Save Ukraine

Save Ukraine

Jason Grad

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$135,530 Raised$150,000 Goal

Raised by 344 people in 2 years

Jason Grad

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Thank you all for your support! New donations made for my birthday will be going directly toward humanitarian aid to the front lines in Ukraine, including evacuation of civilians and supplies for paramedics. Save Ukraine Fund is a fiscally sponsored project of Goodworld Impact Fund (formerly called Cheerful Inc.), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with EIN: 81-3470281.

In the first weeks of war, we spent every waking hour evacuating everyone we could from the most dangerous areas and coordinated delivery of medical supplies, food, and water to Ukraine. We ended up evacuating over 1,000 women and children from Ukraine in the first two weeks.

We started out by wanting to send medical kits but quickly found that was not so easy. Some bordering countries were completely out of tourniquets (used for tying off limbs to stop the bleeding for bomb victims), which are needed for certain classes of medical kits. The project evolved.

Since last year, you’ve made several projects possible with your donations of over $130,000! Here are some of the projects you have supported. Original press and more background are below.

Project 1 - Medical Supplies: We bought medical supplies (with all necessary licensing and permits) based on Ukrainian Ministry of Defense’s most urgent needs and sent them from Poland to Ukraine.

Project 2 - Non-Perishable Food: We bought out an entire shopping center in Warsaw (their version of Walmart or Costco) of all remaining non-perishable food supplies and trucked them directly to those in need in Ukraine. We optimized for calories per dollar, shelf-life, and packaging durability. Scroll for pictures.

Project 3 - Food Supplies for Infants in a Hospital: We sent a large shipment of food to a group of infants with special care needs.

Project 4 - Warm Clothing for Soldiers: We bought warm winter clothing (non-armor) for a battalion of soldiers fighting in Eastern Ukraine. Scroll for pictures.

Project 5 - 4x4 Truck for Humanitarian Aid: We bought a truck that is currently being prepared and is capable of transporting people and supplies throughout hard-to-reach areas in Ukraine. Scroll for pictures.

Some press about our work in Bloomberg News, Mashable and GritDaily.

Charitable receipt info:

Save Ukraine Fund is a fiscally sponsored project of Goodworld Impact Fund (formerly called Cheerful Inc.). It is is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that grants funds to social causes on the front lines of the world's most pressing social issues.

EIN: 81-3470281

100% of funds will be used toward helping the resistance. We will use the funds directly or re-allocate them to various orgs that can be helpful in ways we can't.


Here are some photos from projects mentioned above. Please remember it is hard to get photos in a war (and not first priority) and necessary to be careful as to not reveal soldier identities or locations.

Project 2 - Non-Perishable Food:

Project 4 - Warm Clothing for Soldiers:

Project 5 - 4x4 Truck for Humanitarian Aid:

About Me

My name is Jason and since the war started, I’ve seen things I never hoped I’d have seen in a lifetime…and I hope to never see again.

My (adopted) family there, friends, and team members are being bombed and life preserving and supporting supplies may only last for days longer. We need evacuations and they are running out of food, water, and medical supplies for their injuries…

Summary and Original Background

I’m an entrepreneur from NYC. I started visiting Kyiv, Ukraine, two years ago to work with developers and build out part of my company’s team here. I moved there months later, during the pandemic, since the lack of population density and restrictions allowed us to live a mostly normal life.

I’ve known so much generosity, love, and warmth from these kind-hearted, peaceful, hardworking and no-nonsense people. I never imagined what’s in front of my eyes now, days after I was supposed to be in Kyiv (I changed my plan right before the invasion).

I am watching my peace-loving, well-intentioned friends (many of whom are also entrepreneurs) turn into soldiers. People here that I know mind their own business, are helpful to each other, and are trying to build cool companies. Imagine seeing your city and country burned to the ground over nothing – a voluntary war by an aggressor nation. This is not just about Ukraine. It is about freedom for us all. This could have been NYC, Paris, London, or anywhere.

It’s important for people to know the truth and I’m going to do my best to give you a lens through my eyes for this last, most horrific, and worst, week of my life…

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