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Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I donate leftover foreign coins and currency?

You can help UNICEF save children's lives through the Change for Good program!

Donate your foreign currency on an American Airlines flight, or at an Admirals Club or Flagship Lounge.  Or send your donation to us at the following address:

Change for Good
U.S. Fund for UNICEF
125 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038

As donations of foreign coins are processed in bulk by a third party vendor, please note that the acknowledgment you receive for your donation will not specify the amount of your gift.

Learn more about Change for Good.

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What does "UNICEF" stand for?

UNICEF is the United Nations Children's Fund.

When UNICEF was created in 1946, to help the children of war-torn Europe, China and the Middle East, the acronym stood for "United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund."

By 1953 UNICEF's mandate was extended to address the needs of children in the developing world. At that point, the words "international" and "emergency" were dropped from the organization's name, making it simply the United Nations Children's Fund.

UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization, and we are working toward a day when ZERO children die from preventable causes. 

Want to know more?  Sign up for UNICEF eNews, a monthly update on UNICEF's work in the field and how you can help.

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What is the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's mission?

We work for the survival, protection and development of children worldwide through fundraising, advocacy and education.

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What does UNICEF do?

UNICEF began in the aftermath of World War II as a tiny operation supplying starving girls and boys in Europe, the Middle East and China with dried milk and nutritional supplements.

Today UNICEF works for the survival, protection, and development of children in 190 countries and territories around the world.

In cooperation with governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UNICEF helps develop community-based programs to promote health and immunization programs, basic education, nutrition, safe water supply and sanitation services, and continues to provide emergency relief as needed.

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What does UNICEF do for children in the U.S.?

In the United States, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF engages American youth by providing opportunities for them to advocate, fundraise and volunteer on behalf of their peers around the world.

Through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, the Tap Project and a variety of volunteer clubs, initiatives and partnerships, hundreds of thousands of young Americans contribute to UNICEF's lifesaving work and learn more about the issues of child survival and international development.

UNICEF's emergency relief efforts are primarily focused outside of the U.S., in countries that are less equipped to meet the basic needs of children or are affected by conflict or natural disaster. But when Hurricane Katrina left hundreds of thousands of children along the Gulf Coast without homes and schools, UNICEF responded by sending school-in-a-box and recreation kits to the region.

UNICEF also offers American teachers free multimedia resources and lesson plans covering a wide range of global topics of interest to educators. You can find these resources at Teachunicef.org.

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How can I volunteer for UNICEF in the field?

UNICEF secures volunteers, who must have at least a Bachelor's Degree and two to five years experience in their field of expertise, through the United Nations Volunteers.

If you are a citizen of the United States and meet the above criteria, send your curriculum vitae to the United Nations Volunteers at the following address for more information: United Nations Volunteers, c/o Peace Corps, 1111 20th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20526.

If you are interested in volunteering within the United States, click here to learn how.

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Where does UNICEF get its funding?

UNICEF is supported entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, foundations, corporations, non-governmental organizations and governments.

UNICEF receives no funding from the assessed dues of the United Nations.

Most of the fundraising is done by UNICEF's national committees, that are 36 autonomous NGOs, of which U.S. Fund for UNICEF is the oldest.

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What is the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's tax ID number?

Our Federal Identification Number is 13-1760110.

The IRS letter confirming our 501(c)(3) status is available for downloading here in PDF format.

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How can I update my monthly donation?

To change your monthly donation options (amount and frequency), please call the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's Monthly Giving Team at 1-800-367-5437 or email monthlygiving@unicefusa.org. If you need to update your credit card information please call 1-800-367-5437. Please do not send your credit card number via email.

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How can I link to unicefusa.org?

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF welcomes links to its website (the "Site") from any website meeting the criteria specified below. If you choose to link to the Site, you must agree to all of the terms and conditions for linking set forth below. If you do not agree to abide by these terms and conditions, do not establish a link to the Site. By establishing a link to the Site, you will be deemed to have agreed to all of the terms and conditions set forth below.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF LINKING

LEGAL NOTICES

The Site is provided by the United States Fund for UNICEF (the "U.S. Fund for UNICEF," or "We," "Our," or "Us") and may be used for informational purposes only. The terms and conditions set forth herein govern your access to or any link that you establish to the Site. Your access or link to any portion of the Site constitutes your assent to be bound by all of these Terms and Conditions of Linking.

