24 February 2022

Philea stands in solidarity with Ukraine

We stand in solidarity with our members and all the people of Ukraine amidst the Russian government’s invasion into their lands. Our most heartfelt thoughts go to the families, friends and loved ones affected by this devastating situation.

We believe in a just and democratic world where we recognise that we are so much more similar than we are different.

We believe we are so much stronger together than apart.As we join millions around the world watching the situation unfold, several of our members and affiliates are working on the ground in support of those affected by this crisis.

We stand with them in their efforts to support, and with those who defend, the full respect of international humanitarian law and protection of civilians and civil society, in Ukraine, in Russia, in Belarus and around the world.

To that end, we’ve teamed up with key partners from the philanthropy sector to develop integrated online portals PhilanthropyForUkraine.eu and NGOforUkraine.eu. We aim to better coordinate the efforts, initiatives and calls for donations from the European philanthropy sector and NGO community in Ukraine and neighbouring countries.

Please upload your actions or calls for donations in the relevant portal – and help spread the word.

The list below features actions and statements from our members and affiliates – it will no longer be maintained as we urge all philanthropic organisations and (I)NGOs to use the aforementioned platforms to publish their efforts.

The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation has shared an update summarising its work supporting Ukrainian society over the first 60 days of the invasion.

The European Aids Treatment Group (EATG) has shared a statement in solidarity with all those living in Ukraine and established a page with information on donations targeted to people living with HIV and key affected populations in Ukraine.

Realdania has announced a donation of DKK 100 million to the Danish Red Cross, the Danish Refugee Council and Save the Children, Denmark to support the victims of the war in Ukraine.

The Grantmakers East Forum has published a statement in solidarity with Ukraine and offering advice on what citizens can do to help those in need.

The BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt has published a statement condemning the invasion of Ukraine and announcing its involvement in the Alliance4Ukraine alongside a number of partners.

The Dutch Postcode Lottery is providing over €60 million of multi-annual, unrestricted funding to a number of relief NGOs currently working in and around Ukraine.

The Oak Foundation has allocated $10.75 million to organisations providing humanitarian assistance in Ukraine and is supporting partners assisting refugees in neighbouring countries.

ERSTE Foundation has created a €1 million special budget to help the people of Ukraine, with funds to be allocated through existing networks in civil society and international cooperation with foundations.

The Stefan Batory Foundation has launched the Fund for Solidarity with Ukraine, worth $550 000, to support CSOs in Poland providing assistance to people fleeing the conflict.

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors has compiled an informal list of organisations helping in Ukraine.

The Open Society Foundations has launched the Ukraine Democracy Fund, with an initial pledge of $25 million, to support civil society in Ukraine.

The German Marshall Fund of the United States is publishing “Russia’s War on Ukraine” to help make sense of the crisis and inform the policy response in Europe and America, alongside supporting civil society networks in Ukraine and neighbouring countries, and has issued a statement condemning the invasion.

The King Baudouin Foundation has issued a statement in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, is facilitating cross border donations for refugees through the TGE network and has launched fundraising campaigns with partners in Europe, North America and Asia.

UNHCR is providing assistance to refugees in all of Ukraine’s neighbouring countries: Hungary; Poland; Romania; Slovakia.

The MacArthur Foundation has issued a statement condemning the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, standing with organisations in the nuclear field, and reaffirming that nuclear weapons should be viewed as a liability and not an asset.

The Riksbankens Jubileumsfond has increased its support to the organisation Scholars at Risk, which will now help academics from Ukraine.

The IKEA Foundation has donated €20 million to UNHCR to help people affected by the military action in Ukraine. 

The Prince Claus Fund has issued a statement in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, placed its Cultural Emergency Response programme on standby to offer advice and aid to cultural heritage that is under threat and is working with partners in Ukraine to support the cultural community in need.

Körber-Stiftung has donated €100,000 to initiatives which provide humanitarian assistance in Ukraine and to war refugees in other countries and is working directly with long-term partners in Ukraine.

Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen is compiling a list of offers of support from foundations in Germany to support those impacted by the conflict.

Fondation de France has donated €300,000 to support civilians affected by the conflict and help local associations in Poland and Romania to provide support to families forced to leave the country, and launched an appeal, already worth €1,000,000, for further contributions

The LEGO Foundation, alongside Ole Kirk’s Fond, and the LEGO Group, has made an emergency DKK 110 million donation to support children and families affected by Ukraine crisis

Mercy Corps has shared an assessment of the situation and their response so far, detailing the need for physical cash, support for local actors on the ground, and the provision of trusted information to families and individuals transiting through the conflict zone

The International Committee of the Red Cross is working in the field, with a focus on restoring water supply, especially in medical facilities since water infrastructure has been damaged

The European Cultural Foundation has launched the European Culture of Solidarity Fund – Ukraine edition, to consider cultural emergency requests and joint European actions to stand with Ukraine.

The International Rescue Committee is helping to welcome the refugees from the conflict in Poland, and are supporting partners in Ukraine.

The Lutheran World Federation has launched a call for donations to support the churches and people of Ukraine, alongside issuing statements condemning the conflict, calling for peace, and setting up response mechanisms to help those fleeing the conflict zone.

Olga Aivazovska, Chair of the Board of the International Renaissance Foundation, explains in a video how well Ukraine is able to cope with the threat.

Mott Foundation issued a statement about the invasion of Ukraine.

Schwarzkopf Stiftung and Members of European Youth Parliament (EYP) in Ukraine and in Russia call for peace and share young European perspectives on the current situation and have organised a webinar on 2 March on the background of the escalation of the conflict (in German). With EYP, they have also created an overview of some helpful resources for both people fleeing Ukraine as well as foreigners who wish to help.

Caritas Austria is providing an additional 300,000 EUR for emergency aid and is helping with the distribution of food, heating materials and hygiene items and support children in schools, in so-called Child-Friendly-Spaces as well as care for the elderly in the most remote villages.

Erste Stiftung has published “United in support for Ukraine.” – a Talk Europe special interview with Wojciech Przybylski, Editor-in-Chief of Visegrad Insight.

Open Society issued a statement “Open Society Stands with Ukraine amid Russian Invasion”.