UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), or the UN Refugee Agency, was established in 1950 to provide and coordinate international relief for refugees and displaced people. UNHCR offers them protection and assistance at every stage of their ordeal:
USA for UNHCR helps and protects refugees and people displaced by violence, conflict and persecution. Supporting UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency – and its partners, we provide lifesaving essentials including shelter, water, food, safety and protection. Around the world, we help refugees survive, recover and build a better future.
Established by concerned American citizens, USA for UNHCR is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, headquartered in Washington, D.C.
USA for UNHCR, with our generous donors and partners, support UNHCR's mission to help and protect the 79.5 million people worldwide forced to flee violence and persecution. Learn more on our Refugee Facts page.
Only 3% of UNHCR’s budget comes from the UN – the remaining 97% comes from voluntary contributions from governments, corporations, and individual donors. UNHCR relies on donations to ensure it can respond whenever and wherever a crisis strikes.
We do not have the expertise or facilities to provide legal advice. For specific information regarding protection within America please contact the UNHCR regional office or call 202-296-5191.
USA for UNHCR is committed to using your money as efficiently and effectively as possible to help refugees in need. When USA for UNHCR is fundraising for a specific emergency or crisis, 100% of designated restricted donations will apply to that particular emergency or crisis. Should USA for UNHCR raise funds in excess of what is required to respond to that particular crisis, the remaining funds are redirected to where the need is greatest.
USA for UNHCR is BBB Accredited Charity and a Guidestar Platinum Participant non-profit organization.
You can find out more about what your donations have achieved on the What We Do page.
We make every effort to ensure that the generous donations given to USA for UNHCR are collected and put to use quickly, providing urgent support where it is needed most. As such, we typically do not honor refund requests but in the most extraordinary of circumstances, and within 60 days of the gift.
If you believe your gift was made in error, or have additional questions, please contact our Donor Services team at 1-855-808-6427.
Yes. USA for UNHCR is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a charity under section 501 (c) (3) of the tax code. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
You will receive a receipt by email if you give online, all other gifts will receive a receipt by mail. If you cannot locate your receipt, please contact our Donor Services team at email@example.com or call 1-855-808-6427, and we would be happy to send you a replacement receipt.
Please visit our planned giving page for more information on other ways to give.
Please note that we are unable to accept material donations such as food, clothing and other goods at this time.
Please contact our donor services team at 1-855-808-6427 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to update your preferences, cancel your monthly donations or make any changes that you need!
Yes. By visiting our online gift catalog, you can make a donation that represents all of the ways UNHCR helps refugees rebuild their lives — from emergency relief, to education and healthcare. Once you complete your gift, you can customize and send an e-card to the person or family you are honoring in this special way.
Yes. Simply access our donation page from your Apple mobile device and select “Apple Pay” where entering your payment information.
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