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UNICEF USA

For Every Child

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

EIN: 13-1760110


Mission

UNICEF USA’s mission is to relentlessly pursue a more equitable world for every child. UNICEF USA advances the global mission of UNICEF by rallying the American public to support the world’s most vulnerable children.

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

Subject area info

Health

Disaster relief

Human services

Population served info

Children and youth

Families

NTEE code info

International Relief (Q33)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Health

UNICEF is working to end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths, and promote the health and development of all children. 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. In 2021, UNICEF procured and delivered 2.8 billion doses of vaccines for 123 countries. To prevent malaria, UNICEF distributed insecticide-treated nets to 9.5 million people. UNICEF partners with governments to strengthen health systems through strong policies, budgets, and a trained workforce. Midwives and other health workers trained through UNICEF supported programs attended to 38.9 million live births across 52 countries, increasing the likelihood of each mother and newborns’ well-being.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Every child has the right to nutrition, but unfortunately, 1 in 3 children under 5 worldwide are not growing well because of malnutrition. UNICEF works in more than 130 countries to carry out maternal and child nutrition programs, prioritizing interventions to prevent all forms of malnutrition, including stunting, wasting, micronutrient deficiencies, and overweight. Where prevention falls short, the early detection and treatment of wasting or life-threatening malnutrition are critical to return children to healthy growth and development. In 2021, 336 million children under 5 received services to prevent stunting and other forms of malnutrition. In settings where children experienced severe wasting, 5.4 million children were reached with treatment. 67.4 million adolescents benefited from anemia prevention services . UNICEF also procures almost 80 percent of the world’s ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF), a nutrient-packed paste that treats severe wasting in children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Two billion people live without the benefits of safe water at home. The absence of this necessity is not only inconvenient — it is lethal. Every day, more than 700 children under 5 die from diseases like diarrhea that are linked to unsafe drinking water, poor sanitation or poor hygiene. In 2021, UNICEF helped 16 million additional people get access to safe water and 20 million people gained basic sanitation services. Between 2018-2021, 110,000 communities gained status as free of open defecation. In protracted conflicts, children under 5 are more than 20 times more likely to die from diarrheal disease linked to unsafe WASH than violence in conflict. In 2021, UNICEF provided 33.3 million people with access to safe water in emergency settings and 8.4 million people with emergency response sanitation services.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Climate change — including rising sea levels and severe weather events like droughts and floods — damages people’s health, threatens development gains and raises the risks of violence and conflict. Approximately 90 percent of children worldwide breathe air that is so polluted that it risks their health and development. UNICEF analysis shows that 1.42 billion people, including 450 million children, are living in conditions of high or extremely high water vulnerability. But the worst impacts of climate change are not inevitable. UNICEF is working with governments, partners and young people to help governments and local communities develop action plans to manage the risks children face and scale sustainable access to essential health, water and education services. In 2021, UNICEF supported 71 countries with children’s environmental health interventions and 57 countries with climate-resilient WASH services.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

The COVID-19 pandemic severely interrupted children’s education. 167 million children were unable to access school for an entire year and 24 million children are expected to drop-out of school as a result of school closures. To match the unprecedented education needs worldwide, UNICEF expanded its programming to reach more children than ever before. In 2021, UNICEF supported 48.6 million out-of-school children, 50 percent of them girls. To reach all children with learning, UNICEF continues to leverage digital education tools, with a focus on equity. UNICEF also wants to improve learning outcomes through teacher development, early childhood education, mother tongue instruction, community participation and ongoing assessment. 42 million children received learning materials from UNICEF in 2021 and 33 million children participated in skills development programs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Millions of children suffer violations of their rights, including violence, neglect, sexual exploitation, child marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). Around 1 billion children every year experience some kind of violence. UNICEF’s work in child protection aims to prevent and respond to such abuse, especially for those most vulnerable, including children impacted by humanitarian crises and those without parental care. UNICEF’s wide-ranging child protection services include mental health and psychosocial support, violence and harmful practices prevention, and birth registrations to secure legal identity for children. In 2021, UNICEF reached 7.6 million adolescent girls with prevention and care interventions to avert child marriages. 12 million children and caregivers received mental health and psychosocial support and 800,000 girls and women were provided with protection and prevention services against FGM/C.

Population(s) Served

From devastating natural disasters to public health emergencies and protracted conflicts, children are facing an unprecedented number of humanitarian emergencies. As of May 2022, the number of forcibly displaced people has increased to a record 100 million, more than ever before. UNICEF is on the ground before, during and after emergencies strike, working to respond quickly and reach individuals who are most in need. In 2021, UNICEF and partners responded to 483 new and ongoing humanitarian crises in 153 countries. 9.4 million families received humanitarian cash transfers, benefitting 19 million children. 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.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Accreditations

Great Place to Work Certified 2023

Awards

Top 100 Companies With Inclusive Benefits in 2022 2022

Mogul

America's Top 100 Charities 2022

Forbes

Organizational Impact Award 2022

Washington Global Health Alliance

America's Favorite Charities 2021

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

UNICEF USA's professional development team oversees a variety of skills building, learning opportunities and/or workshops offered to all employees.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

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. Almost 17,000 staff work with UNICEF, with approximately 85 percent located in the organization’s 190 country offices.

