Does the ICRC accept donations in kind (clothing, food, water, etc.)?
Unfortunately, we cannot accept donations in kind, be they medicines or any other items.
Assistance programmes are highly complex operations. All products must meet very precise quality standards and be suitable for the location and environment where they'll be used. Moreover, it would require substantial resources to sort, store and transport items received in kind.
We suggest you contact your country's National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society instead. They often have a system for collecting donated items and distributing them locally.
Does the ICRC have a “matching gift” programme?
Many companies support their employees' commitment to humanitarian causes. This may include encouraging donations by matching them in part or in full. The ICRC welcomes such initiatives, but the administrative side of these programmes needs to be kept as simple as possible. Therefore:
- Employees – Please give your employer proof of your donation. (You will automatically receive a receipt if you make a donation online.) Your company can then add its contribution. If you pay by cheque or bank transfer, you can request a letter or email as confirmation of your donation.
- Employers – Please ask your employees to submit their receipts as proof of their donations. Then add your contribution, which can be sent by the usual means: online payment, bank transfer or cheque. If you would like us to keep a record of the donations, please contact us before you launch the fundraising initiative. That way we can keep track of your employees' contributions more easily.
Since the ICRC is based in Switzerland, donations are tax-deductible for individuals and businesses that pay Swiss taxes, but not usually for individuals and businesses abroad. Please click here for more information about taxes.
How can my company donate cash or services to the ICRC?
The ICRC's activities are financed exclusively by voluntary contributions. We are therefore grateful to any company or organization that wishes to support us.
However, we have strict ethical rules for partnerships with companies, and we ask that our partners abide by them. These partnerships with companies are negotiated on a case-by-case basis and set out in contracts that are signed by both parties.
If you would like more information about partnerships, please click here.
Can I make a donation in someone's memory or as a personal tribute?
Yes, you can.
When making a donation online, simply tick the box "Dedicate your donation to somebody."Then select "in memory of" or "on behalf of" from the drop-down menu and enter the name of the person. Please also indicate the address to which the donation confirmation should be sent.
For payments via bank or postal transfer, send us an email with the same details. We will send a letter informing the person of your donation in his or her name (or the person's family, if in someone's memory).
Can I launch a fundraising campaign for the ICRC?
Yes! The ICRC's activities are financed exclusively by voluntary contributions and we are very grateful to any individual or organization that raises funds for us.
However, we have strict ethical rules, and we ask that our partners abide by them. 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.
To avoid disappointment, please send us a brief description of your project in advance. If we haven't given prior permission, we reserve the right to demand that the campaign be stopped immediately.
How can I volunteer to work in the field?
Working in conflict areas can be dangerous and requires special training, which we provide to employees.
If you would like to apply for a job at the ICRC, either as a field delegate or at headquarters, please visit the Human resources section of our website.
Can I use the ICRC logo on my website or on other materials related to my fundraising campaign?
Use of the ICRC logo is subject to strict rules. The Red Cross emblem is first and foremost a symbol of the protection provided by the Geneva Conventions in armed conflict. It is very important that it continue to serve this purpose.
For that reason, you can only use our logo if you have previously obtained our express written permission. We kindly ask that you submit a brief description of your campaign idea before using it.
If we have not given permission, 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?
Yes. But if we have not authorized the use of our logo (see above), you can only use our name for the link.
We will only link to your site if we have a formal partnership agreement with you.
Where can I find out about making a 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.