A double-edged sword: how to support Ukraine without getting scammed. Warnings and tips from Sprinterra.
Many of our clients reached out to us, seeking ways to support Ukraine and our local team members amidst the war. Unfortunately, as scammers have flooded the internet, it has become increasingly harder to ensure that your money will actually go to credible organizations.
Please be wary of fraudulent charities attempting to take advantage of this humanitarian crisis. Over the past few months, there has been a sharp rise in phone calls, emails, text messages, and even paid ads soliciting donations in regards to Ukraine.
Even though we encourage you to donate, please do so with caution.
Before giving away your money, please research the organizations to whom you want to donate to. Be certain that said charity is real. Double-check where exactly your money will be going to: will it be used to purchase food, medical supplies, or provide shelter?
If you decide to use payment systems such as PayPal or Venmo to donate to someone personally, make sure that you or your colleagues know this recipient. Also, double-check if this person or organization provides details on the distribution of the charitable donation.
Like any scam, watch out for phishing emails – review the email address and confirm that it’s not a fake domain. Additionally, be careful of downloading attachments from unknown senders.
Here are some of the charities and organizations that are endorsed by Sprinterra:
Save Life Fund
Save Life Fund provides the Ukrainian army with laptops, lights, photo equipment, cables, and other necessities, as well as help soldiers requiring medical assistance and/or rehabilitation.
The Democratic Axe
This organization has been supporting Ukraine’s military since the illegal annexation of Crimea back in 2014. Moreover, the Democratic Axe is run by one of Sprinterra’s former employees.
Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation
Serhiy Prytula, a well-known Ukrainian TV anchor, actor, and producer, has been collecting donations to support Ukrainian Armed forces since 2014. His most famous campaign was People’s Bayraktar.
Help Ukraine accepts donations for purchasing medical supplies, first aid kits, food, and women’s hygiene products.
“Dumbledore’s army” charity fund
This fund delivers food to Ukrainian soldiers.
Medical battalion “Hospitallers”
This organization works directly on the front lines to provide medical assistance to those in need.
Thank you for your support. Every donation, no matter how small, helps save lives. Please reach out to Sprinterra via [email protected] if you have any questions.