United States Fund for UNICEF

Rating: 2.84 stars   25 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Food, International

Location: 125 Maiden Lane New York NY 10038 USA

Mission: As the oldest of 36 national committees for UNICEF throughout the world, the mission of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF is to promote the survival, protection, and development of all children worldwide through fundraising, advocacy, and education. Our work is accomplished through a collaborative tapestry of individuals, non-governmental organizations, corporate partners, faith-based organizations, the media, grass-roots groups, and children themselves, all of whom have joined UNICEF to help shape a world where the basic needs and human rights of every child are realized. A world where all children share in the joy and promise of childhood, realizing their rights to dignity, security, and self-fulfillment. Since 1947, we have provided more than $1.6 billion in cash and Gifts-in-Kind (donated supplies and services) to assist UNICEF?s lifesaving programs.
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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

There is a hoax email going around that claims that the CEO of Unicef makes more than a million dollars per year and other false claims about other charities, including false claims that the ceo's of organizations like the American Legion, VFW, DAV, etc. work for free. However, it is hard to understand why Caryl Stern, the executive director of Unicef's United States Fund makes almost $484k per year when Anthony Lake, the executive director of Unicef itself makes just over $200k. Also, I was very much put off by Unicef USF yesterday when I received a "free" unsolicited tote bag, so I do have some issues with how Unicef USF spends its money, and will make future donations directly to Unicef instead.

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Unsure

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Unsure

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

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CONTRIBUTIONS:
As you open your pockets to do a good thing and make yourself feel good, please keep the following facts in mind:
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The American Red Cross
President and CEO Marsha J. Evans'
salary for the year was $651,957 plus expenses
MARCH OF DIMES
It is now called the March of Dimes because
only a dime for every 1 dollar is given to the needy .
The United Way
President Brian Gallagher
receives a $375,000 base salary along with numerous expense benefits.
UNICEF
CEO Caryl M. Stern receives
$1,200,000 per year (100k permonth) plus all expenses including a ROLLS ROYCE.
Less than 5 cents of your donated dollar goes to the cause.
GOODWILL
CEO and owner Mark Curran profits $2.3 million a year .
Goodwill is a very catchy name for his business.
You donate to his business and then he sells the items for PROFIT.
He pays nothing for his products and pays his workers minimum wage! Nice Guy.
$0.00 goes to help anyone!
Stop giving to this man.
Instead, give it to ANY OF THE FOLLOWING
GO "GREEN" AND PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE IT WILL DO SOME GOOD :
The Salvation Army
Commissioner, Todd Bassett receives a small salary of only
$13,000 per year (plus housing) for managing this $2 billion dollar organization.
96 percent of donated dollars go to the cause.
The American Legion
National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary.
Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
The Veterans of Foreign Wars
National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary.
Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
The Disabled American Veterans
National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary.
Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
The Military Order of Purple Hearts
National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary.
Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
The Vietnam Veterans Association
National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary.
Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
Make a Wish: For children's last wishes.
100% goes to funding trips or special wishes for a dying child.
St. Jude Research Hospital
100% goes towards funding and helping Children with Cancer who have no insurance and can
not afford to pay .
Ronald McDonald Houses
All monies go to running the houses for parents who have critical Children in the hospital.
100% goes to housing, and feeding the families.
Lions Club International
100% OF DONATIONS GO TO HELP THE BLIND,BUY HEARING AIDES, SUPPORT MEDICAL MISSIONS AROUND THE WORLD. THEIR LATEST UNDERTAKING
IS MEASLES VACCINATIONS (ONLY $1.00 PER SHOT).

Was your donation impactful?

Unlikely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Unlikely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

i am shocked that the CEO makes more than $500k. This means people have to donate a lot to support the other high salaried top management like CEO, COO, CIO, CFO, EXEC VP'S, VP'S, and directors besides the rest of the company before any money goes to the needy. Let's say for the 10 top executives: $400k each is $4million dollars. Same idea like the IRS, how many months you have to work to pay IRS before your salary actually is for you. So how much of people need to donor before the money actually goes to the needy after paying of all the people in the company. I guess my $500 that I saved very hard for donation went to their expense account!!!! I really want my money to make a difference with the needy and NOT make a difference in the top manager's life!!!!!! And this is a Non-Profit!

Was your donation impactful?

Unlikely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 3 stars  

Its a Charity whereby the resources they produce are very informative and educative to the recipients.Volunteers are given opportunity to volunteer at their convinient field of work.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The payment to the CEO might seem excessive to many of us, but the CEO'S of many major charities are paid a lot more. Look at the American Red Cross for example. The important number is how much is given out in aid, and 90.2 is a very good score.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

J David, So glad you wrote your comment saying negative comments were lies. needed to know. was upset.

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Likely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I can't stand seeing this vitriol repeated. The age old story of Caryl Stern (or, in other tellings, UNICEF executive director Tony Lake, or before him Ann Veneman) making "$1.9M a year" and driving an expensed Rolls Royce is as untrue as it is absurd. Moreover, the US Fund for UNICEF consistently ranks as one of the most efficient non profits in its field, with overhead of less than 6%. Over .90 on the dollar goes to programs.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

UNICEF CEO Caryl M. Stern receives $1,900,000 per year (158K) per month, plus all expenses including a ROLLS ROYCE. Less than 5 cents (4.4 cents) per donated dollar goes to the cause. To me that is a serious WTF! How can she sleep at night?

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Finance

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Cap salaries and benefits

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Stop paying outrageous salaries to executives and lead by example.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes. Unfortunately I realized that this is not a transparent organization.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

S-h- - i-t -t-y and unable to voice my opinion.

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

While I like the work that UNICEF does, the organization could do a lot more if they didn't have to pay the CEO over $400,000 a year. For that reason, I would never consider a donation to UNICEF until their payroll comes down.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unlikely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2000

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I also cannot support a charity (?) where the CEO earns more than the President of the US. Job more difficult? The argument that the CEOs of corporations make substantially more doesn't wash. They are for-profit organizations attempting (in theory) to earn more for their shareholders.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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