FAQ - UNICEF income
Who finances UNICEF?
Governments contribute two thirds of UNICEF's resources; private groups and some 6 million individuals contribute the rest through fundraising activities carried out by the National Committees for UNICEF and selected country office programs such as UNICEF Malaysia. UNICEF's programs emphasise developing community-level services to promote the health and wellbeing of children.
UNICEF is not funded by the United Nations. Instead, it is funded exclusively by voluntary contributions.
For more detailed information, go to the current global UNICEF Annual Report.
What are UNICEF National Committees?
There are National Committees in 36 industrialised countries worldwide, each established as an independent local non-governmental organisation. They collectively raise around one-third of UNICEF's annual income. This comes through contributions from corporations, civil society organisations and more than 6 million individual donors worldwide.
National Committees serve as the public face and dedicated voice of UNICEF, raising funds from the private sector, promoting children’s rights, and securing worldwide visibility for children threatened by poverty, disasters, armed conflict, abuse and exploitation.
They also rally 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.
How does UNICEF use its income?
On average, UNICEF spends more than 90 per cent of its income on programs around the world, between three to six per cent is utilised for management and administration and one per cent for write-offs and other charges.