Funds for Ukrainian FSNs: For those UAA members looking for a concrete way to support our colleagues, we wanted you to know that an FSN Emergency Relief Fund has recently been established. Given the extraordinary scale of the humanitarian disaster in Ukraine, the Department of State has created a Ukraine-specific account of the FSN Emergency Relief Fund, which will be used to provide immediate and direct support to all of our FSN colleagues. As you may recall, this is the Department of State’s official charitable mechanism to provide disaster assistance to all local employees of all U.S. government agencies and is funded entirely by voluntary private contributions both from within and outside the U.S. government. The Ukraine FSN Relief Fund Committee, which includes representation from USAID Management and USAID FSNs, will oversee this effort. Contributions to the Fund are completely voluntary. They can be made via check or credit card. All donations to the Fund are tax-deductible and can be made by Civil Service, Foreign Service, FSN, and contractor staff, as well as the public.
Donations can be made via the following methods:
- Secure online donations: Donors can use pay.gov to make secure online electronic donations to the FSN Emergency Relief Fund. Payments can be made here directly from your bank account or by credit or debit card. In the comment box on the donation form, please indicate that your donation is for the Ukraine FSN Emergency Relief Fund.
- Checks:Please send checks to: Department of State Gift Fund Coordinator M/EDCS, Room 1821, 2201 C Street NW, Washington DC 20520. Make checks payable to the U.S. Department of State and indicate “Ukraine FSN Emergency Relief Fund” in the memo field.
- Cash donations overseas: Cash contributions in dollars or local currency can be made through your embassy or consulate cashier.
Funds for the People of Ukraine: The DACOR Bacon House Foundation Development Office has compiled ways to support the people of Ukraine based on advice from well-connected Ukrainian-Americans, including the entities listed here. In-kind support is also possible through AmazonSmile.
Thank you for supporting our colleagues. Please feel free to share this email with others, including those contractors who may have worked with the USAID Mission in Ukraine. The information is also posted on our website landing page https://usaidalumni.org/.