How do we operate?
From donation to aid project, what happens exactly? Find out more how our organization works.
© Jón Björgvinsson
Whenever a disaster occurs somewhere in the world, we launch a fundraising appeal for the victims. We do this when the following conditions are met:
Once the appeal is over, our partner relief organizations submit their project proposals to us. We consider very carefully which projects we fund with your donations, in order to ensure that the people in need get the best possible help.
First of all, our project department assesses whether the projects meet our guidelines. In a second step, the Project Committee for International Aid assesses the projects in great detail to decide whether we will fund them.
If we decide to fund a project, we cover a maximum of 80 per cent of the total project costs, and the relief organizations may claim 10 per cent maximum in administrative costs.
We use about 15 per cent of the donations we receive to fund emergency aid projects. The majority of the funds we raise, about 70 per cent, is used to finance long-term reconstruction projects with a maximum impact, and for projects that enable the local population to recover from the disaster and live independently again as quickly as possible.
We use the remaining 15 per cent to consolidate the project results, round off the projects properly, and hand them over to the local people. After major disasters, the funds raised may be used over several years.
We don’t spend all the money we raise immediately. When there has been a major disaster, it makes sense to support projects that run for several years, in particular reconstruction projects. Meanwhile, we invest the money raised very carefully, and try to make it work for us.
The interest earned pays our operating costs such as salaries and rent. If it isn’t enough, we pay the operating costs from our reserves or, if absolutely necessary, with a maximum of five per cent of the donations we receive.
We work with 25 Swiss partner NGOs in order to ensure that your donations are put to the best possible use.
But we don’t just blindly trust these organizations to carry out good work. We monitor the projects on a regular basis, until they are concluded.
Our partner relief organizations report to us on their progress or on any problems there might be, and we conduct project visits and evaluate the projects on the ground.