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A donation to UNICEF means you really are making a difference to children’s lives

We’re delighted that you’re considering making a donation to UNICEF. From a life-saving vaccine to school books in a rural village classroom, the money you donate today could protect a child from dangers like disease and abuse, and help them grow up safe and healthy.

UNICEF receives no money from the UN budget, so we rely entirely on charitable donations like yours to fund our vital work to protect children, transform their lives and build a safer world for tomorrow’s children.

Why choose UNICEF?

UNICEF is the leading organisation working for children. We ensure more of the world’s children are vaccinated, educated and protected than any other organisation. We’ve done more to influence laws and policies to help protect children than anyone else.

We get things done. And we’re not going to stop until the world is a safe place for all our children.

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UNICEF vaccinated 23 million children against deadly measles in 2015, thanks to donations like yours

Global reach and expertise

With humanitarian and development programmes in more than 150 countries, UNICEF’s global reach is far beyond that of any other children’s charity. Our skilled field staff specialise in areas like health, nutrition and protecting children. They work with communities and governments to tackle the root causes of poverty, as well as to address children’s immediate needs.

Wherever a humanitarian emergency hits, UNICEF is already there. We have one of the largest supply networks in the world. This means we can deliver essential supplies like life-saving vaccines, mosquito nets and vitamin A capsules to help children. We can rapidly dispatch to wherever they’re needed by land, sea or air.

Unicef worker Anita Dahal provides sanitation and hygiene supplies to people affected by the earthquakes in Nepal. Photo: Unicef/2015/Zammit

UNICEF worker Anita Dahal provides sanitation and hygiene supplies to people affected by the earthquakes in Nepal in 2015.

I researched charities that were most effective internationally in a crisis, and felt that I would be giving directly to those who need it most.
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Innovating for children

Here at UNICEF we’re always striving to find new, more effective ways of protecting and promoting children’s rights. We develop simple, affordable and innovative solutions to complicated problems.

From portable School-in-a-Box kits to make classes possible almost anywhere, to mobile U-Report technology that helps children hold decision makers to account – when you donate to UNICEF, you help us develop solutions that will help make a difference to millions of children’s lives.

There are over 80,000 young people using U-Report in Liberia ©Unicef

Over 80,000 young people in Liberia use our U-Report technology to have their say on issues that affect them.

How we raise money

UNICEF UK is a registered charity. We raise money for UNICEF’s work around the world from generous gifts from people like you, including donations, legacies, sales of cards and gifts and fundraising.

We also receive money from organisations, including our corporate partners, charitable trusts and foundations and other grant-making bodies. Find out more about our fundraising practices.

How your donation is spent

On average over the last five years, for every pound spent by UNICEF UK, 69p went towards our work for children around the world, 30p was spent on raising another pound and 1p was spent on governance of the charity.

Read more about how we raise and spend money in our annual report, or explore where and how money raised globally is spent, on UNICEF’s open data portal.

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