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DCKH e.V.: DZI donation seal of approval renewed

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Trust is the indispensable basis of our work. Without the trust of our donors, not only would our work be impossible, we simply could not exist as an association. We are always aware of this, and this awareness guides us in our daily work. Therefore, we always work to ensure transparency and that our work always meets the highest standards in terms of seriousness and correctness.

An important sign of recognition for these efforts is the Donation Seal of the German Central Institute for Social Issues (DZI), which is awarded to organizations that “handle the funds entrusted to it carefully and responsibly. What’s more, seal organizations voluntarily commit to meeting the DZI standards and thus to meeting the highest standards of quality. They are efficient, work transparently, operate economically, provide factual and truthful information and have effective control and supervisory structures. In this way, they ensure that the donations they receive fulfill their charitable purpose.”


The DZI donation seal certifies that an organization meets the seven Donation Seal Standards:

  • The organization works in accordance with its statutes.
  • Management and supervisory organs are appropriately structured, clearly separated from each other, and effective.
  • Advertising and public relations provide clear, true, factual and open information.
  • The share of advertising and administrative expenses in total expenses doesn’t exceed DZI standards (10% to less than 20%). The effectiveness of the use of funds is reviewed and the results are documented and published.
  • Compensations paid by the organization take into account its non-profit status, qualifications, level of responsibility, and industry standards.
  • Fundraising and use of funds, as well as the organization’s financial situation, are documented in a comprehensible manner and audited appropriately.
  • The organization reports openly and comprehensively on its work, structures and finances.
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Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe e.V. is therefore proud to have held the DZI donation seal since 2012 (based on our 2010 annual financial statements). The seal must be renewed regularly. For this purpose, the DZI checks whether the organization being audited continues to meet the seven organizational and financial criteria for the donation seal.

We are proud to announce that Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe e.V. has just passed this annual audit and is now entitled to carry the DZI donation seal for another year starting October 1, 2022. We are very pleased about this renewed confirmation of our work and will continue to remain true to our values, as we have been doing for twenty years now.

From our projects
The story of Maui, cleft child from Colombia
Our new project to help children with cleft lip and palate in Colombia begins with a very unusual case. Maui was born with a cleft lip and palate. His parents belong to an indigenous people and do not know how to get him the help he needs. By a happy coincidence, Julia, a Swiss woman living in Colombia, is a neighbor of the family and offers to help. In search of treatment options, she comes across Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe.
Video: Impressions from Bolivia
The parents of our cleft children are always full of gratitude. When their child is born with cleft, they often do not know what to make of the malformation, much less that it can be treated. And even if they do - most of our little patients come from the poorest of backgrounds. Their parents could never afford the operation. It is an unimaginable happiness for them to learn that their children can receive qualified treatment, and free of charge even. This wonderful, touching film from our Bolivian aid project captures these special moments of happiness.
Video: Impressions from Pakistan
This film, made for our Pakistani partner organization, the Al-Mustafa Welfare Societey, by the father of one of our patients, shows scenes from our work in Karachi. From here, our senior surgeon Prof. Ashraf Ganatra treats cleft children from poorest families. He operates the children from Karachi at the Al Mustafa Medical Center. In order to reach the many needy families living outside the city, he also regularly heads out to local provincial hospitals to treat cleft patients there.