The national committees raise funds from the private sector.
UNICEF is funded entirely by voluntary contributions, and the National Committees collectively raise around one-third of UNICEF's annual income.
It is responsible for maintaining an effective relationship between the Executive Board and the UNICEF secretariat, and helps to organize the field visits of the Executive Board.
There are national committees in 34 [industrialized] countries, each established as an independent local non-governmental organization.
Each country office carries out UNICEF's mission through a unique program of cooperation developed with the host government.
UNICEF's Supply Division is based in Copenhagen and serves as the primary point of distribution for such essential items as vaccines, antiretroviral medicines for children and mothers with HIV, nutritional supplements, emergency shelters, family reunification, and educational supplies.
UNICEF's programs emphasize developing community-level services to promote the health and well-being of children.
UNICEF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1965 and the Prince of Asturias Award of Concord in 2006.
In 1953 it became a permanent part of the United Nations System, and the words "international" and "emergency" were dropped from the organization's name, making it simply the United Nations Children's Fund, retaining the original acronym, "UNICEF".
Governments contribute two-thirds of the organization's resources.
Private groups and individuals contribute the rest through national committees.