It has now been more than 201 days since Russia invaded Ukraine. Since the early hours, the team of The Fix, which has deep roots in Ukraine, has mobilised all possible resources to support our colleagues in the Ukrainian media industry.
We are working with a coalition of organisations, including Are We Europe, Jnomics and the Media Development Foundation, a number of volunteers, and with the support of a wide range of publishers (full list below). For everyone involved it has been a lot of 18 hour days and sleepless nights.
To date, we have received approx. 4+ million euros in support for the Ukrainian media sector overall, both via GoFundMe and directly (note: this does not include the over 1.8 million euros donated to Kyiv Independent, with whom we are also closely collaborating).
To provide maximum transparency (security concerns permitting), below is an outline of the support delivered so far. We are acting with care, but urgency: In war conditions critical decisions need to be made in a matter of hours, sometimes minutes.
This is a lot of money and we are treating the contributions with the utmost respect. But it is now going out as fast as it is coming in. Our main goal is to help save lives, first and foremost, and then safeguard Ukraine’s independent and ethical media – an important part of Ukraine’s social fabric at this terrible time.
Please find the main forms of support outlined below. Note: these numbers are as of 12.09 and rising:
Note: For security purposes, we are limiting the level of detail on some forms of support as of now. A more detailed account will follow
We have received an absolutely incredible outpouring of support from individuals, publishers and donors. It is truly inspiring. Below is a list of the organisations who have provided various forms of support (apologies if anyone has been left off), primarily funds, but also people, office space and other resources.
Publishers: Axel Springer, Financial Times, Gazeta Wyborzcza (both the foundation and the media), The Local, The Guardian, Dagens Nyheter, Bonnier News, Sifted, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, Der Spiegel, SME.sk, Dennik N, Netgazeti, Chartbeat.
Donors and media associations: Limelight Foundation, European Endowment for Democracy, International Press Institute, Scandinavian and UK journalist associations, Prague Civil Society, Civil Rights Defenders, Open Society Foundation, Veronica Stichting, NFNZ, International Media Support and International Renaissance Foundation (there are several other names but we are waiting for approval to share).
We would also like to send a special thanks to the communities of INSEAD and London Business School alumni. Both have reached out with multiple volunteers providing their time. We are also thankful for the support of the Institute of Mass Information and Internews for their support in helping with the delivery of supplies to and within Ukraine.
Additional details on publisher contributions and thanks can be found here.
If you have any questions, suggestions or partnership ideas, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
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