Refugee relief donations
In the year under review, Porsche donated € 1.5 million to the victims of the conflict in Ukraine. Of this amount, € 750,000 went to the German charity UNO-Flüchtlingshilfe, a long-term partner of the Volkswagen Group. Another € 250,000 went to the Ferry Porsche Foundation, which supports children and young people. The funds were also used to provide counseling and language courses for Ukrainian refugees. Subsidiaries donated € 500,000 to people in Ukraine, with a focus on the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Under the “Porsche hilft” initiative, employees were given the option to make hassle-free donations to the people in Ukraine.
Besides quick and effective financial aid for the Ukrainian population, Porsche launched numerous funded projects to support refugees:
Aces for charity
The initiative in association with the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix has supported charitable projects for a number of years. The year under review was no exception, with € 100 being added to the total donations whenever a player hit an ace. The total amount raised, € 30,000, benefited two organizations: half was given to Agapedia, an initiative that helps Ukrainian child refugees and their families, breaks down language barriers, helps overcome intercultural expectations, and supports traumatized children. The other half went to the Baden-Württemberg Sports Federation, whose competitive members include Ukrainian refugees. It aims to provide young athletes with training opportunities and help them—as well as their trainers and families—face upcoming challenges without any delays or red tape.
Donated toys and playbuses
Not far from Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, there is emergency accommodation for refugees which took in numerous children in 2022. Porsche managed to put smiles on their faces by donating sets of Lego and Playmobil. As the accommodation often lacks the space needed to play, the donations were accompanied to the center by a “Mobifant”. Belonging to Stuttgarter Jugendhausgesellschaft, these playbuses are equipped with all kinds of creative and movement activities. Qualified educators take them to places where children have especially limited space to play. Porsche subsidized this special form of proactive work with children and young people back in 2016, to help Stuttgarter Jugendhausgesellschaft purchase a Mobifant after the initial influx of refugees from Syria.
Medical supplies for arthelps
Ukraine remains desperate for medical supplies, so in the year under review, Porsche donated more than 200 first-aid kits from development and test vehicles, containing dressings, plasters, and much more. The donations went to the charitable organization ARTHELPS, which delivers aid to Ukraine on a regular basis. In the Ukrainian city of Smila, ARTHELPS is also offering another type of aid to children and young people who are refugees: psychological support and art therapy – which can be extremely effective in children especially – aim to make it easier to process the trauma of war and counteract any potential long-term effects.