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NeedsList to scale its crisis response software to Ukraine and beyond with $1M grant and team of Fellows

Image shows a map of the Northeastern United States with pins representing different cities where organizations have needs.

A screenshot of NeedsList's RespondLocal software

The funding and team of Fellows will support NeedsList in building a free, public version of its software and scaling it, starting in Ukraine.

With support from, we will be able to supercharge the reach of our software, making it completely financially and linguistically available for use by any organization in the world.”
— Natasha Freidus

DURHAM, NC, UNITED STATES, June 20, 2022 / -- is providing a $1M grant and team of engineers to help mission-driven startup NeedsList build and scale a free, public version of their crisis response software.

NeedsList’s software, RespondLocal, was built to power faster, more sustainable humanitarian action in light of a new era of crisis. Over 100 million people are currently displaced worldwide due to conflict, climate change, and natural disaster. NeedList’s RespondLocal software creates more efficiency and transparency in aid by matching the needs of organizations to available resources at the local level.

A team of engineers from the Fellowship will spend the next six months working full-time pro-bono with NeedsList’s team on a software deployment to address the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and bordering countries. Engineers will incorporate AI solutions, cloud optimization, and adding multilingual support to both initial work in Ukraine response and the free, public version of the software for future crises that NeedsList will launch in late 2022.

“With displacement at an all-time high and continuing to climb, the humanitarian sector needs innovative solutions to support more efficiency in aid, especially at the local level,” said Natasha Freidus, NeedsList’s CEO. “Local organizations consistently do most of the work on the ground before, during, and after crises, but historically have received very little funding or support from the international community. Over the past six years we have co-created a tool with these organizations that they can use to amplify their needs and to have them matched to available resources. With support from, we will be able to supercharge the reach of our software, making it completely financially and linguistically available for use by any organization in the world.”

“Knowing what’s needed where, who is doing what, and how to help is vital during times of crisis. Real-time information helps organizations reduce waste, improves collaboration, and gets people what they need quickly,” said Alex Díaz from “We’re thrilled to be providing financial and engineering support to NeedsList’s efforts to scale this model globally and to make it accessible to all who need it.”

About NeedsList
NeedsList is women-led technology company developing tools for a new era of crisis response. Since its public launch on World Refugee Day in 2017, NeedsList’s software has facilitated the delivery of over $20M of resources to more than 500 local organizations in 20+ countries around the world.
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