March 1, 2022

How Donors Can Support Refugee and Humanitarian Organizations Helping Ukraine

Author Joan Allmaras, Philanthropic Specialist

The Russian invasion of Ukraine that began on February 24th has stunned the world and received widespread condemnation from heads of state, the United Nations and other international organizations, including the global NGO and human rights communities.

As hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian civilians flee their homes seeking safety in neighboring Poland and other countries, civil society organizations and human rights groups are working to respond to the fast-changing needs on the ground.

Many donors are asking how they can help alleviate the suffering that the war has inflicted on a country of more than 40 million. We’ve assembled a brief, non-exhaustive list of humanitarian aid and refugee-serving organizations that are currently working to support Ukrainians.

Airlink (EIN 37-1710848)

Airlink, a charity connecting NGOs with logistics operations, has activated its Europe Regional Response Plan, coordinating 100+ aviation and NGO partners to transport people and supplies into and out of Ukraine.

CARE (EIN 13-1685039)

CARE’s Ukraine Crisis Fund will provide immediate aid to those in need, including food, water, hygiene kits and cash assistance. The fund will prioritize the needs of women and girls, families and the elderly.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy (EIN 45-5257937)

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy established the CDP Ukraine Crisis Recovery Fund, which will address the humanitarian needs of internally-displaced people and refugees.

International Medical Corps (EIN 95-3949646)

International Medical Corps has been working in Ukraine since 2014 providing healthcare services and support. The organization is currently working with the Ukrainian Ministry of Health and local healthcare facilities and responders to determine needs and provide blankets, hygiene kits and other critical items for refugees.

Razom for Ukraine (EIN 46-4604398)

Razom for Ukraine’s Emergency Response Fund is focused on distributing medical supplies to Ukraine. The organization is managing a network of partners to procure supplies such as gauze, tourniquets and sterile pads, then ship them to Ukraine and Poland.

Save the Children (EIN 06-0726487)

Save the Children has been working in the Ukraine since the 2014. The organization is delivering essential humanitarian aid to children and families, such as food, water, cash assistance and winter supply kits. They are also providing psychological and emotional care for children.

USA for UNHCR (EIN 52-1662800)

UNHCR, The UN’s Refugee Agency, has increased its operations and capacity in Ukraine and neighboring countries, to ensure that all Ukrainians forced to flee their homes are safe and sheltered.

World Central Kitchen (EIN 27-3521132)

World Central Kitchen is serving hot meals to refugees at a 24-hour pedestrian border crossing between Ukraine and Poland. WCK is also working to expand its presence to provide food in accommodation centers in Poland, Romania and other locations that are receiving refugees.

Joan Allmaras is a Philanthropic Services Specialist at NPT. She produces tailored, in-depth research on specific issues and geographic areas of interest to NPT’s donors. Ms. Allmaras holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of San Diego and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.

NPT is not affiliated with any of the organizations described herein, and the inclusion of any organization in this material should not be considered an endorsement by NPT of such organization, or its services or products.

NPT does not provide legal or tax advice. This blog post is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be, and shall not be relied upon as, legal or tax advice. The applicability of information contained here may vary depending on individual circumstances.