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Sunflower Collective

Helping Ukrainian refugees who are escaping the brutal Russian invasion, to settle in the Chicagoland area. Organized by three families from Evanston and Park Ridge. 100% of funds raised go to support sponsored families.


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Financial Contributions

One Time Supporter

*Tax deductible donation* Provide a one time contribution to help us land families on their feet.

$8,540.71 USD of $10,000 USD raised (85%)

Starts at$25 USD

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Platinum Family Sponsor

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$24,704.89 USD of $30,000 USD raised (82%)

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Top financial contributors


Ostrovskaya Laffan Family

$6,000 USD since Jul 2022


$5,145.3 USD since Jul 2022

Aleksey Skryl

$2,500 USD since Jul 2022

Stacy Kelly

$2,500 USD since Jul 2022

John Clare

$1,000 USD since Sep 2022

Steve Margolis

$950 USD since Sep 2022

Brady O’Connell

$500 USD since Aug 2022

Ott Family

$500 USD since Aug 2022


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Leonid Sagalovsky

$250 USD since Jul 2022

Maura Cullen

$250 USD since Jul 2022

Troy H.

$200 USD since Jul 2022


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$5,053.53 USD since Aug 2022

Two Rivers Gallery, Inc.

$2,075 USD since Aug 2022

Girls on the Run

$400 USD since Aug 2022


 We're excited to announce that the Sunflower Collective will be helping yet another Ukrainian refugee family that escaped horrors of this was and are now living in Chicago. Sasha Matvieieva and her 9-year-old daughter, Sofiia, escaped aerial bombardments and ruthless Russian army occupation of their hometown of Kherson in the spring of 2022. After many weeks in the car and on random trains throughout Europe, they ended up settling in Chicago, where Sofiia has been going to school and Sasha has been learning English and trying to make their ends meet by working various parts time jobs.  

   Like many other families, they're starting out from zero, but they're full of optimism and determined to make it work and we're excited to lend them a hand as they're starting their new lives in the US. 

About the Collective

The Sunflower Collective is made up of three families from Evanston and Park Ridge, IL  that were distraught by the news of the illegal invasion of Ukraine, and felt helpless to assist efforts a world away. Looking to funnel their anger and disbelief into action, the families banded together with a common goal of directly helping Ukrainian refugees. 

We are currently assisting families with resettlement in the Chicagoland area through Uniting for Ukraine, a sponsorship program through the Department of Homeland Security, that was recently announced by the Biden Administration. 

The first family that the collective is sponsoring is the Studinskiy family from Kyiv. 

The Studinskiys are family friends of Kostya Katz, one of Sunflower Collective founding members and are being directly sponsored by the Collective.

Company Match & Tax Deductions

The Sunflower Collective accepts donations through our fiscal sponsor Open Collective. Open Collective Foundation (OCF) is a 501c3 which means donations made to us are tax deductible. EIN 81-4004928.

When you donate, there is a 4% fee that goes to cover their operating expenses. Again, you may also choose to cover that fee so that 100% of your donation goes to the family.

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Meet our first family, the Studinskiy's

The Studinskiy’s (Andrei, Natasha, Nikita and Timofei) are a humble, hardworking family who never thought they would be facing an impossible choice between living in constant fear in their own home or leaving everything behind and fleeing their homeland. Natasha and her boys are leaving Andrei behind so he can fight for their country. They are stuffing what they can into a suitcase and backpacks, leaving Ukraine for Chicago.

Over the coming weeks, we will be assisting the family with travel. When they arrive, we’ll be focused on finding them an apartment, furnishing it, and helping the family with groceries, clothing, and helping get the boys into schools. As soon as we get them on their feet, our focus will turn to helping them with more permanent immigration status and helping Natasha find work to support her boys.

Our team

John Renaldi

Founding Collective member


Let’s get the ball rolling!

News from Sunflower Collective

Updates on our activities and progress.

New family to benefit from your donations!

Hello Everyone, Apologies for being too quiet for too long, but I can assure you that we're been working hard trying to collect additional funds and physical donations as well as ensure that they're spent/distributed in the most meaningful...
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Published on March 31, 2023 by Kostya Katz

September Update

Hello everyone, Apologies for being quiet for the past few weeks, but everyone has been super busy so we fell a bit behind on keeping you up to date on the latest developments... Our first Ukrainian family (Studinskyi Natalia, Tima, and Nik...
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Published on October 3, 2022 by Kostya Katz

First two weeks in Chicago

Hello everybody and thank you once again for your amazing donations and for your kind messages for the Studinskyi family. They have now been in Chicago for 2+ weeks and we've been busy trying to get them acquainted with the surroundings, in...
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Published on August 5, 2022 by Kostya Katz


Transparent and open finances.

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Today’s balance

$2,937.22 USD

Total raised

$33,573.33 USD

Total disbursed

$30,636.11 USD

Estimated annual budget

$1,645.43 USD