FAQs: frequently asked questions about donating

Will my donation be received??

Helvetas will use your donations responsibly. They will be put to use wherever you choose to help. For every donated Swiss franc, 90 centimes will be used for projects and programs. Helvetas is a ZEWO-approved non-profit organization. The ZEWO-seal guarantees that your donation will be used for its designated purpose, effectively and economically. The ZEWO-seal further stands for open communication as well as transparent financial reporting. Helvetas is reviewed by ZEWO on a regular basis. Comprehensive information about the allocation of funds can be found in our annual reports.

Are my donations tax deductible?

Donations to charitable organizations are tax deductible in most Swiss cantons. For every donation, starting at 10 Swiss francs, Helvetas will mail you a donation receipt each year at the end of January (provided you share your mailing address with us).

Can I donate with a payment slip?

Only electronic payments currently allow the direct assignment of your donation to a specific fundraising campaign. It’s also possible to donate with your cellphone if you don’t own a credit or debit card. You can use a payment slip however to support our water or education projects. To do so, deposit your donation to the postal account 80-3130-4. Then earmark your donation for either «Wasserfonds» or «Bildungsfonds». (IBAN: CH76 0900 0000 8000 3130 4)

What happens when I reach my fundraising goal?

First things first: celebrate! Your fundraising campaign will still continue and you can continue to raise funds. You can adjust your fundraising goal or extend the campaign period. Click on' Edit Action' in the upper righthand corner of your action page. (You have to be logged in.)

Is my data secure?

We care deeply about privacy. Helvetas will use your personal data for internal use only and will not share them with third parties. Helvetas uses and manages its own address database. Helvetas is ZEWO-certified and therefore not allowed to sell or lease personal data to any third party. You can find further details about privacy at https://helvetas.org/en/switzerland/privacy-policy.

Any more questions?

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us anytime directly via life-changer@helvetas.org