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08 August, 2022

“THIS IS TESTIMONY TO THE COURT.” HOW PEOPLE FROM KHARKIV PROTECT THEIR HERITAGE SITES

The towns and villages of the Kharkiv region are constantly suffering from Russian shelling. The occupiers are destroying not only schools, kindergartens, and buildings but also unique architectural monuments. In other words, a part of our history and culture that shouldn’t be lost. Local people stood up to protect their historical heritage. Yes, they cannot […]

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04 July, 2022

LET’S JOIN TOLOKA: REPAIR TOGETHER ORGANIZATION RESTORES WAR-DAMAGED BUILDINGS

People have lost their homes: some buildings were destroyed by shelling, others by the occupiers who lived there and left only dirt and chaos behind. However, our strength lies in solidarity. More than one generation of Ukrainians gathered for toloka, and as a group, they helped to do what was beyond the power of one. […]

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10 June, 2022

STORIES ENOUGH FOR A FILM: DIRECTOR AND CONCERT MANAGER — ABOUT “VOLUNTEERS OF CULTURE”

In this article, the Media of Great Stories tells about the “Volunteers of Culture” initiative. Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion, its participants have been helping internally displaced people in the Ivano-Frankivsk region and providing equipment to the Armed Forces. Two men created the initiative. Dmytro Avdieiev, a director of well-known projects “Eat, […]

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24 March, 2022

“This is a trauma for generations.” How The Voices of Children Foundation works during the war

No child should be left alone with a trauma — that is the mission of the Voices of Children charitable foundation. Since 2015, the foundation has been providing psychological and psychosocial assistance to children affected by the war. For the past few weeks, after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the foundation has been working non-stop […]

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01 June, 2022

VERETA: A CENTER FOR WEAVING IN THE VINNYTSIA OBLAST THAT MODERNIZES ART WITH ITS OWN HISTORY

In the village of Stina, which is located in the Vinnytsia oblast, a center for weaving called ‚Vereta’ has been set up. Female masters work at old looms, producing carpets, bags and computer covers. By wearing new patterns and deploying new techniques they make the modern history of the old craft.  *** On a cloudy […]

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22 June, 2022

WAR AND CANCER IN THE COUNTRY: HOW INSPIRATION FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION HELPS CANCER PATIENTS

Cancer Survivors Day was held in Ukraine on June 5. We spoke with Inessa Matiushenko, co-founder of the Inspiration Family charitable foundation. We talked about how the war affected all cancer patients in Ukraine, what new challenges the organization has faced, what kind of solutions have been found, and how the world community came together […]

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06 June, 2022

“All my thoughts are in Ukraine”. How students are studying during the war

Since the beginning of a new stage of war our educational system has undergone major changes. Over 1500 educational institutions have been destroyed in Ukraine, among them schools, vocational schools, colleges and universities. A great many students have been forced to leave their homes and educational facilities to continue their studies abroad. Four students and […]

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24 June, 2022

JUST LIKE IN A BLOCKBUSTER: WAR STORIES OF ANIMALS THAT HAVE WON OUR HEARTS

It is not only people who need help during war. Many animals have become homeless, having experienced bombardments and fled from the occupied territories. They also deserve attention. However, most of them need a new home and a loving family. We have collected stories about animals which had the good fortune to get just that […]

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05 July, 2022

WAR AND CHARITY, OR THE ORIGINS OF MEDICAL VOLUNTEERISM

War always presents numerous challenges. Perhaps the most important one is to save people’s lives, especially on the battlefield. Medical system is not always capable of responding to all requests that arise as a result of war. Where institutions are slow to respond, benefactors and volunteers come to rescue. Medicine is no exception. Its distinctive […]

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08 August, 2022

HOW OWNERS OF A SNEAKER DRY CLEANER HAVE WORKED OUT A HUMANITARIAN ROUTE FROM LVIV TO KHARKIV

One of the founders of a sneaker dry cleaner ‚Sneaker Mate’, Dmytro Dibrivnyi, speaks about why he wants to come back home even after the premises of his business in Kharkiv were hit by a missile, how he manages to find new meanings while helping others.  Dmytro, tell us more about yourself and your project. […]

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08 August, 2022

WARMING A SOLDIER: HOW A CANDLE CRAFT PRODUCTION SHOP WORKS IN THE TIMES OF WAR

Warm candle light may not only embellish your home or festive meal, but it can also warm a soldier or illuminate his dugout, since war has a bearing on everyone’s life, at times changing the meaning of things surrounding us. Those who do their job with love and devotion know how to put to use […]

