Change for Good®
Change for Good is an innovative partnership between UNICEF and the international airline industry. Established in 1987, it is one of UNICEF's best-known and longest-running partnerships. Currently eleven international airlines support the Change for Good program. Thanks to the generous support of customers and participating airlines, the global Change for Good program has generated more than $116 million that UNICEF has used to provide a healthier, happier future for millions of children.
In the United States, American Airlines has been the participating airline of the program since 1994. Travelers on selected international American Airlines flights can donate unused U.S. and foreign currencies onboard the aircraft to help UNICEF in its mission to reduce the number of preventable childhood deaths from 19,000 per day to zero. Customers may also make donations in Admirals Club® lounges and Flagship Lounges® worldwide.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
Send Us Your Unused Foreign Currency Today
If you are unable to donate your foreign currency on an American Airlines flight or at an Admirals Club or Flagship Lounge, you can still support Change for Good by sending your gift to the following address:
U.S. Fund for UNICEF
ATTN: Change for Good Program
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.
Volunteer as a "Champion for Children": Special Opportunity for American Airlines Employees
American Airlines and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF are working together to save and improve children's lives by creating an opportunity for American‘s employees to get involved in UNICEF's Change for Good program. "Champions for Children" is a volunteer program designed to empower flight attendants, Admirals Club staff and other American Airlines employees to take action for children as they perform everyday work duties.
Change for Good on American Airlines is proudly supported by the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA). Change for Good on American Airlines could not exist without the incredible volunteer support of Champions for Children.
Registered Champions for Children can click here to access a special website created exclusively for them. (Please note that the Champions for Children program is only open to American Airlines employees.) To learn more or to become a Champion for Children, you may visit "Employee Programs" on Jetnet, the American Airlines corporate intranet.
RECENT CHANGE FOR GOOD NEWS
$1,185,739.82 Million Raised Through Change for Good on American Airlines in 2012
Last year, American Airlines customers and employee volunteers, known as Champions for Children, raised $1,185,739.82 through Change for Good on American Airlines. Pound by pound, peso by peso, these collections added up to help UNICEF. More specifically:
- $487,735.63 was raised to protect children and families affected by HIV/AIDS worldwide;
- $66,796.09 was raised to provide lifesaving support to children and families affected by the nutrition crisis in the Sahel region of Africa;
- $273,736.72 was raised to provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene resources for children in rural Colombia; and
- $357,471.38 was raised to help children survive and thrive in more than 150 countries worldwide.
In recognition of American’s people and customers for their hard work and generosity in 2012, American Airlines hosted a "Thanks a Million+" event with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) on April 9, 2013.
Click here to see photos and to read the press release and a blog post. On behalf of UNICEF and all of the children who will benefit as a result of support from American’s people and customers, "Thanks a Million+!"
2013 UNICEF Field Visit to Brazil
Each year, Champions for Children have the opportunity to vote on a UNICEF project to support with a portion of funds collected through Change for Good. In 2012, Champions for Children voted to direct roughly $200,000 of the 2011 collections to support a youth-led mapping initiative in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. From April 10-13, 2013, four flight attendant Champions for Children participated in a UNICEF field visit to Brazil where they saw this program first-hand and witnessed Change for Good collections in action.
Click here to view a video describing the environmental risks youth are faced with in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, and the UNICEF initiative supported by a portion of Change for Good funding which uses digital technology to overcome these issues.
Change for Good on American Airlines Participated in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF for the Fourth Consecutive Year
As America's longest running volunteer initiative, it was only fitting that Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF join forces with Change for Good on American Airlines, a volunteer-based effort. For the fourth consecutive year, the two programs collaborated to reduce the number of preventable childhood deaths to zero and to further the cause of children everywhere.
On Oct. 24-31, 2012, American Airlines employee volunteers, known as Champions for Children, carried Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF collection boxes to gather donations of foreign and domestic currency from customers on selected international American Airlines flights. In addition, throughout the month of October, travelers were able to drop off their donations in Halloween-themed boxes at Admirals Club lounges and Flagship Lounges worldwide. American Airlines employees also had the opportunity to participate in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF through various workplace activities throughout the month.