Every cent of your donation is used for directlyfunding aid projects for children. That is thecentral promise of BILD hilft e.V. “Ein Herzfür Kinder”. To ensure that this is fulfilled, the association hassubjected itself to strict rules. And every yearall income and expenditure is examined by an auditor. Below youcan read about the most important questions and answers concerning audits andthe use to which the donations are put.
WHO AUDITS THE ASSOCIATION?
All expenditure is set out in an annual report audited in detail by theHamburg firm Stiehler-Vietzen-Nolte-Burgmann, which specialises in the lawgoverning non-profit organisations. This reportis then submitted to the tax office for Hamburg-Nord (tax number 17/400/03832),which then certifies the association’s charitable status with a valid notice ofexemption pursuant to sections 52 ff. of the German Tax Code (Abgabenordnung) –most recently on 2 March 2016.
WHO BEARS THE CURRENT EXPENSES?
The personnel expenses and administrative costsincurred by “Ein Herz für Kinder” are covered by a large donation from AxelSpringer SE and the interest earned on this according to size. We cantherefore channel every single cent of your donation straight to fund children’s aid projects.
HOW HIGH ARE CURRENT EXPENSES?
The personnel expenses and administrative costs amounted to a total of €592,951 in 2016, which corresponds to an administrativecost ratio of 2.5 per cent in relation to the donations received in 2016.
WHO PAYS THE MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL?
All five members of the Executive Council and theBoard of Trustees work on an honorary basis.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE DONATED FUNDS?
BILD hilft e.V. “Ein Herz für Kinder” uses the fundscollected every year during the TV gala along with other donations primarily tofinance projects in Germany. Further funds are used to finance internationalchildren’s aid projects, which are usually carried out by reputable partnerorganisations working internationally on their own responsibility. When theyapply for the funds, the project partners already have to make a writtencommitment to disclose their cost and investment schedules in detail and tosubmit regular progress reports showing the success of the projects and theeffects achieved. The funds collected every year during the TV galaalong with other donations are used within one year to fund the projects andcases supported by “Ein Herz für Kinder”.
WHO DECIDES ON THE DISTRIBUTION?
Every day “Ein Herz für Kinder” receives dozens ofrequests for funds from projects all over the world. Eachindividual request is subjected to an examination procedure. On this basis, theassociation’s Executive Council then decides how the donated funds are to bedistributed.
Transparency and control
We are committed to the efficient and transparent treatment of thedonated funds entrusted to us. In view of this commitment, BILD hilft e. V. hasinstalled various control and monitoring mechanisms, for instance in the formof guidelines, work instructions and compliance standards. We thereforefor example invariably request informative documents and performance reportsfrom the project organisers and the fund recipients on the basis of detailedcheck lists in order to ensure that the aid money is used for its intendedpurpose and every cent of your donation reaches the children’s aid projectsthat we support.
In 2013, the association’s Executive Council alsoissued an anti-corruption handbook and introduced a notification system forreporting breaches of the code of conduct, the internal guidelines or thestatutory provisions – also anonymously if necessary.
The anti-corruption officer is:
Florian von Götz
Chief Compliance Officer
Axel Springer SE
The data protection officer is:
Axel Springer SE
BILD hilft e.V. has been a member of Deutscher Spendenrat e.V. (the German Donations Council) since 16 June 2016.
Deutscher Spendenrat e.V. is the non-profit umbrella organisation of non-profitorganisations that collect donations. Its member organisations providing help and assistance in many different areas of social life have been working to increase the transparency of German fundraising activities for morethan 20 years. Deutscher Spendenrat e.V. has defineda set of ethical principles for fundraising with which its members have undertaken to comply with through a voluntary Declaration of Commitment. The high standards are bound by including the greatestpossible degree of transparency, efficiency and sustainability in the handling of donations. Its members in particular undertake to disclose theirstructures, activities, projects and finances in an annual report. This is also intended to represent a stand against excessive administrative costs and unfair fundraising, not least in order to preserve and encourage people’s willingnessto donate in order to support good causes.
To guarantee transparency, you can find here a breakdown of the income and expenses according to areas (in a similar way to the segment accounting of Deutscher Spendenrat e.V.).
In accordance with point 7 of the voluntary declaration of commitment towards Deutscher Spendenrat e.V., BILD hilft e.V. guarantees the following:
- We will not carry out any advertising that offends against accepted standards of public decency and honest practices.
- We will not carry out any membership recruitment or fundraising with gifts, benefits or the promise or grant of any other advantages which are not directly connected with the purpose set out in the charter or which are disproportionately expensive.
- We will refrain from selling, hiring out or exchanging the addresses of members or donors and will not offer or pay any commission for the seeking of donations, in accordance with the principles of Deutscher Spendenrat e.V.
Moreover, the Hamburg firm Stiehler-Vietzen-Nolte-Burgmann confirms the following: “My audit has not produced any findings which, in my opinion, indicate any violation of the Voluntary Declaration of Commitment insofar as this concerns the accounting of the association BILD hilft e.V.” (Ulf Nolte, auditor)
For further information about Deutscher Spendenrat e.V. and its activities, please visit www.spendenrat.de