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05 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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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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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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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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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 […]

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Завдання виконано: навіщо потрібен психолог на війні та після неї Фото 2
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20 October, 2021

The mission is complete: why do we need a psychologist during the war and after it

Military psychologist Andrii Kozinchuk was at the frontline and goes there every year because no one knows how important the mission of people in his profession is. However, there are many nuances in the psychological support of the military, and there are very few specialists in this field in Ukraine. Read below why this happened […]

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Медіа Великих Історій
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20 October, 2021

Act locally: how local philanthropy works

The best things are often born when people do not wait for a mythical superhero to come solve their problem, but undertake to improve life around themselves. We share inspiring examples of such Ukrainian initiatives. English school for children from low-income families in Sumy, the center of leisure and integration of migrants and the Kramatorsk […]

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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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12 April, 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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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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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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Відновити минуле. Як три родини на Львівщині реконструюють старовинний палац Фото 7
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21 February, 2022

Restoring the past. How three families are reconstructing a centuries-old palace in the Lviv oblast

The village of Pidhirtsi, which is located in the Lviv oblast, hosts a 250-year-old castle. Nobody has been maintaining it since Soviet times. It has been falling into decay ever since, until its walls became covered with mold, teetering on the brink of collapse.  However, about eight years ago three families, namely the Herha, Bernyk […]

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Три види свободи: хто такі FREEki? Фото 9
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08 February, 2022

Three types of freedom: who are FREEki?

Here’s our new article about a new clothing brand that places extreme value on the freedom of self-expression, choice and the freedom to be yourself.  This story began with a compliment. A friend of mine came to work wearing a navy blue sweatshirt. I told her it was beautiful, to which she said, ‚Oh, it […]

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Доступне місто: чотири проєкти, які руйнують бар'єри Фото 3
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07 February, 2022

Do it yourself: four local crowdfunding platforms that change Ukrainian cities

What kind of future is possible when it is being directly influenced by the public? A city is changing when representatives of the business sector, of local authorities and civil society join their forces for this purpose. It is changing when its citizens are aware of the fact that one cannot rely upon the state. […]

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Замість сотень корів і тон цукру: якими були стипендії для студентів у 19-20 століттях?
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19 January, 2022

Instead of hundreds of cows and tons of sugar: what was the scholarship allowance like back in the 19th-20th centuries?

What did students of the previous century call ‘a happy and a free ticket to life’, what kind of work did they look for and with the help of what philanthropists did they receive education? Nearly 150 years ago the rector of the Kyiv University Mykola Bunge pointed out that more and more students applied […]

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Що трапилося з українськими благодійниками і меценатами у 20 столітті Фото 6
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17 January, 2022

What happened to Ukrainian benefactors and philanthropists in the 20th century

At the beginning of the 20th century the charitable cause in the Ukrainian lands was gathering much steam. The number of philanthropic initiatives was increasing, as was that of philanthropists and benefactors. One would think that society was gradually tackling main social problems (famine, orphanhood, poverty, etc.). However, a long tradition of charity in Ukraine […]

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Поза увагою: чому варто надавати психологічну допомогу людям поважного віку Фото 3
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07 January, 2022

Disregarded: Why we should provide psychological aid for older people

The problem of a psychological state of other people is underestimated with the society often growing oblivious to it. Natalia Bondarenko, who is a psychologist and expert in developmental psychology and who also holds the position of a Chairwoman of the Board of the Foundation for Supporting Older People ‘Vik Schastia’ (the Ukrainian for ‘The […]

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Як «Олені Святого Миколая» повертають свято до сірої зони Фото 6
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30 December, 2021

How ‘St. Nicholas Reindeer’ brings back holidays to the grey zone

Small towns situated close to the front line can hardly be considered as places where one would like to spend their childhood. Explosions and the sound of shooting can be heard all around. There were times when shells landed on people’s houses. Hardly anyone ventures into this zone. Nothing happens here. However, it is here […]

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Мода на екологічність: українські дизайнери та апсайклінг
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22 December, 2021

Vogue For All Things Eco-friendly: Ukrainian Designers And Upcycling

Meet the Ukrainian designers who promote world fashion.  The fashion industry is beautiful, expensive and … harmful. In 2012 Natural Science published a report which said that the fabric industry is the second biggest water pollutant in the world after the agricultural sector. With the passing of time journalists started finding out that the fashion industry is […]

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Від кризи до можливості
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10 December, 2021

From crisis to opportunity: how can philanthropy accelerate sustainable change?

Every May-June the European Foundation Centre (EFC) invites about 250 member organizations to the biggest European conference dedicated to institutional charity. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-conference had to be postponed until the end of October 2020. The team of Zagoriy Foundation paid their first visit to such kind of a conference. Head of the partnership […]

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Спочатку був кекс: рецепт сталості від Good Bread from Good People Фото 8
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07 December, 2021

In the beginning was the cupcake: Good bread from good people share the recipe of maturity

How to open a social business and not burn out? The Good Bread from Good People bakery in Kyiv has been operating for four years and employing people with mental disabilities for the same time. It is one of the most sustainable social enterprises in Ukraine and one of the few that have been operating […]

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06 May, 2022

MARIA PRIMACHENKO’S PAINTING SOLD AT AUCTION FOR HALF A MILLION DOLLARS. THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE ARMED FORCES OF UKRAINE

The painting of the world-famous Ukrainian artist Maria Prymachenko about Chornobyl — “Flowers grew near the fourth block” — was sold for $ 500,000 during a charity auction for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The auction was organized by the Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation and the Dukat Auction House, which, in fact, […]

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12 April, 2022

Ukrainian Cultural Foundation launches a map of cultural loses

Ukrainian Cultural Foundation has launched an interactive “Map of Cultural Losses”, which shows the scale of destroying historical and cultural heritage objects due to the Russian invasion. “According to preliminary estimates, more than 150 different monuments and cultural objects were partially damaged or completely destroyed as a result of a full-scale military invasion of Russia […]

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30 March, 2022

Odesa City Letters project creates posters to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Museum of Topography in Odesa created poster series. ​​All proceeds will be donated to the Ukrainian army. The museum preserves elements of the Odesa topography, collecting inscriptions from old posters, signs, advertisements, logos, etc. The museum was transformed into a poster bureau during the war, writes Wonderzine Ukraine. The posters depicted phrases that had become […]

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24 March, 2022

How to help Mariupol by watching films: movies to purchase

Ukrainian online streaming platform Takflix has compiled a set of films, “Mariupol, I love you,” that can be purchased to help the city of Mariupol. The city has been suffering the most from the Russian destruction and terror. 50 percent of the virtual tickets sale  will be transferred to the volunteer account of the Mariupol […]

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21 March, 2022

Ukraine: how to help

Over 45 million of Ukrainians need your help to stand against Russia’s war. If you want to give support, there are at least three ways to do so – you can help children injured by war, help the army or help the medical service.For donation you can visit a page prorizne.org and choose the direction of help […]

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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 […]

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 […]

«Таблеточки»: «Ми приходимо із пропозицією рішень»
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20 October, 2021

Tabletochki, “We come with proposals for solutions”

The podcast was attended by the founder of Tabletochki Foundation Olga Kudinenko and executive director Viacheslav Bykov. The guests talked about the values ​​of the foundation, the importance of probing hypotheses in practice and explained why charities should work even better than business. Listen the Podcast of Great Stories to learn about the Foundation’s mission, […]

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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 […]

Zagoriy Foundation: хто ми? Фото 22
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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 […]