Where does your money go?
Facts & figures
Frequently Asked Questions
Find the answers to frequently asked questions about donating to the ICRC, including where your money goes, earmarking, online donations, tax and privacy.
What is the budget of the ICRC?
In 2018, the ICRC is appealing for just over 2 billion CHF. During the year, adjustments to this appeal are made in the form of budget extensions in response to unforeseen needs requiring increased humanitarian action.
The budget is growing every year, and 2018 sees an 11.6% increase in the operational budget so that we can continue to bring aid to people in the world's most challenging conflict hotspots. And yet, pressure on our resources also continues to grow, and we need more funds to help the increasing number of men, women and children around the world who find themselves caught in the crossfire of conflict.
Who funds the ICRC?
The ICRC is funded by voluntary contributions.
We receive contributions from the States party to the Geneva Conventions (governments), national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, supranational organizations (such as the European Commission) and public and private sources. Governments are our main donors: on average during the past five years, they contributed about 76% of the budget. But contributions remain voluntary and there is no guarantee that such contributions will last into the long-term.
How does the ICRC calculate how much money it needs?
The ICRC budget is calculated based on three factors: the humanitarian needs of the communities affected, our ability to deliver aid and protection to those communities, and a realistic assessment of what can actually be implemented.
Taken together these three factors have tended to produce highly accurate operational plans and budgets: during the last ten years, the ICRC has averaged around a 90% implementation rate of its projected budget. Our operational budget has been on the increase during the past few years. This year (2018), we have a budget that is more than 10% bigger than last year's.
Are you seeking to diversify your funding?
The ICRC has a funding strategy for 2012-2020. In that strategy, we address the need to diversify our funding, which is something we are working on.
In light of the ever-growing humanitarian needs of communities affected by conflict, and the fact that we work in proximity with those same communities, our need for funding is also gradually increasing.
As part of our funding strategy, the ICRC is exploring new avenues to reinforce the support from traditional donor States and to diversify our sources of funding by engaging with emerging States and some key areas of the private sector.