Help us defend Kharkiv and Ukraine!

Only 30 km from the russian border, Kharkiv has been under fire every day and night since Feb 24. It’s the second largest city of Ukraine. A lot is at stake here: lives, history, economy, culture.

Mirror Stream Foundation at a Glance

Incorporated in June of 2022, after 3+ months of russian offensive on Ukraine, to combine and improve our volunteering efforts by making them tax exempt, simplifying custom clearance, and providing peace of mind to our donors.

  • Founded by Ukrainian Americans

    we are Ukrainian Americans; we have spent half of our lives in each country; we have families and friends in Kharkiv
  • Not new to this

    we work with people who personally provide support to the defenders and civilians in Kharkiv region; we worked with them since 2014 helping refugees from Donetsk, Luhansk, and Crimea regions and supporting families of fallen soldiers
  • Effective

    we don’t spend on what can be purchased cheaper and found closer to Ukraine. Besides Tactmed, we send hospital supplies and humanitarian aid for people and animals
  • Focused on tactmed

    we deliver supplies that save lives of Ukraine’s defenders, medics, and civilians thanks to a great U.S. partner that provides us with the best product
  • Well sourced

    our tactmed supplier has combined experience in DoD/Military, Fire & EMS, and healthcare; we work with medical offices and established local pet supplies manufacturer
  • Non-profit

    we are officially registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; we are fully reliant on donations and proceeds from fundraisers and merchandise sold
  • 363

    # of donations

  • $14,287

    $$ total donated

  • 672

    LBS of total aid

  • 453

    # of recepients

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March 23, 2023

What’s the Best Site to Donate to Ukrainian War Relief in 2023?

Curated by Bryson Meunier, MirrorStream.org
With so many options, it’s hard to know what the best site is to donate to the Ukrainian survival efforts. In our comprehensive guide we break it down by rating, category and donation type to make it easier.

So you want to donate to war relief efforts in Ukraine? Great! Since russia's full scale invasion of Ukraine started on February 24, 2022 so many lives have been impacted and the western world has stepped in to help Ukraine with military and financial aid, but what can you do if you’re a private citizen who is pro Ukraine and wants to make an impact?

We think this site is one of the best sites for donating to Ukraine because all donations go to the people of the second largest city in Ukraine, Kharkiv, which is a symbol of hope for the Ukrainian people, having already fought back Russian occupation, and a pivotal city in the Ukrainian war effort according to the New York Times. It’s also the hometown of our Ukrainian-American founders, and they deliver many resources directly to the people in need there.

But there are many sites that are worthy of your donation. If you don’t know where to start, we’ve compiled a comprehensive resource for you to give you some idea of what might be the best site to use to donate to Ukraine depending on what’s important to you.

But how do you know if the aid will be donated to the people in Ukraine who need help the most, and not to profiteers? See this section about avoiding scams while donating to Ukraine, and feel better knowing that most sites on this list have been vetted by independent watchdog Charity Navigator, and we’ve listed each site in the list in order of highest to lowest Charity Navigator rating. In fact, when available, the Charity Navigator Rating is listed to the right of the Charity name and description in their own words below.

If your relevant nonprofit is missing from the list, or you feel some of the information is inaccurate or incomplete, please email us at info@mirrorstream.org.

I want to support Ukraine by…

Donating Money

Donating Directly to Ukraine

The Ukrainian Government has set up their own site to accept donations to the war effort in Ukraine under three categories: Defense and Demining, Medical Aid, and Rebuild Ukraine. If you want to donate directly to the war effort, United24 is likely your best option.

Donating to Ukraine’s Military (11)

United24 is a great site to donate to Ukraine’s army and national defense, but there are others as well. All of these nonprofits claim to be working to help the Ukrainian army defeat Russia in this war:

Organization Description in their own words Charity Navigator Rating
Plast "Supporting the Ukrainian army together" Not Rated
Army SOS "Army SOS NGO coordinates efforts to help improve Ukraine’s defense capabilities since 2014." Not Rated
National Bank of Ukraine "The National Bank of Ukraine has decided to open a special fundraising account to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine." Not Rated
United 24 "UNITED24 was launched by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy as the main venue for collecting charitable donations in support of Ukraine." Not Rated
Serhiy Prytula Foundation "Join the strengthening of the Defense Forces of Ukraine, as well as help the civilian population affected by Russian aggression." Not Rated
NGO "Ukrainian Women Veteran Movement" "Ukrainian Women Veteran Movement is a consolidation of female veterans, created to increase the opportunities for self-realization in the society." Not Rated
Revived Soldiers Ukraine "We are now working around the clock to deliver medical equipment and supplies, arrange humanitarian aid, and provide medical treatment to injured Ukrainians." Not Rated
TCCC "The site has accumulated translations of educational materials from the American site deployedmedicine.com, which will be useful to training medical centers, tactical medics and soldiers who save the lives of their brothers on the battlefield." Not Rated
Kyiv School of Economics “Prior to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, we were raising funds for education, now to save lives. So far, we have focused on three main areas: Help medics. Assistance to the military. Assistance to civilians.” KSE is also the US partner of Dignitas Fund whose focus is "on procurement and delivery of the two most essential types of supplies: tactical medicine and communication devices. We sought optimal prices for drones, satellite phones, two way radios, tablets, repeaters, antennas, and other related equipment." 85
"Palyanica Kharkiv" "Military kitchen, hot food for defenders." Not Rated
Charitable Fund "Dysnix" "There are different ways to help Ukraine. For our fund, we chose to supply all-terrain four-wheel drive vehicles that would withstand field and military conditions. The demand for such vehicles is only growing, as they ensure the mobility of combat units, save lives, and are often the targets of the enemy army." Not Rated

