and inform others
Misinformation about Russia’s war on Ukraine has been rife. Be proactive in keeping up to date, so you can avoid falling for misinformation SHARE checklist Click to read article and help those around you do the same. Call out misinformation when you see it: “if you see something, say something!” Amplify good information and good arguments by re-posting, re-tweeting, and/or discussing them offline.
For concise updates on the military situation, sign up for the Institute for the Study of War newsletter ISW Newsletter Click to read article (“Sign up for Email Updates” link on the right). For more comprehensive but still concise summaries, sign up for BMB Russia briefs BMB Russia briefs Click to read article (link to sign up here BMB Russia briefs sign-up Click to read article ). The Economist’s coverage of Russia’s war on Ukraine Ukraine at war Click to read article is also excellent and offers deeper dives for a better understanding of the war.
Ukraine needs resources for its military; for immediate humanitarian aid; and for reconstruction. If you can afford to give, please do.
To maximize the effectiveness of your donations, follow these guiding principles How to donate effectively Click to read article : make your donations automatically recurring to support long-term needs; prioritize smaller organizations, which can often be much more efficient than larger ones (e.g., Kyiv School of Economics Kyiv School of Economics Click to read article , Razom for Ukraine Razom for Ukraine Click to read article , and Nova Ukraine Nova Ukraine Click to read article ); and channel your donations to treating the cause of the humanitarian crisis (e.g., donate to the Ukrainian army Donate to the Ukrainian Army Click to read article or to Come Back Alive Donate to Come Back Alive Click to read article ).
Show public support for Ukraine as often as possible
Attention to crises fades fast, and even the biggest European war since World War II is not immune from collective fatigue and inattention Ukraine fears a long war might cause West to lose interest Click to read article . Remind people whenever you can—on social media, via email, text, and in person—that the war is still happening and that Ukraine still needs our help, both on the military and humanitarian front.
Buy a Ukrainian flag, poster, t-shirt, or mug and display/wear them (if you’re an economist, you may like this t-shirt Economists for Ukraine t-shirt Click to read article or this mug Economists for Ukraine mug Click to read article ). Find and attend a rally How to find events supporting Ukraine Click to read article . Learn and talk about rich Ukrainian culture and history Ukraine – Britannica Click to read article at Heritage Nights in local schools and similar events.
Read up on what your country has been doing lately to help Ukraine. Dig beyond government statements because sometimes politicians promise help but then don’t deliver Germany ‘breaks promise to send arms to Ukraine’ Click to read article . Depending on the situation, call your representatives to thank them, to urge them to do more, or both (US representatives’ contacts can be found here How to Contact Your Member of Congress Click to read article ). Post about their actions (or lack thereof) on social media and discuss them with others around you.
Raise money to
Whether or not you have ample funds to donate, finding ways to encourage others to do the same can lead to an even bigger impact. Fundraising also raises awareness of the cause, and it can be fun! A fundraiser can be as simple as distributing posters to help raise funds A poster to help raise funds for the Ukrainian army Click to read article for the Ukrainian army. Here are ten more general ideas for how to fundraise 10 easy fundraising ideas Click to read article effectively. For a deeper dive, here’s a list of 45 fundraising ideas to pick from 45 Fundraising Ideas that Work for Any Organization or Cause Click to read article .
Spend your money
in ways that help
Buy Ukrainian art Ukraine art – Etsy Click to read article , traditional crafts Pysanky – Etsy Click to read article , and traditional clothing Vyshyvanka – Etsy Click to read article . Support companies that support Ukraine Spend With Ukraine Click to read article by buying their products. Boycott and write to companies that have not severed ties with Russia Which companies have left Russia? Click to read article . Buy from Ukrainian sellers (e.g., on Etsy Support sellers in Ukraine – Etsy Click to read article ). Tell your friends about your purchases to multiply your impact!
Use your strengths
Each of us has unique skills that can help Ukraine. If you can write well, consider writing an op-ed in support of Ukraine Write an op-ed to help Ukraine Click to read article . If you are an educator, think about how you can incorporate the Ukraine war into your teaching Incorporate war discussion into your classroom Click to read article . If you have space in your home, house a refugee House a refugee Click to read article . If you work for a large company, find out what it has done to help Ukraine and urge it to do more.
Collect and package humanitarian aid How to send humanitarian aid to Ukraine Click to read article or medical supplies to send to Ukraine. If you’re still unsure where to start, check out some volunteer opportunities from Nova Ukraine Volunteer – Nova Ukraine Click to read article and UkraineNow Volunteer – UkraineNow Click to read article .