Annual Report 2016 | UNICEF USA
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WHAT WE DO

UNICEF USA brings together people, partners, corporations, foundations, the public and private sectors, the young, the old, innovators of any age — to tackle the world's toughest problems for children and support UNICEF's efforts to produce lifesaving results. 

IMPACT

"I came to see the UNICEF-supported community health worker in my village in Niger because my son Aziz, 2, had been suffering from diarrhea," says Habibou Haoua Massalatchi. Clearly, both mother and child were happy with the results. © UNICEF/UN07286/Tremeau/2015

UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. In a single calendar year, UNICEF responded to humanitarian emergencies in a record 102 countries, including 119 natural disasters, 92 health crises and 63 conflicts and human rights crises.

The largest procurer of vaccines in the world, UNICEF has helped immunize 45 percent of the world's children — supplying 2.8 billion doses of vaccine — and pushing the world ever closer to winning the war against polio, tetanus and malaria, among many other deadly childhood diseases.

UNICEF also helps build children's futures as well save their lives.  With its partners, UNICEF supplied learning materials to nearly 15 million children and educational materials for nearly 350,000 classrooms. UNICEF also collaborated with other organizations to spare more than 5.6 million children in 30 countries from the injustice of child labor.

INNOVATION

Driven from her home by war, Rahf, 6, lives in a camp in Baghdad, Iraq. She likes to draw at a UNICEF-supported, child-friendly space there, an innovative UNICEF program offering psychosocial support for children during conflict or humanitarian emergency. © UNICEF/UN017058/Khuzaie/2016

Finding low-cost, high-impact solutions to age-old threats to children's lives and futures is more important than ever. The speed at which deadly epidemics, the global refugee crisis and climate change can harm children has accelerated.

That's why UNICEF is committed to innovation: identifying new technologies and practices to improve measurable outcomes for children.

Projects that UNICEF has piloted include: mobile birth registration in Nigeria; drone transport of blood samples for HIV testing in Malawi; text messaging to support mothers in Mexico; and an insulated vaccine carrying case, cooled by solar power and used in many countries.

Annual Report 2016

SUPPORT

So much of UNICEF's invaluable work is only made possible by the striking generosity of UNICEF USA's supporters and partners — 426,558 individuals along with 10,458 partner corporations, foundations, NGOs, schools and clubs during Fiscal Year 2016.  

Your compassion helped raise more than $568 million to support UNICEF's work. UNICEF USA also helped secure $132.5 million in U.S. government appropriations during Fiscal Year 2016, funding that went directly to UNICEF.

All this support means the difference between life and death for millions of children around the world.  

ACCOUNTABILITY

Independent Monitors recognize UNICEF USA, also known as The U.S. Fund for UNICEF.  In fact, UNICEF USA meets the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance's Standards for Charity Accountability.

UNICEF USA continues to receive the highest ratings for transparency, accountability and administration from Charity Navigator, and our program expense ratio remains above 90 percent. This means that, out of every dollar spent, 90 cents goes toward helping children. We spend just 7 cents on fundraising costs, and 3 cents on administration.

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NOTE: UNICEF USA's 2016 Annual Report highlights our work — and financial results — for Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016).