Donating to Children in Ukraine (14)

As of this writing there have been 1,292 children killed or injured in the war, and a UNICEF analysis suggests the percentage of children living in poverty has almost doubled to more than 80 per cent in one year of war. The following nonprofits specialize in getting the children of Ukraine the relief they need:

Lifesong for Orphans "We work to break the orphan cycle through the love and truth of the Gospel." 97
A Child's Hope International "A Child's Hope International, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity serving orphans and vulnerable children locally, regionally, and internationally" 96
CARE "CARE has launched a humanitarian appeal to support the most vulnerable Ukrainians, particularly women-headed households and the elderly." 93
Save the Children "In 2022, Save the Children supported nearly 1.1 million people, including 614,000 children, across Ukraine, Poland, Romania and Lithuania." 93
World Vision "We are on the ground in Eastern Europe preparing to meet the needs of vulnerable children and families who have been forcibly displaced due to the escalating crisis in Ukraine." 93
UNICEF USA "UNICEF is delivering critical support to meet emergency needs inside Ukraine and in neighboring refugee host countries." 89
Kidsave "Our team works tirelessly day and night to get those at risk to safety and to provide meals, necessities, and much needed aid to those in need." 86
Okhmatdyt "NDSL "Okhmatdyt" is a multidisciplinary diagnostic and treatment facility that provides specialized, highly qualified medical care to the children of Ukraine." Not Rated
Voices of Children "No child should be left alone with the trauma of war. This is our mission." Not Rated
Tabletochki "Our vision and goal are that no Ukrainian child should die of cancer." Not Rated
The $1k Project Ukraine "The $1K Project Ukraine is a not for profit collective focused on directly connecting sponsors in USA and around the world to help Ukrainian families impacted by the senseless and inhumane war." Not Rated
Children of Heroes "The Children of Heroes Charity Fund cares about children who have lost their parents during the war and will support them until they reach adulthood." Not Rated
Wonder Foundation "WONDER Foundation is working with our local partners in Poland to provide food, shelter, and both emergency and long-term support to Ukrainians seeking refuge in Poland." Not Rated
Wings of Hope "We dream and do everything possible so that every child has access to quality treatment and the opportunity to remain a child." Not Rated

Donating to Give Medical Aid to the People of Ukraine (18)

The Russian Invasion of Ukraine has led to thousands killed and injured, both civilians and enlisted. There are many groups who are looking to help the wounded recover, including the following:

Leleka Foundation "We equip medical professionals saving lives in Ukraine." Not Rated
Razom "Razom is responding to this by providing critical humanitarian war relief and recovery depending on the most urgent needs as they evolve." Not Rated
Direct Relief "Direct Relief has deployed more than 1,200 tons of medical aid, 235.9 million defined daily doses, $30.8 million in financial assistance, and $763 million in material aid assistance to Ukraine since the war broke out." 100
International Relief Teams "Working through local partners, we are providing food, water, shelter and other critical supplies to thousands still trapped inside the country and to refugees in Poland, Romania and Moldova." 100
MAP International "MAP is responding by sending essential medicine, health supplies, and Disaster Health Kits to displaced families and children who have lost everything." 100
Americares "Our Mission: Americares saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster so they can reach their full potential." 98
Heart to Heart International "Heart to Heart International has sent $35 million in medicines, medical supplies and humanitarian aid to Ukraine since the beginning of the attacks." 98
Project C.U.R.E. "Project C.U.R.E. will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Ukraine and will be on standby to assist with any requests we receive for medical supplies and equipment." 97
MedShare "MedShare is a 501c(3) humanitarian aid organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people, communities and our planet by sourcing and directly delivering surplus medical supplies and equipment to communities in need around the world." 94
Medical Teams International "Currently, Medical Teams is on the ground in Moldova providing medical care for Ukrainian refugees." 94
Doctors without Borders "Since February 24, 2022, MSF has brought more than 800 metric tons of medical and relief supplies into Ukraine to support hospitals, health centers, and displaced people." 91
International Medical Corps "International Medical Corps is helping people in Ukraine affected by the war by increasing access to medical and mental health relief services." 89
Project HOPE "Project HOPE is working to mobilize relief as conflict intensifies across Ukraine." 84
Hospitallers "Hospitallers are in a critical shortage of medicines, medical equipment, pickup trucks, and ambulances." Not Rated
Help Ukraine Center "Our foundation accepts donations for the purchasing medications and other necessary humanitarian products in Europe." Not Rated
Fundraiser for Cardiac Surgery in Ukraine "Please help those in urgent need of items for immediate emergency, medical supplies, first aid kits, transportation & critical services." Not Rated
Patients of Ukraine "The CF Patients of Ukraine recovering after the outbreak of war in Ukraine has entered the active struggle against the Russian enemy by providing medical support to the population of Ukraine in the rear." Not Rated
Zdorovi "The ZDOROVI National Humanitarian Aid Agency provides targeted aid to medical institutions throughout Ukraine in the form of medicines, medical instruments and equipment: from collecting the necessary help to delivering them." Not Rated

