BlueCheck was launched in March 2022 - we’re a collective of humanitarian crisis response experts, entrepreneurs, and filmmakers with decades of experience addressing the needs of conflict-affected populations and documenting solidarity movements countering oppression.
BlueCheck Ukraine identifies, vets, and fast-tracks urgent financial support to Ukrainian NGOs and aid initiatives providing life-saving and other critical humanitarian work on the front lines of Russia’s war on Ukraine. They have the proximity, local knowledge and access to assist those in desperate need.
The war is becoming more brutal daily, with little regard for civilians trapped by the fighting. International aid organizations struggle to reach the most affected parts of the country and, in some cases, have themselves been targeted. Many operate only on the periphery of the war and may be forced to evacuate personnel and scale back operations as security further deteriorates.
Meanwhile, lives are at stake:
Billions have been donated to Ukraine-related humanitarian response efforts since February. But only 1% of that aid has gone to local organizations that are providing virtually all of the assistance inside the country.
Ukraine’s citizens have transformed themselves - from musicians into humanitarian aid workers; from academics into war-time educators; and from social workers into emergency mental health counselors.
Risking their own lives, they evacuate civilians from areas under intense Russian bombardment, organize distributions of food, medicine, and other essentials to trapped and displaced people, and operate 24-hour mental health hotlines for traumatized Ukrainians, among various other aid operations.
Unlike large international aid organizations with massive resources and abundant media exposure, these local groups work in relative obscurity, stretching precious resources to the brink. Each of these Ukrainian-led and grassroots emergency solidarity efforts demands immediate support from donors outside the country.
Since March 2022, BlueCheck has identified, vetted and funded several of these frontline organizations needing immediate financial support to continue operations. And we continue to raise money to support on-the-ground assistance. Our pro-bono partners, Ropes and Gray and Integrity Risk International, provide independent due diligence oversight.
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