Myth #1 - UNICEF is funded by the United Nations.
Although we are a United Nations agency, we receive no funding from them. We rely entirely on voluntary contributions from national governments and private donors like you.
Myth #2 - Money is better used and gets to where it’s needed when given to smaller organisations.
UNICEF is the world’s largest organisation working to protect children in need. Our sheer scale means we’re able to get the money to where it’s needed most while working at community and national policy levels to influence meaningful, long-term, and sustainable change for generations to come.
Myth #3 - The size of UNICEF means high admin costs.
We have proven to be very effective and efficient with our spending. In fact, 90 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to programs for children during an emergency.
Myth #4 - UNICEF doesn’t have Australian programs.
Through partnerships, we support Australia’s most vulnerable and marginalised at the community level while advocating to improve systems and policies that affect every child across the nation.
Myth #5 - UNICEF does not work with grassroots organisations.
Working with grassroots organisations is a big part of what we do. Our team is on the ground, supporting and partnering with local non-government organisations to deliver long-term development programs and life-saving support and protection.
Stay up-to-date on UNICEF's work in Australia and around the world
18 Aug 2022
We won’t forget them. One year since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan.
On 15 August 2021, the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan and UNICEF pledged to stay and deliver. After decades of unrest and natural disaster, the country remains in crisis, and it’s a child rights crisis.
14 Aug 2022
Empowering young people in remote Australia
Dakota has already gained an impressive list of achievements, thanks to a new initiative by the Community Spirit Foundation supported by UNICEF Australia.
15 July 2022
Rethinking screen-time for children in the time of COVID-19
How can children and families make the most of the increased reliance on screens, especially during lockdown?
16 May 2022
Headlines we can't forget about
News stories come and go quickly. Every so often a story will gather attention, only to fizzle out with the onslaught of another headline.
5 Apr 2022
More than just a month of fasting
As UNICEF Young Ambassadors past and present, these incredible young people have come together this Ramadan for a bigger purpose. Find out why this holy month of Ramadan is such an important time to give, reflect and to come together as a community, no matter who you are or what your beliefs.
17 Mar 2022
New life in a basement
Yuliya gently rocks her newborn baby in the basement of a medical centre in Kyiv. Vera is only days old, but her life is already in danger.
2 Mar 2022
How to talk to children about the conflict in Ukraine
The escalating conflict in Ukraine is a terrifying situation for children across the country. Families have been forced to leave everything behind and flee their homes.
5 Dec 2021
Test cricket captain Pat Cummins' promise to children
We are thrilled to announce that Pat Cummins has joined the UNICEF Australia family as an Ambassador.
18 Nov 2021
Meet our new Young Ambassadors for 2022
Every child and young person have a right to be heard on issues that affect their lives.
20 Sept 2021
Hidden impacts of the pandemic we’re not talking about enough
They may be less likely to get COVID, but children are bearing the brunt of the pandemic.