Donating to Ukrainian People in Cities (9)

There are other sites, like ours, that are working to rebuild cities that have been decimated in the war, including these:

Mirror Stream "Using our connections in Ukraine and finding useful resources in the U.S., we have created a small, but steady stream of supplies to Kharkiv." Not Rated
Serhiy Zhadan Charitable Foundation "A non-profit registered in Ukraine, supports a variety of educational, cultural and healthcare initiatives in the Ukrainian East, to help the communities ravaged by war feel an essential part of Ukrainian society.” Based in Kharkiv. Also provides aid to defenders. Serhiy Zhadan is a renowned modern Ukrainian poet, writer, essayist, translator, musician, and activist. He is one of the key voices in contemporary Ukrainian literature: his poetry and novels have enjoyed popularity both at home and abroad." Not Rated
Charitable Foundation "Sister of Mercy" "On August 7, 2014, the Charitable Organization "Charitable Foundation "Sister of Mercy" was established by uniting a volunteer movement aimed at helping the wounded in the anti-terrorist operation zone, both military personnel and their family members." Based in Kharkiv. Not Rated
Free Kharkiv Volunteers "A team of dedicated Kharkiv residents" Not Rated
Stellar Ukraine "Charitable organization “Stellar Ukraine” aims to help Kharkiv and other Ukrainian cities that are currently suffering from the war." Not Rated
Help Kharkiv "We apply our business expertise to efficiently allocate financial and humanitarian aid across key volunteer groups helping war victims in Kharkiv" Not Rated
Mission Kharkiv "We are providing lifesaving medication to the people who need it most." Not Rated
СHARITABLE FOUNDATION FOR ASSISTANCE TO MARIUPOL "“I’Mariupol” is a unique network of support centers across Ukraine that provides comprehensive support to residents of Mariupol city and Mariupol district." Not Rated
To Ukraine with Love "Helping Ukrainian people in the time of war." Not Rated

Donating to Help Ukrainian Refugees (16)

As of this writing almost 8.1 million Ukrainian refugees have been recorded across Europe, and there are many organizations dedicated to helping these people who have temporarily been displaced from their home, including these:

AirBnB "Take action to open homes in times of crisis." Not Rated
CORE "CORE is on the ground in Ukraine, Poland and Romania, supporting critical needs of refugees and IDPs." Not Rated
A Chance In Life "We have provided aid including transportation, housing, food, clothing, education, medical care, mental health counseling and more to those displaced by war." 100
Center for Disaster Philanthropy "The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is the only full-time resource dedicated to helping donors maximize their impact through expert resources, community-driven grantmaking and philanthropic consulting services." 100
Alight "Alight has provided critical support to more than 526,000 Ukrainians through quick impact projects." 97
ShelterBox USA "ShelterBox is giving people thermal blankets, clothing, and emergency repair kits." 93
HIAS "HIAS promotes prevention of gender-based violence, conducts direct case management, supports women and girls' safe spaces, and distributes dignity kits." 92
ActionAid USA "Over the past year, ActionAid has been working with 40 local partners in Poland, Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine to ensure that the needs of all people escaping conflict in Ukraine are met and that they receive equal support and protection." 90
Church World Service "CWS is committed to help ensure that Ukrainians who have been forced to flee from their homes have a safe, comfortable and dignified place to stay." 90
World Help "World Help is a Christian humanitarian organization helping serve the physical & spiritual needs of people around the world." 83
UNHCR "USA for UNHCR helps and protects refugees and people displaced by violence, conflict and persecution." 83
KHARPP "The Kharkiv and Przemysl Project (KHARPP) is a grassroots initiative that has grown out of our time on the Polish-Ukrainian border, helping refugees with their immediate needs as they arrive into Poland." Not Rated
Polish Red Cross "The mission of the Polish Red Cross is to prevent human suffering and mitigate its effects, and to protect human dignity, without any discrimination on the basis of nationality, race, gender, religious or political beliefs." Not Rated
Refugees Support EU "Through our pioneering Dignity Centre model, we give people choices and offer a sense of normality." Not Rated
Room for Refugees "Positive Action in Housing is an independent, anti-racist homelessness and human rights charity (SC027577) dedicated to supporting women, children and men from refugee and migrant backgrounds to rebuild their lives." Not Rated
STAY SAFE UA "STAY SAFE UA was formed on a common goal: to support people living on the front-lines of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, areas large INGOs are unable to access." Not Rated

Donating to Help LGBTQ People in Ukraine (2)

If you’re looking to help LGBTQ people in Ukraine with challenges they are facing due to this war, check out these sites.

ILGA Europe "As is the world, at ILGA-Europe we are continually assessing the rapidly developing situation in Ukraine and the region, and in particular for LGBTI people." Not Rated
Outright International "Outright is determined to assist LGBTIQ people remaining in or fleeing Ukraine in their fight to survive this brutality." Not Rated

Donating to Help Ukrainians Get Good Food and Clean Water (8)

According to the World Food Programme, a year of war in Ukraine has left one in three families there food insecure. These nonprofits specialize in getting clean water and a hot meal to those who need it most.

