How to help the Ukrainian people: 3 ideas to give

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After Russia’s full invasion of Ukraine, many Americans from all walks of life are wondering how they can help the people of Ukraine in this time of suffering.

While there are many fundraisers, charities, and organizations to consider donating or helping in some way, Charity Navigator has compiled a list of some of the nonprofits. top-rated organizations contributing to relief and recovery efforts in Ukraine.

These charities received high marks for their financial efficiency and for the clarity and transparency of their operations.

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Charity Navigator helps donors make “smart giving decisions” by providing objective assessments and analysis of the financial health and accountability of America’s largest charities.

The following nonprofits are “committed to relief and recovery efforts in Ukraine and the surrounding region,” according to Charity Navigator.

Several buildings in Starobilsk, in the Ukrainian region of Luhansk Oblast, show significant damage from shelling, according to footage shared by the National Emergency Service of Ukraine.
(National Emergency Service of Ukraine)

While any decision to donate should be carefully considered, the three groups below earned Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars.

Save the children. The organization reports that “Children in eastern Ukraine have grown up in conflict over the past eight years, enduring violence, shelling and displacement. Without urgent de-escalation, the crisis will spin out of control, with devastating consequences for families”.

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A Ukrainian army soldier inspects fragments of a downed plane in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 25, 2022. It is unclear which plane crashed and what brought it down.  Russia is pushing its invasion of Ukraine to the outskirts of the capital after launching airstrikes on towns and military bases and sending in troops and tanks.

A Ukrainian army soldier inspects fragments of a downed plane in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 25, 2022. It is unclear which plane crashed and what brought it down. Russia is pushing its invasion of Ukraine to the outskirts of the capital after launching airstrikes on towns and military bases and sending in troops and tanks.
(AP Photo/Vadim Zamirovsky)

The organization, founded in 1919, claims that 85% of every dollar donated “goes directly to its mission”.

It is a Better Business Bureau accredited charity.

In an “emergency note” posted on its website, the organization says it is “gravely concerned for children in Ukraine, Afghanistan and around the world who could be caught in the middle of armed conflict, forced to flee their home and exposed to injury, hunger and sub-zero temperatures.”

Single and monthly donations are accepted.

Natali Sevriukova reacts next to her house following a rocket attack on the city of Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, February 25, 2022.

Natali Sevriukova reacts next to her house following a rocket attack on the city of Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, February 25, 2022.
(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

HOPE project. The group notes that Russia’s assault on Ukraine “will force hundreds of thousands [of people] to flee their homes. Access to basic needs, health care and more is now at risk.”

It notes that “emergency teams from this group in Europe are sending medical supplies and standing ready to provide health checks and care to refugees.”

“Ukrainians near conflict zones are queuing up for access to money and fuel.”

It is a Better Business Bureau accredited charity; it reports that 87% of its resources support its programs.

The organization says it is “actively shipping essential medicines and medical supplies to affected areas in Ukraine”.

On its website, the group says the crisis in Ukraine has “already caused massive displacement from the capital of Kyiv and other parts of the country, with several thousand people already entering neighboring countries and more to come. “.

People take shelter in the basement of a building as sirens sound, announcing further attacks in the city of Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, February 25, 2022.

People take shelter in the basement of a building as sirens sound, announcing further attacks in the city of Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, February 25, 2022.
(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti))

He adds: “Ukrainians near conflict zones are queuing for access to money and fuel, and although communications and cell towers are functional for now, citizens are preparing for disruptions. important parts of supply chains, healthcare and road access”.

GlobalGiving. The main purpose of the group, he says, “is selfless charitable work in the public interest or [for] certain categories of citizens.

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It is the first and largest global crowdfunding community connecting approved nonprofits, donors and businesses, he says, in countries around the world.

It has provided funds to community-led organizations that are “best suited to provide long-term relief and recovery”.

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Global Giving – a BBB-accredited charity – set up the Ukraine Crisis Relief fund, with the aim of raising $3 million in funding for disaster response.

As of early Friday morning, his website says he has raised over $135,000.

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All donations support humanitarian aid in affected communities in Ukraine and surrounding areas where Ukrainian refugees have fled – “including food, shelter, clean water, access to education, health and psychosocial support,” the organization says.

Michele Blood contributed reporting for this article.

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