Mission: The organization's mission is to support programs through fundraising, advocacy and education that provide lifesaving medicines, better nutrition, clean water, quality basic education and emergency relief to children, women and communities in over 150 countries and territories. The organization partners, in coordination and planning, with voluntary agencies engaged in child relief to create a better world for children.
Programs: Public information: the usf has reached hundreds of thousands of supporters through issue oriented videos, television and public radio service announcements, a variety of publications, the internet via our website (www. Unicefusa. Org) and other mobile devices. The various usf communication teams work hard to educate the public about the challenges facing the worlds children which is the global mission of unicef. This year millions of children joined adult volunteers to support our trademark fundraiser trick or treat for unicef. Tens of thousands of companies and individuals were informed about unicef through the greeting cards program, the tap project and various special events. Educators using teachunicef resources to increase awareness of the programs and activities of unicef. Through the unicef kid power program, kids are empowered to help other kids by being active, they can help feed hungry children. Every kid who participated in the unicef kid power program received a blue band that they wore all the time. The band tracked how many steps these children took through out the day. Those steps earned kid power points used to unlock ready to use therapeutic food to help save children's lives.
grants to unicef and other non-government organizations: the board of directors of the us fund for unicef has authorized grants to the united nations childrens fund and other non-government organization assisted projects from contributions and in-kind gifts received by the usf. These grants were used by unicef and other ngos in more than 150 countries and territories solely for those assistance projects approved by the board of directors. Unicef hiv/aids projects included preventing hiv infection in young people, mother to child transmission and protection, care and support for orphans and children in families made vulnerable by hiv aids. Unicef childhood immunization work included projects to prevent measles, polio, tuberculosis and maternal and neonatal tetanus in impoverished areas. Unicef girls education projects included those designed to increase the number of girls in school in countries where girls lag behind boys in enrollment, training female teachers, improving girls safety, providing appropriate girls facilities and promoting curriculums and learning environments that are free of gender bias. Unicef nutritional projects were implemented that focused on proper nourishment for both children and mothers that included providing vitamin a supplements to strenthen immune systems and preventing iodine deficiency which can cause brain damage and physical retardation. Unicef and usf also assisted a number of emergency situations by providing clean water, medical supplies, basic health services, educational and recreational supplies. Usf supported unicef's global polio eradication initiative activities by piloting the introduction of oral cholera vaccines in emergency settings; scaling up routine immunization; support for the countdown to 2015 for maternal, newborn and child survival, and scaling up community approaches to total sanitation. Usf also supported unicef's schools for africa and asia initiatives including support for water and sanitation and hygiene interventions in schools, teacher training and school materials and improvements and improving access to quality education.
advocacy: through usf's office of public policy and advocacy in washington d. C. , the usf acts as an advocate for the well being of the world's children. One of the special functions of the public policy office is to advise both the administration and congress on the needs of the worlds children. Through the advocacy efforts of usf, the u s government allocated $132 million to unicef in 2014. The u s government funding is provided directly to unicef and is not reflected as revenue in part i.
Like every charity, this one has high paid employees that take money off the donations. The solution to these pitiful children stories is - STOP HAVING BABIES!!!!! MONEY JUST MAKES MORE BABIES AND PROBLEMS. AND NO, IT IS NOT ANYONE'S RIGHT TO HAVE BABIES THEY CANNOT TAKE CARE OF.
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.
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.
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.
I too am writing to share my experiences with UNICEF with regard to international adoption. UNICEF has not responded to my personal e-mails so I decided to give my opinion here. We were made aware of a $5million payment to the government of the Southern nations and people groups state in Ethiopia. Since that time, orphanages have been closed without basis (per Ethiopian investigation), children have been relocated, children who were in process to be adopted were moved and hidden from agencies and two children were even kidnapped by southern officials. These officials are now arrested. As far as I have been able to find out, families were offered payment to take their children out of orphanages. Don't get me wrong, family preservation is the ultimate goal in this situation, but this is the WRONG way to do it. Shame on UNICEF. They seem to have lost their way over the past few decades. In reply to the review that says that UNICEF's policy toward international adoption is "sound" I have to say that it is not. Do not be fooled, this is a political organization that does some good work, but the politics come first, in this case at the expense of children.
Please educate yourself on all of UNICEF's policies before donating. They are fighting international adoption in many countries and their black and white approach that children should remain in their country of origin deprives many children of permanent families.