Limited license

Subject to these Terms and Conditions, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, limited, revocable and royalty-free license to provide a hypertext reference link ("Link") to the initial, top level display of the Site, as identified by the Uniform Resource Locator ("URL") www.unicefusa.org, solely for non-commercial purposes and only for the purpose of linking your website to the Site.

We grant you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, limited, revocable and royalty-free license to use our name and logo solely for the purpose of creating and describing the Link. You shall properly and accurately display our name and logo in connection with any display and description of the Link visible on your website. However, our name and logo shall not be the most prominent trademark on your website. Except for this limited license to use our name and logo, you may not use or modify our name or logo or use any of our other trademarks or service marks for any reason whatsoever without our prior written consent.

Restrictions and limitations

You agree that you will not: (a) display or use a Link in a manner that causes the Site or any portion of its content to display within a frame or otherwise alters the visual presentation of the Site; (b) display or use a Link in a manner that causes the Site to be associated with any advertising or sponsorship not part of the Site or otherwise incorporate any of the content of the Site into a third-party website; (c) display or use an inline link to any information file contained in the Site; (d) alter, block or otherwise prevent display of any content of the Site; (e) link to the Site through any other URL or mirrored site; and/or (f) link to the Site if, to a reasonable person, your site may be obscene, defamatory, harassing, grossly offensive, or malicious to any person of any age.

In addition, you agree that you will not: (a) state or imply that the U.S. Fund for UNICEF endorses you or your products or services; (b) state or imply that there is any relationship between the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and you, without our prior written consent; or (c) misrepresent the nature of your relationship with us or present false or misleading information concerning the Site or the services performed by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

Disclaimers

You expressly agree that the establishment of any Link to the Site is at your sole risk. Neither the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, nor its affiliates, nor any of our or their officers, directors, trustees, employees, volunteers, agents, third party content providers, sponsors, licensors ("Providers") or the like warrant that the Site will be uninterrupted or error free; nor do we or they make any warranty as to the results that may be obtained from the use of the Site, or as to the accuracy, reliability or currency of any content, information, product or service provided through the Site.

THIS SITE, THE INFORMATION AND MATERIALS ON THE SITE and THE SERVICES MADE AVAILABLE ON THE SITE ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS WITHOUT ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY LAW, THE U.S. FUND FOR UNICEF DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, OF ANY KIND OR NATURE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NONINFRINGEMENT OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE MATERIALS ACCESSIBLE ON OR THROUGH THE SITE MAY CONTAIN INACCURACIES AND TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS AND THE U.S. FUND FOR UNICEF DOES NOT WARRANT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF SUCH MATERIALS OR THE RELIABILITY OF ANY ADVICE, OPINION, STATEMENT OR OTHER INFORMATION DISPLAYED OR DISTRIBUTED THROUGH THIS SITE. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT ANY RELIANCE ON ANY SUCH ADVICE, OPINION, STATEMENT OR OTHER INFORMATION SHALL BE AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE U.S. FUND FOR UNICEF RESERVES THE RIGHT, IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION, TO CORRECT ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN ANY PART OF THE SITE, AND THE U.S. FUND FOR UNICEF MAY MAKE ANY OTHER CHANGES TO THE SITE, THE MATERIALS ACCESSIBLE ON OR THROUGH THE SITE, AND THE PRODUCTS, PROGRAMS, SERVICES OR PRICES (IF ANY) DESCRIBED IN THE SITE AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE.

