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"American Friends of "For Survival" are American and Canadian "friends" or supporters, of a small, feisty Ukrainian charity called "For Survival."

The original “friends” all lived in Ukraine during the 1990s and witnessed the desperate plight of the elderly. In 1996 these “friends” teamed up with "For Survival," a group of Ukrainian volunteers fighting to maintain a decent standard of living for Kyiv’s elderly.

With Ukraine’s economy in free fall, the “friends” wanted to provide a method for foreign donors to have a direct impact on the life of a poor Ukrainian. “For Survival” and its “friends” identify Ukrainian elderly most in need. We give them very small amounts of cash that provide critical supplements to meager pensions.

Donate Now! We are still run entirely by American volunteers who live or have lived in Kyiv and are very familiar with Ukraine.


American Friends of For Survival 2007 - Board of Directors


Tim Dubel: Microsoft Corporation, Community Affairs, formerly with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Ukraine.


Katie Fox*: National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), former NDI program officer in Ukraine.


Jill Jarvi: International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), former Academy for Educational Development (AED) representative in Ukraine.


Nicole King: former NDI program officer, Ukraine.


Donna Nails: Independent Consultant, formerly with USAID in Ukraine.


Lydia Matiaszek, a Ukrainian-American volunteer resident in Ukraine, represents "American Friends of For Survival" in Ukraine.


To contact any of American Friends of For Survival Board members, please send your email to info@forsurvival.org



"American Friends of "For Survival" is registered with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Charitable Trusts Bureau. View American Friends of For Survival registration. If you experience difficulty please use our registration number, 01045195.

"For Survival", which is based in Ukraine, is registered under applicable Ukrainian laws.

Contributions to American Friends of For Survival are tax deductible under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.