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 $120 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 18,000 per day to zero. Customers may also make donations in Admirals Club® lounges and Flagship Lounges® worldwide.


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 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.


In recognition of American's people and customers for their hard work and generosity in 2013, American Airlines hosted a "Thanks a Million+" event with the U.S.Fund for UNICEF at O'Hare Chicago International Airport (ORD) on March 11, 2014 where they celebrated the acheivemetns of the employees and customers of American Airlines who helped raise over $1 million in donations through UNICEF’s Change for Good on American Airlines program in 2013 for the fifth consecutive year! 

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF and American Airlines also honored four Champions for Children who were nominated by their peers for the Change for Good Champions of the Year award, going above and beyond in their volunteer efforts in 2013: Aida Hall based out of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Sandy King based out of Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Paulette King based out of Chicago O’Hare International Airport, and Dianna Ventura based out of Boston Logan International Airport.

Click here to see photos and to read the 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.

Check out our blog post and photos from the trip. View this 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 Fifth Consecutive Year


As America's longest running volunteer initiative, it was only fitting that Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF join forces again with Change for Good on American Airlines, a volunteer-based effort. For the fifth consecutive year, the two programs united to help UNICEF reduce the number of preventable childhood deaths to ZERO and to further the cause of fighting for the survival and development of children everywhere.

On Oct. 24-31, 2013, 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 could 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.

Change for Good on American Airlines "Trick-or-Treated for UNICEF" Again this Year

American Airlines' customers and employees made a difference in the lives of the world's most vulnerable children this Halloween by participating in UNICEF's 2011 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign.

This iconic program is the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's longest-running volunteer movement and has engaged generations of grassroots supporters of UNICEF's mission to reduce the number of preventable childhood deaths to zero. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF remains an inspiration to the young (and the young at heart) to further the cause of children everywhere.

For the third year in a row, American Airlines employees and customers supported Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF via Change for Good on American Airlines through a variety of ways between October 24 and 31, 2011:

  • Volunteer flight attendants known as "Champions for Children" collected donations of foreign and domestic currency from American Airlines customers on select international flights.
  • American Airlines Admirals Club members participated by donating spare domestic and foreign currency in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF-themed donation collection boxes located in Admirals Club lounges and Flagship Lounges nationwide.

As part of the American Airlines "Season of Giving" campaign, employees also had the opportunity to "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF" through Change for Good by participating in a variety of workplace fundraising activities.

Thank you for joining with UNICEF to make Halloween count again in 2011 through Change for Good on American Airlines!