Which Charities Accept Foreign Coins?

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Most charities will accept foreign coin donations. Major charities that sponsor programs for donations include the American Cancer Society, the Humane Society, UNICEF and the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom. UNICEF partners with airlines around the world to accept coins for its program, “Change is Good.” The American Cancer Society and the Humane Society receive coin donations through the Foreign Currency and Coin Exchange.

According to UNICEF, the Change for Good foreign currency program, sponsored by UNICEF and participating airlines, has raised over $130 million for children in need. In the United States, UNICEF and American Airlines have been partners in the program since 1994.

Donations are accepted aboard international flights. American Airline travelers may make coin donations at American Airlines Flagship and Admirals Club lounges all over the world as well.

UNICEF, or the United National Children’s Fund, was established after the Second World War in 1946. At that time, the organization aided children in war-torn nations. Its acronym comes from its original name, the United National International Children’s Emergency Fund.

According to UNICEF, the organization works in over 190 countries, providing nutrition, health care, immunizations, safe water supplies and emergency relief to children. UNICEF established its Change is Good program in 1987.