World Central Kitchen "We are supporting frontline communities in eastern and southern Ukraine where the need for food is urgent." 100
Children's Hunger Fund "Children’s Hunger Fund is working with partners in Ukraine and Romania to provide aid to those crossing the border to escape the conflict in their homeland." 99
Midwest Food Bank, NFP "MFB is partnering with other nonprofit organizations to donate our nutritious meals, Tender Mercies to the people of Ukraine." 99
Water Mission "Over the past year, we have partnered with local churches and civic groups to serve refugees seeking safety in bordering countries." 97
Action Against Hunger "In western Ukraine, we focus on supporting mobile health clinics, setting up mental health support services, and providing families with cash so they can buy food and other essential items." 96
World Food Program USA "WFP is on the ground inside Ukraine and neighboring countries to provide critical food assistance to those affected by this devastating war." 96
Feed My Starving Children "In the year since the full-scale war in Ukraine began, we've sent 24 million meals to the region." 94
The Outreach Program "The mission of the outreach program is to provide safe water, food, medical care and education to children and those in need, at home and abroad." 93

Donating to Support Journalists in Ukraine (4)

Journalists in Ukraine are in a unique position and are working to bring the light of truth to what’s happening on the ground. Many of them won’t survive without help sites like these give.

The New Voice of Ukraine "Support NV.UA with a voluntary contribution so that we can fight on the information front until we win this war." Not Rated
The Fix "Support Ukrainian media to keep them working." Not Rated
Fundraiser for Kyiv Independent "The Kyiv Independent team has worked tirelessly to bring the world trusted, important information about the facts on the ground since the start of war." Not Rated
Texty "TEXTY.ORG.UA is an independent publication without intrusive advertising and custom materials." Not Rated

Donating Humanitarian Disaster Relief to Ukraine (45)

There are many great organizations to donate to in order to ease some of the pain and suffering of the people of Ukraine. Very similar to the sites above, but these sites don’t specialize in giving to a certain group. If you want your donation to reach a lot of people in Ukraine that need help, these sites will be good to donate to.

