Kyiv Mohyla Foundation of America (KMFA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established to support the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy

Marta Farion

Shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, Vyacheslav Bryukhovetsky took the bold step of re-establishing the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. His mission was to establish a university with the highest international standards and to instill a culture of ethics, integrity and respect for the individual. He also wanted to create a culture of intellectual creativity and discipline for an improved understanding of the language, history and culture of Ukraine and the world, through the study of all disciplines that affect the lives of future generations.
Soon after the University was re-established, the Kyiv Mohyla Foundation of America was created to support and assist the newly established Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. To date, the Foundation has many accomplishments, including successful fundraising campaigns and exchange programs for the university. Thanks to the support of donors, the university was able to establish, renovate and raise the academic and research standards of the Library, the Schools of Public Health, Law, Journalism, and Business, and it included Oriental Studies and Holodomor Studies into its academic programs, as well as the first Ph.D. program in Ukraine based on western academic standards. In addition, the Foundation funded student scholarships, faculty fellowships and various academic exchanges with universities in the United States. This is by no means a comprehensive list of achievements, but it demonstrates the University’s commitment to excellence.
In addition, a major achievement has been the establishment of the Electronic Library of Ukraine (ELibUkr), a project that provides access to electronic information for university libraries in Ukraine. Initially supported by USAID, it is based at the Antonovych Library of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and it began with an alliance of National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Karazin National Kharkiv University and Chernivtsi Yuri Fedkovych National University. Within less than three years, the Electronic Library of Ukraine expanded to include sixteen major university libraries of Ukraine. The goal is to obtain Ukrainian government support to include Ukraine’s principal eighty-five universities. This and other projects are part of the nation-building vision shared by the University and the Foundation.

Let’s Build Ukraine’s Future Together!

The Kyiv Mohyla Foundation of America relies on the generosity of its supporters

After two decades, the University has developed and matured, and is entering a new chapter in its history. In 1994, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy was designated by presidential decree as the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Its official recognition as a “national university” allowed it to receive national funding for basic needs, but this funding is insufficient for the university’s goal of providing the best and most innovative quality education and research. However, this designation enabled the University to become a major player in Ukrainian higher education.
What is the role of the Kyiv-Mohyla Foundation in the years to come? Certainly raising funds to support the University continues to be extremely important, in part because the University receives only the most basic funding from the government, and because the University will continue to grow and therefore will require additional funds. Also, the Foundation must provide support for improving academic and research work at the highest levels of excellence, and it must provide financial assistance to graduate students and faculty who need to travel abroad to study and do research. Finally, the Foundation must support recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty, students and staff. It is the human capital – the outstanding students, faculty, administration, friends and supporters, who have made Kyiv-Mohyla Academy the great university that it is and that will be the case in the future as well.
Because Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’s aspirations and responsibilities have increased in recent years and because Education Reform has become one of Ukraine’s most important priorities, we must back our rhetoric with the necessary tangible financial support to assure not only excellence in education at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, but also university autonomy and academic freedom. Much has been accomplished in the last two decades since Ukraine’s independence, but now is the time to insure the future. The need for funding is greater than it has ever been. I hope you will be willing to join us in supporting this exciting and important work.
Marta Farion
President – Kyiv Mohyla Foundation of America