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.
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Voice to Parliament: three allies tell us why they’re voting yes
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High school from home: how to survive exams during lockdown
My peers and I had so many questions on our mind: will the HSC still go ahead? What is going to happen to trials? And of course, most important of all: will we get any bonus points for this?
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Ten faces of Syria
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Five things you need to know on International Day of People with Disabilities
Today on International Day of People with Disabilities, disabled folks tend to get a lot of questions. Actually, those of us who use mobility aids or have visible disabilities tend to get questions year-round, often from strangers. For children with disabilities, this can be especially difficult. Here are five essential things you need to know about people with disabilities, and how together we can build a more equal world for all.