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.
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.