March 1, 2022
From the President

Philanthropy can step up in Ukraine

Jean-Marc Mangin, President and CEO of Philanthropic Foundations Canada

The tragic and unnecessary war of aggression in Ukraine is unlikely to end anytime soon. Humanitarian needs are surging in Ukraine, and in its neighbouring countries accepting those fleeing. Refugees will soon be arriving in Canada too as we ramp up our resettlement processes. As we stepped up with COVID, philanthropy should step up wherever it can in this crisis.

Credible options exist for foundations interested in responding to immediate humanitarian needs. Some options include:

  • KBF Canada, a PFC member, which has created a fund dedicated to the Ukrainian response. One of the partners for the fund is UNHCR. See: https://www.kbfcanada.ca/en/projects/ukraine-emergency-fund/
  • The Humanitarian Coalition is comprised of the leading Canadian aid agencies, united in an effort to raise funds, partner with the government, and engage the participation of media, businesses and individual Canadians. See: https://www.humanitariancoalition.ca/ukraine-crisis/
  • The Canadian Red Cross Appeal is supporting the efforts of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of the Red Cross. See: https://donate.redcross.ca/page/100227/donate/1?locale=en-CA
  • MitOst e.V. has been active in Ukraine for over two decades and is part of a strong, decentralized network consisting of over 80 organizations. Its programs and projects are financed by foundations such as the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the European Cultural Foundation and the Stiftung Mercator as well as governmental bodies such as the European Commission and the German Federal Foreign Office. MitOst has been a reliable and dedicated collaborator in the Bosch Alumni Network – a valued PFC partner in Germany – for many years. Note: MitOst is a non-qualified donee if donors are using charitable funds. You will find all relevant information here: https://www.mitost.org/war-in-ukraine/

In addition, the few Canadian foundations that may still have parts of their portfolios invested in Russia should consider calls to disinvest and align their investing decisions with actions taken by Canada and Western nations to economically isolate Russia.

PFC will continue to monitor the situation closely.

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