FAQ projects

Why does Swiss Solidarity work almost exclusively with accredited relief organizations?

Swiss Solidarity owes a responsibility to its donors to ensure that the money is used efficiently and for the lasting benefit of the victims. That’s why we work with Swiss relief organizations that meet Swiss Solidarity quality criteria. These relief organizations are experienced and have built up a good network on the ground. They also have a contractual responsibility. This in turn ensures that funds flow to where they are intended. 

Who decides which projects will be financed?

The projects of our partner relief organizations are first examined by the Swiss Solidarity project team and then by experts on our project commission. If approved, up to 80% project funding will be granted (minimum 20% own funding by relief organization). Funds for emergency aid are granted as rapidly as possible, within a few days or weeks. Retroactive financing is also possible in these cases The position is different with rebuilding projects: here projects must first be approved before funding is granted . As a rule, rebuilding projects require more time for preparation and evaluation. This process can take several months. The work is monitored by our experts. Our advantage: our partner relief organizations are already on the ground and thus possess great experience and know-how. 

How is it ensured that the money actually reaches the victims?

The money raised does not flow immediately and all at once into relief work. Aid extends over several years. As always in such cases, the money is used in stages. Swiss Solidarity only releases funds for further stages when the results of the previous stages are known.

How has Swiss Solidarity used the money until now?

25% of donations have been used for assistance in Switzerland (Swiss social aid, children’s aid, natural disasters); 6% has gone to help children in need abroad (food, medical care, education and vocational training, aid for children in war and conflict situations). The remaining 69% has been used on relief work for disasters outside Switzerland. 

Why are primarily people in foreign countries helped (only 25% of aid has so far benefited Switzerland) when there are actually just as many people needing help in our country (economic crisis, constantly increasing health insurance premiums etc.)?

We help here as well... we get involved whenever a major natural disaster occurs in Switzerland. There is also a Swiss Social Aid fund financed amongst other things by direct donations and interest income from major fundraising campaigns. Swiss Solidarity assists people in Switzerland with a one-off amount to ease a temporary emergency situation. This is done selectively and usually as a supplement to assistance from private social welfare organizations.

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One picture often says more than a thousand words. Thanks to the partnership with the internationally operating Swiss picture agency Keystone, Swiss Solidarity has free and rapid access to recent pictures at any time. 

The Keystone picture agency takes a Swiss view of our country and the world. A team of 20 full-time photographers throughout Switzerland as well as international partner agencies ensure that no current event is missed. As the largest picture agency in Switzerland, Keystone has an almost unending store of material on Swiss social history (around 11 million archive images).




A national fundraising day is unthinkable without the means of Swisscom: In six regional fundraising centers, provided by Swisscom as well, between 120 and 150 phone lines are in use. This meant that, at the Tsunami’s fundraising day, over 70’000 calls were managed. On fundraising days, this service is free of charge.

The internet as a means of communication is vital for Swiss Solidarity, too. Therefore, Swisscom supports Swiss Solidarity’s web presence year after year with a considerable contribution. Swisscom (formerly PTT) has been an abiding partner for Swiss Solidarity for over sixty years.



Swiss Solidarity originated in 1946 from a radio show in western Switzerland – the first fundraising campaign was for the benefit of the orphans of World War II. The idea became more and more successful, and in 1983, Swiss Solidarity was granted the status of a foundation initiated by the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG. Today, Swiss Solidarity is a foundation that raises funds for humanitarian relief projects and works with the SRG SSR.

On national solidarity and fundraising days, Swiss Solidarity demonstrates just what is meant by «idée suisse»: The solidarity and support of Switzerland’s entire population. This is only possible because the SRG SSR idée suisse supports Swiss Solidarity with its free broadcastings. Swiss Solidarity itself is – with a few exceptions – not a relief organization, but rather a solidarity network, cooperating with 25 relief organizations.

Additionally, the company’s entities SRF, RTS, RTR, RSI are all represented in the foundation board.