About us > Transparency and seal of the DZI 


We are a charity that collects donations with the commitment and self-expectation to handle the donated funds entrusted to us with utmost care. As lobbyists for the causes of children with cleft lip and palate we supply immediate medical aid and can guarantee that the donated funds will reach the families that need the help. We have a unique concept of cooperating with local partners and do not pay salaries to German employees overseas. Our credibility and transparency on the one hand, and the quality of the operations and follow-on therapies and aftercare on the other are at the heart of what we do.

DZI seal

DZI seal
The DZI seal is the hallmark for serious charitable organisations. It is awarded by the German Central Institute for Social Issues (Deutsches Zentralinstitut für soziale Fragen), who are based in Berlin. The  Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe voluntarily undergoes the independent audit by the DZI on an annual basis and was awarded with the DZI seal in recognition of its trustworthiness. The seal certifies that our organisation has an efficient and responsible handling of the donated funds that are entrusted to us.

The DZI seal certifies:

  • that the funds are used economically, carefully and effectively in accordance with our statutes an appropriate fundraising
  • audited transparency and efficiency informative and audited accounting
  • informative and audited accounting


Each and every patient that has received an operation through  Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe is documented in the custom-developed patient database with before and after pictures. We only reimburse the surgeons when the operations have been performed, when they are documented with pictures in our patient database and when these pictures have been scrutinised by us. This usually happens between two to six weeks after the procedure.