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15 June, 2022

Saving those who are yours: how Ukrainians rescue pets from the hotspots

Ukrainians in Bucha, Kharkiv, Chernihiv and other cities rescue not only each other but also cats, dogs and even ostriches. We talked to four people who rescued their cats, dogs and ostriches from Kharkiv, Bucha, Chernihiv and Borodyanka about the difficulties in transporting animals, how pets handle the trip and air raid sirens sound. Also, […]

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02 June, 2022

FOR THE GOOD OF EVERYONE: WHAT TO BUY FROM UKRAINIAN BRANDS TO CHEER YOURSLF UP AND SUPPORT THE MILITARY

We’ve selected clothes, accessories and jewellery with Ukrainian patriotic symbols from Ukrainian brands that donate all the proceeds or its part to the military or civilians.  German Apparel  Ukrainian clothing brand recently released a new patriotic drop “Good evening” and donated a percentage of sales to the Armed Forces. The collection includes hoodies with a […]

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30 May, 2022

BUSINESS SUPPORT: HOW UKRAINIAN ENTERPRISES OPENED THEIR FRONT TO HELP DURING WARTIME

Since the beginning of the full-scale war, Ukrainian companies have been actively assisting with significant financial contributions and other resources. Businesses donated millions of hryvnias to the army. IT companies keep paying salaries to workers who went to the front. Banks paid taxes in the month ahead. Creative hubs, coworking spaces and theatres give shelter […]

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29 May, 2022

THIS IS MY HOME. HOW LOCAL CRAFT PRODUCTION POPULARIZES UKRAINE AND HELPS THE COUNTRY PERSEVERE THROUGH WAR

A Ukrainian collects works of our artisans from different regions of the country for an exhibition that will be organized abroad aimed at raising funds for the support of Ukraine.  Oleksandra Burbela was born in Alchevsk, the town in which she was not raised, though. Until she reached the age of 16 she had been […]

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12 May, 2022

“Our client is locked in the apartment”: how ZooPatrul saves pets

The story of the cat from Borodyanka, which was hiding on the 7th floor of the ruined house, went viral. The cat’s rescue was made possible by a community of ZooPatrul volunteers who have been pulling animals out of abandoned apartments since the start of the full-scale war. We spoke with Sonia Sadovska, co-founder and […]

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29 April, 2022

Perspectiva 21.3: How to boil hundreds of liters of soup and keep faith in your mission

Perspectiva 21.3 is a Ukrainian charity organization that protects people’s interests with intellectual disabilities. Their key project is the Center for Social and Labor Adaptation for Young People with Disabilities in Brovary, Kyiv region, where students acquire special skills and learn to live independently. Before the war, students of the Center had an internship in […]

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15 April, 2022

THE WAY TO CHERNIHIV. VOLUNTEERS WHO EVACUATED PEOPLE FROM THE CITY UNDER FIRE

In their recent photos on social media, you can see the ordinary life of young people: hiking, travelling abroad, festivals. Lots of fun, laughter, and drive. In the past month and a half, their photos have changed: cars full of boxes and packages, burning houses, military uniforms, and field roads; pictures of immobilized tanks and […]

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30 March, 2022

«Pregnancy cannot be paused»: how 280 Days Charity Fund works during the war

We have spoken to the founder of the 280 Days Charity Fund about the needs of pregnant Ukrainian women, doctors and birth attendants, and the power of support and work from the bomb shelter because life must go on. The history of the 280 Days Fund started with the personal story of its founder, Alesia […]

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04 March, 2022

Help Ukraine during the war

Waking up from the «war has begun» message, 24/7 checking whether your family and friends are safe, trying to get some sleep on the floor in a metro station or in a bomb shelter, hearing warning alarms and helping our army: this is a new kind of routine for Ukraine. If you feel that you […]

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«Ромашка» та всі її діти. Як на Волині Спільнокоштом створили центр іпотерапії Фото 3
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22 February, 2022

“Romashka” and all of its kids. How a crowdfunding campaign helped open the center for equine-assisted therapy

During 6 years of its existence the center for equine-assisted therapy ‚Romashka’ (the Ukrainian for ‚camomile’ – editor’s note) has managed to put lots of kids with disabilities on their legs and to help them speak again all thanks to the decision made by their parents to fulfill their dream of generating funds for building […]

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21 June, 2022

VOLUNTEER PLATFORM “SPIVDIIA” ABOUT THE FIRST HUNDRED DAYS OF WORK: WHO, WHERE AND HOW HAVE GOT HELP

In 100 days of work, the volunteer platform SpivDiia, initiated by the Office of the President of Ukraine, received almost 268,000 requests for humanitarian aid. Most requests came from Dnipropetrovsk, Odesa, Zaporizhia, Kharkiv and Donetsk regions. Today SpivDiia has 23 hubs in 18 regions of Ukraine. Those hubs were launched together with the Ministry of […]

