Peer Event

Philanthropy Supporting Ukraine - December 2022

A Funder Roundtable Series

This roundtable discussion focused how philanthropy can support the ongoing and widespread relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts as a result of Russia's war on Ukraine.

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Free - Grantmakers Only

With the war in Ukraine far from over, the immediate wave of support from philanthropy has dwindled. However, the war continues to have devastating impacts on Ukraine, Ukrainians globally, global food insecurity, and the global economy. In partnership with the Community Foundations of Canada, Philanthropic Foundations Canada, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and the German Marshall Fund of the United States, join us for a funder-only roundtable series. This roundtable series featured guest speakers with deep expertise on the war and its ramifications while allowing for foundations to discuss these issues in a private environment. 

The Russian war on Ukraine has heightened existing concerns about democratic backsliding across the globe and poses new risks to civil society's role in preserving democratic institutions and norms. The third funder-only roundtable series focused on how lessons learned from the war on Ukraine can impact the sustainability of democracy worldwide and how funders can strengthen local civil society for the long term.


  • Our conversation focused on how can the war on Ukraine impact the sustainability of democracy worldwide and what role can funders play in strengthening local civil society long-term. Ukraine's pivotal role in the global struggle for democracy.
  • The importance of supporting Ukraine's history, culture, and language against threats from Russia.
  • The significance of local civil society in promoting democracy, recovery, and trust in institutions.


  • Martina Hrvolova, Resident Fellow and Senior Advisor to the Transatlantic Democracy Working Group, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)


  • Inna Pidluska, Deputy Executive Director, International Renaissance Foundation
  • Carl Gershman, Founding President of the National Endowment for Democracy
  • Anthony Richter, Director of Special Initiatives, The Open Society Foundations

In partnership with: 

Philanthropic Foundations CanadaCharles Stewart Mott FoundationCommunity Foundations of CanadaGMF


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