Our story

Maple Hope Foundation emerged from the global Ukrainian volunteer movement in 2014, which began in response to the Euromaidan in Kyiv. Our founding members first connected during the solidarity marches held in Vancouver nine years ago.

Following Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the invasion of Donbas in 2014, we initiated several projects to help Ukrainian youth and veterans:

  • “Maidan’s Youth” was a month-long leadership program for 14 young individuals whose parents were either injured or lost their lives on the streets of Maidan.
  • “I’ve Returned” began with a psychological rehabilitation program in Vancouver for two Ukrainian veterans, followed by expert training on trauma and PTSD for Ukrainian psychologists encountering war trauma for the first time.
  • “Maple Hope for Ukraine” was our inaugural project, which established a monthly financial and psychological support program for severely wounded soldiers and their children.

Since Russia’s invasion on February 24, 2022, we quickly shifted our operations to focus on the most pressing needs in Ukraine. Find out more about our core priorities here.

Our Mission

To provide Ukrainians relief from the impacts of war. Our mission is to support displaced Ukrainians in Canada and Ukrainians on the ground in their response and resistance to Russia’s unprovoked invasion through the design and delivery of nimble, needs-based projects.

Our Vision

A victorious and prosperous Ukraine.

Our Values

Maple Hope Foundation achieves its mission with the synergy of all stakeholders including donors, partners, volunteers, supporters, and board members. The core values of the Maple Hope Foundation are: integrity, transparency, community, and compassion.

Our Guiding Principles

Empowerment – Maple Hope Foundation is a catalyst for innovation in aid delivery and community engagement, empowering its volunteers, stakeholders, and citizens at large to take charge and lend a helping hand in times of crisis.

Partnership – Maple Hope Foundation cultivates strong partnerships between internal and external stakeholders including donors, project partners, volunteers, supporters, and board members to achieve its mission.

Social Responsibility – Maple Hope Foundation responds to humanitarian needs in Ukraine and community needs in Canada by prioritizing societal and community welfare while promoting ethical practices and ensuring transparency, efficiency, and accountability in our operations.