BENEFITING: UNICEF USA
EVENT DATE: Jun 01, 2016
Dear Family and Friends,
Thank you for your interest in this cause. It is poignantly near to me as my heritage, that of my parents, and our entire family is from Ecuador. We have many family members still living in several different regions of the country—all of who, thankfully, are safe. However there still exist a distressing number of people, tens of thousands, displaced by this gravely destructive natural disaster. Organizations such as UNICEF are providing the kinds of rescue and relief services for the residents of this country, who no longer lay claim over such a title. The death toll has risen to over 600, more than 2,500 injured, and hundred still missing. Needless to say, every cent, every dollar counts in the efforts that not only UNICEF, but also other international organizations*** contribute to the many humanitarian crises of our world. After doing some critical research, I determined UNICEF to be the most advantageous for this and many rescue and relief efforts, thus I have chosen it as the charity this fund will benefit.
So, instead of throwing myself an epic Gatsby party, or calling the troops to some New York City saloon, my birthday wish for this year is to have all of my wonderful friends, colleagues, family members, acquaintances, (even old classmates who still have me on their Facebook friends list even though we haven't talked in years), to please direct any contribution, regardless of how small, that would otherwise go into my birthday glass(es) of wine, or thoughtful card or charming gift to this very important ongoing effort. I thank you, and am grateful on behalf of whoever will be receiving the helping hand this endeavor will assist.
***If you would like more information on the operations, ratings and funds transparency of UNICEF, please visit the links below, where you may also do some research on many, many other organizations and see a very clear breakdown of their economic and otherwise appropriations:
CharityWatch considers a charity to be highly efficient when [their] calculations produce a Program % of 75% or higher, and a Cost to Raise $100 of $25 or less. UNICEF’s Program percentage ranks at 87%, and the cost to raise $100 is $11.