As Russia continues its assault on Ukraine, striking cities and civilian targets, supporters and activists in D.C. and the U.S. are stepping up efforts to support the European nation.
But not all charities are created equally.
“One concern we have is that some charities, even financially efficient ones, are using this as a fundraising opportunity without a clear idea of how they intend to spend the money, and possibly without any real-world experience in operating in a crisis situation or a disaster or conflict zone,” said Laurie Styron, executive director of Charity Watch.
“Doctors Without Borders is probably my No. 1 pick,” Styron said. The nonprofit got back to her group “telling us in very, very specific terms what they’re doing right now in Ukraine and in the surrounding countries for the refugees fleeing the conflict.” She also recommends CARE USA and Direct Relief.
Charity Navigator recommends about 30 charities, including UNICEF USA, World Vision, Americares, Direct Relief, Global Giving and Water Mission.
Here’s how you can help.
Islamic Relief USA: Islamic relief said its priority is to provide humanitarian relief to families who are in need wherever we can across the world. It met with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), along with a variety of partners, to discuss Ukraine and is is working with an international NGO on the ground now, looking to scale up relief efforts. Donate online.”