Chris Helfrich Appointed Director of the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets Campaign

Washington, D.C.

June 20, 2011


Alexis Krieg

Please note: This release was updated on 6/20/2011 at 6PM ET.

The United Nations Foundation announced today the appointment of Chris Helfrich as Director of its Nothing But Nets campaign — a global, grassroots campaign to save lives  by preventing malaria. Mr. Helfrich brings ten years of fundraising and advocacy experience to the role.

There are more than 200 million cases of malaria every year, and in Africa a child dies every 45 seconds from the disease, which is easily prevented through the use of an insecticide-treated bed net. The Nothing But Nets campaign works with supporters and partners across the US to raise funds and awareness to send life-saving bed nets to protect families in Africa.

“Chris’ experience and personality make him a great fit for director of Nothing But Nets as the campaign continues to grow, and branches out into advocacy,” said Kathy Calvin, CEO of the UN Foundation. “We’re glad to have him here to lead this flagship campaign.”

The UN Foundation created Nothing But Nets in 2006 to give individuals, from students to CEOs, the opportunity to join the movement to end malaria by sending a net to save a life. Bed nets create a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of malaria transmissions occur, and are the most cost-effective method of preventing the spread of the disease. A net costs just $10 to purchase, deliver, and to educate communities on its proper use.

“I’m excited to join the UN Foundation and the Nothing But Nets campaign and look forward to leading a campaign that provides an easy, tangible way for anyone to join the movement to end malaria,” said Helfrich. “As a father, I know I would do anything to protect my family, and I’m honored to send bed nets to help parents in Africa protect their families from a deadly but preventable disease like malaria.”

Before joining Nothing But Nets, Mr. Helfrich served as the Director of Development and Marketing at Public Citizen, a national, public interest advocacy organization. There, he managed all fundraising, including major giving and events, and helped lead the organization’s online fundraising and advocacy program. Prior to Public Citizen, Mr. Helfrich was Director of Development at public radio stations in San Antonio, Texas, and Charlotte, North Carolina, and a fundraiser at Davidson College during their $270 million capital campaign, Let Learning Be Cherished.

To date, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $35 million to distribute more than 4 million nets to families throughout Africa. For more information, please visit


About Nothing But Nets
Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa. Inspired by sports columnist Rick Reilly, hundreds of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Campaign partners include the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, The people of The United Methodist Church, and Major League Soccer’s MLS W.O.R.K.S. It only costs $10 to provide an insecticide-treated bed net that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit to send a net and save a life.

About the United Nations Foundation 
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. These campaigns focus on reducing child mortality, empowering women and girls, creating a new energy future, securing peace and human rights, and promoting technology innovation to improve health outcomes.  These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit

Media Contact:
Negin Janati, United Nations Foundation; (202) 378-7858;