The US Fund for UNICEF is one of about 40 committees in the nation that raises money for UNICEF -- a not-for-profit organization that works for the human rights, protection, and development of children worldwide through education, advocacy, and fundraising. Among its dedicated programs are the five-year, $100 million fundraising campaign for HIV/AIDS prevention and a campaign to protect mothers and newborns from tetanus. The US Fund for UNICEF derives revenue from public support -- through its signature Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program, gifts, corporate grants, and the sale of greeting cards and educational materials. The organization was founded in 1947.
The US Fund for UNICEF operates a handful of regional offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles.
The US Fund, which reached revenues of about $486 million for fiscal 2009 (up from $450 million in 2008), has provided UNICEF with some $3.7 billion in cash and contributions-in-kind since its inception. The fund invests in Accelerated Child Survival and Partnership, which helps children in Mali, Ghana, and Madagascar, with more than $6.3 million.