Radical Philanthropies "A global decentralized effort to help Ukrainians and other nations deal with the humanitarian crisis and consequences of a brutal invasion by the Russian Federation." Not Rated
Catholic Relief Services "CRS and Caritas partners are ready to provide safe shelter, hot meals, hygiene supplies, fuel to keep warm, transport to safe areas, counseling support and more." Not Rated
UMCOR "Grants for immediate relief have been given to trusted partners – United Methodist churches in surrounding countries, ecumenical partners and non-governmental organizations – to provide direct aid inside Ukraine as well as help for those who have fled to surrounding countries." Not Rated
Choose Love "Thanks to your donations, we are now supporting over 90 projects who are providing vital aid and services to those still in and fleeing the country" Not Rated
International Committee of the Red Cross "The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and its partners, primarily the Ukrainian Red Cross Society, have maintained a close proximity to the people affected by the armed conflict in Ukraine in particular in Eastern Ukraine, working together to respond to the vast needs generated by long years of armed conflict." Not Rated
Red Cross Red Crescent "The Ukrainian Red Cross Society always helps vulnerable groups of population, and develops community’s capability to prevent and overcome humanitarian and social crises." Not Rated
Corus International "Your generosity helped us deploy experts to support our relief operations, including a program manager, a health advisor, and an advisor to lead our efforts to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse in Ukraine and for Ukrainian refugees." Not Rated
Nova Ukraine "We work diligently to provide humanitarian aid to vulnerable groups and individuals in Ukraine and to raise awareness about Ukraine in the US and throughout the world." Not Rated
Matthew 25: Ministries "Matthew 25 works with partners throughout the year to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine and other areas within the Commonwealth of Independent States." 100
Malteser International "Our aid focuses on psychosocial support for internally displaced persons, the strengthening of the health system, the provision of winter aid and urgently needed relief supplies." 100
Convoy of Hope "Convoy of Hope is a faith-based, humanitarian organization whose driving passion to feed the world delivers hope where it's needed most." 99
All Hands and Hearts Smart Response "All Hands and Hearts is a volunteer-powered nonprofit that addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by disasters." 98
GlobalGiving "Your donation to this fund will support Ukrainians in need, now and in the future, with a focus on the most vulnerable." 98
Team Rubicon "Team Rubicon is a veteran-led humanitarian organization that serves global communities before, during, and after disasters and crises." 97
Samaritan's Purse "During a year of war in Ukraine, Samaritan’s Purse has provided food, water, medical care, shelter materials, and more to over 8 million people." 95
Jewish National Fund USA "Jewish National Fund-USA affiliates are on the ground at the Ukrainian border and in Israel helping refugees find safety - both emotionally and physically - as well as setting them up for a successful future during this tumultuous time." 95
Operation Blessing International "With your support, we are dedicated to serving disaster victims in times of crisis both in Ukraine and around the world." 95
World Hope International "World Hope is working with partners on the ground in Moldova to welcome and care for all those fleeing the country." 93
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee "JDC has continued uninterrupted its life-saving care for tens of thousands of Ukraine’s most vulnerable Jews." 92
Hope for Ukraine Inc. "Learn more about the Hope For Ukraine effort in reducing HIV among children, rehabilitation of wounded soldiers as well as providing food and clothing to the needy families." 92
Episcopal Relief & Development "Your urgent support will help Episcopal Relief & Development provide humanitarian assistance to people fleeing the violence in Ukraine, working with ACT Alliance and our Anglican partners in Europe." 92
Good360 "To date, Good360 has distributed over $75 million worth of products to nonprofit partners supporting Ukrainian refugees and internally displaced persons." 92
Humanity & Inclusion "Help us deliver aid to Ukrainians fleeing conflict, especially those with injuries and disabilities." 91
HOPE worldwide "HOPE worldwide is actively responding to the situation preparing aid and recovery assistance for our brothers & sisters and neighbors affected in Ukraine." 90
Operation USA "To date, we have distributed $600,000 in grants to six worthy groups supporting children and families, the elderly and members of the LGBTQI+ community with access to food and water, psychological support, health and hygiene supplies, dedicated support services and winterization." 90
Islamic Relief USA "Working together for a world free of poverty." 87
International Rescue Committee "The IRC has been on the ground for the past year, supporting families in Ukraine and those who’ve fled to surrounding countries." 87
United Help Ukraine "The mission of United Help Ukraine (UHU) is to provide the people of Ukraine with critical support that will enable them to survive in the face of adversity, to defend and regain their sovereign territory, and to rebuild and thrive well into the future." 87
Oxfam America "As of October 30, Oxfam and partners had provided humanitarian assistance to 600,000 people across Romania, Poland, Moldova, and Ukraine." 85
Global Communities "Global Communities is working directly with local governments and civil society organizations to respond to critical needs in 8 communities across 3 oblasts in western Ukraine." 85
Mercy Corps "Mercy Corps is on the ground in Ukraine, Romania, and Poland, working quickly to understand the evolving humanitarian needs as we respond." 85
United Ukrainian American Relief Committee, Inc. "In addition to our humanitarian aid, education, sustainable land programs abroad, and our immigrant programs here in the U.S., we are often the first to respond to aid victims of natural disasters such as floods or mine accidents." 72
Help UKRAINE 22 "Help UKRAINE 22 OPERATION PALYANYTSYA. Support is provided both financially and in humanitarian and medical supplies." Not Rated
Health of the Ukraine People "International charitable foundation "Health of the Ukranian people" (HOUP) at work since 2009. We kmow how to help Ukraine." Not Rated
UN Crisis Relief "United Nations Crisis Relief connects people who care to people in crisis, providing support where it matters most." Not Rated
Kyiv School of Economics "We are raising USD 50,000,000, to procure the key supplies to support those in need." Not Rated
Ukraine-Hilfe Berlin e.V. "We are Ukrainians and friends of Ukraine from Berlin and all over the world." Not Rated
Future For Ukraine "Charity Foundation, created by Ukrainians for Ukrainians." Not Rated
Global Empowerment Mission "We have sent 751 trucks of aid into the region and housed or relocated 52,368 individuals. GEM is now also repairing multiple key structures and homes within Ukraine." Not Rated
Libereco "Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights is an independent German-Swiss non-governmental organisation dedicated to the protection of human rights in Belarus and Ukraine." Not Rated
Polska Akcja Humanitarna "As part of our regular activities in Ukraine, we provide ongoing support for war victims remaining in the country. " Not Rated
SpivDiia "SpivDiia - is a national wide platform based on support centers network in almost all regions of Ukraine that unites volunteer, state, and business initiatives for humanitarian aid and support services to the citizens of Ukraine during the war." Not Rated
Ukraine Brokers Without Borders "UA Brokers Without Borders is an international non-profit initiative, run by Ukrainians living abroad but carrying Ukraine in their hearts." Not Rated
Vostok SOS "Comprehensive assistance to conflict-affected persons and IDPs, promoting democratic transformation and human rights values in Ukraine." Not Rated
Your Support Foundation "All the raised funds will be spent on purchase of medicines, medical products, foodstuffs, hygienic items, and other humanitarian help." Not Rated

Donating to Help Animals in Ukraine (4)

Most of the sites on this list are focused on humanitarian efforts in the war, but if you’re looking to donate to help animals affected by the war, these sites are focused on that:

International Fund for Animal Welfare "We have been working tirelessly to support refugees and their pets, fund shelters and zoos in need of critical supplies, and aid with animal rescues." 87
Humane Society International "Our Animal Rescue Team and country office staff are on the ground in Europe, helping Ukrainian refugees fleeing the conflict with their beloved pets by providing funding and supplies such as pet food, collars, leads, toys, treats and water bowls, as well as veterinary care." 84
Uanimals "Since the beginning of the full-scale war, we have been actively helping animals from the war zone: evacuation, food and medicine for shelters." Not Rated
UPAW "Ukrainian Pet Association Worldwide is the first community in Ukraine that implements innovative management in the field of animal welfare." Not Rated

