Legal and financial advisors
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), founded in 1863 by visionary philanthropist Henry Dunant in Geneva as association under Swiss law, could not have become the leading humanitarian organization that it is today without active support from financial and legal professionals.
Our objective has always been to protect and assist the victims of armed conflicts and other violence. We do so through direct action around the world, as well as by promoting the development of international humanitarian law (IHL) and ensuring governments and weapon bearers comply with it. Our story is about the development of humanitarian action, the Geneva Conventions and the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
Over the years, numerous legal and financial professionals have lent their ideas and resources to our humanitarian cause because they believe in our neutral, independent, impartial and confidential approach.
If you wish to participate in our growing network and support our cause, you could for instance:
- spread awareness of the ICRC's humanitarian mission and the many ways people can join in;
- suggest a personalized partnership with the ICRC to clients looking to support humanitarian work;
- give us your time and expertise through pro bono work, even for just a short period;
- suggest any other form of cooperation you deem appropriate to advance our mutual interests.
If you or your clients are Swiss taxpayers, any donations you make can be deducted from federal income tax. The amount deducted will depend on the canton you are based in.
Donations from within Europe are tax-deductible through our membership to Transnational Giving Europe. Details about this initiative can be found at www.transnationalgiving.eu. In the United States, tax deductions are made possible through our partnership with Charities Aid Foundation America. For more information, please visit www.cafamerica.org
If you or your clients pay taxes in other regions or countries, please contact us to find out whether your donation may be tax-deductible.
To make a donation, please send the following information to your bank:
Beneficiary: Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR)
Swiss clearing code: 240 (for payments from Switzerland)
Swift code (BIC): UBSWCH ZH80A (for payments from other countries)
PO Box 2600
1211 Geneva 2
Please make your transfer to the appropriate account:
|240-C0129986.0||CHF||CH63 0024 0240 C012 9986 0|
|240-C0129986.4||USD||CH52 0024 0240 C012 9986 4|
|240-C0129986.5||EUR||CH25 0024 0240 C012 9986 5|
|240-C0183929.1||GBP||CH73 0024 0240 C018 3929 1|
We are the only organization to have won the Nobel Peace Prize three times. We have also been awarded the Balzan Prize for Humanity, Peace and Fraternity among Peoples and a number of other distinctions in recognition of our worldwide activities in support of people in need. Furthermore, we are regularly placed at the top of international rankings such as the Multilateral Aid Review, published by the UK Government.
In addition, we administer a number of funds established over the past century through special donations from individuals or organizations. Their purpose is to sustain, promote and advance our mission, while recognizing those who have made a special contribution to our work. They include:
- The Empress Shôken Fund, which was created in 1912 by the Empress of Japan to promote "relief work in time of peace". Each year it allocates grants to National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for projects involving disaster preparedness, health care, blood transfusion services, young people and first aid.
- The Florence Nightingale medal, which was set up by National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in honor of the renowned English nurse of the 19th century. It is awarded to nurses or nursing aides who have distinguished themselves in times of peace or war; it may be awarded posthumously if the recipient has died while working in a conflict zone.
- The French Fund Maurice de Madre, which provides assistance to staff of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement who suffered a serious injury or illness while carrying out their duties and to the families of staff who lost their lives in the course of their work. It was established after a bequest to the ICRC by Count Maurice de Madre in 1970.
- The Paul Reuter Fund, which encourages the publication of works on international humanitarian law and finances the Paul Reuter Prize awarded every two years. The fund was set up in 1983 through a donation made to the ICRC by the late Paul Reuter, Professor Emeritus at the University of Paris and member of the Institut de droit international.