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What is UNRWA USA?

UNRWA USA is an independent 501c3 nonprofit that supports the work of UNRWA through fundraising, education, and advocacy in the United States. UNRWA USA aims to educate the American public about the plight of Palestine refugees and generate support for specific UNRWA programs.

Why should I make my donation to UNRWA USA instead of giving directly to UNRWA?

Our status as a 501c3 registered with the IRS allows you to make tax deductible donations to the fullest extent allowed by law. 91% of donations made through UNRWA USA directly support our work for Palestine refugees.

How can I make a monthly donation?

By making a tax-deductible monthly donation to UNRWA USA, you can provide Palestine refugees with food aid, emergency shelter, education services, and much more. To set up your gift today, visit our monthly giving donation page.

How can I update my monthly donation?

To change your monthly donation options (amount and frequency), email info@unrwausa.org, to update your credit card information, please call UNRWA USA at 202-223-3767. Please do not send your credit card number via email.

What portion of UNRWA USA’s budget is spent helping Palestine refugees?

UNRWA USA receives platinum, the highest rating for transparency, accountability and administration from Guidestar. Of every dollar spent, 91 cents goes toward helping Palestine refugees. We spend just 6 cents on fundraising costs, and 3 cents on operations.

Our 990 tax forms are available online for viewing and downloading on our finances page.

What is UNRWA USA’s tax ID number?

Our Federal Identification Number is 20-2714426. The IRS letter confirming our 501c3 status is available for downloading here in PDF format.

What is UNRWA?

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was established under UN General Assembly Resolution 302 (IV), on December 8, 1949, to provide direct relief to persons displaced by the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict. UNRWA began field operations on May 1, 1950.

What does UNRWA do?

UNRWA provides direct humanitarian aid, human development, and protection for more than 5 million Palestine refugees registered with the Agency and living in one of its five fields of operation.

Where does UNRWA work?

  • West Bank, including East Jerusalem
  • Gaza Strip
  • Syria
  • Lebanon
  • Jordan

Does UNRWA engage in political negotiations?

No. UNRWA is a non-political humanitarian agency and its mandate defines its role as one of providing services to the refugees. However, UNRWA highlights the international community's obligation to provide a just and durable solution for Palestine refugees.

Where does UNRWA get its funding?

The majority of UNRWA’s annual budget comes from voluntary contributions from donor states, such as the United States, the European Commission, the United Kingdom, and Nordic States, individual donors, and NGOs. Reductions in donor states’ contributions due to the slow economic recovery, and the ongoing crises in Gaza and Syria, have left UNRWA with significant budget shortfalls, making contributions from private donors, such as individuals and foundations, all the more crucial.

What is the largest portion of UNRWA’s budget?

More than half of UNRWA’s regular budget is devoted to education. UNRWA believes that education is essential to Palestinians’ future and to stability in the region. UNRWA's education programs aim to encourage a tolerant and empowered Palestinian population who can serve as partners in peace.

Can I donate non-cash goods for emergency relief? 

Often times we are asked if it’s possible to donate goods, in lieu of funds, to support emergency relief efforts. While we are grateful for these inquiries, UNRWA USA does not accept non-cash contributions.

Monetary donations are the most efficient way to provide aid for Palestine refugees. Donated goods are subjected to searches, taxes, shipping fees, and require complex logistical coordination.

UNRWA makes a concerted effort to locally source items whenever possible in order to help stimulate the regional economy. UNRWA also buys goods in bulk to save funds - so that your donation can go further in providing emergency assistance.

Goods could take days, or even months, to reach the field. Making a tax-deductible contribution today, will make a difference in the lives Palestine refugees tomorrow. 

How can I support UNRWA in the field?

  1. For career opportunities with UNRWA, visit their website.
  2. To volunteer with UNRWA in the Middle East, contact the UNRWA field offices.
  3. If you are interested in volunteering within the United States, apply here.