UNICEF School Fundraising

Download Fundraising PosterHow UNICEF Works in Emergencies

UNICEF has a long history of working in emergencies, both natural and man-made. Originally called the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, UNICEF was created to provide humanitarian assistance to children living in a world shattered by the Second World War. Much has changed since then, but UNICEF’s fundamental mission has not.

With more than 11,000 staff worldwide; 350 warehouses globally; strategic transit hubs in Copenhagen, Dubai, Panama, and Shanghai; and a 24/7 emergency operations center in New York, UNICEF stands ready to provide both immediate and long-term necessities—food, water, shelter, protection, and physical as well as mental health care—whenever a crisis arises. UNICEF also works to reunite children with family and provides care for those who are orphaned.

Among the crises that UNICEF is currently responding to are:

  • intensifying conflict, violence, and displacement in the Central African Republic
  • the civil war, refugee crisis, and polio outbreak in Syria
  • conflict, malnutrition, and displacement in South Sudan
  • displaced people in Iraq due to that country’s internal conflict and refugees from Syria
  • a deteriorating humanitarian situation due to escalating violence in Gaza

How Your School Can Help

1. Set a fundraising target

  • $10.00 can provide 127 packets of micronutrient powder and 1 soccer ball to bring relief and healing to a child coping with crisis.
  • $23.84 can provide 4 fleece blankets to protect children from the bitter cold.
  • $32.90 can provide 1 complete first aid kit to treat children’s wounds and prevent deadly infection.
  • $67.50 can provide 10 malnourished children with life-saving therapeutic food for 5 days.
  • $133.29 can provide a water kit to help families provide safe, clean water for themselves.
  • $213.34 can provide a School-In-A-Box kit, providing three months of classes for 40 students.
  • $500.00 can provide a water pump that provides clean, safe drinking water for a whole community.
  • $1,933.51 can provide 1 tough-as-nails UNICEF Tent to protect children uprooted by crisis or emergency.

2. Plan your fundraiser

Choose from these suggestions, or design your own:

Simple collections: Obtain permission to organize a money collection at your school. (Supplies, while well intended, do not have the same immediate impact, and UNICEF will not accept these donations.) Choose well-attended areas, such as in the cafeteria, at sports events or in other high-traffic areas.

Pancake breakfasts: These are typically a high-profit fundraisers and can be a great community outreach event.

Coffeehouse: Have an art exhibit, poetry and prose readings, and performances by student bands or individual musicians, and of course serve great coffee and snacks.

Student-faculty benefit match: Students can challenge faculty and staff to a basketball or volleyball tournament. Charge admission to the game.

Online fundraiser: Using the UNICEF High School Clubs' Crowdrise page (which doesn't require donors to be in a UNICEF High School Club, or even in high school), you can create a team and easily track progress.

3. Apply to hold a UNICEF fundraiser

Once your application is submitted, it will be reviewed and we will determine if we are able to assist you in your efforts.

4. Have your fundraiser!

You can advertise around your school with the downloadable poster at the top of this page. Just click on it to download, and fill it in with the details of your fundraiser.

5. Send funds to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF

UNICEF does not accept donations directly, so please send all funds raised to U.S. Fund for UNICEF so we can transfer them to UNICEF. There Are Many Ways to Donate!

  1. Donate online by credit card or eCheck.
  2. Donate by phone by calling 1.800.FOR.KIDS (1.800.367.5437).
  3. Donate by check completing our donation form and mailing to:

U.S. Fund for UNICEF
125 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038

Please also visit the TeachUNICEF Emergencies topic page for more educator and family resources on addressing humanitarian crises. Thank you for your efforts to promote global citizenship and empower young people to take action to help children in need.

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