Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis raised more than $35 million for Ukraine, earning them a personal “thank you” from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. On GoFundMe, the actors aimed to raise $30 million for Kunis’ home country, where she was born in 1983.
According to the couple’s GoFundMe page, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have raised more than $34 million in donations for humanitarian aid to Ukraine and temporary housing for Ukrainian refugees.
Kunis was born in Ukraine in 1983 and moved to America when she was eight years old. “Ukrainians are proud and courageous people who deserve our assistance in their hour of need,” she writes on the page.
Ashton Kutcher and Kunis’s funds will be donated to the philanthropic arms of two Silicon Valley darlings: logistics start-up Flexport and housing rental giant Airbnb.
“Flexport.org is organizing relief supplies shipments to refugee sites in Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, and Moldova,” Kutcher and Kunis write. “Airbnb.org is providing free, short-term housing to Ukrainian refugees.”
Ashton Kutcher and Kunis established the fundraising page on March 3 and made a $3 million personal donation. More than 65,000 donors have contributed since then.
Some of the world’s wealthiest people are among the top contributors. Oracle chairman and billionaire Larry Ellison has donated $5 million. DST Global, a Silicon Valley private equity firm, contributed $3 million, and Yuri Milner’s family foundation contributed $2.5 million.
Another $2.5 million donations came from Ron Conway’s family, a well-known Silicon Valley angel investor. Karlie Kloss and her husband, Josh Kushner, made a $250,000 donation through their foundation. Kushner is a venture capitalist and the brother of Jared Kushner, former President Donald Trump’s son-in-law.
“We are overwhelmed with gratitude for this support,” Kutcher said on March 17 in an Instagram post. “Our combined efforts will provide a softer landing for so many people as they move forward into the future.”
Mr. Zelensky tweeted a photo taken during a video call with the duo on Sunday.
“@aplusk & Mila Kunis were among the first to respond to our grief,” he wrote. They have already raised $35 million USD and are distributing it to @flexport and @Airbnb to assist (Ukrainian) refugees.
“I am grateful for their assistance. I was impressed by their tenacity. They are an inspiration to everyone.”
He used the hashtag #StandWithUkraine to express his support for Ukraine.
Earlier this month, the couple pledged to match donations made to Airbnb and Flexport for up to three million dollars (£2,276,000), with the goal of raising 30 million dollars (£22,764,000).
They met their goal on Thursday, and the total is still growing.
Kunis, who was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, launched the appeal, describing herself as a “proud Ukrainian” whose family immigrated to the United States in 1991.
“Ukrainians are proud and brave people who deserve our assistance in their time of need,” she wrote. This unjust attack on Ukraine and humanity, in general, is devastating, and the Ukrainian people require our assistance.”
The couple, who married in 2015 and have two children, has since promised to do “everything we can” to ensure that the money “reaches those who need it the most.”
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, another celebrity couple, have previously pledged to match donations up to one million dollars (£750,000) to help the growing number of Ukrainian refugees.
The pair urged people to donate to the humanitarian charity US For UNHCR in order to assist the thousands of citizens who have been displaced by the conflict, and they promised to match any donations made.