Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has adopted a law on charity organizations.
A total of 238 of the 269 registered for voting supported the law.
The law regulates the principles of charitable activity in Ukraine.
According to the document, education, healthcare, ecology,
environment protection, animal protection, the prevention of natural and
human-caused catastrophes and dealing with their consequences, aid to
those injured as a result of such catastrophes, military conflicts or
accidents, are spheres of charitable activity.
Moreover, philanthropy includes guardianship, legal aid, social
protection and provision, culture, the arts, science and research,
sports, physical education, human and citizen’s rights, the development
of territorial communities and the development of the international
The law bans philanthropic organizations from providing charitable
aid to political parties or in the name of political parties, and also
from participating in election campaigning.
The law defines types of philanthropic activity, in particular,
philanthropists jointly or independently can carry out charitable
activity on the basis of the voluntary choice of one or several types of
such activity: the free transfer of a second property to ownership, the
free transfer of the rights to use property, the free transfer of
income from a property and property rights, providing services and
labor, joint activities and the implementation of other contracts for
charitable activities, and also the public collection of charitable
donations, and the execution of wills and inheritance agreements for the
sake of philanthropic activities.