Friends of the ICRC

Friends of the ICRC

The Friends of the ICRC are a group of individuals with a personal commitment to our work.

By becoming a Friend of the ICRC, you will be joining forces with the greatest humanitarian movement of our time. You will help us to ensure that we are always ready to help those in need, including in forgotten conflicts.

You will also enjoy certain privileges for being part of our close-knit circle. This is our way of showing you just how much we appreciate your generosity and value you as a partner. There are different categories of Friends, depending on the total amount donated during the year.

"The Circle of Friends is again calling on your generosity in 2019, so that we can do more on the front lines: saving lives, caring for the wounded, and helping victims of armed conflict maintain or regain their dignity. If we can do so much, it is thanks to the generous and unconditional support of people like you, the members of the Circle of Friends. You make us more independent and give us the flexibility to provide help where it's needed most – often to the victims of forgotten conflicts, who suffer far away from the international spotlight.
If you have not already done so, I invite you to join the largest humanitarian movement in the world: together, thanks to your donations, we can give even more men, women and children the protection and assistance they so desperately need."

Gilles Carbonnier
ICRC Vice-President

A vital contribution

In order to minimize victims' suffering in major emergencies, we must be able to arrive on site rapidly – not wait until funds can be raised. The Friends of the ICRC help make this possible.

Their support means that we can help people put the trauma of the past behind them and start rebuilding their lives. Our physical rehabilitation services, for example, help disabled people around the world re-join society by allowing them to start a small business, get vocational training or play sports. Such programmes provide long-term emotional and practical support to the people who need it most.

Make your contribution by credit card now.


Information on other means of donating can be found here.

As part of our close-knit Circle of Friends, you will enjoy certain privileges. This is our way of showing you just how much we appreciate your generosity and value you as a partner. Friends donate between 5,000 and 9,999 Swiss francs a year. Patrons donate between 10,000 and 24,999 francs a year, and benefactors donate over 25,000 francs a year.


Friends of the ICRC receive:

• a personal invitation to the Annual Conference and to other ICRC events, conferences and exhibitions throughout the year to hear more about our operations and field work
• a twice-yearly update with mission reports, exclusively for Friends of the ICRC
• a guided tour of Geneva's Old Town, walking in the footsteps of ICRC founder Henry Dunant
• free entry and a dedicated tour of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva for you and a friend – just inform your contact person beforehand
• a dedicated contact person at the ICRC

 RCRC Museum








The International Red Cross and Red Crescent musuem in Geneva



Patrons are entitled to the same benefits as Friends, plus:

• a guided tour of the ICRC archives for you and a friend
• or a guided tour of the ICRC logistics centre for you and a friend
• your name displayed on our dedicated webpage (optional)


The ICRC logistics centre in Geneva



Benefactors enjoy the same benefits as Patrons, along with the following additional privileges:

• an award and certificate presented by a senior member of the ICRC's staff
• your name listed in the ICRC Annual Report (optional)


If you pay tax in Switzerland, you may be able to deduct donations to the ICRC from your taxable income. The yearly minimum and the amount deductible can vary from canton to canton. 




Your generosity could boost the ICRC's medical work and transform patients' lives.

War surgery is a core part of the ICRC's work. "We treat anybody, combatant or not," says Dr Baldan. This principle of humanity has lain at the heart of what the ICRC does since its foundation after the Battle of Solferino in 1859.

-ICRC senior war surgeon Marco Baldan, based in Beirut

ICRC War Surgery Saving lives in war zonesHow can you help




















Learn more about our medical work here.


Audrey Brasier