UNICEF USA

For Every Child

aka United States Fund for UNICEF   |   New York, NY   |  www.unicefusa.org

Mission

Since its founding in 1947, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has built an unprecedented global support system for the world’s children. Through its many programs and partnerships in health care and immunization, safe water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and other critical areas, UNICEF delivers the essentials needed to give children an equitable chance in life. UNICEF USA shares UNICEF’s vision of a world that upholds the rights of all children and helps every child thrive, and works to advance UNICEF’s mission through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, we have helped meaningfully improve more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization.

Ruling year info

1949

Chief Executive Officer & President

Michael Nyenhuis

Main address

125 Maiden Lane

New York, NY 10038 USA

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Formerly known as

United States Fund for UNICEF

EIN

13-1760110

NTEE code info

International Relief (Q33)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

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Health & Immunization

UNICEF gives children brighter futures by giving them a healthier start with cost-effective, proven solutions, from insecticide-treated mosquito nets to help prevent malaria to oral rehydration salts to treat life-threatening diarrhea. As one of the world’s largest buyers of lifesaving supplies, UNICEF has unique leverage to negotiate the lowest prices and reach more children with lifesaving support. UNICEF vaccinates 45 percent of the world’s children every year, protecting them against diseases like polio and measles and saving up to 3 million lives every year. UNICEF and partners supported more than 142 million live births in designated health care facilities between 2016 and 2020. During the first year and a half of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF reached 92 million children and women with essential health care services.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Good nutrition is the bedrock of child survival and development. Well-nourished children are better able to grow and learn, participate in their communities and remain resilient to disease or disaster. Yet, 1 in 4 children around the world is malnourished, and of these, at least 1 in 3 is affected by malnutrition in its most visible forms, which include stunting, wasting and obesity. Nearly half of all deaths in children under age 5 are attributable to undernutrition, which increases a child’s risk of dying from common infections, increases the frequency and severity of such infections and delays recovery. In 2020, UNICEF provided services for 244 million children younger than age 5 to prevent malnutrition. UNICEF also procures and distributes 80 percent of the world’s supply of Ready-To-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), a “miracle” treatment for children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM), working with manufacturers to increase supplies and keep prices down.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Over 700 children under age 5 die every day of diarrheal diseases due to lack of appropriate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. In areas of conflict, children are nearly 20 times more likely to die from diarrheal disease than from the conflict itself. Improving access to safe water and sanitation supports overall childhood development by improving health and reducing time spent carting water from distant sources, allowing more time for school and play. UNICEF works in more than 100 countries to improve access to safe water and sanitation facilities focusing on developing innovative solutions that are sustainable and climate resilient. In 2020, UNICEF supported construction of 1,448 solar-powered water systems in 41 countries, and UNICEF’s emergency response teams helped, 39.1 million people gain access to safe water and 5.6 million people gain access to sanitation services.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

More children and adolescents today are enrolled in pre-primary, primary and secondary education than ever before. Yet, for many of them, schooling does not lead to learning – and this was before COVID-19 shuttered schools and disrupted learning across the globe, creating an urgent need to reimagine education. A lack of trained teachers, inadequate learning materials, makeshift classes and poor sanitation facilities make learning difficult for many children. Others come to school too hungry, sick or exhausted from work or household tasks to benefit from their lessons. With programs in 147 countries, UNICEF works with partners to remove barriers and improve access to quality education for all children — including children with disabilities and other marginalized children, and children living in humanitarian and emergency settings — with a focus on building safer, more inclusive and gender-equitable schools.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Around the world, natural disasters, refugee crises, conflict and famine threaten children’s futures. UNICEF responds to hundreds of emergencies every year in some of the toughest, most remote places in the world, providing safe water, hygiene supplies, blankets, protection, shelter and health care to keep children alive, healthy and safe. UNICEF can ship emergency supplies anywhere in the world within 48 to 72 hours from its supply headquarters in Copenhagen, site of the world’s largest humanitarian warehouse. After an emergency, UNICEF stays and supports recovery efforts – recognizing that how the organization responds in crises lays the foundation for long-term development. In 2020, UNICEF provided humanitarian assistance in 455 emergencies in 152 countries.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Worldwide, children face a number of dangers, including war, violence, child labor, trafficking and other forms of exploitation and abuse. UNICEF work in child protection includes interventions that include returning child soldiers to civilian life; safeguarding the rights of children on the move; providing safe channels for reporting gender-based violence and counseling to those impacted by GBV; training and funding child protection teams to patrol areas where children are trafficked; and helping to ensure births are registered, which is important for ensuring a child’s future access to critical social and health services. UNICEF is also harnessing innovative tools to empower youth to be agents of change, illuminate the drivers of violence and inform and help improve country policies and programs. In 2020, 6 million adolescent girls received prevention and care interventions to address child marriage through UNICEF-supported programs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. By providing access to health care, nutrition, clean water, education, protection and more, UNICEF empowers every child to have a brighter future. UNICEF USA supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes, and every child has a safe and healthy childhood.

UNICEF focuses on meeting immediate needs of vulnerable children while also supporting the development of long-term, sustainable solutions to issues that impact their lives and futures, such as water scarcity, food insecurity and the effects of climate change. UNICEF workers brave war zones, treacherous terrain, disasters and disease to reach children in need, partnering with governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, civil society groups and other UN agencies to engage communities and maximize impact.

