Ways to respond to the crisis in Ukraine

Feb 28, 2022


Years of a diplomatic impasse between Russia and Ukraine escalated when airstrikes by the Russian Federation were launched against the capital, Kyiv, as well as other cities on the morning of Thursday, February 24, 2022. The sharp change of events has threatened to leave millions of Ukrainians displaced as they attempt to flee the country, triggering a potential large-scale humanitarian crisis. Civilians are in dire need of support for emergency evacuation, relocation, and resettlement operations. 


In partnership with Charity Navigator, we are providing a list of highly rated organizations that are responding to the situation in Ukraine. Many are focused on aiding populations that are especially vulnerable in this crisis, such as children. This list is not exhaustive. Due to international granting regulations, these grants may have to follow an enhanced review process and will likely be issued in 5-7 business days. 


Charity NameEINAreas of support
Direct Relief


Direct Relief is in contact with the U.N., multiple Ministries of Health, as well as local NGOs to support medical needs, such as medical attention for individuals displaced within Ukraine, as well as others who have fled into refugee camps in Moldova, Poland, and elsewhere.  

UNICEF USA13-1760110

UNICEF USA has been working to provide psychological assistance and mine safety training to children, young people, and their parents. The organization is also delivering safe water, health, hygiene kits, and emergency education supplies to conflict-affected areas. 

Global Giving


All donations to the Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund will support humanitarian assistance in impacted communities in Ukraine and surrounding regions where Ukrainian refugees have fled. Assistance includes shelter, food, clean water, health and psychosocial support, access to education and economic assistance, and more.  

Save the Children


In Romania, Save the Children is working with migrants and asylum seekers in five reception centers. In addition, their teams are currently conducting a needs assessment in four refugee camps in north-eastern Romania and preparing to distribute essential items and set up spaces where children have a safe place to play, learn, and cope with grief and loss.

International Medical Corps


International Medical Corps is in Ukraine and neighboring countries providing emergency care to vulnerable citizens and refugees affected by the war. The organization is working with health agencies and local partners to offer primary and emergency healthcare, mental health support, gender-based violence response, and COVID-19 prevention services.  

Operation USA


Operation USA is working with the Association of Community Foundations in Poland to provide aid to Ukrainian refugees entering and passing through the country. The organization plans to help provide basic necessities, clothing, food and water, shelter materials, and other vital supplies.   

International Rescue Committee


IRC is working with partners to support evacuation efforts and provide emergency assistance to displaced people. This includes helping people register as displaced as well as ensuring they have groceries, blankets, warm clothes, stoves, and in some cases direct cash payments.

Catholic Relief Services13-5563422

CRS and its partners are on the ground across Ukraine and in bordering countries, ready to provide safe shelter, hot meals, hygiene supplies, fuel to keep warm, transport to safe areas, counseling support, and more.  

World Help54‑1615454World Help is working with national Ukrainian partners who are ready to respond to this tremendous need providing displaced families with food, water, and other basic necessities to survive.  

CARE's Ukraine Crisis Fund hopes to reach 4 million impacted people with immediate aid and recovery, food, water, hygiene kits, psychosocial support, and cash assistance—prioritizing women and girls, families, and the elderly.  


To support these charities or others:

Log in to your online account by clicking the Login button in the upper right corner. Select Grant in the navigation menu at the top of the page and select Recommend a grant in the dropdown.


If the organization is not in your saved charities’ list, type the charity name, region, or interest area in the search bar under Find a charity. Click the magnifying glass to begin the search and then scroll down to see your search results. Charities will appear in a list below. Once found, save the charity by clicking on the star and then click select to begin the granting process. 


You will be asked to select a grant purpose in the first step of the process. To recommend funds to Ukraine relief efforts, select Other, and then click Add Additional Comments. There you can specify "Ukraine relief efforts" or any other details of the grant you wish to recommend in the space provided. 


International granting options:

You may also choose to recommend a grant to an international charity through Charities Aid Foundation of America (CAF America), an industry leader in international granting. To do so simply recommend a grant1 to CAF America, EIN 43-1634280, and choose the specific purpose Other. Then click Add Additional Comments and write in your preferred international charity and, if applicable, a specific area of support. (For example, "The Kraków Foodbank - Ukraine crisis.")

For a full list of international charities that are responding to the Ukraine crisis and recommended by CAF America, click here


If you do not have access to your online account, you can register by selecting the Login button in the upper right-hand corner. Follow the prompts to register for online access. 


The nonprofit community's response will be ongoing, and as such, these lists are not meant to be exhaustive.

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