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14 June, 2022

“NO WASTE UKRAINE” ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCES AUCTION OF RECYCLED COLLAGES

The goal is to raise funds to support the Kharkiv Help charitable foundation. The collages are made of paper waste by the masters of the СUTOUT studio. First, magazines were sorted from the waste at the station, and then the masters found necessary plots for collages there. The funds, excluding production expenditures, will be sent […]

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14 June, 2022

LVIV CLAIMS TO BE THE EUROPEAN VOLUNTEERING CAPITAL IN 2024

Lviv will compete for the title of European Volunteering Capital in 2024. The city has already reached the competition’s final along with the Italian city of Trento. The finalists were determined by the jury of the European Volunteering Capital 2024 competition. This was reported by “Tvoe Misto”, referring to the Lviv City Council. The statement […]

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14 June, 2022

ENTREPRENEUR AND PHILANTHROPIST, WHATSAPP FOUNDER YAN KOUM DONATED $10 MILLION TO UKRAINIANS

American businessman of Ukrainian-Jewish origin, co-founder of WhatsApp Jan Koum is one of the most mysterious philanthropists in the world, writes Forbes.ua, referring to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. It’s turned out that some humanitarian programs that provide assistance to Ukrainian refugees in Europe and help with their evacuation are based on his donations. In 2019-2020, […]

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09 June, 2022

CHARITY IN TIMES OF WAR: STUDY BY ZAGORIY FOUNDATION

Zagoriy Foundation conducted a qualitative study “Charity in times of war.” It’s a study of the activities and further development of the charitable sector in the country during the war. The full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine has significantly affected all life processes, and the nonprofit sector is no exception. Civil society and philanthropists were among […]

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23 November, 2021

Mykola Davydyuk and the road to modernization of a rural museum in Kharkiv oblast

A story about how seemingly impossible dreams may lead to profound changes.  Have you ever heard of the village Parkhomivka located 100 km of Kharkiv? Do you know that the local museum hosts works of the world renowned artists such as Picasso, Malevich and Kandinsky?   If so, the chances are that you have heard about […]

Федір Сердюк: як потрапити у список Forbes-30, рятуючи людей
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12 November, 2021

Fedir Serdiuk: how to land on the Forbes-30 list by rescuing people

FAST provides 150 international and Ukrainian companies with safety services by teaching the personnel to provide first emergency medical aid and supplying the necessary equipment as well as holding fire safety exercises. We talked to Fedir Serdiuk, the founder of FAST, about social entrepreneurship, altruism and money. How did FAST? Did you want to start […]

Засновник Veterano Pizza: «Навіть соціально відповідальний бізнес — в першу чергу бізнес» фото 5
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12 November, 2021

Veterano Pizza founder: ‘Even socially responsible business remains first and foremost business’

From the first day of its opening Veterano Pizza has not only been about delicious pizza, but about something much more. This is a restaurant where war veterans work together with those who have never been in war. Its atmosphere reminds its visitors about the need to help and support one another not only in […]

Віталій Дейнега про вигоряння, звільнення військових і донати. Велике інтерв’ю фото 4
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04 November, 2021

Vitaliy Deynega about burnout, the resignation of soldiers from the military and donation:big interview

The interview on why he left the post of the head of SaveLIFE Foundation, how he connects his publicity with the organisation’s promotion, and what achievements he considers the most worthy. SaveLIFE Foundation is literally one of the most well-known foundations in Ukraine because of two reasons:  as a foundation that effectively assists the military: […]

Cправжнє ім’я та справжні культурні подвиги митрополита Шептицького Фото 3
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21 October, 2021

The real name and real cultural feats of Metropolitan Archbishop Sheptytsky

Andrei Sheptytsky is one of the most outstanding spiritual leaders in the history of Ukrainian people. He led the Greek Catholic Church for almost 45 years, from the boom in Ukrainian national development in the early 1900s to Nazi occupation and the establishment of Soviet rule in the 1940s. For many decades, Metropolitan Archbishop Sheptytsky […]

Галшка Гулевичівна: фундаторка Києво-Могилянської академії і меценатка православної культури Фото 3
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21 October, 2021

Halshka Hulevychivna: founder of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and patron of Orthodox culture

Halshka Hulevychivna is an outstanding philanthropist for her time, a person who today would be called a “charity trendsetter”. The benefactor’s support paved the way for the establishment of the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Halshka Hulevychivna made it into history primarily due having made a gift –  an estate with lands on Kyiv’s Podil – which happened […]

Князі Острозькі: хто і навіщо заснував «волинські Атени»? Фото 3
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20 October, 2021

Princes of Ostroh: Who and why founded the “Volyn Athens”?

