Who We Are

The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF) is a strategic “do tank” headquartered in Washington, D.C., with a permanent presence working on the ground in Ukraine since 1991. Beginning from our inception, the Foundation, a non–governmental, 501(c)(3), has created and sustained numerous strategic programs and impactful projects.

We support the development of democracy, a free-market economy, and human rights in Ukraine while strengthening the strategic partnership between the U.S. and Ukraine. Programs at the bi-lateral, local, and grassroots levels deepen and strengthen these bilateral ties, enhancing Ukraine’s unique position as a necessary cornerstone of regional stability and a full member of the community of nations.

In Response to the Russian Invasion

Since the further invasion by Russia in February 2022, USUF has constantly adapted and expanded our capabilities via partnerships with old and new organizations to respond to the immediate needs of the people of Ukraine.  We focus on identifying unfilled or underfilled needs and urgent problems, deploying our networks and resources to save lives and provide relief.

In parallel, we are preparing for the short, mid, and long term needs of Ukraine.  As our teams focus on stopping the Russian aggression in Ukraine, we work towards a framework to create a strong and better future for the People of Ukraine.

We are partnered with a group of professionals with many decades of experience in humanitarian aid to deliver direct grants to grassroots organizations dealing with the burden of Putin’s war.  Our network of friends and donors have joined us in the critical mission of stopping the Russian invasion and providing aid to the victims of the war.

Active Projects

The Friends of Ukraine Network
The BlueCheck Ukraine Direct Action NGO Network
Operation Ukraine AirLIFT
Sponsorship & Cooperation with Aid Groups

The Friends of Ukraine Network

A non-partisan coalition of former ambassadors, former senior military offices with extensive experience in and with Ukraine, and policy leaders developing and advancing policy recommendations through expert testimony and meeting in Congress and the Executive Branch.

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The BlueCheck Ukraine Direct Action NGO Network

A collaboration with Lyudanist=Humanity Project to identify, vet, and distribute funding to local on-the-ground organizations in Ukraine capable of helping where and in ways large international organizations cannot.

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Humanitarian Aid Coordinating Coalition

An effort to secure air transport for priority medical supplies and deliver them to the people of Ukraine through an established distribution network, the first project of USUF and the Coalition being Operation Ukraine AirLIFT.

Sponsorship & Cooperation with Aid Groups

Working with groups with resources and ideas on how to help but lack international networks and nonprofit capabilities. We help implement such ideas rapidly, such as shipments of oxygen concentrators, etc.

What We've Done

Managing over fifty million dollars in technical assistance and various sources of private donations, we were the first permanent American presence in Ukraine after the fall of the Soviet Union. Some of our past projects include:

1994 - 1999

The USAID Parliametary Development Program

Assisted the Verkhovna Rada in developing from a Kremlin puppet into a genuine legislative body.

1997- 2007

The USUF Commuity Partnership Program

Established partnerships between mid-size cities in the United States and Ukraine and trained over 40,000 local officials on democratic governance, strategic planning, and the defense of local rights.

1991- Present

The Pylyp Orlyk Institute for Democracy

A now-independent, Kyiv-based think tank established by the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation and dedicated to exploring and recapturing the people of Ukraine’s democratic aspirations.

2007- Present

Open World Project for Ukraine

Coordination to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation with the United States and Eurasia by hosting Ukrainian government officials in the United States.


Educational Programming

Establishment of numerous scholarships, exchanges, and educational funds to support the people of Ukraine and facilitate their ability to participate in and contribute to the global discourse and innovation market, including support for key sectors such as biotech.

Thank You

Our success is made possible by sponsors, cooperation, and partnerships with a broad base of individuals and organizations in the United States, Ukraine, and worldwide.  Thank you for your support of the People of Ukraine.

Слава Україні! (Sláva Ukrayíni!)

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Our results

Take a look at the big impact we have done

Humans impacted
Assisted communities