UNICEF currently has 36 National Committees, which are established as independent local NGOs. The National Committees serve as a public face and dedicated voice of UNICEF in industrialized countries, working tirelessly to raise funds from the private sector, promote children’s rights and secure worldwide visibility for children threatened by poverty, disasters, armed conflict, abuse and exploitation. Because UNICEF is funded exclusively by voluntary contributions, National Committees are integral to its work, collectively raising around one third of its annual income. This support comes through contributions from corporations, CSOs and more than 6 million individual donors worldwide. The National Committees also engage with many different partners – including the media, national and local government officials, NGOs, specialists such as doctors and lawyers, corporations, schools, young people and the general public – on issues related to children’s rights.