Avoiding Scams while Donating to Ukraine

In May 2022 a BBC investigation found hundreds of scams related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, where scammers try to convince potential donors that they’re a legitimate charity and then disappear once they’ve gotten their money. Don’t fall for it. Using lists like this can help you make more informed choices about who you donate to. All of the sites on this list are commonly found on other lists, and most are listed in Charity Navigator or Guidestar, which can help donors see where the money goes. The higher the score on Charity Navigator the better, generally, and all of the following sites have scores of 90 or higher on Charity Navigator:

Keep in mind, UNICEF, which is a legitimate nonprofit with millions of dollars in donations, has a Charity Navigator score of 89, so there are worthy sites beyond this list. If a site is not in Charity Navigator, Guidestar or a similar site that makes nonprofits accountable, look to see whether the site has been audited by Deloitte or a similar governing body to make sure you know that your money will be safe. There are, of course, sites that do not have these safeguards that are legitimate nonprofits, but it could reduce your risk of being scammed if you look for these signals1.

1 We have listed “Kyiv School of Economics” despite their lower score of 85 because of their connection to recently formed “Dignitas Fund”: “Dignitas is a non-profit organization currently only registered in Ukraine. In the United States we work with a partner 501(c)3 organization "Kyiv School of Economics" under the trade name of "Dignitas" to collect donations.” Dignitas is founded by highly respected and experienced volunteers who used to work under the well-known Razom organization, specifically their Emergency Response project. In February 2023, the Emergency Response project team decided to register its foundation to “focus the efforts and be more effective in supporting Ukrainian defenders and veterans.”

Donating Something of Value Other Than Money

Donating Stock to Ukraine (53)

If you’re looking to donate appreciated stock, many nonprofits on this list will be happy to receive it, including the following sites that accepted stock at the time of writing:

Donating Cryptocurrency to Ukraine (53)

Like stocks, cryptocurrency like Bitcoin is accepted by many of the nonprofits on this list, including the following at the time of writing:

Donating Clothes to Ukraine (11)

Donating clothes is more difficult as most nonprofits prefer monetary donations, but look to see if there are in kind donations accepted near you for Ukraine. At the time of writing all of the following accepted clothing for people in Ukraine:

Donating a Car to Ukraine (15)

If you have a car that you can’t use, you can donate it to the cause of Ukraine. At the time of writing all of these nonprofits accept cars and other vehicles:

Donating Medical Aid to Ukraine (15)

Many nonprofits on this list accept donations to provide medical aid for Ukrainians and some of them accept donations of medical aid for Ukraine. If you have medical equipment that you want to donate, check out the following sites:

Donating to a Faith-based Organization (126, secular included)

If your faith is important to you, whether or not a site is the best site for you to donate to could have to do with whether that site shares your values and beliefs. If you’re looking for a faith-based nonprofit, use this as a guide:

Christian

Catholic Relief Services
UMCOR
Corus International
Matthew 25: Ministries
MAP International
Children's Hunger Fund
Midwest Food Bank, NFP
Convoy of Hope
Lifesong for Orphans
Water Mission
A Child's Hope International
Samaritan's Purse
Operation Blessing International
Feed My Starving Children
Medical Teams International
World Vision
World Hope International
Episcopal Relief & Development
HOPE worldwide
Church World Service
World Help

Jewish

Jewish National Fund USA
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
HIAS

Muslim

Islamic Relief USA

Secular

Uanimals
Okhmatdyt
Voices of Children
Tabletochki
The $1k Project Ukraine
Children of Heroes
Wonder Foundation
Wings of Hope
Mirror Stream
Free Kharkiv Volunteers
Stellar Ukraine
Help Kharkiv
Mission Kharkiv
СHARITABLE FOUNDATION FOR ASSISTANCE TO MARIUPOL
To Ukraine with Love
ENGin
Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine
Radical Philanthropies
Choose Love
International Committee of the Red Cross
Red Cross Red Crescent
Nova Ukraine
Help UKRAINE 22
Health of the Ukraine People
UN Crisis Relief
Kyiv School of Economics
Ukraine-Hilfe Berlin e.V.
Future For Ukraine
Global Empowerment Mission
Libereco
Polska Akcja Humanitarna
SpivDiia
Ukraine Brokers Without Borders
Vostok SOS
Your Support Foundation
ILGA Europe
Outright International
The New Voice of Ukraine
The Fix
Fundraiser for Kyiv Independent
Texty
Leleka Foundation
Razom
Hospitallers
Help Ukraine Center
Fundraiser for Cardiac Surgery in Ukraine
Patients of Ukraine
Zdorovi
AirBnB
CORE
KHARPP
Polish Red Cross
Refugees Support EU
Room for Refugees
STAY SAFE UA
Plast
Army SOS
National Bank of Ukraine
United 24
Serhiy Prytula Foundation
NGO "Ukrainian Women Veteran Movement"
Revived Soldiers Ukraine
World Central Kitchen
Malteser International
Direct Relief
International Relief Teams
A Chance In Life
Center for Disaster Philanthropy
All Hands and Hearts Smart Response
GlobalGiving
Americares
Heart to Heart International
Team Rubicon
Project C.U.R.E.
Alight
Action Against Hunger
World Food Program USA
MedShare
CARE
Save the Children
The Outreach Program
ShelterBox USA
Hope for Ukraine Inc.
Good360
Humanity & Inclusion
Doctors without Borders
Operation USA
ActionAid USA
UNICEF USA
International Medical Corps
International Fund for Animal Welfare
International Rescue Committee
United Help Ukraine
Kidsave
Oxfam America
Global Communities
Mercy Corps
Humane Society International
Project HOPE
UNHCR
United Ukrainian American Relief Committee, Inc.

