Make a lasting difference to the lives of people affected by armed conflict.
A cash donation is always welcome because it enables the ICRC to immediately come to the aid of the victims of conflict around the world.
But it is also possible to defer your gift to a later date or spread it out over time in order to take advantage of the tax benefits and get the most out of your donation.
Giving through life insurance
A whole life insurance policy enables you to build up a substantial gift over several years while providing for you and your loved ones and enjoying an attractive tax regime. By naming the ICRC as an irrevocable beneficiary during your lifetime (donation) or after your death (bequest), planned giving is a way for you to cement your solidarity with the victims of armed conflict.
We can also advise you on incorporating a gift to the ICRC when planning your estate or handing over your business.
Advice tailored to you
Everyone's situation is different, which is why we offer advice and support tailored to your needs.
- make a one-time cash donation or spread out your donation over several years,
- include a gift as part of your retirement or estate-planning strategy;
- deduct your donations from your taxable income;
- designate the ICRC as a beneficiary on a whole life insurance policy;
- ask for a financial analysis to find the best option for you.
When you make a gift to the ICRC you can enjoy a tax deduction of up to 20% of your net income each year in most Swiss cantons. You can also get the tax deduction on your direct federal taxes. (If you pay tax in another country, please contact Marie-Jo Girod - details below - to find out if your donation is eligible for a tax deduction).
A gift can be built up over several years with a whole life insurance policy, guaranteeing that the capital will go to the ICRC during your lifetime or after your death. If the ICRC is named as an irrevocable beneficiary, you can take advantage of tax deductions.
- make a one-time cash donation or spread out your donation over several years;
- include your donations as part of your strategy for handing over business;
- designate the ICRC as a beneficiary on a whole life insurance policy in the name of the company owner (premiums deductible from taxable profit);
- deduct your donations from your company's taxable profit;
- ask for a detailed feasibility analysis specific to where your company is based.
Private companies can also plan to give to the ICRC and enjoy a 20% tax deduction on their net profit. (If you pay tax in another country, please contact Marie-Jo Girod - details below - to know if your donation is eligible for a tax deduction).
Planned giving also applies to medium-term arrangements by way of life insurance policies that pay out when the founder hands over the company or retires.