overseas find homes. Currently, they are moving kids and families in Ukraine to safety. So far, they have transported 187 children and families out of Ukraine and into Poland, providing food and supplies in the way. The goal is to transport as many as 200 children a week.

How you can help: Donate through its website. It is a 501(c)(3) organization, so your donation is tax deductible.

📍P.O. Box 5441, Washington, D.C., 📞 202-503-3100, 🌐 kidsave.org

ALIGHT

What it does: Formerly known as the American Refugee Committee, ALIGHT provides health care, water, shelter, protection, and economic opportunities to people in more than 20 countries. To aid people in Ukraine, they sent a team to Poland to help refugees find shelter.

How you can help: Donate through its website. Your donation is tax deductible.

📍1325 Quincy St. N.E. Suite A1, Minneapolis, MN, 📞 612-607-6485, 🌐 wearealight.org

The Salvation Army

What it does: The Salvation Army is a Protestant Christian church and international charitable organization working in more than 130 countries. In Ukraine, the group is helping people with food, clothes, blankets, and emotional and spiritual support. They are currently intensifying their efforts in Lviv, and the border with Poland, providing refugees with sandwiches, hot meals, water, and other food and non-food items. The group is also working in Ukraine’s neighboring countries Romania, Moldova, Poland, and Slovakia helping arriving refugees.

How you can help: Donate through its website or text UKRAINE to 52000 with the amount you would like to donate. It is a 501(c)(3) organization, so your donation is tax deductible.

📍615 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, 📞 (703) 684-5500, 🌐 salvationarmyusa.org

International Fund for Animals

What it does: The International Fund for Animals (IFAW) was created in 1969 to stop the commercial hunt for whitecoat seals in Canada. Since Ukraine was invaded, the group has been working with local animal shelters to rescue, house, provide emotional support, and care for animals left behind by the conflict. Their mandate is “when crises occur, animals need people, and people need help,” so they have also partnered with World Central Kitchen to provide meals for residents, refuges, and first responders in the disaster zone.

How you can help: Donate through its website. Your donation is tax deductible.

📍1400 16th St NW Suite 510 Washington, DC 20036, 📞 202-536-1900, 🌐 www.ifaw.org

World Vision

What it does: World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization that has been working with children, families, and communities to fight poverty and injustice since 1950. At the moment, they are helping people inside Ukraine with food and with medical supplies for a hospital that is providing shelter for displaced children and their families. They are also working in neighboring countries like Romania, where they are expected to help 67,000 people with emergency assistance packages and educational and psychological support.

How you can help: Donate through its website. Your donation is tax deductible.

📍P.O. Box 9716 Federal Way, WA 98063, 📞888-511-6548, 🌐 worldvision.org

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Feb. 24, 2022
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