Bequests are an essential part of our private funding. In 2013, they made up almost half of our total income from individual donors.
Leaving a legacy to the ICRC is an excellent way to ensure people get the aid they desperately need. It also means that your support for the values of solidarity and sharing will live on after you. Last year for instance, a bequest enabled the ICRC to finance a quarter of its relief operations in the south and central Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoons Bopha and Haiyan.
Any type of property can be bequeathed or donated to the ICRC.
What can I bequeath to the ICRC in my will?
What kind of bequest should I choose?
The ICRC is exempt from taxation on bequests in most Swiss Cantons. In the United States, Germany and France there are also tax exemptions.
How can I make a donation by bank transfer?
Your will enables you to leave part of your estate to a cause you believe in. You can revoke or change it at any time.
How do I make a will?
The requirements for a will vary widely from one country to another. In Switzerland, for instance, a signed, dated, handwritten document, stating the place of signature, constitutes a valid will.
You should consult a professional, such as a notary public, lawyer, bank official or financial consultant, to make sure that the will says what you want it to and that it complies with the law, especially as regards the entitlements of family members.
How do I include the ICRC in my will?
Because the term "Red Cross" is open to a variety of interpretations, please make sure that you include your first name, last name, date of birth and address, as well as the name and address of the ICRC:
International Committee of the Red Cross
19 Avenue de la Paix
Please specify the kind of bequest and the item(s) bequeathed. Indicate the place and date of signature and, finally, please make sure you sign your will.
What kind of will should I make?
If you opt for a holographic will, you should take some precautions to ensure that your final wishes are respected.
If you are a notary, lawyer or wealth manager and you have clients who are currently planning their estates and looking for ways to perpetuate the values of solidarity and mutual support they hold dear, here is all the information you need to help them achieve this.
How to name the ICRC as a beneficiary in a will
Please ensure that the exact name and address of the ICRC appear in the will:
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
19 Avenue de la Paix