How to Help: Responding to the Crisis in Ukraine

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Philanthropists and humanitarians around the globe are watching the unfolding crisis in Ukraine as a result of Russia’s invasion earlier this week.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy, the leading expert in helping donors maximize their impact in response to domestic and global disasters, has shared the following information:

“Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assaults on multiple cities in Ukraine began overnight on Feb. 24 and continued throughout the day. Putin stated that Russian forces are targeting Ukrainian military infrastructure, not people or communities. However, deaths have been reported. This latest attack is part of a multi-year crisis stemming back to 2014 and beyond.

Our response to this crisis is focused on humanitarian needs that arise, particularly among internally-displaced peoples and refugees. We are not looking at the conflict itself except in how it affects population movement and humanitarian needs.”

Community Foundation donors can use their charitable funds to support organizations responding to the ongoing needs in Ukraine. Our team of philanthropic advisors is here to help you navigate and strategize your response. You can use your fund to support these national and local 501(c)(3) charities working to meet the needs of Ukrainians. Please note, this is not an exhaustive list.

While you may also grant to international organizations, the Community Foundation utilizes a third-party service to conduct international due diligence which will result in additional fees.

Responding to the needs of others in times of crisis can be one of the most impactful parts of philanthropy. As you consider your capacity to impact change with your charitable assets, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy offers these seven basic tips for giving back in times of disaster.

Contact the Donor Services team at or 816.842.7444 with any questions.