United States Fund for UNICEF

Rating: 2.79 stars   24 reviews

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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: 3 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

Here are the facts from their 2012 IRS form. They spent 23 million in salaries and benefits for 205 employees, that is an average of about $112,000 per employee. So, they are not grossly a overpaid but a reasonably well paid bunch. Now I don't know the qualifications of the top 3 employees that make between 347K and 532K per year (the latter figure is Caryl Stern's, the CEO), but these figures appear a bit high for a charity. On the other hand, these officers manage an organization that collects more than 211 million in annual revenue and then distributes more than $142 million in direct grants. So to me they are not A+, but a B+ might be appropriate.
In conclusion, I have donated modestly to them for a number of years and will continue to do so.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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How do criticize an organization that spends 89-90% of its income on services? The internet email and Facebook posts that target this organization are incorrect and shameful.

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Rating: 2 stars  

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My wife and I have made numoerous donations to UNICEF in the past. We have recently started evaluating the excessive salaries being paid to these CEOs of "nonprofits." We have discontinued donating to UNICEF until the salaries are adjusted to reflect the supposed charitable nature of this organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I understand that there is a lot of controversy regarding the United Nations here in the USA. Many criticisms aimed at the UN as a whole are not without merit. However, the UN is a massive complex of many organizations that engage in a wide array of work. Many of the more specialized agencies (including UNICEF, the UNHCR, UNDP, etc) are far more apolitical than the UN proper and are staffed by career professionals who know what they are doing and are in it not for money but for bettering the world. UNICEF is an incredible organization that uses well over 90% of its budget on charitable programs that seek to improve the health, education and living standards of the world's worst off children. UNICEF is extremely transparent in it's activities and has saved countless lives since it was established. There are few organizations more worthy of charitable donations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I am outraged by the attacks on UNICIF in some of these reviews that are all chain e-mail lies. Sounds like the kinds of things you read on tea party sites that attacks anything to do with the UN.
Please check your info before you post it and attack an organization that does so much good in the world. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

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Rating: 2 stars  

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I have donated modestly for some years. But have now stopped - and have directed the savings to other organizations with similar work but with directors who do not shamelessly rip of the good hearted.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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alright everybody who gave a 1 star rating, you do realize that almost all of the information in your copy and paste comment is false, right? next time you see something like this, why don't you take a minute (seriously 1 minute is all it takes) and do a little research on this stuff. i mean, seriously, you're already on a very credible site that disproves almost everything in your post.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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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.

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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).

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Rating: 1 stars  

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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!

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