Humanitarian aid for Ukrainian refugees and Ukrainian women, children, and orphans. Ukraine only focus. Medicine for Ukraine.
Humanitarian aid shipments to Bucha, Ukraine and critical locations inside Ukraine: In the first two months of the invasion we shipped 12,000 LBS of humanitarian aid supplies, including medical, hygiene, food, clothes, and survival gear.
Ukrainian refugee support: We obtain visas Ukrainian refugees to come to the U.S., Canada, and Europe. We find housing for Ukrainian refugees and we obtain pet permits and get emotional support documentation for pets. We help with local refugee assimilation, e.g., sign up refugee children for soccer teams and provide equipment.
We spend 100% of humanitarian aid donations received on shipping costs for supplies donated separately and collected by our all volunteer network, moved with donated trucks, and stored in donated spaces. We get financial leverage on cash donations because we don't purchase supplies, we just pay the shipping.
SINGLE CAUSE: UKRAINE CRISIS
We focus exclusively on direct aid to Ukrainians affected by the invasion so you know exactly which cause you are donating to. All of our volunteers join up specifically to pour themselves into the Ukraine emergency cause.
As a new single cause charity, we are not distracted by legacy programs for the general education and economic well being of Ukraine much less by programs for other countries.
I love Ukraine believes the best of humanity will triumph over war atrocity. We call our family and friends in Ukraine daily and ask what they need and listen to their struggles. We decorate our supply shipments to Ukraine with yellow and blue hearts drawn by our own children. We thank our donors individually. We thank God for the help we have been given and we pray for our Ukrainian sisters and brethren.
HIGH FINANCIAL LEVERAGE
We get high financial leverage on cash donations entrusted with us because we don't purchase supplies, we just pay the shipping, and we minimize the shipping by obtaining discounted shipping prices from FedEx and other carriers. Most of our donations are in-kind donations of baby, medical, hygiene, and survival supplies and clothes. We spend 100% of cash donations received on shipping the in-kind donations which are collected by our all volunteer network, moved with in-kind truck donations to in-kind donated storage spaces. We are 98% efficient because 2.3% of our card donations are taken by stripe. Check donations are 100% efficient.
Here is an example: On March 19, we shipped a truckload of supplies weighing 1,946 lbs to Ukraine. The shipping costs were $2,200. Think what it would have cost to hire an administrator in an office to purchase a ton of supplies before shipping.
We do not send money entrusted to us to uncertain areas. We spend our money with shipping companies here in the U.S. such as Meest. and Ukraine Express. We usually send to iLoveUkraine volunteers that one of our U.S.volunteers has known since childhood.
We send non-military supplies, much of it used, recently expired, or in odd lots, with minimal resale value. If we have to purchase something, we buy it on Amazon and have them deliver to someone we know in Poland or Slovakia who can bring it across the border. Learn more about our payment gateway compliance which ensures that we are comply with OFAC and other regulations.
We process all payments securely through card industry leader, Stripe, connected to our bank account. Once you begin a donation, our website transfers all authority to Stripe. We never see, handle, or store, your credit, or debit, card info.
ZERO MARKETING AND ADVERTISING EXPENSES
Did you know that the IRS doesn't count marketing and advertising in either of the fundraising or general expenses categories of overhead?
At iLoveUkraine, we want to maintain truly zero overhead on the funds entrusted with us after card processing. Therefore, we don't take advantage of the IRS loophole. Instead, we rely 100% on supporters for in-kind donations of bumper stickers, signage, and online advertising. If you see an add online, it was donated. Thank you!
Please help us spread the word.
ZERO MANAGEMENT AND GENERAL EXPENSES
With the generous help of volunteers and donated equipment, iLoveUkraine spends zero money on what is typically the largest overhead category for nonprofits: Management and General Expense. Details listed below.
We operate exclusively with volunteers. For example, our CTO and board member, James Massa, built this website and wrote the content a week after the invasion.
We don't pay for office space because our volunteers work from home, our collections are done at school, churches and the East Hampton airport. We also hold our donations for a few days in a large church facility until we have enough for a big truck.
We don't pay equipment because we use our own computers and our trucks are all donated
Our legal and accounting work is done pro bono
We don't pay insurance because we don't have any equipment offices, or employees
We don't need a finance manager because we only keep an average of $2,000 in the bank, and that much only to eliminate minimum balance fees
We use the free ten licenses that Salesforce affords to non-profits
ZERO FUNDRAISING EXPENSES
With the generous help of volunteers and donated spaces, iLoveUkraine spends zero money on fundraising. For example, our first event, a scavenger hunt on April 03, 2022, is outdoors and in local stores which kindly agreed to participate. Buy tickets tax free for to help Ukrainians.
WHY UKRAINE IS URGENT
The U.N. says that 50% of Ukrainian children are now displaced with another child displaced nearly every second.
As per the United Nations May 13, 2022,
6,111,172 refugees have fled the Ukraine neighboring countries, especially Poland. Most of the refugees are women and children, usually leaving behind men who are fighting or dead. No man between the ages of eighteen and sixty may leave the country unless they have a disability or are the father of at least 3 children.
Of those who can leave the country, many are elderly and often incapable of fleeing even though they are permitted. And how would they survive in a new country if they did?
Refugee life is not for the feint of heart. Most refugees have little money and take only what they can carry on a train. Many are even on foot. Typically, they have their arms full with pets and children so they can't take much more but a spare set of clothes.
The trip to safety is often long, always draining, and sometimes dangerous. For example, it is eight hundred miles by train from Kiev to Poland. Lines at the border of up to eight days long. By the time refugees cross, they often haven't slept or eaten or even drank for days. Many are traumatized with PTSD from the things they have seen, run from, and left behind. Thankfully, at least the cold is letting up now with average temperature on the Polish border town of Dorohusk predicted to be in the 60s and 70s this week of May 15.
The U.N. says that 1,698,500 people have returned back to Ukraine. Although sounds hopeful, it is fraught with danger as the returnees face bombs left behind by Russian soldiers in cars, stoves, and refrigerators. Imagine returning home to find your city half-leveled, half-your friends and family gone, and a bomb in your refrigerator.
iLoveUkraine estimates that over 8 Million displaced within the country. Western cities like Khemelnitsky and Lviv are now overrun with displaced families, women, and children. These war victims need basic medical supplies, water, food, electricity, shelter, sanitation, and PTSD counseling.
More than half of Ukrainians live in cities subject to bombing and air raids every two or three hours. as such, iLoveUkraine estimates that over 5 Million people are trapped in bomb shelters. Millions more are certainly trapped in territory occupied by the Russian army where OFAC rules prevent American charities from helping.
Most of Ukrainian businesses are small businesses and according to a survey by the European Business Association, only 13% of Ukrainian small business continue at full capacity. This is easy to understand when you consider how many of the working age men are fighting and the working age women are fleeing.
The EU has granted Ukrainians who flee the war a blanket right to stay and work throughout its 27 member nations for up to three years. They will also receive social welfare and access to housing, medical treatment and schools. Full documentation not required to enter the E.U. but it does help speed the border crossing and assimilation process. The EU refugee assistance is much more than the U.S. has offered. The U.S. has offered to take in a mere 100,000 refugees and given them the right to work for a 50% shorter 18 months. A refugee visa to America requires sponsorship by an American citizen and full documentation of both the refugee and the American citizen.
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