Background colors of blue and gold, symbolizing the Ukrainian flag. White arrow points to the words GIVE NOW. Text reads: Brovary, Ukraine Relief Fund. Support the people of Rockford's sister city.

In partnership with the City of Rockford, the Rockford Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Kids Around the World, the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) is collecting donations to be distributed for the immediate and ongoing needs of the people of Brovary, Ukraine, as the humanitarian crisis continues. Brovary, a suburb on the northeast side of Kyiv, has been a sister city to Rockford since 1995 (learn more below) and as such representatives of the City of Rockford are currently in direct communication with representatives of the City of Brovary. The two communities are working together to determine the areas of highest need and the proper entities and channels by which aid raised here in northern Illinois may be distributed. 

This is a rapidly changing situation and the need is dire. It is CFNIL's privilege to provide administrative support and technical capacity to manage donations from our local communities. All contributions will be used to purchase and deliver goods and supplies either through trusted, verified international aid organizations and trusted contacts or donated directly to the City of Brovary for their use on critical humanitarian needs.

Please click the image above to make an online donation. 100% of your donation (minus any credit card processing fees) will support this initiative, and if you are so inclined, you can to cover the credit card fees associated with your donation. 

In addition to CFNIL's in-kind administrative and technical support, the foundation is making a $5,000 lead gift toward this initiative. The Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is also making a lead gift of $5,000.

As more details are available they will be provided here and through the other lead partners. Thank you for giving generously to support this effort!

Prefer to mail or drop off a check? Our mailing and physical address is:
Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
946 N Second Street
Rockford, IL  61107

Our EIN is 36-4402089

Checks must be made out to Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. Please note "Brovary, Ukraine Relief" in the memo. Thank you!


The relationship between the City of Rockford and Brovary began in 1995 after a soccer team from Kyiv visited Rockford and suggested a sister city arrangement with Brovary, a Kyiv suburb of 110,000. As a gift to Brovary, a Rockford group traveled to build the first of two playgrounds for Brovary’s children. They did not use wood, because of the risk that it might be stripped to heat homes during the harsh winters amidst a long and brutal recession. These two projects were the beginning of Kids Around the World, a Rockford organization that builds playgrounds for children in poverty-stricken and war-torn foreign cities.

Interactive Map of Brovary, Ukraine

This initiative is a collaborative effort of:

logo of the City of Rockford, IllinoisLogo of the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors BureauKids Around the World logoCFNIL logo

Questions? Contact Jennifer!

Jennifer Smith, CFNIL Engagement Director, headshot
Jennifer Smith
Engagement Director
Phone: 779-210-8204
Email: Jennifer Smith