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Ukraine Crisis Response

The war in Ukraine launched by Russia in 2022 sparked a major humanitarian disaster, with millions of refugees fleeing the conflict. Like so many around the world, Yuri and Julia were deeply affected by their suffering.

Tech for Refugees

In April 2022 the foundation established by Yuri and Julia Milner committed $100 million in funding to a new initiative, Tech for Refugees, launched with leading technology companies and organizations Airbnb.org, Flexport.org and Spotify, to further efforts to bring humanitarian assistance to refugees from Ukraine and around the world. The initiative is intended to leverage the networks and expertise of tech companies and organizations to provide shelter, provisions and comfort to refugees.

In June 2022 Tech for Refugees also partnered with Welcome.US to expand pathways for Americans to support refugees. This program includes the launch of Welcome Connect, a first-of-its-kind platform enabling refugees to build a profile through which to connect to sponsors in the United States.

In October 2022 the initiative announced the expansion of its partnership with Flexport.org to include programs in Pakistan and the Horn of Africa, alongside increased funds for its efforts supporting refugees from Ukraine.

Support for Ukrainian Scientists

The Breakthrough Prize Foundation has committed $6 million to support Ukrainian science and scientists, including:

  • A $1 million donation to a U.S. National Academy of Sciences initiative to help displaced Ukrainian researchers relocate and continue their work.
  • A further $3 million to a high-level international coordinating group of scientific organizations established to take concrete steps to support Ukraine’s scientists and research community. The group includes the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Polish Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences Ukraine, the All European Academies, the Leopoldina German National Academy of Sciences, the Australian Academy of Science, the French Academy of Sciences, the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, and the Royal Society of the United Kingdom.
  • A $1.5 million donation to ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, for distribution to affected scientists via European academic institutions.

Other Contributions

The foundations established by Julia and Yuri have also donated $8 million to help affected civilians:

  • $3 million to international relief organizations to help refugees from Ukraine
  • $3 million to the Conference of European Rabbis to help Jewish refugees from Ukraine
  • $2 million to Stand With Ukraine, a GoFundMe initiative launched by Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher to help refugee and humanitarian relief efforts

Related Contributions

DST Global, the technology investment company founded by Yuri Milner, also joined the Stand With Ukraine initiative with a $3.5 million donation.