Disclaimer: MirrorStream has reviewed and regularly updates the list for accuracy but the best site to donate to Ukraine is subjective based on what type of donation you wish to give. MirrorStream is not responsible for the sites on this list, but if you feel one is not fit to be on a list of best sites to donate to, please contact us and we will investigate. Sites are routinely added to and deleted from this list as is necessary.

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December 14, 2022

Donations on Hand Inventory. Need Help with Shipping to Ukraine

It's early Wednesday. Wednesday is a shipping day whenever we have what to ship and the funds to cover so I took inventory of the donations on hand.
The coats and boots are an echo of my call on Nextdoor a couple months ago. The volunteers told me they are still needed so I keep accepting them. I have just received the individual doses of meds for IFAKs from our partner, Eric Jones from J5 Rescue Supply LLC. Cant thank him and his company enough for everything they do.
The formula and PediaSure came from a pediatric nurse of Ukrainian heritage who saw my posts on Nextdoor and decided to reach out. She said she can donate more, "but it's so heavy, will you be able to ship it?" I don't know. Without money donations I won't. But these are all needed things in Ukraine.
People from deoccupied territories got nothing left. Clothes, boots, and baby food is for them. Meds are needed on the front line. This packaging allows quick and easy access in the dire conditions.
Also, I have received an email from the local private pharmacy. As you can see, they have prepared a load of children's Tylenol and expecting seasonal meds for us from their vendors. I need financial support to move all this treasure to Ukraine.

Please support our efforts. Choose a gift or two from our merch page. We have hand-painted Christmas decorations arriving in a day or two. Come, check them out.

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December 9, 2022

Sourcing and Procurement: Medical Equipment for Bakhmut

The two volunteers, Yulia and Tetyana, that I am working with are taking medical supplies to locations where no one else is going, like the medical stabilization station in Bakhmut. Bakhmut is one of the hottest points in the Ukrainian battlefield (read here the article in NY Times from November 27th about Bakhmut).

Recently Yulia posted about the need for CT-6 traction splints. The CT-6 is a Leg Traction Splint designed for Pre Hospital Care and Patient transport, specifically in combat scenarios. It is primarily used on patients with mid-line femur fractures. The CT-6 helps relieve patient pain and prevents further damage to surrounding muscle and tissue while reducing the risk of death caused from severed arteries.

On December 3rd, I started a fundraiser for 5 such splints (the minimal required quantity). The cost of one unit at the Rescue Supply store is roughly $148 and each unit weighs 1.1lbs so the shipping cost for 5 units comes to $38 so the total of $778 was needed. I have also reached out to the manufacturer, FareTec Inc, directly to see if they can help in any way.

On December 5th, Ukraine's Volunteer's Day, I received a response from FareTec. They offered me a distributor's price of $99 and recommended upgrading to the next gen, CT-7, for the price of CT-6. At that time we raised $600 and decided to order six splints. As of today, December 9th, the splints have been ordered. We have also received another donation that will cover the shipping to us and to Ukraine.

We did this in 6 days. We could do it even faster if we had quicker access to the money so we are working now on padding the fund. Please support us. We will make every dollar go a long way. Please help us save the lives of Ukrainians defending their land and right to exist.

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December 7, 2022

Today is Armed Forces of Ukraine's Day

Yesterday Ukraine celebrated Volunteer's Day and today is its Armed Forces Day. It's not a coincidence that these two holidays go hand in hand since 2014, just like defenders and volunteers. A lot of people who volunteered in 2014-2015 joined the army at the offset of russian offensive on Ukraine. According to  Ukrainian Military Pages, in 2021 Ukrainian military counted 245K people. In 2022, up to 700,000 were mobilized for Armed Forces alone and as of March of 2022, 100,000 Ukrainians joined the Territorial Defense Forces, the country’s volunteer force organized to resist the russian invasion. More than 1 million people in Ukraine are now fighting against Mordor that is russia, through sweat, blood, and heartbreak; 80% of them - former civilians with regular jobs and comforts of modern lives. Can you imagine a day-to-day life in the tranches? "How could anyone ever know of the price paid by soldiers in terror, agony and bloodshed if they’d never been to places like Normandy, Bastogne or Haguenau?" - Webster (Voiceover), Band of Brothers, S1.Ep8: The Last Patrol. This is what I am thinking about today. Mariupol, Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk, Pisky, Bakhmut, ... .  How will I ever know? But I know the basics - the need for heat, equipment, meds, nutrition and I can keep showing up with everything I can.

Here is a cool story of the rangefinder that was hand-delivered to Ukrainian front line all the way from New York: first, from one new yorker with Kharkiv roots to another; then in the carry-on of a lovely American young woman (also with Kharkiv roots) traveling from NYC to Chicago; then in the carry-on of an equally lovely childhood friend of mine traveling home from Chicago to Kharkiv via Lviv where it was picked up by a member of the TDF (Territorial Defense Forces) and handed off to one volunteer then another volunteer (originally from Kharkiv) and finally - to this handsome Ukrainian brave.

