Change for Good

Have you ever come back from a foreign trip with leftover currency?

If you travel abroad frequently, then you might want to keep the currency and bring it on your next trip to that country. However, if you don’t expect to go back to that country in the foreseeable future, you probably want to do something with it so that it doesn’t become clutter.

Bills can be exchanged for dollars at banks that handles currency exchange, but they won’t accept coins. Many of my clients have foreign coins sitting around, often mixed in with U.S. coins. Here is a better idea: donate those coins to UNICEF via their Change for Good program.

As their website states: “Change for Good is an innovative partnership between UNICEF and the international airline industry. Established in 1987, it is one of UNICEF’s best-known and longest-running partnerships. Currently twelve international airlines support the Change for Good program. Thanks to the generous support of customers and participating airlines, the global Change for Good program has generated more than $150 million, which has contributed to UNICEF’s efforts to helping save and improve the lives of millions of children around the world.”

In the United States, American Airlines is the participating airline in the program. You can donate change (foreign or U.S.) on some American Airlines international flights. Or you can mail it to:

ATTN: Change for Good Program
125 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038

Another great opportunity to send clutter out in the world to do good!