Wisconsin businesses show support for Ukraine with fundraisers, acts of solidarity

Orange Tree Imports and Bloom Bake Shop are among Madison businesses supporting Ukraine amid the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
This is a picture of the Ukrainian flag.
Businesses in Madison and throughout the state of Wisconsin are showing support for Ukraine through donations, fundraisers and more.
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Wisconsin businesses in Madison and beyond are showing support for Ukraine amid the Russia-Ukraine crisis. Efforts include donations to José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen (WCK), a nonprofit organization that provides relief in the wake of natural disasters. WCK has been offering hot meals to refugees at the border and within Ukraine. Businesses are also donating to the Ukrainian Red Cross and other organizations that aim to provide support to Ukraine during this crisis.

Businesses donating to World Central Kitchen 

  • Leopold’s will donate 100% of its proceeds from the sale of any Ukrainian or Russian books to WCK. The sale includes titles by Anne Applebaum and Masha Gessen.
    • Starting March 15, every Tuesday Leopold’s will host a Ukrainian dinner, featuring stuffed cabbage rolls and matzo ball soup.
  • Liliana’s Restaurant will be selling varenyky, a popular Ukrainian dish, in support of the ongoing crisis. 100% of the money from its 8 for $20 deal will go towards World Central Kitchen. For those those that don’t want to eat the varenyky but want to a make a donation, Liliana’s Restaurant will send an order to a Dane County family in need through Little Johns.
  • Salvatore’s Tomato Pies is donating $10 from each sale of the “Russian Warship, Go F@$&! Yourself” pizza to support Ukraine. The money will go to the World Central Kitchen. The pizza is available as a large and you can order the pizza online or call 608-318-1761 for takeout or delivery.
  • Jonie & Libs Reusables, a local Etsy shop, is donating 100% of all sales from the ‘Stand with Ukraine’ section of their store to WCK. Items include napkin sets, coasters and facial rounds.
  • Bar Corralini will offer a Ukrainian Honey Babka Cake this weekend, with all proceeds going to WCK. Cakes will be available between 4-6 on Friday and Saturday and can be ordered online, over the phone or in-store.

Other efforts made by Wisconsin Businesses 

  • Nik J Designs is creating 8″x 12″ Ukrainian flags to be hung up in support of Ukraine. The flags are free and available for pick-up but donations are welcomed to support their UNHCR fundraiser.
  • Henry Vilas Zoo is supporting the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, who are making efforts to help the animals and care teams in wake of the crisis. Henry Vilas Zoo has pledged to use some of their emergency relief funds in support and encourage those interested to make a donation.
  • Door County Candle Co. is currently running a fundraiser with a special Ukraine candle in which 100% of proceeds will be donated to Razom for Ukraine, a nonprofit Ukrainian American human rights organization. The owner of the candle company, Christiana Trapani, is a Ukrainian American. Candle orders can be placed here.
  • Macarons by Sim, a Sun Prairie-based business, created a set of macarons in the colors of the Ukrainian flag to show support for the country. They join a group of bakers all over the world coming together to show solidarity for Ukraine by donating to a variety of different foundations. Macarons by Sim is donating proceeds to UNICEF.
  • The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel created a running list of opportunities for Wisconsinites to help Ukrainians in need. Find that list here.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Dane County is joining forces with the global Habitat community to provide support fore refugees fleeing Ukraine. People are encouraged to donate habitatdane.org/donate and select the “Ukraine Humanitarian Response.'”Habit for Humanity is actively supporting families on the move in Poland, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia.
  • Table Wine has announced that their charity of choice for the next quarter is Ukraine Crisis Fund, an organization that provides water, food, hygiene kits and support to Ukrainians, particularly children, the elderly and women. Table Wine will donate $1 for every featured bottle of wine sold, $1 for every glass of featured wine sold and the owners Molly and Conor Moran will match the donation.
  • Adams Outdoor Advertising is showing supporting for Ukraine by erecting sunflower billboards throughout the state, including in the Madison and Kenosha-Racine markets. The sunflower is a symbol of Ukrainian resistance and hope.
  • Forward Madison FC is selling a Ukrainian Relief Kit. All proceeds will go towards UNICEF and their efforts to support Ukraine. Forward Madison FC will wear the kit at their home opener on Saturday April 9.

Are there other donation opportunities or signs of solidarity with Ukraine organized by a Wisconsin business that you don’t see on the list? Email the details to eknepple@madisonmagazine.com for consideration to be added to this list. 

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