International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

UNRWA USA National Committee

Showing Palestine refugees that Americans care!

aka UNRWA USA

Washington, DC

Mission

UNRWA USA National Committee (UNRWA USA) is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides support for the humanitarian work of UNRWA though advocacy, fundraising, and education. UNRWA USA aims to educate the general American public about the situation of Palestinian refugees and generate support for UNRWA's education, health, and social service programs in all five of its geographical fields of operation.

Ruling Year

2006

Acting Executive Director

Maura Connelly

Main Address

1875 Connecticut Avenue NW 10th Floor

Washington, DC 20009 USA

Keywords

Palestine, UNRWA, Middle East, Relief, Aid, Refugees

EIN

20-2714426

 Number

1000432791

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Relief (Q33)

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Community Mental Health

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of press articles published

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Community Mental Health

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

UNRWA USA publishes press releases annually for each of our Gaza 5K races. In 2015 we held races in DC, Orange County, San Francisco and for the first time NYC! Learn more at Gaza5K.org!

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TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

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Direction of Success

Increasing

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

1. Anticipated highlights in 2016 include meaningful outreach in Chicago, including the addition of a Gaza 5K event there (as well as Gaza 5K events in DC, New York City, and San Francisco).

2. ​Create a dynamic and engaged individual donor base that sustains major UNRWA programs.

3. Additionally, we look to grow our University Scholarship Program which currently funds 46 to fund 60 students in 2016.

Goal 1: ​UNRWA USA will host robust and appealing events for a variety of audiences to educate, cultivate, and fundraise.

Goal 2: We continue to promote our peer-to-peer fundraising platform to empower our donors to carry out their own fundraising efforts.

Goal 3: We will continue to promote our University Scholarship Program to interested donors and like minded foundations - making sure to highlight that all funds raised, go directly to UNRWA who monitors the progress of the students and disburses the funds. ​

UNRWA is the largest, oldest, and one of the most trusted humanitarian organizations in the Middle East. Therefore we have a strong foundation for building support in the US. Our organization continues to grow in both staff size and strength, and we look forward to 2016 being a banner year.

UNRWA USA has implemented a 2016 strategy plan with goals that are further broken down into milestones. Each of these milestones are evaluated using the SMART mnemonic; which stands for S: specific; M: measurable; A: attainable; R: rewardable; and T: trackable. All of our goals are evaluated on a quarterly basis and are precise, prioritized, realistic and based on performance.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) provides humanitarian assistance, human development, and protection for 5.3 million registered Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank, and Gaza, pending a just solution to their plight. Since it's inception UNRWA USA has informed the American public about UNRWA's work and generating support for its programs through fundraising, education, and advocacy.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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No

Organizational Demographics

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