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Support the ICRC

01-05-2011

Instead of making a direct donation, would you like to support the ICRC in some other way? This section explains what you can do to help, while drawing attention to certain restrictions.  

I would like to launch a fundraising campaign for the ICRC. Is that allowed?

Yes. The ICRC’s efforts to protect and assist the victims of armed conflict are financed exclusively by voluntary contributions. So we are very grateful to any individual or organization that raises funds for us! However, we do have strict ethical rules and we ask our partners to abide by them. For more information, please see our pages on Partnerships, and our Guidelines on the use of the Red Cross emblem and the name and logo of the ICRC for fundraising purposes.

To avoid disappointment, please send us a brief description of your project in advance. If we have not given prior permission, we reserve the right to demand that you stop your campaign immediately.

Can I use the ICRC logo on my website/on other materials related to my fundraising campaign?

The use of the ICRC logo is always a little complicated. It is very important that our emblem continue to serve its primary purpose, which is to be a visible manifestation – in situations of armed conflict – of the protection provided by the Geneva Conventions.

For that reason, you can only use our logo on your website (or anywhere else, including on printed matter, clothing, etc.) if you have our express permission in writing. To avoid any misunderstandings, please inform us of your intentions in advance, submitting a brief description of your project. If no agreement has been set up between us, we reserve the right to demand that you immediately remove our logo from your website.

For more information, please see our Guidelines on the use of the Red Cross emblem and the name and logo of the ICRC for fundraising purposes

Can I create a link from my website to yours?

In general yes, but if we have not authorized the use of our logo (see above), you can only use our name – not our logo – for the link. We will only link to your site if we have a formal partnership agreement with you.

How can my company give the ICRC cash or services?

The ICRC’s efforts to protect and assist the victims of armed conflict are financed exclusively by voluntary contributions. So we are very grateful to any company or organization that wishes to support us! However, we do have strict ethical rules and we ask our partners to abide by them. The ICRC negotiates partnerships with companies on a case-by-case basis. Such partnerships are set out in the form of contracts, signed by both parties.

For more information, please see our pages on Partnerships, especially the Company section, plus our Guidelines on the use of the Red Cross emblem and the name and logo of the ICRC for fundraising purposes.

Does the ICRC have a “matching gift” programme?

Many companies support their employees’ commitment to humanitarian causes. This may include encouraging them to make donations by matching their gifts in part or in full. The ICRC welcomes this kind of initiative, but we do need to keep the administration connected with such programmes as simple as possible. So what we propose is the following:

If you are an employee, give your employer the receipt for your donation, as proof of payment. Your company can then add its contribution. You automatically receive a receipt if you make a donation online. If you pay by cheque or bank transfer, you can request a letter or e-mail acknowledging receipt of your donation.

If you are an employer, ask your employees to submit their receipts as proof of payment. Then add your contribution and send it by the usual means: online payment, bank transfer or cheque. If you would like us to keep a record of the donations made, please contact us before you launch the fundraising initiative so that we can keep track of your employees' contributions more easily.

Since the ICRC is a Swiss international organization, donations to the ICRC from individuals or organizations not liable to Swiss tax are generally not tax-deductible. Please see Tax issues for more information.

Can I make a donation in someone's memory or as a personal tribute?

Yes. There are certain occasions – such as the death of a relative, a birthday or some other event – when you may wish to make a donation to the ICRC in someone's memory or as a personal tribute. When making a donation online or by cheque, simply check the corresponding box ("in memory of" or "in the name of") and give the name of the deceased person or the person to whom you wish to pay tribute under "third person donation". Please also indicate the name and address of the person to whom the acknowledgement of the donation should be sent. For payments by bank/postal transfer, simply send us an e-mail with the same details. We will send this person a letter informing him/her of the donation you have made in the name or memory of the third person concerned.

Where can I find out about making a bequest (legacy) to the ICRC?

The ICRC’s efforts to protect and assist the victims of armed conflict are financed exclusively by voluntary contributions. So we are very grateful to any company or organization that wishes to support us!
All information on bequests (legacies) can be found on our Bequests and Legacies page.
For more details, please contact Marie-Jo Girod direct: e-mail 

Does the ICRC accept donations in kind (clothing, food, water, etc.)?

No. Assistance programmes are highly complex operations. The products that the ICRC buys and distributes must meet very precise quality standards and must be suitable for the location and environment where they will be used. This means, unfortunately, that we cannot accept donations in kind, whether of medicines or any other items.

In addition, the ICRC unfortunately does not have the necessary infrastructure to collect donations in kind. Handling, storage, sorting and transportation of these articles would require substantial resources.

We therefore suggest that you contact your local branch of the National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society in your country. They may well have a scheme for collecting donated items in your area and handing them over to charitable organizations operating in the local communities. This ensures that donations in kind will be used in the best way and achieve the maximum economic impact.  

How can I volunteer to work in the field?

The ICRC does not use volunteers. We recruit people, sign a contract with them and give them special training before they head off to a conflict zone. So if you would like to work for the ICRC, either as a field delegate or at headquarters, please visit the Human resources section of our website.