© UNICEF/NYHQ1961-0004/Photographer Unknown | UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Danny Kaye entertains children outside the Rehabilitation Hospital in Tokyo. The Danny Kaye Society is a group of dedicated individuals who have chosen to make a lasting commitment to the world's most vulnerable children through their estate plans.
Robert Munson is a U.S. Fund for UNICEF Danny Kaye Society member. My timing was perfect. In November 1984, I made a modest contribution to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. To be honest, I made the gift partly so I could receive a charitable deduction on my income taxes. A few weeks later though, I received UNICEF's State of the World's Children report. I was stunned by what I read: 14 million infants were dying each year from preventable causes, effective treatments were available to prevent these deaths (vaccines, clean water, etc.), and UNICEF could deliver these treatments inexpensively to a broad area, involving people within the community. In this manner, UNICEF was able to reach out to "every child" and began to significantly reduce child deaths.
I feel fortunate to have learned about this new strategy from the ground up and to have followed it through the years as a witness to progress. At the time of that first report, 45,000 infants were dying every day of preventable causes. Today that number has more than halved to 21,000 a day. U.S. Fund's Will Planning Kit. Even if you are not quite ready to write a will, the U.S. Fund can show you other ways to make a lasting legacy such as naming the U.S. Fund as a beneficiary of a retirement plan. Together we can make a difference.