Mott responds to war in Ukraine

Ukrainian flag flying in the wind with a blue sky in the background.
Ukraine's national flag. Photo: Jorono/Pixabay

As Russia’s hostile invasion of Ukraine continues unabated, we are mindful that, at its core, the conflict is a fight for democracy and democratic values. The Mott Foundation has supported civil society in the region for nearly 30 years. And, since the war began, we have provided nearly $4 million to help address the humanitarian and civil society needs of people in Ukraine and refugees fleeing the war.

Specifically, we have thus far provided:

  • $300,000 in initial support, followed by $300,000 as part of a renewal grant, to the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland to help community foundations address the needs of Ukrainian refugees in Poland, Romania, Hungary and other European countries.
  • $25,000 to the Charity and Health Foundation to help expand the practice and understanding in southeast Ukraine of successful approaches to community-based justice and policing, and to promote grassroots organizing on issues of public safety and access to social and legal services.
  • Two grants — $50,000 and $50,000 to the Council on Foundations to provide funders in North America with monthly briefings on ways to support philanthropy’s response to the war.
  • Two grants — $500,000 and $900,000 to Ednannia to help Ukrainian community foundations respond to humanitarian needs in their local communities.
  • $110,000 to the Global Investigative Journalism Network to help journalists and news correspondents improve the documentation and reporting of potential war crimes in Ukraine.
  • $100,000 to help Gorenie expand its efforts to provide timely and relevant information and support to people evacuating active warzones in Ukraine, and to raise awareness among those mobilized to military duty under martial law of their rights while in service.
  • $250,000 to the Institute for Human Sciences to help document and share the wartime experiences of the Ukrainian people.
  • $40,000 as part of a grant to the Institute of International Education, Inc. to help fund a gathering of Ukrainian civil society leaders at the Salzburg Global Seminar.
  • Two grants — $400,000 and $100,000 — to People in Need to help respond to widespread humanitarian needs arising from the war, and to support the work of Ukrainian civil society organizations during the conflict.
  • $100,000 to the Legal Development Network to help its members provide legal services and access to other key supports to Ukrainians affected by the war.
  • $200,000 to the Network of European Foundations to help civil society organizations in Europe respond to the needs of refugees fleeing the war.
  • Two grants — $200,000 and $150,000 — to the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union to support the emergency relocation of its employees, expand its network of public reception offices providing legal assistance for Ukrainians, allow UHHRU to monitor and document potential human rights abuses and war crimes committed by Russia’s occupation forces, and build legal practitioners’ knowledge of international humanitarian and human rights law.
  • Two grants — $100,000 and $50,000 — to the Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation to enhance training for paralegals working to coordinate humanitarian and legal assistance in conjunction with government agencies and other civil society partners.

We continue to monitor the situation in Ukraine closely and will consider further opportunities to support the Ukrainian people as the circumstances evolve. We know it is critical for us to remain engaged in the country, and we continue to stand in solidarity with our current and former grantees, partners, consultants, friends, family and all the people of Ukraine.