The Ostroh Academy and the Ostroh Bible are just a small part of what the “uncrowned kings” of the Ostroh family are remembered for. Rephrasing the researcher Vasyl Ulyanovskyi, the image of princes patrons and enlighteners was firmly attached to the Ostroh during their lifetime and survived for centuries to come, even in Soviet times. […]

Родина Симиренків: американська мрія на український лад Фото 2
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20 October, 2021

The Symyrenko family: an American dream, Ukrainian style

Everyone knows who wrote the great Kobzar. But who made the book be published? Look for this and other great examples of philanthropy in a concise yet fascinating story of life of the Symyrenko family. The sons of entrepreneur Fedir Symyrenko Platon and Vasyl are classic figures in the history of Ukrainian patronage. One of […]

Марічка Паплаускайте (Reporters, The Ukrainians): «Репортаж захоплює читача тоді, коли герой відкритий і відвертий»
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20 October, 2021

Marichka Paplauskaite (Reporters, The Ukrainians), “A story captures the readers when the hero is open and sincere”

Editor-in-Chief of Reporters and co-founder of The Ukrainians Marichka Paplauskaite spoke with Zagoriy Foundation Director Eugenia Mazurenko about media work, important features of quality reporting and the ability to give even more in return for good deeds.  Here are five interesting facts we learned from the podcast: 1) The history of The Ukrainians began with […]

Ольга Руднєва: «Якщо ти не розповідаєш історій, то хто?»
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20 October, 2021

Olha Rudnieva, “If you don’t tell stories, who does?”

Director of Olena Pinchuk Foundation Olha Rudnieva is a person who knows how to draw attention of the media and social networks to socially significant topics. She seems to do so with ease, turning her own stories into spotlights highlighting the importance of developing charity in Ukraine. Of course, behind this apparent ease is the […]

Марія Фронощук (platfor.ma): «Шукайте тих, кому не байдуже»
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20 October, 2021

Maria Fronoschuk (platfor.ma), “Look for those who care”

The good should sound loud, and good communication makes good deeds trendy. Maria Fronoschuk was invited to the Podcast of Great Stories to drop some tips and secrets of modern communication. Maria is a co-founder and director of Platforma creative agency that publishes an online magazine of the same name and implements dozens of interesting […]

Олена Балбек: «Здати кров — найпростіший акт доброти»
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20 October, 2021

Olena Balbek, “Giving blood is the simple act of kindness”

Effective altruism teaches to approach good deeds rationally and to look for a way to bring as much benefit as possible. Olena Balbek is undoubtedly an effective altruist. First, she came up with the donor initiative “Wednesdays in OKHMATDYT.” Eventually, the initiative grew into Blood Agents – an NGO that encourages systemic donation. Olena is […]

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Бізнес ветеранів: де скуштувати пончики Коцюбинського? Фото 3
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21 October, 2021

Veterans’ business: where to taste Kotsiubynskyi’s donuts?

The Entrepreneurship Training Course for the ATO and OFU participants, created by the Kyiv School of Economics with the support of Zagoriy Foundation, has been implemented since 2018.The program has already been unrolled in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, Vinnytsia and other cities. Training is available for free. Over the years, more than 100 participants have applied […]

УКФ та Zagoriy Foundation: підтримуємо культуру разом!
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21 October, 2021

UCF and Zagoriy Foundation – supporting the culture together!

Zagoriy Foundation is the first private charitable foundation to provide financial support to the UCF. Why is it important to develop philanthropy in the field of culture? First, the art reflects the soul and history of society, it also helps us better understand ourselves, our roots, as well as to represent Ukraine in the world […]

Zagoriy Foundation став членом EFC
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20 October, 2021

Zagoriy Foundation becomes a member of EFC

Zagoriy Foundation became the first foundation in Ukraine to join one of Europe’s largest foundation associations and corporate sponsors, the European Foundation Centre. Today, the European Foundation Centre has 241 members from 33 countries. EFC is working to strengthen the charity sector and promote charity as a powerful tool for change. Here is how Oleksandra […]

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20 October, 2021

Zagoriy Foundation: who are we?

Zagoriy Foundation is a family charitable foundation with a mission to develop the culture of charitable giving in Ukraine. The Foundation provides long-term support to the initiatives important for Ukrainian society, creates events and communication campaigns aimed at promoting charitable activities, conducts grant competitions and research in the field of philanthropy in Ukraine. History The […]