Ukraine’s IT industry, being the third-largest in the country’s export earnings, continues to operate and financially supports the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the state as a whole.
According to IT Ukraine Association, only during the first 10 days of the war Ukrainian IT companies donated *:
- USD 12.1 million for humanitarian purposes;
- USD 6.1 million to the Armed Forces;
- and paid USD 6.3 million of taxes in advance.
“Ukraine’s IT industry has demonstrated great resilience and adaptivity in these extreme conditions thanks to the Business Continuations Plans, which were developed long before. For the IT industry, people are the top priority, consequently, companies spend millions of dollars and make huge efforts to support the army and humanitarian projects. IT specialists with military experience and skills have joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the territorial defense units. The rest, thousands of experts, are fighting Russia on the cyber front, fulfilling their work duties and ensuring the receipt of currency to the state budget. In this way everyone contributes to our victory,” said Konstantin Vasyuk, executive director of the IT Ukraine Association.
In addition to financial donations, IT companies support numerous volunteer initiatives, including international fundraising, supplying of medical, protective, and computer equipment for territorial defense units, doctors support, creation of online platforms for volunteers, etc.
*According to a survey of members of the IT Ukraine Association, the largest professional association of Ukrainian IT service and product companies in Ukraine, that collectively account for 50% of all export earnings of the IT industry in Ukraine and unite 27% of Ukrainian IT professionals.
- Come Back Alive is one of the largest charitable foundations that supports Ukrainian soldiers, founded by the IT specialist Vitaliy Deynega. The organization collected more than 210 million UAH (more than $7M) in 2014. According to Na chasi, the Patreon page Come Back Alive is in the top ten projects by the number of financial donations.
- Army SOS, which develops drones;
- Everybody Can, an organization that supports internally displaced people;
- Help on the Ministry of Defense website.