2019 at a Glance
At least 79.5 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes. Among them are nearly 26 million refugees, around half of whom are under the age of 18. At a time when 1 percent of the world’s population have fled their homes as a result of conflict or persecution, compassionate donor support is more vital than ever.
Inspired in our vision, mission and values, our multi-year strategic framework outlines the specific goals and strategies that are charting the course of USA for UNHCR’s work in today’s complex global environment. The framework focuses on five goals which allow us to realize our mission:
- Inspire interest, empathy and action for refugee rights and issues through compelling content and multi-audience engagement.
- Elevate results by investing in exceptional programs that catalyze change and make a difference in the lives of refugees.
- Enable organizational excellence, sustained growth and a best-in-class donor experience through data analytics, technology and funding.
- Bring together high-quality talent and expertise to facilitate novel approaches and lead new ways of thinking to tackle critical refugee issues.
- Cultivate the “connective tissue” between private sector opportunities in the refugee market and key partners.
Global Crisis at a Glance
The world now has a population of 79.5 million forcibly displaced people. Forced displacement is now affecting more than one percent of humanity – 1 in every 97 people – and with fewer and fewer of those who flee being able to return home.
20-year-old Samira holds her baby outside her shelter at Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh. In 2017, Violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State forced more than 742,000 Rohingyas to flee their homes and seek refuge in Bangladesh. Whole families, young mothers and unaccompanied minors were among those who undertook perilous journey to escape violence and discrimination.
Venezuelans walk through muddy footpaths known as “trochas” and wade across the Tachira River to cross the border between Venezuela and Colombia. In a context of rampant hyperinflation, shortages, political turmoil, violence and persecution, more than 4.8 million Venezuelans have fled the country since 2014 in search of security and a better life abroad.
11-year-old Ghassan collects UNHCR assistance for his family in Hajjah, Yemen. Since violence broke out in 2015, more than 3.6 million Yemenis have been forced to flee their homes -and approximately 80 percent of the population are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.
2019 Financial Report(as of December 31, 2019)
The following is a summary of financial information of the U.S. Association for UNHCR for the year 2019. USA for UNHCR is classified as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and is qualified for charitable contribution deductions.
All donations to USA for UNHCR are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. USA for UNHCR Federal Tax Identification Number is 52-1662800.
|Grants and Contributions||$41,362,147||$44,442,448|
Corporation and Foundation Grants
|Interest and Investment Income||$213,716||$105,031|
|Contributions from UNHCR||$11,211,701||$12,018,001|
Management and General
Total Supporting Services
|Changes in Net Assets||-$1,881,833||$589,227|
|Net Assets at Beginning of Year||$16,654,024||$16,064,797|
|Net Assets at End of Year||$14,772,191||$16,654,024|
The complete financial statements for 2019 are available upon request from USA for UNHCR. The firm of Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman is USA for UNHCR’s auditor.
USA for UNHCR is governed by an engaging and cohesive Board of Directors who share a commitment to the goals and objectives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). With an extensive knowledge base and various expertise our Board provides advice on policy, advocacy, fundraising and programming.
All Board members are independent.
Mark Wallace, Chair
Kelly Blevins, Vice Chair
William Ball, Secretary
Yasmin Causer, Treasurer
Susan McPherson, Board Member
Dr. Liberty Vittert, Board Member
George Lindemann, Board Member
Virginia Tenpenny, Board Member
Latrise Brissett, Board Member
Laura Lane, Board Member
Jane Meseck, Board Member