July 01, 2016

Podcast: Building ‘Kid Power’ at Unicef’s American Arm

Caryl Stern says that when she became CEO of the U.S. Fund for Unicef, she replaced its hierarchical "pyramid" leadership structure with "a series of circles" built on teamwork and feedback.

In this segment from the Business of Giving, Ms. Stern describes the cooperative corporate culture she credits for much of the United Nations-affiliated fundraising organization’s success. "When the economy tanked," she says, "we were one of the few nonprofits whose income continued to go up."

She also details the charity’s wearable-tech venture, Unicef Kid Power, and some of the special relationships it has forged in the business world, and talks about combating donors’ "disaster fatigue."

Listen to the podcast below.