Transparency is a key priority for us
Our revenue sources
Our income, amounting to 56.6 million euros comprises donations, subsidies and grants as well as miscellaneous and extraordinary income.
90 percent of our income is provided by approximately 313,000 donors. Around 75,000 of these donors support us through sponsorships which make up 61 percent of the income.
Every year since 1992, Kindernothilfe has been awarded the Seal of Approval from the German Central Institute for Social Issues (DZI) for its responsible and statutory use of donations.
In the context of the PwC Transparency Prize, Kindernothilfe has received several awards for its high-quality, transparent reporting.
Trust is good, but careful supervision is so much better – and this is particularly true when it comes to ensuring that all donations are used for their intended purpose. Kindernothilfe conducts comprehensive internal and external audits, as do our local partner organisations that work with us to conduct projects on site.
The Kindernothilfe Anti-Corruption Code of Conduct serves as a policy for preventing corruption within Kindernothilfe and among its partner organisations. Ombudspersons are equally important in combating corruption. They act independently of the organisation and gather information whenever there are reasonable grounds to suspect corruption connected with Kindernothilfe projects.
Striving for excellence requires that all actors adhere to clearly defined principles, a reliable framework and precise monitoring to maintain our high standards of work. Kindernothilfe has established policies and committed itself to a range of existing codes of conduct. The goal is to make our work even more transparent, verifiable and effective.
Who: Kindernothilfe official governance bodies /committees
When: 1961, in the 2012 version
What: guiding of the work in Germany and abroad, composition and responsibilities of the Association's bodies
When: since 2008 (updated in 2016)
What: code of conduct and integrity; requires all staff members to act with integrity and out a sense of responsibility, in compliance with the law and according to high ethical and moral values; preventing and combating corruption; Kindernothilfe staff members in Germany and abroad must report every act of corruption that they witness or fall victim to; establishing an ombudsperson position.
Who: Kindernothilfe and members of the Association of German Development NGOs (VENRO)
When: signed in 1998
What: professional and ethical standards for communicating with the media and donors; transparent, efficient and responsible use of funds; a ban on releasing, selling or exchanging donor addresses; Kindernothilfe does not represent populations in need in texts or photos in a degrading manner, does not present sponsored children in a catalogue-like manner, and does not use extreme language to persuade people to donate.
Diaconic Corporate Governance Code (DCGC)
When: since 2007
What: transparency and openness in communication; clear lines of responsibility between the Board of Trustees and the Executive Board; qualified work at all levels; establishing the tasks of the association's bodies, departments and the Executive Board; monitoring the work; goal: achieving an efficient and respectful interaction at all Kindernothilfe levels.
Who: Kindernothilfe and VENRO members
When: since 2008
What: uniform standards, greater monitoring and demonstrable professionalism; greatest possible degree of transparency; establishing universally applicable standards for aid organisations; supporting independent supervisory authorities like the German Central Institute for Social Issues (DZI).
Who: Kindernothilfe and VENRO members
When: since 2009
What: stipulations require all members to protect children from sexual, emotional and physical abuse as well as to shield them from exploitation and negligence; creating an environment that safeguards children's rights and human rights; involving children in decisions that concern them; raising awareness of this issue within one's own organisation and among cooperation partners; ensuring that children's dignity is preserved in national media coverage, education and PR.
Transparent Civil Society Initiative
Who: Kindernothilfe and VENRO members, Transparency Germany, the Association of German Foundations, the Deutsches Zentralinstitut für soziale Fragen, the German Fundraising Association, the German Cultural Council, the German League for Nature and Environment, the Maecenata Institute for Philanthropy and Civil Society
What: Ten fundamental facts that every civil society organisation should publish on its website including its statutes, the names of key decision-makers and details on the sources and use of funds as well as information on staff.