Once USA for UNHCR identified our vision, mission and values, we made plans for how we would bring them to life through a multi-year strategic framework. This framework charts a course to advance our mission in a changing world, when forced migration is the defining human rights issue of our time. It guides alignment of our resources around specific goals and strategies, identifies drivers of our goals and strategies, helps us to focus and make choices about how to spend time and resources, and drives us to be accountable to specific outcomes. We developed the USA for UNHCR strategic framework through a cross-functional working group, staff and board input, and leadership oversight. In 2019, we will begin implementing the plan’s strategies, and embodying our refreshed vision and mission in the way we work each day.
Global Crisis at a Glance
The world now has a population of 70.8 million forcibly displaced people. The number of new displacements in 2018 was equivalent to an average of 37,000 people being forced to flee their homes every day.
A father carries his daughter across a river on the Venezuela-Colombia border. They are just two of the more than four million Venezuelans who have fled the country since 2014 because of political strife, human rights abuses and lack of opportunity.
Eight-year-old Malak and her family receive assistance at a UNHCR distribution site outside of Sana’a, Yemen’s capital. Violence throughout Yemen has forced three million people to flee their homes– and more than 22 million vulnerable Yemenis are in immediate need of humanitarian assistance.
Young Rohingya refugee children pose for a photograph in Kutupalong refugee camp. Two years after being forced to flee from their homes in Myanmar, Rohingya refugee children continue to heal from the trauma while trying to reclaim a childhood.
2018 Financial Report(as of December 31, 2018)
The following is a summary of financial information of the U.S. Association for UNHCR for the year 2018. 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||$44,442,448||$42,651,897|
Corporation and Foundation Grants
|Interest and Investment Income||$105,031||$114,932|
|Contributions from UNHCR||$12,018,001||$12,040,958|
Management and General
Total Supporting Services
|Changes in Net Assets||$589,227||-$252,169|
|Net Assets at Beginning of Year||$16,064,797||$16,316,966|
|Net Assets at End of Year||$16,654,024||$16,064,797|
The complete financial statements for 2018 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.
Charles DeSantis, Chair
Kathleen Newland, Vice Chair
L. Craig Johnstone, Treasurer
Susan McPherson, Secretary
William Ball, Board Member
Mika Brezezinski, Board Member
Kelly C. Blevins, Board Member
George Lindemann, Board Member
Dr. Liberty Vittert, Board Member
Mark Wallace, Board Member
Yasmin Causer, Board Member
Virginia Tenpenny, Board Member