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Community Fundraising

Together we give refugees the hope they deserve, restore their dignity and help them rebuild their lives.

USA for UNHCR is grateful for our national network of community fundraisers who go beyond donating to raise funds and awareness in their communities. Together we can help provide refugees with the basic needs and rights they deserve.

If you have any questions about starting a fundraiser or awareness campaign, please fill out the form below to contact a member of the Community Fundraising team.



How do I set up an online fundraiser?

Visit and set up an account. The platform will walk you through how to set up your fundraiser and you can start collecting money TODAY!

How can I fundraise offline?

If you decide not to set up a Funraise page and receive donations in the form of a check or cash, we recommend combining all funds received and sending us one check for the lump sum. If that is not possible, we will accept multiple checks. For security and tax purposes, it’s best to pay by check — made payable to USA for UNHCR — not by cash.

You can send offline donations to the following address. Please include the name of your fundraiser:
Attn: Community Fundraising
1310 L Street NW, Suite #450
Washington, DC, 20005

How do donors to my fundraiser receive their tax receipts?

For online fundraisers: If multiple people donate through a Funraise donation page, each person will receive their own tax receipt.
For offline fundraisers: If you send in one check, you will be the recipient of the tax receipt. Mailed in receipts will arrive within 1 week of being processed

Can I use USA for UNHCR’s tax exemption for costs associated with planning a fundraiser?

Third-party event organizers cannot use USA for UNHCR’s tax exemption status in connection with the event. However, we can provide an authorization letter confirming the organizer’s intent to raise funds for USA for UNHCR.

How can I Volunteer with USA for UNHCR?

  • Fundraise to support refugees worldwide - see above
  • Raise awareness through Social Media Advocacy - Fight Fear with facts, by posting about refugees on social media
  • At this time, we do not have field volunteer opportunities available, but we encourage you to visit the UN Volunteers website for other ways to get involved.

Do you accept material donations such as school supplies or clothing?

Unfortunately, the UN Refugee Agency is unable to accept material donations to ship to crisis zones.

Can I decide how my donation will be used?

When providing lifesaving supplies to refugees, the UN Refugee Agency has in place procurement mechanisms that allow us to purchase exactly what refugees need locally. This ensures refugees are receiving the type of assistance they need most at the moment they need it and, as is the case with many emergencies, those needs can change quickly depending on weather, environment and immediate need.

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