Support Children Around the World

Tell Congress: Please maintain the U.S. Government's annual contribution to UNICEF!

UNICEF’s partnership with the U.S. Government and the American people makes a profound difference in children’s lives. UNICEF and the United States have helped cut the number of under-five child deaths from 12 million a year in 1990 to 6.6 million today. However, approximately 18,000 children still die every day from preventable causes — one every five seconds.

We believe that number should be ZERO, and getting to ZERO can only happen with America's help. The U.S. Government’s annual contribution to UNICEF is part of America’s global investment in children. This funding enables UNICEF to partner with the United States to save and protect children around the world.

Fiscal Year 2015 Appropriations

Every fiscal year, the U.S. Congress must pass appropriations to fund U.S. Government programs and agencies—including the contribution to UNICEF. UNICEF’s funding appears in the International Organizations and Programs Account in the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations. Congress is working on the appropriations for Fiscal Year 2015. Despite the tight budget, the U.S. Government will provide funding for global development programs. We believe this funding should reflect the values of the American people and make children a priority of our international assistance.

A child in need knows no politics! That is why we ask the U.S. Congress to maintain the FY 2015 U.S. Government contribution to UNICEF at $132 million, the same level approved by Congress for FY 2014. We don’t want funding for UNICEF to be cut.

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Sample Letter

Subject: Please maintain the U.S. Government's annual voluntary contribution to UNICEF!

Dear < Representative >:

I am writing to ask you to provide $132 million for Fiscal Year 2015 as the U.S. Government's voluntary contribution to UNICEF, included in the International Organizations and Programs Account of the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations. This is the same funding level for UNICEF approved by Congress in the Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY 2014.

The U.S. Government's support for UNICEF is an effective investment in saving and improving the lives of vulnerable children around the world, and is an example of assistance that reflects our American values.

Since its founding in 1946, UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any humanitarian organization. Thanks to strong, bipartisan House and Senate support for UNICEF and for child survival, the number of children dying before age five from preventable causes has dropped by more than half since 1960. However, 6.6 million children still die every year unnecessarily, and UNICEF continues to work to reach every single vulnerable child.

The funding UNICEF receives in the annual appropriations enables UNICEF to be an indispensable partner of the United States in saving children from preventable deaths, supporting basic education, fighting the impact of HIV/AIDS on children, and protecting children from violence, exploitation, and abuse. The contribution also enables UNICEF to partner with American service organizations such as Kiwanis International to fight iodine deficiency disorders and maternal and neonatal tetanus, and Rotary International to work for the global eradication of polio. These are examples of successful initiatives that are strongly supported by the American people.

The U.S. contribution to UNICEF is one of the most worthwhile global investments in children we can make, so I encourage you to support $132 million for UNICEF in the appropriations for FY 2015.

Thank you for considering my request. I look forward to hearing from you.

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