Anna Gulevska-Chernysh is the initiator of Shelter Ukraine. Anna is a co-founder and head of the board at NGO SILab Ukraine and Ukrainian Social Venture Fund. Before creating SILab Ukraine, Anna had been the director of the Ukrainian Philanthropists Forum for 10 years and was actively involved in the institutional development of the charity sector in Ukraine. When the Revolution of Dignity took place in 2014, during the bloody events on the Maidan in February 2014, Anna initiated cooperation with the international organisations and organized financial support for the wounded on the Maidan, who stayed in field hospitals and hospitals in Kyiv. She co-founded the Motherland Maidan initiative group. Within 7 days, the group collected 1 million USD to support families (parents, wives, children) of the “Heavenly Hundred” heroes. Anna works closely with the Cabinet of Ministers, the Parliament of Ukraine and local municipalities.
WHO WE ARE
Shelter Ukraine is an initiative governed by established NGO's, focused on helping internally displaced Ukrainians by raising resources and creating shelters. The initiative is led by Polish Valores fund, which is responsible for fundraising and Ukrainian SILab Ukraine, Teple Misto and VPLYV Fund that oversee the distribution and utilisation of resources in areas affected by war.
Valores, Warsaw-based venture philanthropy fund. Since 2008 it has been raising funding from private individuals and donating as long-term grants to social organisations working on difficult, often unfunded social challenges, i.e. rehabilitation of prison inmates, supporting homeless, mentally disabled, foster youth, and many others. Financial support is always accompanied with long-term management tutoring from business experts. (view website)
Teple Misto – was launched in 2014 as an innovative platform to create opportunities for social transformations in Ivano-Frankivsk city (western part of Ukraine). The platform uses a range of instruments to commence comprehensive qualitative changes within the urban environment. The main focuses are urban planning and circular economy, arts and sports, sustainable mobility, creative industries etc. It runs two grant programs: Urban 100 Program and Teple Misto Small Grants program. (view website)
VPLYV Fund is a charity organisation that has been operating in Ukraine since 2015. The Fund is acting as social investor and focusing its activity on improvement of quality of life of people with disabilities through comprehensive support of various social services for them. It also supports creation of social enterprises aimed at working integration of disadvantaged people. (view website)
SILab Ukraine was created in 2017 with the aim to build an ecosystem of social entrepreneurship and social innovations in Ukraine. Up today 16 social entrepreneurs-graduates of SILab acceleration programs have launched their activities and many are planning to start their activities soon. The organisation works across the country via promoting the creation of new social enterprises and supporting the experienced ones, developing local policies, cultivating social investment practice, mobilizing communities and strengthening social partnerships to achieve social impact. (view website)