Want to help Ukraine? Here's a list of charitable organizations to support
Posted February 28, 2022 6:28 p.m. EST
Updated May 18, 2022 8:30 a.m. EDT
Ukraine is almost a half a world away – but the images of babies born in makeshift bunkers, civilians soldiering up and the tearful goodbyes at the border have touched the hearts of many right here in the Triangle.
Some have taken to the streets in protest, and others are sending financial support. However, before you donate, be sure to take moment to make sure your money is going to those in need –– and not to a scammer.
“Scamming is a billion-dollar business and unfortunately a lot of it is due to charity scams,” warns Alyssa Parker, director of communications for the Better Business Bureau of Easter North Carolina.
Take time do research before donating via social media or crowd funding website.
“The easiest is not always the best way,” Parker said. “GoFundMe does a pretty good job of trying to get rid of those scam websites, but some get through because it’s a lot to vet through.”
WRAL and Capitol Broadcasting Company are proud to highlight the agencies and organizations supporting Ukraine. Be a part of “CBC Cares” by learning more about these great non-profits and how you can help.
Where to donate to help in the Ukraine
To verify a charity yourself go to Give.org and type in the organization’s name. Charitable organizations like including Global Empowerment Mission and World Central Kitchen have options on their website to ensure that your money is directly going to the Ukrainian crisis.
Support Hospitals in Ukraine:
Having raised over $4 million in the last eight years, Support Hospital provides “trauma-related equipment and surgical tools,” among other needed items. They are taking donations via their website portal.
International Medical Corps' teams offer access to medical and mental health services for those living in Ukraine and refugees in surrounding countries.
The Kyiv Independent:
One of Ukraine’s major English-language media outlets, The Kyiv Independent is a recently founded publication doing detailed reporting both on its website and its Twitter account. They are taking donations via GoFundMe.
Support the Ukrainian people
Part of the United Nations’ OCHA division, the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund raises money for those in Eastern Ukraine, which has long been the site of sustained attacks. They are taking donations via their website portal.
Unicef USA is on the ground in Ukraine and Poland, delivering humanitarian aid to children and families including essential medicines, safe water and nutrition and protection for infrastructure like schools and hospitals.
World Vision's Ukraine Crisis Fund provides safe haven and psychosocial support including for women and children escaping the war zone.
Heart to Heart International ships medical supplies and medical aid to hospitals and clinics around the country. They accept monetary donations to support that effort and offer opportunities for people to volunteer, including from the United States, to assemble hygiene kits to be sent to refugees.
The non-profit, New Life Ministries, hosts camps and programs at orphanages in the Chernihiv region, an area that borders Russia. The organization helps run programs at local Ukrainian orphanages and is making sure that the orphanages have food, water and fuel during Russia's attacks.