Two weeks ago, Airbnb and Airbnb.org announced that Airbnb.org will offer free, short-term housing to up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine. These stays will be funded by Airbnb, Inc., donors to the Airbnb.org Refugee Fund, and the generosity of Hosts through Airbnb.org.
Today, to further support Airbnb.org’s important work, Airbnb’s co-founders – Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, Nathan Blecharczyk and his wife Elizabeth — are personally committing to match up to $10 million in donations to the organization, beginning today through March 31, 2022.
Brian, Joe, Nate and Elizabeth have been inspired by the eagerness of the Airbnb community to get involved in Airbnb.org’s effort to provide housing to refugees fleeing Ukraine. To date, more than 21,500 people around the world have signed up to share their home with refugees since this program launched on February 28 – including 14,000 across Europe, where the need for Airbnb.org Hosts is currently the greatest. More than a quarter of these people were not existing Hosts on Airbnb.
In the past two weeks, Airbnb.org has also received more than $5.2 million in small-dollar, direct donations from a total of more than 59,000 individual donors across 92 countries. Airbnb and its founders have contributed $17 million so far to Airbnb.org to help cover costs associated with providing stays for refugees fleeing Ukraine, and Airbnb employees have donated a total of more than $625,000 to support Airbnb.org’s effort as well as other nonprofits working on the ground in Ukraine. The Utah Jazz Foundation is working with Airbnb.org to provide more than 32,200 nights of temporary housing to refugees fleeing Ukraine.
Airbnb.org is working with partners across Europe to begin connecting refugees fleeing Ukraine to housing, including the International Organization for Migration, as well as the government of Germany.
Anyone who is interested in supporting Airbnb.org’s initiative to help refugees fleeing Ukraine can go to airbnb.org/help-ukraine to get involved, including by participating in this matching campaign or offering free or discounted stays.