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Humanitarian Giving

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.

Other Contributions

Prior to the launch of Tech for Refugees, the foundations that Yuri and Julia established also donated $11 million to help affected civilians:

  • $3 million to international relief organizations to help refugees from Ukraine
  • $3 million to support scientists forced to flee 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.

COVID 19 Response

In the spring of 2020, during the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation donated $1m to the intensive care unit at Stanford Hospital where patients with Covid-19 were being treated.

The Foundation also provided both funds and health supplies to Israel:

  • $3 million was committed to three Israeli institutions working to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in Israel. The donation was split between:
    • Magen David Adom, Israel’s national emergency medical response organization, supporting its innovative telemedicine project to reduce the number of people coming to clinics.
    • Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and George S. Wise Life Sciences, helping to fund research efforts aimed at developing treatments for the virus.
    • Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Ichilov Hospital, an intensive care unit caring for COVID-19 patients.
  • The Foundation also purchased 3 million surgical masks, transported them to Israel, and donated them to Magen David Adom, which distributed them to government offices and national institutions providing essential services to the public.