Another fun fact is that in its previous life (in early 00's) this rangefinder belonged to a rich russian tourist who brought it to America to hunt bears (as you do), didn't find any bears and left home sans the instrument. Spoils of war.

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December 4, 2022

Sourcing Much Needed and Hard to Find Equipment for Kharkiv Hospital

I want to demo how the Mirror Stream makes a real difference for Kharkiv, Ukraine; where our edge is.

In early October, one of the volunteers connected me with a surgeon at one of the Kharkiv hospitals to see if there was any medical equipment that I could find for them on dotmed platform.

The surgeon told me that they have a really urgent need in <certain equipment>* and that it was challenging both to find it and to pay for it. They managed to find it but the sponsor disappeared. I couldn't pay for it either, so I offered to write a letter on behalf of the hospital and sent it out to the organizations who might donate such equipment.

Almost a month later, on November 8th, the surgeon wrote to me asking if there were any news on this equipment because 1. they pretty much ran out and 2. they couldn't find it anywhere any longer. I didn't have any news. We spoke at 8:42am. By the most extraordinary coincidence, at 10am on the same day I have received a notification of a $1000** donation from a former colleague who asked to remain anonymous. This sum would cover the most of the price of the equipment so at 11:18am I sent the first inquiries about the equipment - to the sales HQ of the manufacturer in Poland and North America. I thought maybe they would give the nonprofit a discount so that $1000 would be enough. Overall I ended up sending 20 emails by noon - to every company I could find online that dealt with the sought equipment.

On the next day I received the first (and only, as it turned out) response (further research showed that these things were out of stock pretty much everywhere). The cost was $1400. They had no discounts but they would ship for free and wouldn't charge sales tax. That was great but I was still $400 short and at no capacity to raise it.

And that's when another extraordinary thing happened. I have received a check in the mail for $2000*** as a donation to my nonprofit. This person is a relative of my friends, who took Ukrainian fight to heart. We haven't met, I was simply recommended to him by my friends.

On November 22nd, two weeks later, I received the equipment. When I sent a picture to the surgeon in Kharkiv, he couldn't believe it: "It's them!!! Thank you so much!!!". I am adding a picture of the machine for which these mounting pads are. It's a heart lung machine Sorin Stöckert S5****. Without these pads machine cannot be used. Without the machine, cardiopulmonary bypass surgeries cannot be performed.
They arrived two days before my friend Kostya's departure for Ukraine. He delivered them directly to the hospital on November 29th.

While I am bragging, there is a point to it. Some fonds and volunteers have the reach and the pull to raise substantial resources and/or have a member with substantial resources. I am not them. Some, through their professional affiliations, have direct access to donors of the supplies. I am not them either. Some people have only their time and skills to donate. With this story I am trying to demo what skills we bring to the table.

We are good at finding stuff (online or locally) that are hard to find (once I found a radiator for 2014 Chevy Spark EV that pretty much existed in only one instance online and delivering it to Ukraine within 10 days. I am good at writing inquiries (and doing it quickly) and establishing the relationship, the followthrough, and making time to do it all. I am good at getting shit done. Having a nonprofit, allows me to engage organizations that otherwise would not. Unfortunately, without financial resources getting shit done is not possible. Without your support, there is not much we can do. Please, spread the word. I have registered on charitynavigator.com, but we won't get rated until March. Can use some help right now.

Thankful for all of you and your support.

* The name and the catalogue number of the equipment was not given to me; I did research and found it myself

**I have received a donation of that magnitude only twice before

*** The largest monetary donation I have received to date

****A heart-lung machine allows the surgeon to carefully stop the heart while still maintaining blood circulation. The machine consists of a pump, which functions as the heart, and an oxygenator, which replaces the function of the lungs.

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Our merch

We have a unique collection of merchandise that is created by Ukrainian craftswomen in Kharkiv, Lviv, and Chicago. The items from Kharkiv are truly special – they are created under constant shelling, with shortage of materials and logistics challenges by real artists and craftswomen. The items made in Chicago are less exquisite, but continue the Ukrainian design tradition. We also have Ukrposhta memorable stamps provided to us by Kharkiv volunteers for raising funds.

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Delicate Christmas Tree Ornament, Hot Pink on Beige
Hand-painted in Ukraine, Petrykivka style on wood, by Anna SlepchenkoOnly one available.
Delicate Christmas Tree Ornament, Hot Pink on Beige
Hand-painted in Ukraine, Petrykivka style on wood, by Anna Slepchenko
Only one available.
$40
Stunning Christmas Tree Ornament, White and Gold on Black
Hand-painted in Ukraine, Petrykivka style on plastic, by Anna Slepchenko (signed)Three available.
Stunning Christmas Tree Ornament, White and Gold on Black
Hand-painted in Ukraine, Petrykivka style on plastic, by Anna Slepchenko (signed)
Three available.
$40
Beautiful Table Top Christmas Tree
Hand-painted in Ukraine, Petrykivka style on wood, by Anna Slepchenko
Beautiful Table Top Christmas Tree
Hand-painted in Ukraine, Petrykivka style on wood, by Anna Slepchenko
$45