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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I sponsor a child as a UNICEF Global Parent?
I want to sponsor a child, what are the advantages of becoming a Global Parent?
When I sponsor a child I know my donation helps that child. How do I know where my donation goes as a Global Parent?
How much should I donate every month?
What percentage of my donations reach children?
Does UNICEF have street fundraisers?
Will I get a receipt?
Can my donations be deducted from my bank account instead of my credit card?
When will donations be taken from my account?
Is this a fixed term contract?
What happens if I change my bank account or credit card?


Do I sponsor a child as a UNICEF Global Parent?


UNICEF NZ Global Parents support communities, people and infrastructure, rather than individual child sponsorship meaning that your donation helps many children, not just one.

I want to sponsor a child, what are the advantages of becoming a Global Parent?


As a UNICEF NZ Global Parent you help many children in more than 190 countries and territories. We know this is an effective way of supporting long-term development that really changes children's lives. Your donation reaches far and wide because you don’t sponsor one child but many.

When I sponsor a child I know my donation helps that child. How do I know where my donation goes as a Global Parent?


The children your donation helps will change from month to month depending on where the need is greatest, from helping provide clean water so children stay healthy, to providing school materials to keep kids learning, to immunising kids to keep them safe from polio and other life-threatening diseases.

Your donation will support many children, often helping children in different countries each month. You will also be sent regular updates, keeping you informed about the changes you are helping to make for children.

How much should I donate every month?


We ask you to donate $28 a month – this is less than $1 a day. It is not uncommon for a child to live on less than $1 a day; your monthly donation will go a long way to help them escape the cycle of poverty.
  • $12can provide therapeutic food to one malnourished child 3 times a day for a week.
  • $32 can protect 150 children from polio with a life-saving vaccine.
  • $80 can provide 5 water kits to enable five families to collect, store and purify water.

What percentage of my donations reach children?


Supporting children through a monthly donation is one of the efficient ways to help children. In 2013 for every dollar donated to UNICEF NZ by Global Parents:
65 cents went directly to UNICEF projects for children in New Zealand and overseas. 35 cents was used for fundraising and communication in NZ. This is critical to ensure we continue to increase our funding and to do this we must reach new donors like you.

Does UNICEF have street fundraisers?


Yes we do. They do not take cash donations but rather encourage people to become UNICEF Global Parents.

UNICEF fundraising teams work in public spaces (streets, shopping malls) and visit residential areas. Our fundraisers are well trained, wear photo ID badges and carry UNICEF information. Our fundraisers are committed to helping children. So if you see one of our fundraisers, please say hello and tell them that you’re a UNICEF NZ supporter!

Will I get a receipt?


Yes. To save on administration costs UNICEF issues one tax receipt for all your donations made during the financial year.  We post your tax receipt in early April. And you can claim 1/3 of your donations back as a tax rebate! You can also donate this tax rebate to UNICEF NZ, making your initial donations go further.

Can my donations be deducted from my bank account instead of my credit card?


Yes, just complete the direct debit form on our website. Like making donations to UNICEF with your credit card, this is a safe and secure system. We always handle your personal information with care.

When will donations be taken from my account?


You can choose either the 1, 15 or 20 of the month. If your chosen date falls on a weekend or public holiday, we’ll process your donation on the nearest business day.

Is this a fixed term contract?


We understand that people's financial circumstances change. You can alter the value of your monthly gift, either by increasing or decreasing the amount, or you can suspend your donations by calling 0800 243 575 or emailing us at 2helpkids@unicef.org.nz.

What happens if I change my bank account or credit card?


To make sure we receive your life-changing donations for children, please tell us if you change your credit card or bank details. It is also very useful if you let us know when your contact details change. Please call us on 0800 243 575 or email 2helpkids@unicef.org.nz.

Call us free on 0800 243 575 or email us at 2helpkids@unicef.org.nz. Copyright 2013, UNICEF New Zealand. All rights reserved.
UNICEF NZ is a registered charity with the New Zealand Charities Commission (registration CC35979), making all donations tax refundable.

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