UPA strives to be efficient and effective in fulfilling its mission. During 2017, UPA devoted 98 percent of its expenditures to programs that help Palestinian communities in need. UPA works with capable, credible partner organizations, and annually vets and certifies every potential recipient of organization funds in order to comply with US and UN regulations. UPA also ensures that its programs are reaching and benefitting the most marginalized and in-need communities in each location.
UPA meets all 20 Better Business Bureau Charity Standards, and is rated Charity Navigator’s highest rating, four stars, for financial health, accountability and transparency to donors.
When it comes to providing Palestinians in need with such provisions, it is preferable and more cost-efficient for UPA to obtain these items from the local Palestinian market and then disburse them to Palestinians in need. However, UPA will consider in-kind donations in bulk that are both new and needed on a case-by-case basis.
The UPA Mahmoud Darwish Scholarship Fund seeks potential scholarship recipients through the recommendations of UPA’s partner universities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip for students studying at those partner universities.
The Circle of Hope is UPA’s monthly-giving program. By joining the Circle of Hope with a donation of any amount per month, you are showing that you are engaged and dedicated to UPA’s mission to support Palestinians in need. UPA relies on the financial contributions of individuals. Joining the Circle of Hope is a quick and easy way to join the community of sustaining supporters.
UPA no longer has a child sponsorship program, most of UPA’s work directly supports Palestinian children and children’s centers in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and the refugee camps of Lebanon and Jordan through UPA’s Health and Wellness and Education program.
UPA ships pharmaceuticals to Gaza through trusted, highly-qualified, and vetted partner organizations to safely ensure that pharmaceuticals reach their destination in a safe and timely manner. Other types of in-kind distributions, such as food or clothing, are sourced from the local market, which is more efficient as well as beneficial for local businesses.
UPA is always happy to have engaged and dedicated volunteers to help the organization in a variety of ways. Please visit our Get Involved page for information about current volunteer opportunities at UPA.