Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Awards $300K To Humanitarian Orgs Working in Ukraine

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is awarding $300,000 in aid to help the crisis in Ukraine
Ukraine 2022 (photo: UNICEF)

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS announced today that it is awarding $300,000 in emergency grants to immediately help the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. My theater tribe never ceases to amaze me in stepping up to help those in need.

On behalf of the entire Broadway and New York City theater community – those onstage, offstage and in the audience – Broadway Cares is providing $100,000 each to Global Giving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund, the International Rescue Committee and Project HOPE.

“The need for compassionate help in Ukraine grows exponentially every day and, through Broadway Cares, our extended theater community is there to heed the call,” said Robert E. Wankel, chairman and CEO of The Shubert Organization and president of the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Board of Trustees. ”As the philanthropic heart of Broadway, Broadway Cares again stands up with all of us to make a difference for those marginalized, oppressed and silenced.”

“The circumstances for those who’ve stayed in Ukraine and the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing for their safety is heartbreaking,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola added. “For more than 30 years, the theater community has been among the first to provide immediate assistance for those in need and we’re again responding with action.”

“Broadway Cares – on behalf of our entire community on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on the road and among our legion of generous donors – is proud to quickly and responsibly support those doing the essential on-the-ground work in Kyiv and across Ukraine right now.”

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is awarding $300,000 in aid to help the crisis in Ukraine
Ukraine 2022 (photo: Natalie Thomas)

To learn more about the three humanitarian organizations BC/EFA are working with, click here.

The crisis and need for aid increases with each passing day as Ukrainians’ physical safety and access to food, water and medical support are jeopardized. Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, more than 1 million Ukrainians have escaped to neighboring European countries while millions more continue the fight for their country’s independence.

The United Nations estimates that between 3 and 5 million people ultimately could be displaced in the coming months. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of war crimes for deliberately targeting civilians in its bombardment of his country.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Awards $300K To Humanitarian Orgs Working in Ukraine
Ukraine 2022 (photo: Pierre Crom)

(via press release)