As the escalating war tears through Ukraine, philanthropic forces from all corners including individuals, family foundations, and companies have mobilized and are serving food, aiding children, and helping in other diverse humanitarian endeavors.
On Feb. 25, a day after Russia began its invasion, the Spanish-American chef, restaurateur, and philanthropist Jose Andres, announced on social media that his global humanitarian organization World Central Kitchen had already begun feeding fleeing refugees on the Ukraine-Poland border.
“Like you, I am distraught watching Ukraine under attack. We must come together as a force for good!” tweeted Andres, who last year won a US$100 million Jeff Bezos grant for his humanitarian work. “In addition to your donations… I am committing support from the Bezos award to Ukraine.”
Tapping into that financial resource is a necessity, since the reality is that humanitarianism requires coordination, concentration—and cash. That’s especially the case in the Ukraine, where the crisis is evolving daily.