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The United Nations Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to promoting a diverse workplace. We offer a competitive compensation package along with our complete benefits program.

We recognize the contribution and work of our staff through a number of events and awards. Below is a sample of our events:

  • Annual holiday party
  • Annual administrative staff appreciation week
  • Staff anniversaries 
  • Monthly birthday celebrations
  • Lunch and learn sessions with the senior leadership team  

To recognize individual and team achievements, we offer two award programs – Unsung Hero and Bravo. The Unsung Hero Award is presented quarterly by the President to an individual or team whose work has gone above and beyond expectations  The Bravo Award is presented monthly to employees who are nominated by their colleagues.


In an effort to help our community, we participate annually in the Greater D.C. Cares’ Servathon. This is one day during the year where we as an organization go out into the community and volunteer our time.  It is a great way for our team to interact outside the office while giving back to our community.

We have recently volunteered for a number of organizations including:

  • The National Arboretum
  • Carderock
  • Great Falls

Our very own Jordie Hannum was reminded of the importance of service to personally and directly help others during a servathon experience:

Servathon 2008

Jordie and other UN Foundation staff participated in a service project at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.   After a motivating introduction by the head of the volunteer program, Jordie spent the day weeding crabgrass, mulching, and helping to repaint a garden trellis.  Other projects included planting and cutting down branches; the difference made at the end of the day for an organization with limited resources was visible and clearly felt by all.

Jordie’s spends most work days “focusing on big picture stuff” while taking his coat and tie on and off for frequent trips to Capitol Hill. This service experience gave him the opportunity to connect with the ultimate - and often unseen - goal of his daily work.  “At the end of the day our money goes to helping people far away,” he said. “Yet regardless of whether it’s the far corner of Ethiopia or right here in D.C., a little bit of attention to something makes a big difference.” 

You too can be just like Jordie.  All you have to do is remind yourself that while there may be thousands of big issues to tackle in the world, no act of kindness is too small.