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Frequently Asked Questions

What does UNICEF stand for?

UNICEF is the United Nations Children's Fund.

When UNICEF was created in 1946, to help the children of war-torn Europe, China and the Middle East, the acronym stood for "United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund."  Want to know more?


What is UNICEF about?

Every day, more than 19,000 children die—and they don't have to. They die from causes most people in the U.S. rarely worry about. Malnutrition. Unsafe drinking water. Lack of an affordable vaccine.  But the number of under-five child deaths has dropped more than 40 percent since 1990 – a figure that demonstrates it is possible to radically reduce child mortality.

We understand that these are painful numbers. Even one preventable child death is too many.  But the number is declining, and with your help, we can make it go down even faster.

UNICEF is committed to doing whatever it takes to reduce child mortality and reach a day when the number of children dying from preventable causes is not 19,000—it is zero.  Want to know more?


What do charity raters say about UNICEF?

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF spends 90.5 cents of every dollar we receive on programs that help children. Only 6.6 cents goes to fundraising, and 2.9 cents to administration.  Their 990 tax forms are available online for viewing and downloading.  Charity Navigator gives US Fund for UNICEF rates it an exceptional charity.  The U.S. Fund for UNICEF meets the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance's Standards for Charity Accountability. Forbes also gives US Fund for UNICEF an exceptional rating.  


What is the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign about?

On Halloween night 60 years ago, America's children changed the world.  Costumed and committed, they took to the streets in neighborhoods all across the nation and they spread word of their mission:  to help their peers in crisis in war-torn Europe.  They were kids helping kids by Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF. Through the small change they raised door-to-door, they were going to make a big difference for children everywhere, helping UNICEF to provide nutrition, medicine, education and the things kids need to thrive.  Want to know more?


What is the history of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF?

In 1950, school children in Philadelphia began collecting change in milk cartons as they were trick or treating, with the goal to providing powdered milk and other essential supplies to  kids all over the world still struggling to recover from World War II.  That small effort spread across the United States through churches, community groups, and schools.  The idea was to encourage fundraising for UNICEF on Halloween—collecting candy and coins while learning about the plight of vulnerable children around the world. 

Today, after 60+ years, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has raised more than $167 million dollars for UNICEF's lifesaving programs around the world. But as long as there is work to be done for children, the mission of America’s youth remains the same—and the campaign that empowers, educates and inspires them is going strong.  Want to know more?



Emergency Relief: What Your Money Can Buy

Here are some examples of what UNICEF dollars purchased for Haiti Emergency Relief:

Health & Nutrition

  • 1 cent provides a vitamin A capsule used to prevent and treat vitamin A deficiency in children and adults, as well as complications that may result from measles.
  • 7 cents provides one oral rehydration therapy packet for one child to treat severe dehydration and diarrhea, a leading cause of death among young children.
  •  $1 provides one high energy protein biscuits packet that contain minerals and vitamins developed for malnourished children during emergencies.
  • $25 provides 12 liters of therapeutic milk, a milk-based powder for the treatment of severely malnourished children.
  • $78 provides therapeutic nut spread that can feed 10 children for 1 month. This spread is a high protein, peanut- based paste that is supplied in a ready-to-use packet.
  • $120 provides 600 doses of measles vaccine, protecting children from this deadly disease.

Water & Sanitation

  • 60 cents provides 50 water purification tablets. Each tablet is able to turn 4–5 liters of dirty water into clean drinking water.
  • $2 provides one collapsible water container. Each water bladder holds 10 liters of water and is especially useful for carrying water to long distances. This water container is also very useful for storing clean, safe water for everyday use.


  • $10 provides a sketch pad for 10 children with a set of 8 coloring crayons each.
  • $200 provides one school-in-a-box kit which provides basic education to at least 40 children during times of crisis that allows them to continue their education.

Child Protection

  • $3 provides one large woolen blanket for comfort in times of emergencies.
  • $5 provides a soccer ball which encourages children to play and restore a sense of normalcy in times of emergency.
  • $222 provides one tent to be used for lifesaving shelter or to support a clinic or school in times of crisis. Tent prices vary between $222–$2,000 depending on size and material of the tent.


Fun facts about the money raised in Davis?

UNICEF EMISSARIES:  The children of Davis have been named official “UNICEF Emissaries” by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in recognition of their outstanding contribution to UNICEF.

ABOUT $432,052:  Trick or Treaters in Davis have raised about $432,052 for UNICEF, counting matching grants, over the past 18 years.  They've raised much more than that over their almost 30-year history of Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF. 

800 POUNDS:  In 2008, the children of Davis raised $16,368 for the world’s children through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.  Put in perspective, $16,368 translates into roughly 65,000 quarters—the typical currency collected by Trick-or-Treaters—weighing in about 800 pounds. 


What is the history of the campaign in Davis?

Click here to learn more about the fundraising history of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF in Davis.

How can I get involved?

Your school will start passing out information about how to get involved soon.  Look for information in your PTA newsletter, announcements from teachers, etc.  If you don't hear from someone soon, email us and we can help you find out more information. 


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