Yemen, Ukraine, Syria, Myanmar, the list of places is too long. More importantly, the horrors people are enduring should not be happening. Together, we can make it a little better.
Mort P. – Livonia, MI
2022 at a Glance
The year 2022 was historic. The full-scale war in Ukraine, devastating climate events in the Horn of Africa and protracted conflict in Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Bangladesh pushed the number of people forced to flee over the staggering milestone of 100 million for the first time on record.
While humanitarian needs and displacement rose dramatically in the past year, so too did the unprecedented levels of support. UNHCR provided lifesaving assistance in active emergencies in 32 different countries including newly declared emergencies in 25 countries.
During a year marked by more suffering and displacement than anyone could have predicted, our extraordinary partners, supporters, and private and public donors helped to ensure we could reach the people who needed us most, at the time they needed it most.
USA for UNHCR is made up of 58 passionate staff members who work across the United States to support refugees every day. Our team works in a hybrid work environment from our offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City. During the COVID-19 pandemic, USA for UNHCR kept team members connected and promoted a welcoming and enriching organizational culture through our Culture Captains initiative.
Culture Captains are a group of staff members who support organization culture by planning team activities, welcoming and onboarding new hires, listening to staff feedback, and supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives across the organization.
USA for UNHCR provides safe spaces for staff to learn and unlearn, offers resources and educational content about DEI and invites speakers to facilitate important conversations during key observances. We are dedicated to celebrating and uplifting staff identities while holding space for feedback and reflection on the organization’s own practices.
USA FOR UNHCR: A Great Place to Work
In 2022, USA for UNHCR was recognized as a Great Place to Work® for its strong workplace culture, approachable management and consistent positive experiences of employees. In a survey, 86 percent of USA for UNHCR employees said the organization is a great place to work – nearly 30 percent above the average U.S. company. USA for UNHCR employees feel a great sense of pride in the work they do on behalf of refugees.
The Great Place to Work Recognition is the global authority on workplace culture, employee experience and leadership behaviors based on data compiled from more than 100 million employee engagement surveys around the globe.
Our multi-year strategic framework focuses on five goals that are charting the course of USA for UNHCR’s work in today’s complex global environment:
- 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.
I know of no human being who can say their fortune in life has had nothing to do with meaningful interaction and kindness of others.
Susanne H. – Tempe, AZ
Horn of Africa
Samira Abdi, a 28-year-old Somali refugee, is waiting at a nutrition center in the Melkadida refugee camp in Ethiopia’s eastern Somali region with her children. A month earlier, all five of her children were diagnosed with malnutrition and were immediately put on a treatment regime that involves being given a high-nutrient supplement and treating related infections.
Consecutive failed rainy seasons across the Horn of Africa have created a devastating drought that has affected millions of people in the region. Refugees, internally displaced people and host community members are receiving food aid and treatment at the UNHCR-supported food distribution center in Melkadida, Ethiopia.
Vulnerable families such as Samira’s are being supported by UNHCR, but they need all the help they can get. “All I think about is how I’m going to feed them,” she said. “Last night, they did not eat. This morning, I gave them some porridge. I have nothing more to give them.”
Oksana, a 51-year-old nurse, spent years building her now destroyed house from scratch so her children Svitlana and Oleksandr would have a safe and warm place to call home. “We never had much money to start and to finish the build in one go,” she says. But piece by piece, their dream home was completed.
Everything changed when the war in Ukraine began and her quiet rural village of Nalyvaikivka was struck by shelling. Overnight, Oksana’s dreams were shattered as her home was reduced to rubble. Despite all that has happened, the family has not given up. They have already started to rebuild their beloved home, brick-by-brick with support from UNHCR.
“It was built with love and attention to every little detail,” Oksana explains. “This house was like another child for us, we invested so much care and love into it. All my life is invested in this house.”
Any person who is harmed by war or who must leave their home for other survival reasons is my sister and my brother. A family strives to help and encourage one another.
Adrian K. – San Francisco, CA
In June 2022, Afghanistan was struck by the worst earthquake in twenty years. The devastation was made worse by the fact that people were sleeping in mud houses in one of Afghanistan’s most remote regions. The two children pictured above in Warah village in the Barmal District of Paktika Province are among the survivors of the devastating earthquake.
UNHCR provided 1,300 earthquake-resilient houses for families in 15 of the worst-affected villages across Paktika and Khost provinces. Although many houses were destroyed by the earthquake, the newly built homes have extra thick walls and come equipped with winter-ready stoves, solar panels and toilets.
“When we first came here in June there was a lot of devastation. We are encouraged to see the community has remained resilient amid the devastation and there has been so much progress,” said UNHCR Representative Leonard Zulu at the inaugural ceremony. “The whole world felt the pain of this village, the world gave you immediate lifesaving support.”
2022 Financial Report(as of December 31, 2022)
The following is a summary of financial information of the U.S. Association for UNHCR for the year 2022. 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||$170,277,378||$52,887,382|
Corporation and Foundation Grants
|Interest and Investment Income||$3,695||$7,386|
|Contributions from UNHCR||$9,177,400||$10,040,957|
Management and General
Total Supporting Services
|Other - Debt Forgiveness||$1,082,100|
|Changes in Net Assets||$7,721,545||-$4,969,363|
|Net Assets at Beginning of Year||$11,933,827||$16,903,463|
|Net Assets at End of Year||$19,655,372||$11,933,827|
The complete financial statements for 2022 are available on the USA for UNHCR website. 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.
Mark Wallace, Chair
Kelly Blevins, Vice Chair
William Ball, Secretary
Yasmin Causer, Treasurer
Biar Kuek, Board Member
Latrise Brissett, Board Member *
Aishah Hasnie, Board Member
Rachael Jarosh, Board Member
Laura Lane, Board Member *
Mark Lopes, Board Member
Matthew Marolda, Board Member
Jane Meseck, Board Member
Eric Sprunk, Board Member
Virginia Tenpenny, Board Member
Beth Turner, Board Member
Dr. Liberty Vittert, Board Member
Charity Wallace, Board Member
* term finished December 31, 2022
The worst of humanity can always be cured by the best of humanity. This is the best of humanity in action.
Garrett M. – San Rosa, CA