THE U.S. FUND FOR UNICEF WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, ARISING FROM THE ESTABLISHMENT OF ANY LINK TO OR USE OF THIS SITE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, YOUR RELIANCE ON ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM OR THROUGH THE SITE OR THAT RESULT FROM MISTAKES, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, DELETION OF FILES OR E-MAIL, ERRORS, DEFECTS, VIRUSES, DELAYS IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, OR ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE, WHETHER OR NOT RESULTING FROM ACTS OF GOD, COMMUNICATIONS FAILURE, THEFT, DESTRUCTION OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OUR RECORDS, PROGRAMS OR SERVICES. NO ORAL ADVICE OR WRITTEN INFORMATION GIVEN BY THE U.S. FUND FOR UNICEF NOR ITS AFFILIATES, NOR ANY OF OUR OR THEIR OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, TRUSTEES, EMPLOYEES, VOLUNTEERS, AGENTS, PROVIDERS OR THE LIKE, SHALL CREATE A WARRANTY; NOR SHALL YOU RELY ON SUCH INFORMATION OR ADVICE.

Under no circumstances shall the U.S. Fund for UNICEF or any other party involved in creating, producing, or distributing the Site be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages that result from the use of or inability to use the Site. You hereby agree that this paragraph shall apply to all information, services and products available through the Site. Because some jurisdictions do not permit the exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages, in such jurisdictions liability is limited to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Indemnification

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, its directors, trustees, officers, employees, attorneys, volunteers, agents and representatives from and against any and all claims, damages, losses, costs (including reasonable attorneys' fees) or other expenses that arise directly or indirectly out of or from (i) your breach of this Agreement, (ii) any allegation that any materials included on your website infringe or otherwise violate the copyrights, trademark, trade secret or other intellectual property or other proprietary rights of any third party; and (iii) your activities in connection with this Site. Your obligations under this paragraph will survive the termination or expiration of these Terms and Conditions.

Availability of services

Although this Site is available worldwide, not all services offered through this Site are available to all persons or in all geographic locations or jurisdictions. We reserve the right to limit the availability of the Site and/or the provision of any service to any person, geographic area, or jurisdiction we so desire, at any time and in our sole discretion, and to limit the quantities of any product or service that is furnished through this Site, without liability or obligation to you. The offer of any product or service through this Site is VOID where the offer of such product or service is prohibited.

Proprietary rights

You agree that the Site, including, without limitation, all content, text, images, software, media and other materials therein, is proprietary to or licensed by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, is protected under copyright and other intellectual property laws, and may not be reproduced, transmitted, displayed, published or distributed without the express prior written consent of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. You do not have the right to use, publish, share, sell or otherwise distribute any data collected with respect to visitors to your website which relates to (a) their clicking on a Link; (b) their use of the Site; or (c) any other information deemed proprietary by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

Term

The term for which you may establish a Link to the Site begins on the date you establish the Link. You may terminate the Link at any time. We may terminate your permission to Link to the Site at any time, without notice, for any reason whatsoever. Upon termination, you will immediately: (a) discontinue or disable the Link; (b) remove the Link and our name and logo from your website; and (c) destroy any copies of data from the Site in your possession, custody or control. We reserve the right to terminate permission to Link to the Site with respect to any specific user or group of users at any time, without notice, for any reason whatsoever. You acknowledge and agree that we have the right, at any time and without notice, to add to or modify these Terms and Conditions simply by posting such amended terms herein. Your Link, and any access to, link to or use of the Site shall be deemed to constitute acceptance of such amended terms.

Law and dispute resolution

The laws of the State of New York shall govern this Agreement. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this Agreement, or breach thereof, shall upon written demand of either party served upon the other party, be settled by arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association under its Commercial Arbitration Rules, and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrators may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. Each party shall, by notice to the other party given within ten (10) days of the date of the written demand referred to above, appoint one person to serve as its party-appointed arbitrator. The persons so appointed shall, within twenty (20) days of the aforementioned written demand, jointly select a neutral arbitrator. If any party fails to appoint a person within the said ten-day period, the other person so appointed shall select the arbitrator.

The parties specifically confer upon the arbitrator the right to direct each of the parties to produce in advance of the hearing whatever documents and other information the arbitrators deem appropriate. Requests for additional discovery shall be governed by and decided in accordance with New York law. The parties agree that the arbitrators shall not have authority to award punitive damages. The arbitration shall take place in New York, NY, unless the parties mutually agree to another location. This paragraph shall survive any termination or expiration of these Terms and Conditions.

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