NPR: The Ice Bucket Challenge wasn’t just for social media. It helped fund a new ALS drug

NPR: The Ice Bucket Challenge wasn’t just for social media. It helped fund a new ALS drug. “The ALS Association said that $2.2 million of funds that were raised from the Ice Bucket Challenge went into funding the development and trial of the new drug that the Food and Drug Administration approved this week for treatment of ALS, which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.”

Wall Street Journal: Ukrainians Try Crowdsourcing to Catch Russian War Criminals

Wall Street Journal: Ukrainians Try Crowdsourcing to Catch Russian War Criminals. “The Justice Initiative Fund focuses its efforts only on war-crimes suspects officially ‘wanted’ by Ukrainian or foreign authorities. It states that it is ‘against vigilantism’ and doesn’t order assassinations of suspects. Instead, it seeks information it can verify and pass along to law enforcement to facilitate an arrest, as well as ‘previously unknown evidence of the crimes of the wanted person.'”

Adopt a Ukrainian grandparent: online portal launches to help Kharkiv’s most vulnerable (GlobalNews)

GlobalNews: Adopt a Ukrainian grandparent: online portal launches to help Kharkiv’s most vulnerable. “As well as organizing evacuations from the Luhansk, Donetsk and Kharkiv regions, Rescue Now has created an online database of elderly and vulnerable locals that features a brief bio, photo and fundraising goals for each of them for each month, depending on their needs. It’s almost like hundreds of GoFundMe pages accumulated in one place.”

The Next Web: Here’s how you can help build Ukraine’s drone army

The Next Web: Here’s how you can help build Ukraine’s drone army. “Earlier this month, Ukraine launched a campaign to assemble the world’s first ‘Army of Drones.’ It called on the international community to donate funds towards new drones or to ‘dronate’ their own recreational and commercial drones. That’s because Ukraine’s military doesn’t have an official drone unit, so drones supplied and funded globally will play a critical part in protecting the country against Russian occupation.”

New York Times: Fighting a Brutal Regime With the Help of a Video Game

New York Times: Fighting a Brutal Regime With the Help of a Video Game. “Opponents of the coup in Myanmar have flocked to a new online game that lets players shoot virtual soldiers while raising money for the real-life resistance.”

VentureBeat: Twitch launches closed beta of its new Charity livestream tool

VentureBeat: Twitch launches closed beta of its new Charity livestream tool. “Twitch announced it has launched the closed beta of its latest product: Twitch Charity. Through this new tool, creators can more easily run a charity fundraiser through Twitch’s platform. According to Twitch, this will simplify the process for the streamer for future charity streams.”

Enfield Independent: London hospitals launched website to help donate urgent supplies to Ukraine

Enfield Independent: London hospitals launched website to help donate urgent supplies to Ukraine. “People are being invited to visit the new website and purchase items that will then be packaged and dispatched to the war-torn country. Medical supplies needed in Ukraine include ventilators, crutches, walking frames, respiratory masks, scrubs, bandages and wound kits.”

Motherboard: Ukrainians Will Write Your Message on Munitions Aimed at Russians for Donations

Motherboard: Ukrainians Will Write Your Message on Munitions Aimed at Russians for Donations. “A Ukrainian Telegram account is offering to write a message of your choice on artillery shells that will then be fired at Russian in exchange for $40 per message. The account claims that the funds it raises will go towards arming Ukrainian soldiers.”

Smashing Magazine: DevFest For Ukraine, A Charity Conference On The Future Of Tech

Smashing Magazine: DevFest For Ukraine, A Charity Conference On The Future Of Tech. “DevFest for Ukraine is a charitable tech conference that will bring together 20 industry-leading speakers over two days (June 14–15), featuring live streams from London and Lviv. It will address key topics for the future of tech, including trends in Android, web, and AI.”

Prolific North: Footballers launch crowdfunding campaign for new app tackling social media abuse

Prolific North: Footballers launch crowdfunding campaign for new app tackling social media abuse. “Four professional footballers, including Sheffield Wednesday’s Josh Windass, have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £250,000 for a new social platform tackling online abuse.”

Reuters: Cryptocurrency crash devalues Ukraine’s government crypto fundraise

Reuters: Cryptocurrency crash devalues Ukraine’s government crypto fundraise. “Cryptocurrencies have fallen sharply in recent weeks. Bitcoin has lost more than 20% of its price so far in May, following a 17% drop in April, highlighting the risks faced by holders of the highly volatile assets. All the funds raised in the ‘Aid for Ukraine’ fund were stored in cryptocurrency but the government was able to spend $45 million of it on equipment for Ukraine’s army before the crash, Bornyakov said in written responses to Reuters questions.”

The Block Crypto: Ukraine launches website for donating and buying NFTs

The Block Crypto: Ukraine launches website for donating and buying NFTs. “Ukraine’s government launched a website where people can donate and buy non-fungible tokens (NFTs), in an attempt to raise more funds for the war efforts. The new site lists several NFTs, including a mfer and a MoonCat with a Ukrainian flag, and links to their pages on OpenSea, where users can place bids to buy them.”

The big idea: can social media change the course of war? (The Guardian)

The Guardian: The big idea: can social media change the course of war?. “Social media users do not just watch these events unfold in real time; they react to and interact with them. Gestures such as incorporating a Ukrainian flag into one’s username may be merely symbolic, but when users lobby politicians online, donate money, or even offer up their own homes to refugees, their engagement with the war begins to have real-world consequences. Invading Russian forces seem to be aware of the potential of social media: they have targeted Ukrainian mobile communications networks, launching a missile attack on Kyivstar’s hub in Okhtyrka on 11 March, and reportedly going after communications infrastructure in Mariupol as well.”

Christie’s: Christie’s Launches Art Relief Initiatives for Ukraine

Christie’s: Christie’s Launches Art Relief
Initiatives for Ukraine
. “This April and May, Christie’s will present an international program of exhibition and sales initiatives from London to New York to benefit Ukraine. Partnering with three major non-profit organisations—the World Monuments Fund (WMF), Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) Effort, Christie’s joins together with artists, consignors and collectors to raise essential funds in support of humanitarian aid and cultural heritage preservation efforts in Ukraine.”

My Lethbridge Now: Galt Museum raises fund for heritage institutions in Ukraine

My Lethbridge Now: Galt Museum raises fund for heritage institutions in Ukraine. “The Galt Museum has launched a fundraising campaign to support heritage institutions damaged by the war in Ukraine. The Friends of the Sir Alexander Galt Museum Society are administering the campaign and all proceeds will be transferred to a fund set up by the State Archival Service of Ukraine for reconstruction projects after the war, according to the Galt.”