Quality and transparency: these are two values that we rank highly. They are closely monitored by our foundation bodies.
© Hans Hofmann
When you make a donation, you trust us to spend your money wisely.
We have several foundation bodies ensuring that this is the case. They oversee the different aspects of our organization, making sure that your donation is put to best possible effect for those in need.
The Foundation Council is our highest body. It ensures that we carry out our work carefully and responsibly. The Foundation Council is also responsible for setting our strategy, ensuring that we are constantly developing, so that your donations continue to be used effectively into the future.
The Foundation Council comprises a maximum of 14 members, half of whom are members of SRG SSR, from which we were formed, and half of whom are members of our partner NGOs or other humanitarian aid organizations.
The Foundation Council’s Executive Committee, on which five people sit, supervises and monitors our top management, supporting them in their activities. Our director, deputy director and the president of the project committee sit on the Foundation Council and on the Executive Committee in an advisory capacity.
The International Project Committee ensures that we use your donations to fund projects that bring the most help to those in need in the current situation.
The committee members are independent experts on humanitarian aid, representatives of our and our senior management. Since all the relevant areas such as health, construction, water and hygiene, child protection and business are represented, the committee members can examine all of the projects submitted down to the last detail.
The project committee is chaired by an independent person and convenes several times a year. The constellation is different each time, depending on the expertise required for the projects under discussion. Projects are first analysed carefully and then discussed in depth at a committee meeting. The decision-making sub-committee within the project committee then makes a funding decision.
The Swiss Project Committee acts when there is severe weather or a natural disaster in Switzerland, and ensures that we use the money you donate to help those members of the public, organizations, small businesses and poorer communities who need help most.
The Swiss Red Cross (for the western part of Switzerland including Bern and Valais) and Caritas Switzerland (for Central and Eastern Switzerland and Ticino) review all of the funding applications and give us their recommendations. The Swiss Project Committee takes the final decision.
The committee is made up of three experts in insurance and law, public bodies and disaster relief; a representative of each of the mandated partner organizations, the Swiss Red Cross and Caritas Switzerland; members of Swiss Solidarity; and the committee president. The committee is chaired by the same independent person as the International Project Committee.
We don’t spend all the money we raise immediately. When there is a major disaster and we launch an appeal, it makes sense to support some projects long-term, especially reconstruction. Meanwhile, we invest your donations carefully. Our Finance and Investment Committee is responsible for our finance and investment strategy. It ensures that we observe our financial guidelines; for example, that we don’t invest in financial products containing businesses that produce arms, alcohol, nicotine etc.
In the future, the strategy will not just exclude certain products, it will be based on clear, sustainable and socially responsible principles. The president of the Finance and Investment Committee is appointed by the Foundation Council. Three experts, also appointed by the Foundation Council, also sit on the committee, and our director and head of finance always take part in committee meetings.