Overview: our partners
Over the years the ICRC has been able to develop several ad hoc but long-term fundraising partnerships. Its partners come from a range of backgrounds and include public bodies, sports associations, businesses, private initiatives and individuals.
Our long-term partnerships
The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is the administrative body for fifty-four national football associations and organizes some of the sports most followed competitions. UEFA’s partnership with the ICRC dates back to 1997, when the football governing body pledged its support for our anti-landmine campaign. Since then, UEFA has become a major supporter, donating more than ten million Swiss francs and encouraging the promotion of humanitarian issues.
Team of the Year 2014: Philipp Lahm donates 100,000 euros
Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm has kindly donated 100,000 euros towards our life changing work in Afghanistan treating people for limb-fitting and rehabilitation. The German footballer was recently awarded the sum for having received most votes on the uefa.com user’s Team of the Year.
Over the past few years, stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernández and Carles Puyol have presented donations on behalf of UEFA to the ICRC’s physical rehabilitation programme in the country.
This will be the seventh year that the ICRC will benefit from the cheque offered by UEFA in connection with the selection of the uefa.com Team of the Year.
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Rotary Club Switzerland and Liechtenstein
The Rotary Club Switzerland and Liechtenstein has been engaged with the ICRC into a partnership since 1996. The objective of the Rotary's Mine-Ex foundation was to raise funds first for the ICRC orthopaedic centre in Cambodia and then they did the same in Myanmar, Ethipia and in South Western Algeria, which are providing landmine victims with the adequate fittings and rehabilitation. Since 2009, the Mine-Ex foundation also supports ICRC's activities for land mine victims in Afghanistan.
From the beginning of "Mine-Ex" Switzerland and Liechtenstein, the German Rotary Association supported this endeavour and in 2004 created to a smaller extent its own charity, Mine-Ex Germany, which has been supporting ICRC orthopaedic projects in Afghanistan, Georgia und Azerbaijan.
International Olympic Committee
The partnership between the International Olympic Committee and the ICRC was created in 2003 to cooperate in promoting and strengthening humanitarian principles. The IOC currently supports our Physical Rehabilitation programme in Cambodia, which will allow us to help restore disabled people's dignity and confidence by enabling them to regain their mobility, play sports and take on an active role in society.
For several decades, the Republic and Canton of Geneva has been contributing significantly to ICRC's budget. In 2004, the two partners signed an agreement formalizing the Canton's contribution to the forgotten conflicts, those conflicts not making the headlines anymore but still making so many victims.
The Canton of Valais has committed to supporting ICRC assistance activities in the Pakistan-administered Kashmir since 2006. The choice to support a reconstruction programme in that mountainous region was also motivated by the fact that it was very similar to the Canton of Valais of the old days.
The Canton of Basel-Country has funded ICRC assistance activities since 2002. In 2008, the funds were earmarked towards Sri Lanka.
Starting in 2000, the Canton of Zurich has financed ICRC assistance programmes, mainly in the Horn of Africa.
Since the opening of the ICRC's training centre, Ecogia on its territory, the Community of Versoix has granted the organisation the free use of the centre's land. Therefore, each year Versoix offers this lease as a gift to the ICRC.
For several decades now, the City of Geneva has conferred the free use of its land on which the ICRC headquarters are built to the organisation. Every year, this free lease is recorded as a gift in the ICRC accounts.
Asia’s leading booking site, Agoda.com, has agreed to donate USD 10 to the ICRC for every 100 reviews received between 9 December 2013 and 31 January 2014. The funds raised will be used to help the ICRC reach out to the people affected by armed conflict and other emergencies. Travelers interested in supporting the ICRC’s work can donate here.