Our Story

Razom was born out of the Revolution of Dignity in 2014 when millions of people worked together and risked their lives to build a pathway to a better future for Ukraine.  Those who were unable to be in Ukraine during this time, wanted to do their part to help the movement as best they could from abroad. Many sent funds and supplies to sustain the community built on the Maidan through the winter, but they also took to the streets in their own cities to raise awareness and amplify voices from Ukraine in the West.

 

In New York, a handful of the organizers and participants of those activities decided to form an organization that could help sustain momentum and propel forward the important work started on the Maidan.  They named it Razom, which means “together” in Ukrainian and serves as a constant reminder of the community that it takes to create, build and do, to stay the path towards a more prosperous and democratic Ukraine.

 

Key Milestones

November 21, 2013

The first demonstrators gather on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv, Ukraine protesting the president’s decision to suspend signing the Association Agreement with the European Union.

November 24, 2013

Ukrainians in America organize demonstrations, marches, and flash mobs across NYC in support of people on the Maidan. The following month, the future core of Razom leaders meets at the protests and on Facebook, and decides to hold rallies every weekend until victory.

January 21, 2014

Razom, Inc. is founded.

February 20, 2014

Since the start of 2014, $136,159.94 has been raised for emergency support of Maidan protesters.

December 25, 2014

Through the Toy Drive project, Razom assembles and ships 250 boxes of toys, clothing, and supplies to families of the fallen and injured, refugee centers, orphanages, and vetted charities.

 

February 25, 2015

Razom becomes a US-based 501(c)3.

 

August 4, 2015

Razom holds its first Razom IT event to support the growth of an engaged middle class in Ukraine through its booming tech sector. 

 

December 9, 2015

Razom organizes a U.N. event presenting its second legal report on human rights violations in occupied Crimea.

 

 

April 8, 2016

Razom Dlia Ukrainy Foundation, was granted a tax exempt status as a charitable organization in Ukraine.

 

May 23, 2016

Razom brings five startups from Ukraine for a week-long immersive learning program in NYC to connect with the tech start-up community.  The trip culminated with presentations at a long-running pitch night hosted by The Hatchery, called ‘Are You Serious?’

 

Razom IT Trip participants in NYC

June 25, 2016

Razom. Art. Jam. showcases Ukrainian creative talent by bringing together animators, musicians, artists, and fashion designers for a night of contemporary Ukrainian culture.

November 17, 2016

Razom hosts its first Tech Ecosystem Summit at Civic Hall in New York bringing together an exchange amongst the Ukrainian and US tech communities. Over 90 people attend.

 

February 17, 2017

Razom publishes its third white paper, a report titled “U.S. Policy on Ukraine: Challenges and Opportunities” and presents it on Capitol Hill.

 

March 5, 2017

Co-Pilot Project raises enough funds and medical equipment to bring a team of neurosurgeons from the US to Ukraine where they go on to conduct 40 major brain and spine operations across the country.

 

May 1, 2017

Razom raises $4,200 for Building Ukraine Together (BUR), a camp composed of volunteers from all parts of Ukraine, and from the US who help Ukrainians affected by the war rebuild their homes.

July 12, 2017

Thanks to Razom’s fundraising for the second year in a row, the entire Ukrainian MathOlymp team is able to take part in the 2017 International Mathematical Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, placing 14th in the world. Later that year, over $15,000 is raised for Razom Ticket helping Ukrainian local and national teams travel to academic olympiads in STEM subjects.

 

November 3, 2017

Razom organizes a panel discussion with Slava Vakarchuk, Yulia Marushevska and Solomia Bobrovska on reforms and leadership in modern Ukraine.

 

January 11, 2018

Razom hosts a talk with Marci Shore about her new book “The Ukrainian Night” a vivid and intimate account of the Ukrainian Revolution that began on the Maidan.

 

March 20, 2018

Razom launches its newest partnership with Istorychna Pravda, a publication founded by Vakhtang Kipiani that fosters the responsible study of the history of Ukraine.

 

May 15, 2018

Razom helps fund and organize a tour across US and Canada to screen “Invisible Battalion” with its creator, director, and stars of the first Ukrainian documentary film about women at war, produced and filmed by women.

 

June 2, 2018

Razom volunteers organize protests across New York City to raise awareness about the hunger strike of Oleg Sentsov to demand for the release of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia.

August 28, 2018

Razom partners with the Institute of Gender Programs, and raises a scholarship fund of $9,300 that will give four veterans an opportunity to study in Master’s programs at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

September 18, 2018

Razom helps organize the installation “Fashion Experiment 01” with Ukrainian Fashion Week in Tribeca, and assists Ukrainian designer Bevza in showcasing unique designs on the runway at New York Fashion Week.