2021 at a Glance
In a year wrought with escalating crises and new conflicts flaring up around the globe, donor support was crucial in helping to protect 89.3 million people who were forcibly displaced by the end of 2021 as a result of persecution, conflict and human rights violations. Among those displaced were 27.1 million refugees who were forced to flee conflict-affected countries such as Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Myanmar. Every year, our donors make the lifesaving decision to meet these difficult challenges by supporting families at their greatest moment of need. Their compassion fosters the safety, security and hope for the future that every refugee deserves.
USA FOR UNHCR: A Great Place to Work
In July 2021, 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, 96 percent of USA for UNHCR employees said the organization is a great place to work – nearly 40 percent above the average U.S. company. USA for UNHCR employees feel a great sense of pride about 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.
Jamil ur Rehman, a disabled second-generation Afghan refugee, visits 16-year-old Gul Bibi, who was able to continue her education after he helped her secure a wheelchair. Growing up, Jamil faced several obstacles because of his status as a disabled refugee. Now, he’s dedicating his life to removing the multiple barriers that prevent refugees with disabilities from getting to school in Pakistan.
“I don’t want any disabled person to feel that they cannot be happy or self-reliant,” Jamil says of his work. “They can do anything they want.”
Forwdsa Mohamad Dool, a 35-year-old Somalian mother of five holds her child at a nutrition program at Melkadida refugee camp. The program was established by UNHCR and “la Caixa” Foundation to help reduce child mortality by improving the nutrition of children, and supporting pregnant and breastfeeding mothers in refugee camps through counseling.
“It was the first time I heard ‘family planning’. The program helped in reducing malnutrition in our children as well as providing refugee mothers with counseling,” said Forwdsa.
Carolina, a young mother of two, fled from Guatemala after gangs overran her neighborhood. Desperate to protect her children, she used what little money she had to hire someone to help her get to the U.S. When her family crossed the border into Texas, they were detained and sent back to Mexico under Title 42. Policies like Title 42 deny people the right to request asylum.
“I can’t go back to Guatemala. It is unsafe. I want to go to the U.S. to reunify with my family,” Carolina says. “I want to give my kids a better life.”
2021 Financial Report(as of December 31, 2021)
The following is a summary of financial information of the U.S. Association for UNHCR for the year 2021. 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||$52,887,382||$44,991,525|
Corporation and Foundation Grants
|Interest and Investment Income||$7,386||$45,774|
|Contributions from UNHCR||$10,040,957||$10,776,897|
Management and General
Total Supporting Services
|Other - Debt Forgiveness||$1,082,100|
|Changes in Net Assets||-$4,969,363||$2,131,272|
|Net Assets at Beginning of Year||$16,903,463||$14,772,191|
|Net Assets at End of Year||$11,933,827||$16,903,463|
The complete financial statements for 2021 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 K. Atem, Board Member
Latrise Brissett, Board Member
Aishah Hasnie, Board Member *
Rachel Jarosh, Board Member *
Mark Lopes, Board Member *
Laura Lane, Board Member
Matthew Marolda, Board Member
Susan McPherson, 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, 2021
* term began January 1, 2022