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Since its founding in 2002 Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe is financed in excess of 90% through donations from private persons, foundations, service clubs and companies/businesses. From 2009 onwards closely defined project-related public funding by the German Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and state financing were added.

The largest part of the donations are used to provide the direct medical and therapeutic services in the project countries. The local administrations are very efficient and organised by the project partners themselves. Our charitable society does not have any own development workers or organisations in the project countries that would have to be paid according to German standards. The medical development work provided from Germany is undertaken on a voluntary basis.

Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe operates like a kind of overseas health insurance company for needy patients and their families who otherwise would not be able to afford the treatment for their children. The payments for surgery, therapies, education and the transport of the children are made on a monthly basis from Germany directly to the various countries.

Since 2012, we have been certified by the German Central Institute for Social Issues (DZI) with the DZI Donation Seal for the responsible use of our donation income. A key factor in the annual audits is advertising and administrative expenditure. According to DZI guidelines, these may amount to a maximum of 30 percent of the total annual expenditure. Our share was 19.7 percent in 2018: the total income from donations was € 2,124,837.50, of which € 1,714,499.71 (80.7 percent) was used to fulfill the statutory purposes.

Development of spending for aid purposes

Services rendered 2009: 916.012,33 €
Services rendered 2010: 1.070.178,49 €
Services rendered 2011: 974.050,48 €
Services rendered 2012: 1.107.778,47 €
Services rendered 2013: 1.169.824,94 €
Services rendered 2014: 1.236.560,70 €
Services rendered 2015: 1.059.378,27 €
Services rendered 2016: 1.340.943,43 €
Services rendered 2017: 1.605.089,28 €
Services rendered 2018: 1.703.632,53 €