- 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 59 percent since 1990 . UNICEF supplies vaccines to immunize 45 percent of the world’s children under 5, protecting them against polio, measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases. 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. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, rates of child marriage and child labor steadily declined while access to education increased. Since the pandemic began, UNICEF has worked to prevent backsliding on this progress and ensure access to essential services for all children, especially the most vulnerable. In 2021, UNICEF reached 48.6 million out-of-school children with education, 7.6 million adolescent girls with programs to prevent child marriage, and 132 million children with the benefits of cash transfers.

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.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, limited access to provide “input”, e.g. SMS enabled phone

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0.82

Average of 0.76 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

1.6

Average of 1.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

29%

Average of 31% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

UNICEF USA

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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UNICEF USA

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of UNICEF USA’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $14,282,768 -$1,293,834 $9,635,181 $25,596,821 -$2,085,497
As % of expenses 2.6% -0.2% 1.6% 5.4% -0.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $11,702,219 -$3,783,954 $7,166,271 $23,212,005 -$4,367,919
As % of expenses 2.1% -0.7% 1.2% 4.8% -0.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $567,056,368 $538,517,959 $573,865,026 $510,721,032 $1,061,946,827
Total revenue, % change over prior year 19.6% -5.0% 6.6% -11.0% 107.9%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.2% 0.3% 0.3% 0.3% 0.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.3% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.5% 99.5% 99.5% 98.1% 99.6%
Other revenue 0.3% 0.2% 0.2% 0.3% 0.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $545,220,161 $518,339,089 $586,107,129 $476,796,808 $993,438,241
Total expenses, % change over prior year 15.1% -4.9% 13.1% -18.7% 108.4%
Personnel 6.3% 6.5% 6.7% 8.6% 4.4%
Professional fees 3.0% 2.9% 2.5% 3.5% 3.6%
Occupancy 0.3% 0.4% 0.1% 0.2% 0.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.2% 0.1%
Pass-through 81.3% 78.7% 81.7% 78.7% 87.3%
All other expenses 9.0% 11.5% 8.7% 8.8% 4.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $547,800,710 $520,829,209 $588,576,039 $479,181,624 $995,720,663
One month of savings $45,435,013 $43,194,924 $48,842,261 $39,733,067 $82,786,520
Debt principal payment $1,456,552 $1,496,365 $0 $8,171,988 $1,636,021
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $594,692,275 $565,520,498 $637,418,300 $527,086,679 $1,080,143,204

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.7 1.7 1.3 2.5 1.6
Months of cash and investments 2.6 2.7 2.5 4.2 2.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.3 1.3 1.3 2.2 1.0
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $77,423,145 $74,033,355 $61,164,581 $99,378,432 $129,339,708
Investments $41,370,056 $43,994,738 $61,465,778 $68,672,877 $60,319,211
Receivables $90,747,261 $252,914,778 $237,442,077 $109,709,076 $222,621,366
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $53,612,459 $53,289,053 $54,404,896 $49,540,842 $50,143,527
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 36.2% 39.9% 43.0% 38.8% 42.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 46.6% 62.9% 65.2% 45.3% 49.1%
Unrestricted net assets $59,630,377 $55,846,423 $63,012,694 $86,224,699 $81,856,780
Temporarily restricted net assets $68,192,258 $90,960,092 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $4,142,329 $4,152,329 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $72,334,587 $95,112,421 $74,381,549 $85,418,727 $145,086,348
Total net assets $131,964,964 $150,958,844 $137,394,243 $171,643,426 $226,943,128

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Chief Executive Officer & President

Michael Nyenhuis

Nyenhuis brings 25+ years of global humanitarian and development experience, fundraising acumen and proven results to this role. Before joining UNICEF USA, Nyenhuis was the president and CEO of Americares, a position he held since 2014. Nyenhuis was CEO of the global nonprofit MAP International for 13 years prior. A former journalist with a passion for global health, he previously served on USAID’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid and chaired the board of the Integral Alliance, a global network of faith-based NGOs. He also currently serves on the board of InterAction, the largest coalition of U.S.-based relief and development organizations working internationally, and the leadership council at Concordia, an organization and forum that promotes cross-sector partnerships for social impact. A Minnesota native, Nyenhuis holds a Masters in Business Administration from Emory University and Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Communications from University of Wisconsin Green Bay.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

UNICEF USA

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Highest paid employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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UNICEF USA

Board of directors
as of 05/04/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Ewout Steenbergen


Board co-chair

Sr. Bernard Taylor

Gary M Cohen

Mindy Grossman

Téa Leoni

Dikembe Mutombo

Henry Schleiff

Robert T. Brown

Carol J Hamilton

Andrew Hohns

David Sable

Elisabeth Smith

Kelly Wilson

John O'Farrell

Bernard Taylor

Ewout Steenbergen

Philippe Gilbert

Michael J Nyenhuis

Glen Baptist

Nicole Giles

Aaron Mitchell

Brannigan C Thompson

Janet E Truncale

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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 ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/4/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/14/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

Contractors

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Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

Solicitation activities
Gross receipts from fundraising
Retained by organization
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