− Innovation has always been at the heart of UNICEF's ability to achieve results for children, from negotiating drug prices to establishing new delivery methods to utilizing new technologies. UNICEF's vast network means it can take successful approaches from one place and adapt them to meet challenges elsewhere, helping drive results for children on a global scale.

− In all UNICEF does, it works to engage and empower young people to have a voice in the decisions that affect their lives and support their peers. In the United States, UNICEF USA has a long history of instilling global citizenship in students. Over a million kids participate in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF and other UNICEF USA initiatives every year.

-UNICEF USA is one of 33 National Committees, independent non-governmental organization that serves as the public face and dedicated voice of UNICEF in their respective countries. Each National Committee works to raise funds from the private sector, promote children’s rights and secure worldwide visibility for children threatened by poverty, disasters, armed conflict abuse and exploitation. In 2020, UNICEF USA contributed $286 million in cash and in-kind support to UNICEF.

− UNICEF USA invites all Americans to join us. Whether it's by giving time or money, through education, awareness-raising or advocacy, everyone has something to contribute to make this world a better place for all children.

-UNICEF works in more than 190 countries — more than any other children's organization. This includes nearly 15,000 staff in 157 field offices carrying out programs on the ground and 33 national committees that conduct fundraising, advocacy and education in support of UNICEF's mission.

—With a global innovation center to help scale up proven solutions, UNICEF is helping lead the development of a new wave of technologies and products to help reach the hardest-to-reach children and communities.

—As one of the world's largest buyers of lifesaving supplies such as vaccines, mosquito nets and Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), UNICEF has unique leverage to negotiate the lowest prices.

− UNICEF's global network of staff and volunteers is on the ground before, during and after humanitarian emergencies, in some of the toughest, most remote places in the world. Activating at a moment's notice, UNICEF can ship emergency supplies anywhere in the world within 48 to 72 hours from its warehouse in Copenhagen, which is the world's largest humanitarian warehouse.

− UNICEF USA has communities of supporters all over the United States that work together to fundraise and advocate for the world's most vulnerable children. This nationwide base of supporters includes over 500,000 individual donors, more than 6,000 corporations, foundations and NGOs and more than 500 campus clubs at high schools and colleges around the USA that engage over 90,000 active volunteers. Students who join UNICEF high school and college campus clubs participate in campaigns, host international dinners, organize concerts, advocate on Capitol Hill, collaborate on regional webinars and much more.

− The organization's five regional communities work to highlight UNICEF's work from coast to coast and engage people in their communities in support of our mission. These regional communities host a number of events, educational speaker series and family-friendly activities throughout the year that allow people to take action locally, knowing that their impact will be felt around the globe.

− UNICEF USA has a long history of promoting global citizenship among children and young people. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, the original Kids-Helping-Kids campaign, was introduced in 1950 as a way for kids in the U.S. to help their peers around the world.

Since its inception following World War II, UNICEF has meaningfully improved more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization and has been a major contributor to several advances in child survival, health and well-being. UNICEF's programs have helped reduce the under-five child mortality rate by 61 percent since 1990. UNICEF supplies vaccines to immunize 45 percent of the world’s children, protecting them against polio, measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases, helping to save an estimated 2 million to 3 million lives every year. UNICEF and its partners have helped bring polio to the brink of eradication; in 2020, Nigeria was certified free of wild poliovirus, affording Africa the same status, bringing the number of endemic countries down to two, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Child labor, child marriage and other child rights violations are on the decline worldwide. In 2020, UNICEF-supported cash transfer programs benefitted more than 130 million children in 93 countries, including 81 million children in emergency settings. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, UNICEF's water, sanitation and hygiene services became more important than ever. To help prevent infection and stop the spread of coronavirus, UNICEF provided nearly 74 million people with vital supplies like soap and hygiene kits and installed handwashing stations and latrines that supported millions of people.

Like UNICEF, UNICEF USA knows that big problems need big solutions; that despite tremendous progress, the world’s children continue to face a number of threats to their health, safety and future well-being. Thousands of children still die every day from preventable causes. Tens of millions of children miss out on essential vaccines. Hundreds of millions of children lack access to clean water, adequate sanitation and hygiene. Hundreds of millions remain out of school. Violence, war, poverty and climate change are displacing children and families in record numbers, heightening all of these risks.

At UNICEF USA, we focus on harnessing our collective voice and energy to advance UNICEF’s mission to do more good in more places for more children. Like UNICEF, we know that sustainable change doesn’t happen overnight; that it takes relentless commitment and working tirelessly in some of the toughest, hardest-to-reach places. We will never stop supporting UNICEF to develop smarter, more cost-effective solutions, scaling up proven data-drive programs and harnessing new technologies to create measurable change for children.

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UNICEF USA

Board of directors
as of 06/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ewout Steenbergen


Board co-chair

Bernard Taylor

Gary Cohen

Dolores Rice Gahan, D.O.

Mindy Grossman

Hilary Gumbel

Franklin Hobbs

Téa Leoni

Dikembe Mutombo

Sherrie Rollins Westin

Henry Schleiff

Robert Brown

Carol Hamilton

Andrew Hohns

David Sable

Elisabeth Smith

John Herrmann, Jr

Kelly Wilson

Shahriar Shahida

John O'Farrell

Ghada Irani

Bernard Taylor

Ewout Steenbergen

Philippe Gilbert

Joaquin Duato