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Causes: International, Refugees, United Nations Associations, Zika Virus

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.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Tina77

Donor

Rating: 4

I donate regularly to 3 organizations, and UNICEF is one of them because of their transparency and money management. Reading that they spend $XX million on salaries doesn't bother me because that average salary is on the low-end for a highly qualified person. Those workers could definitely make more in the private sector, yet they can choose to stay at UNICEF because the financial sacrifice is not too bad to swallow. And we need and want highly qualified individuals in charge of a billion dollar organization, don't we? I'd be more afraid if the offices were filled with lower-paid workers who haven't worked abroad, worked in political offices, or worked in consulting.

The problem with most charities is a too-big SG&A with no transparency. (I don't agree in spending a lot on marketing.) From my assessment, UNICEF is pretty responsible with donor funds, and I appreciate that.

Review from Guidestar

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

NO DONATIONS FROM ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

16

Donor

Rating: 3

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.

Review from Guidestar

8 Sally39

Donor

Rating: 4

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.

9

Donor

Rating: 2

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.

Review from CharityNavigator

11 Corey6

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Review from CharityNavigator

8

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Review from CharityNavigator

4

Donor

Rating: 2

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.

Review from CharityNavigator

2 Marwa B.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

I WANT TO BE A PART OF YOUR ORGANIZATION TO BE A PART OF THE UNICEF FAMILLY AND HELP OTHER PEOPLE HOW NEED US AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THERE LIFE EVEN A SMALL ONE IT DIDSN't MATER JUST I WANT TO MAKE THEM HAPPY I WANT TO GIVE FOR THEM

Review from CharityNavigator

4 Jessica101

Donor

Rating: 4

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.