As part of a 47 strong UK community foundation network, we are encouraging support for the local community foundations who are supporting those affected by the conflict in Ukraine. UK Community Foundations, alongside the community foundation networks of Poland, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Latvia, are in communication with, and stand in support of, our sister organisations in Ukraine.
Currently 20 of the 33 community foundations in Ukraine remain operational and are being assisted in country by ISAR Ednannia. These community foundations are now taking care of territorial defence. ISAR Ednannia, one of the largest Ukrainian NGOs, has established an Emergency Fund for civil society organisations all over Ukraine, including their community foundations.
Community foundations are uniquely placed to deliver support right in the very heart of communities worldwide. Their networks, local knowledge and funding can enable grassroots organisations to respond quickly to the precise needs of their communities. The community foundations of the surrounding countries are providing essential aid and support to refugees.
For those wishing to give from the UK, we recommend the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal as the most effective way to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine and neighbouring countries.
Here is a summary list of appeals you can support, which have been verified by our network.
- ISAR Ednannia to support the work of Ukrainian Community Foundations
- Disaster Emergencies Committee appeal meeting the needs of all refugees and displaced people in Ukraine and neighbouring countries
- To support refugees in Poland – Federation of Community Foundations Poland
- To support refugees in Slovakia – Slovak Community Foundations Appeal
- To support refugees in Romania Bucharest Community Foundation
- A list of other Ukranian charities requesting support – How to Help Ukraine Now
Refugee support in Oxfordshire
Supporting Ukranians in or arriving to Oxfordshire, please read this article from Asylum Welcome and more on The ‘Homes for Ukraine’ Scheme – Practical Information – published on 30th March. Plus there are statements of support from Refugee Resource and Sanctuary Hosting.
For general guidance, from the Charity Commission and Fundraising Regulator, on how to give safely to registered charities helping and supporting those affected by the invasion of Ukraine, please read here. The Government has also published advice for people who want to give to Ukraine safely.