Penn and Penn Medicine commit matching funds to UNICEF and the International Red Cross

The invasion of Ukraine has marshaled Penn’s powerful sense of solidarity to help communities who are suffering, near or far. Time and again, we are inspired by the efforts of our students, faculty, and staff to find ways to help others—to comfort, heal, and bring hope in times of the greatest struggles.

Today, we are writing to commit $50,000 each from Penn and Penn Medicine to match relief donations made by members of our community, for a total of $100,000 in matching funds. Donations can be made online. Proceeds will benefit UNICEF and the International Red Cross.

We affirm our values as an organization that works each day to build and support healthy communities, to honor global cultures, and promote dialogue that unites us across our differences. As when we joined forces to help fight the COVID crisis in India last spring—and through countless fundraising campaigns to respond to humanitarian crises and disasters across the world, including the earthquake in Haiti, hurricane Irma in Puerto Rico, and the 2020 Beirut port explosion—we are proud to do our part during this devastating time.

Together, we can help make a difference for the Ukranian citizens who’ve been forced to flee their homeland, and aid in efforts on the ground in crucial areas like providing medical assistance, shelter, and food for those whose lives have been so suddenly shattered by war.

Thank you for your generosity and compassion.