Frequently Asked Questions

Contact

How do I update my contact information or that of my school?

Please email us or call 1.800.FOR.KIDS.

Donations

Is there a deadline for turning in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF donations?

The 2016 campaign runs from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. But you can help save and protect children any time of the year by donating to UNICEF right now! Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF funds submitted after June 30 will be applied to the next year’s campaign.

Can Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF donations be earmarked for a specific person, project, school or country?

UNICEF reaches millions of children in over 190 countries and territories by supporting broad-based programs and projects. UNICEF operates at the highest levels of government to help shape national agendas for children while supporting program implementation in the field. This approach gives UNICEF unique insights into how best to save and protect the world’s children, but it doesn’t allow us to fund a specific person, project, school or country.

What are Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF donations used for?

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF funds help save children’s lives in over 190 countries and territories through immunization, education, health care, nutrition, clean water and sanitation. After all donations have been submitted, UNICEF will identify the countries where the needs are greatest and will report on the specific programs to which the money has been allocated. All of our work, everywhere, springs from the belief that we must lead and inspire the world to put children first. Your donation is crucial to reaching that goal.

Can I or my school/group collect supplies for the children of a specific country?

While UNICEF appreciates your spirit of giving, we are only able to accept monetary donations. Cash can make a much stronger impact and save more lives because it:

  • Allows disaster relief professionals to procure exactly what is needed;
  • Is much more efficient and cost-effective to administer;
  • Can pay for relief supplies and programs located nearer to the affected area because transport costs can outweigh the value of materials donated;
  • Supports the economy of the region affected, providing employment and income; and
  • Ensures culturally, dietarily and environmentally appropriate giving.
What is your Coinstar® machine code?

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF code for Coinstar® machines is 5555.

Will I pay a fee for using a Coinstar® machine to donate my coins?

No, you won't. You or your school/group will get a tax-deductible receipt with mailing instructions if you or your school/group would like to receive an acknowledgment from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. To find your closest Coinstar® machine, visit their kiosk finder. Please mail your receipt to:

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF
U.S. Fund for UNICEF
125 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038

Key Clubs, K-Kids, Builder's Club

What is the Eliminate Project?

Kiwanis International and UNICEF joined forces to help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) worldwide. This historic initiative, called The Eliminate Project, aims to put an end to this cruel, centuries-old disease. It will also help pave the way for the delivery of other lifesaving services, such as clean water, nutrition and other vaccines. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Kiwanis International have been working to raise $110 million to provide more than 100 million women with lifesaving vaccines to protect them and their future newborns. For more information, please visit TheEliminateProject.org.

How does the Key Club and UNICEF Partnership work?

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has empowered generations to make lasting change in their global community by collecting donations on Halloween to help save and protect children. Key Club has been Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF since 1994, raising over $7 million. Combating iodine deficiency worldwide and HIV and AIDS in Kenya and Swaziland are just some of the programs Key Club has supported. Since 2011, Key Club’s Trick-or-Treat donations have funded The Eliminate Project, which supports the elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus globally. For more information, visit TheEliminateProject.org/KeyClub or unicefusa.org/mission/survival/immunization/tetanus/eliminate.

How can Key Club members participate in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF?

After Labor Day, every club that has Trick-or-Treated for UNICEF the past two years will receive a fundraising kit that includes Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF collection boxes, a welcome letter, useful information on the campaign, a Kiwanis-family gift form and a return envelope. Check the participating club list on The Eliminate Project’s Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF site to see if your club will receive a fundraising kit. All Kiwanis-family programs, including Circle K International, are encouraged to get involved. So, if your club did not participate last year but would like to — or if you need additional boxes — please visit TheEliminateProject.org/trickortreat, where you’ll also find more fundraising ideas. There are numerous ways to rally your club members and raise funds.

Does Circle K still participate in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF?

All Kiwanis-family programs, including Circle K International, are encouraged to raise funds for the Eliminate Project by participating in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. There are numerous ways to rally your club members and raise funds. Visit TheEliminateProject.org/trickortreat for fundraising ideas or come up with your own.

Where do I send the funds I have raised with my Key Club/Kiwanis Club/Circle K Club/Builders Club/K Kids Club/Aktion Club?

Once you’ve collected all of your donations, send a check or money order (made payable to the Kiwanis International Foundation) and your completed gift form to:

The Eliminate Project: Campaign Office
Kiwanis International Foundation
P.O. Box 6457 – Dept. #286
Indianapolis, IN 46206
ATTN: Trick-or-Treat

Write your club name or club number on the memo line of the check so your club’s efforts to help eliminate MNT can be recognized.

Materials, Orders and Acknowledgments

When can I order?

Online ordering for 2016 is open! Please order your boxes using our online form before October 24, 2016.

When should I expect my supplies?

Orders will start shipping after Labor Day. Please allow up to 5 business days for your order to be processed for shipping. Most orders will be shipped via UPS Ground. When your order ships you will receive a shipping confirmation email with tracking information. To track your package you can:

  • Check UPS' status via the tracking number provided in your email
  • Email us or call 1.800.FOR.KIDS with your tracking number, if possible
When will acknowledgment letters and certificates of appreciation be sent?

Please allow at least three–four weeks from the date UNICEF received your donation for your acknowledgment letter and certificate of appreciation to be delivered. If it has been more than 4 weeks, please email us or call (800) FOR-KIDS.

The acknowledgment letter I received is wrong. Can you send a correction?

Please call (800) FOR-KIDS with the following information:

Your Name
Name of Organization
Address
City
State
Zip Code
Gift Amount

Once UNICEF receives this information, it will take at least two–three weeks for your new acknowledgment letter to be delivered. Please note that Coinstar® receipts receive their own acknowledgements; therefore you may receive more than one thank you letter!

Can I order extra education and/or fundraising materials?

If you did not receive the quantity necessary to implement Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF at your school you can email us or call (800) FOR-KIDS and we will do our best to assist you. Otherwise, we believe it’s our responsibility to use every dollar we receive wisely. We print limited education and fundraising materials for schools and community groups to keep our costs low so that UNICEF can help more children. Our materials can be downloaded at trickortreatforunicef.org/resources. Families and individuals can also set up fundraisers online at crowdrise.com/trickortreatforunicef.

What is Crowdrise?

Individuals and families can Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF online this year through Crowdrise — an online community that makes it fun and easy to raise funds by involving friends and personal networks. For more information on how Crowdrise works please see their FAQs. Please see our resources page for ways to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF offline.

How can I/my school/group support UNICEF year-round?

How can I/my school/group support UNICEF year-round?

Visit the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Volunteers section at unicefusa.org/volunteers to find out about other great resources and volunteer opportunities for kids and grown-ups over age 13.

Can a UNICEF staff person come and speak at my school/group meeting?

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF's Global Citizenship Fellows would also love to connect with you and potentially engage your school or group in a Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF presentation in the following cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/North Texas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami/Dade, Nashville, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. If you live in another part of the country, we can also offer a virtual UNICEF Live! presentation. Please email globalcitizenship@unicefusa.org to connect with a Fellow near you.

Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF has made me want to be a better global citizen. How can I do more?

Please join our vast network of volunteers across the United States who have increased awareness about child survival, advocated on behalf of, and raised or leveraged funds for UNICEF for nearly 60 years. You can learn more about volunteering here!