Upstate Foundation offers giving options in support of the people of Ukraine

Members of the Upstate Medical University community who may be interested in supporting the people of Ukraine may contribute to the agencies below through the Upstate Foundation.

To make a contribution 

ONLINE: See form below

Mail: Check payable to: Ukraine Support Fund
Mail to: Upstate Foundation, 750 E Adams Street, Syracuse, NY 13210

Vetted agencies

These agencies have been vetted by the Upstate Foundation and Upstate leadership. The Upstate Foundation will not charge a fee for its service, ensuring that one’s total contribution is directed to these agencies.

The Upstate Foundation will designate contributions to the agencies below.

The World of Connections Program is run by the nonprofit agency Life Resources International.  Founded by John Kachelman in 2009, LRI Inc. has been actively collecting humanitarian aid for Ukraine providing support for orphanages, homes for the elderly and supplies for medical facilities.
Razom was born out of the Revolution of Dignity in 2014 when millions of people from the west worked together and risked their lives to build a pathway to a better future for Ukraine. Razom means “together” in Ukrainian and serves as a constant reminder of the community that it takes to create, build and do, to stay the path toward a more prosperous and democratic Ukraine.

Trans-Atlantic Medical Relief Foundation
Trans-Atlantic Medical Relief Foundation – created with the goal to reach out to the disenfranchised and facilitate improvement in healthcare through education, prevention and availability of resources.The superhero school is a conglomerate of programs (stationed in Kyiv and other major Ukrainian cities) offering educational, social and psychological support for those developing minds committed to these institutions for prolonged periods of time. They receive care for their conditions while receiving this additional support to promote a healthy mind and body.

The Ukrainian Medical Association of New York (UMANA)
Ukraine is in the midst of a major humanitarian and medical crisis since the Russian invasion in February. The infrastructure to deliver food and medicine has been destroyed, and there is a serious shortage of medical supplies in many hospitals and health facilities, including access to trauma care. UMANA recognizes the need to provide critical medical and humanitarian aid to Ukraine by working closely with UMANA branches in the United States and Canada. It collaborates with select charitable organizations that are already on the ground in Ukraine and surrounding countries.

Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres)
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is stepping up its medical humanitarian response to the deepening humanitarian crisis, both in Ukraine and in neighboring countries. MSF has a longstanding presence in Ukraine, including in regions of eastern Ukraine that have been affected by armed conflict since 2014. 

International Medical Corp
International Medical Corps relieves the suffering of those affected by conflict, disaster and disease, often in difficult and dangerous environments. It delivers vital health care services and training that help devastated populations. The escalating conflict in Ukraine is creating a dire humanitarian situation for people caught in the crossfire.

Charities will continue to be reviewed and added to the list for support as appropriate.

Collection drive

Additionally, the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine is supporting the collection drive organized by the Syracuse Ukrainian National Home (UNH). Especially requested are:

  • Oral painkillers – Tylenol/acetaminophen, aspirin
  • Abdominal pads
  • Antibacterial ointments & antiseptic wipes
  • Butterfly bandages, ​gauze pads (4” x4”), rolled gauze (4.5” x 4 yards)
  • Caffeine pills
  • Chest seals
  • Hydrocortisone cream (1%)
  • Pepto-Bismol pills
  • Saline eye drops
  • Tourniquets
  • Trauma shears
  • Thermal socks and clothing

The department has set up a collection box in Weiskotten Hall, on the second floor, outside Room 2261. Members of the public health team will periodically bring the donated supplies, for as long as there ​is a need, to the UNH and they will forward these supplies on to locations in Ukraine and in border areas receiving refugees. If you have any questions, please reach out to



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