May 15, 2009 —
“From zero to hero”
May 13, 2009 —
Last week I left the house extra early, stopped for a big cup of coffee, and headed to the office to hear, firsthand, about the impact of UNICEF’s work in far corners of the world.
I was given the rare opportunity to attend a panel discussion by UNICEF Country Representatives Philippe Duamelle of Sri Lanka, Rana Flowers of Belize, Mahimbo Mdoe of the Central African Republic (CAR), Yasmin Ali Haque of Ghana and Christian Balslev-Olsen of Somalia. As an intern at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF I’ve had the opportunity to hear many wonderful speakers, but this was by far the most unique experience. The Country Reps (as we call them here) come from all different backgrounds and are battling dissimilar political, social and environmental issues. But they are all dedicated to the same cause
May 11, 2009 —
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF and RugMark Foundation USA are cosponsoring Faces of Freedom, a photography exhibit touring North America throughout 2009. This collection of photographs, taken by acclaimed documentary photographer U. Roberto Romano, depicts illegal child labor in South Asia’s handmade rug industry and RugMark’s innovative efforts to eradicate it.
May 6, 2009 —
Not long ago, I was getting ready to pledge a little money to a local public radio station. I’m a public radio junkie and I like to support them in addition to UNICEF. That same week, I had been writing about the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, and I decided to look up the rating for the public radio affiliate. Only 3 stars! Now, 3 stars is a very solid rating and I continue to be a hugely loyal fan of the station. But they, like so many organizations, end up spending a fair chunk of change on fundraising, which eats into money that might otherwise go towards programs.
Just about 90% of all money we raise goes directly to programs that help children. That means we spend only a tiny fraction on administrative and fundraising expenses. And it’s a big part of the reason we consistently get Charity Navigator’s highest rating (those 4 stars). In fact, we just got word that