Our Finances: Efficient and Verified

Independent Monitors Recognize UNICEF USA

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization by providing health care and immunization, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. UNICEF USA supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. 

View our  Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2018 here

UNICEF USA continues to receive the highest ratings for accountability and transparency from Charity Navigator. UNICEF USA has been vetted by GlobalGiving, and has achieved Superstar status for demonstrating the highest level of engagement and/or effectiveness over the past year. Our program expense ratio of 88.9 percent means we are a highly efficient charity, as defined by independent monitors, with 2.9 percent of our expenses going to administration and 8 percent to fundraising. This means that, out of every dollar spent, 88.9 cents goes directly toward helping children. We spend just 8 cents on fundraising costs, and less than 3 cents on administration.

Financial Disclosures

Organized under the laws of New York State as a not-for-profit corporation, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF d/b/a UNICEF USA is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors. Our Federal Identification Number is 13-1760110.

For more details, download a PDF version of our most recent financial statements and IRS forms below:

I. Audited Financials

II. IRS Form 990's (U.S. Fund for UNICEF)

III.  IRS Form 990's (U.S. Fund for UNICEF's IKAC)

In addition, financial information may be obtained directly from state agencies.

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UNICEF's Impact

Conflict, famine, disaster and refugee crises threaten children's lives and futures every day. UNICEF's work for children has never been more relevant or more urgent. In 2018, UNICEF and partners:

  • cared for 27 million babies born in health facilities in countries with high neonatal and maternal mortality
  • treated 4 million children in 73 countries for severe acute malnutrition — 82 percent of whom fully recovered
  • provided 65.5 million children with three doses of the Pentavalent (five-in-one) vaccine, which includes the vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis
  • responded to 285 new and ongoing humanitarian emergencies in 90 countries  
  • reached 6.9 million children living through humanitarian situations with basic education programs
  • helped provide 18.6 million people with clean, safe drinking water
  • worked in 154 countries to prevent and respond to violence against children 

Since its founding in 1947, UNICEF USA has raised more than $7.7 billion in donations and gifts-in-kind to help put children first.