How we fund our work
We are able to carry out our many activities in Switzerland and abroad thanks to the financial support of various public and private partners. The overheads for many of our services are covered in part by contributions from the beneficiaries. Some of our activities are assignments from the publi authorities.
The overheads of the SRC Headquarters are funded, roughly equally from:
Private donations and sponsorships
Assignments for the public authorities and our own income sources
Contributions from other organizations (Swiss Solidarity, SRC Humanitarian Foundation, other Red Cross organizations)
We are recognized as the only Red Cross society in Switzerland and receive an annual lump sum from the federal government for our services. Otherwise the SRC receives no state subsidies.
The cantonal associations and rescue organizations are legally independent institutions. If you have questions about our funding, please consult our annual reports.
Private individuals, foundations, companies, cantons, cities and communal authorities donate funds that are either earmarked for specific services and projects in Switzerland and abroad or for our work in general. Companies support us through sponsorship agreements.
Our cooperation with corporate entities is based on guidelines that take account of the Red Cross Fundamental Principles. We conduct due diligence on potential partners.
The Swiss Red Cross provides specific services on assignment from the federal and cantonal authorities. For example, it recognizes foreign qualifications in the healthcare professions. On behalf of the federal government, Swiss Transfusion SRC and the 11 regional blood transfusion services supply hospitals throughout the country with blood products. The cantonal government in Uri has entrusted the care and accommodation services for asylum-seekers and refugees to the Swiss Red Cross. Various cantonal associations provide other public services under contract to the cantonal authorities.
The Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation (SDC) provides the Swiss Red Cross with financial support for its projects abroad. Together we pursue Switzerland’s international cooperation goals:
The SDC is a major institutional partner and awards us a programme contribution for our work in Africa, Middle East, Latin America, Asia and Europe.
The Swiss Red Cross carries out specific missions on mandates from the SDC. We set up projects in close cooperation with the SDC, often in collaboration with other organizations that run them.
Through the worldwide network of SDC coordination offices, we receive special grants for our work in specific countries. These enable us to respond to crises on the ground, in partnership with local and/or international experts.
This contribution enables us to deploy immediately in the event of acute crises and natural disasters abroad to run emergency relief operations. This is particularly relevant for crises and disasters that receive little public attention.
Our own income
Some of our services are subject to a charge. However, since we maintain them at socially acceptable levels, the income rarely covers our overheads. We therefore partially fund these services through donations.
Contributions from other organizations
The Swiss Red Cross is one of 24 partners accredited by Swiss Solidarity to provide longer-term reconstruction projects in the wake of natural disasters.
Swiss Solidarity is an independent foundation. In partnership with the Swiss national broadcaster, Swiss Solidarity collects donations for the victims of humanitarian crises such as armed conflicts, earthquakes or floods in Switzerland and abroad.
SRC Humanitarian Foundation
The SRC Humanitarian Foundation is an institution of the Swiss Red Cross. Its sole purpose is to support campaigns and humanitarian projects run by Red Cross and Red Crescent societies.
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