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Types of Giving


Annual Fund

The Annual Fund provides annual, unrestricted operating support that is vital to both the short-term and long-term financial health of YFU. A gift to the YFU Annual Fund provides funding for student orientations, volunteer training, program recruitment, and expanding the YFU volunteer community.  These activities are crucial to providing a quality exchange experience. The Annual Fund helps YFU meet rising expenses while keeping program fees affordable for students and parents.

Corporate matching gifts are a great way for YFU alumni and friends to maximize personal contributions and increase the impact of their donation. Many employers have matching gift programs as a way of enhancing contributions to charitable programs important to its employees. Employers may match, double, or triple the benefit of your gift. Some employers even match charitable contributions made by a spouse! Please contact your employer's human resources department to learn about matching gift opportunities.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

At the core of YFU is the belief that a cultural exchange experience is a catalyst for advancing intercultural understanding, mutual respect and social responsibility and an invaluable tool for creating a healthy, peaceful global community. It is vital that ANY student who has the desire to embark upon an exchange experience be able to do so, regardless of their financial circumstances.

In 2014, YFU awards thousands in need-based awards and is putting together the framework for a comprehensive financial aid program that will create the opportunity for more students in the U.S. to study abroad. If you believe that financial circumstance should not keep a bright young person from experiencing another culture, please give generously to this effort.

Named scholarship opportunities are also available if you’d like to honor a loved one or your own experience while on exchange. For more information on named scholarships, please contact Charlie Cadigan at or 202.774.5237.

Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund provides funds for critical life moments that many international students unexpectedly experience on exchange in the U.S. These include medical emergencies that their insurance does not cover as well as making sure all students have the basic, proper clothing (a winter jacket, for example). The Student Emergency Fund helps to ensure that all students have a healthy, safe and successful exchange experience while helping to reduce the financial responsibility on host families in emergency situations.

You have the option to support YFU students nationwide or for your donation to support students in one of YFU’s 3 regions (hyperlink to map as pop up window). For more information on the Student Emergency Fund, please contact Charlie Cadigan at or 202.774.5237.

Targeting Your Support

Have a specific project in mind? Want to target your giving to orientations? Study support? Sustaining the host family experience? To a specific region? We can help you make sure your charitable contribution does exactly what you want it to do. Contact Charlie Cadigan at to start the discussion.

Annual Report


Since 1975, YFU has offered Corporate and Foundation Scholarship Programs for scholarships. Scholarship funding is a tangible and dynamic way for corporations and foundations to build and strengthen employee and community relations while preparing a new generation for the global workplace. View our current Corporate & Foundation Scholarship partners.

YFU will design a program to meet the specific needs of your company or foundation. Whether a company provides funding for students from a particular community or high school, or for dependents of employees, investing in tomorrow’s leaders is an ideal way to provide support for today’s youth while growing an educated, globally minded workforce for tomorrow.

To learn more about YFU’s Corporate & Foundation Scholarship programs, please contact Charlie Cadigan, Vice President of External Affairs, at or 202.774.5237

Other Ways to Support YFU

Amazon Smile

Did you know you can secure a donation to YFU just by shopping? Through Amazon’s new charitable giving program, AmazonSmile, YFU will receive .5% of your purchases whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. Just select “Youth For Understanding USA” as your charity. Happy Shopping!

Corporate Partners

YFU is proud of the strategic partnerships formed with international companies who are actively empowering tomorrow's global leadership.  Many forward thinking corporate and foundation partners are investing today to advance intercultural understanding, mutual respect and social responsibility through educational exchanges for youth, families and communities. Corporations partner with YFU to provide scholarship programs for children of their employees or young people in key operating communities. Corporate scholarship fees typically include the program tuition and a small administrative fee to underwrite the cost of a tailored selection process. YFU USA also partners with like- minded organizations that have the common goal of preparing tomorrow’s leaders. Strategic partnerships vary depending on the agreement with the organization.

For more information on establishing a corporate scholarship program or becoming a YFU sponsor, please contact Charlie Cadigan, Vice President of External Affairs, at or 202.774.5237.

Youth For Understanding USA gives a special thanks to those listed below for their generosity and commitment to the vision that YFU was founded on and pursues today.


Youth For Understanding is a dream come true…. To be part of it brings out the best in all of us. Each of us who has shared the magic of its being has contributed [to] something bigger than we are. We have learned to love and be loved, to trust and be trusted, to open our homes and our hearts to all people, everywhere.

We often hear from people reflecting back on their YFU experience, whether as a student, host family, or volunteer, telling us it is among the most transformative experiences of their lives. By leaving a gift to YFU in your will or trust, or by beneficiary designation, you can pass on your love of cultural understanding, mutual respect and social responsibility through educational exchanges for future generations to experience. These gifts cost you nothing now and allow you to change you beneficiaries at any time.

Call Charlie Cadigan today at 202.774.5237 or email  to discuss how you can leave a legacy of love with a gift by bequest or using retirement assets – IRA, 401(k) plans, etc. – life insurance, or real estate.


The Andresen Society

Planned gifts help ensure YFU has a long and vibrant future. Once you complete your estate plans, please contact us so we may thank you for your generosity by including you in The Andresen Society. This special recognition is for those supporting YFU with a planned gift named in honor of YFU founder Dr. Rachel Andresen. 

Dr. Andresen was an extraordinarily charismatic leader of volunteers, first in Michigan, where she was born and raised, then throughout the world. Her vision, to build international understanding and world peace, was accomplished with the creation of YFU. Dr. Andresen’s work in the field of international youth exchange earned her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 1973.

In Rachel’s own words:

Planned gifts help ensure that YFU, Rachel’s legacy, has a long and vibrant future. Once you complete your estate plans, please contact us so we can thank you for your generosity by including you in The Andresen Society. 

To learn more about Planned Giving and the Andresen Society, please contact Charlie Cadigan, Vice President of External Affairs, at or 202.774.5237.

Andresen Society Member Spotlight:

Dr. Dianne Bradley and Dr. Maurice Zeeman

YFU has added so much to our lives, and also allowed us to give back to the world in a most positive way. Not having had children of our own, YFU is the way that we have been able to build our diverse, successful and rewarding family. We have hosted 13 permanent and numerous temporary kids from all over the world. We have visited them at their homes, met their parents and have taken part in their weddings. Maurice even walked one of our daughters down the aisle.

We are ‘Mom and Dad’ and their family during vacations and breaks for those who have gone to college here and during school breaks for those living in their home countries. Half of our YFU kids even came back to celebrate our 25th anniversary with us, and they had great fun meeting and getting to know each other.

One of our host daughters came back to the US to go to school, got a Ph.D., got married, got her citizenship, and now lives near us and has given us the precious gift of nearby grandchildren. She is giving back to this country by doing research on HIV and teaching at her alma mater. We have played a significant role in each other’s ‘lives after exchange.’

YFU is an organization that has provided much value to our lives. While hosting, we were always impressed with the amount of support we received and the activities provided for the students and host families. It is an organization of great integrity. YFU has earned our support now and in the future.

In addition to serving as founding members of The Andresen Society, Dianne is also giving back as a Trustee of YFU USA.