Non-profit status and transparency

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Transparency is more than just lip service for us: we are a founding member of the German donations council (Deutscher Spendenrat) and, as such, are committed to the transparent use of funds and adherence to ethical standards in fund-raising. As one of the first member organisations, we were awarded the council’s newly introduced donation certificate on 30 May 2017. We fully share the council’s goal of strengthening trust and transparency in the field of charitable donations. This was why we applied voluntarily for the first audit cycle.

Seal of the German Central Institute for Social Issues (DZI).

In addition, we have been monitored by the German Central Institute for Social Issues (DZI) since 2007.

We also support the German Initiative for a Transparent Civil Society and are thus committed to making ten precisely identified relevant pieces of information about our organisation easily accessible to the general public in a particular format. So far, there are no uniform disclosure requirements for non-profit organisations in Germany.

The ten pieces of information mentioned above can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Donation certificate

The donation certificate awarded by the German donations council is the only test procedure in Germany the quality control of which is carried out by auditors. It is valid for three years and proves that we handle the funds entrusted to us responsibly and transparently in line with the specified objectives and rules. Here you will find our self-commitment declaration (German version) and here our declaration on the principles of the donation council (German version).

Awarding of the donation certificate from the German donations council / Deutscher Spendenrat on 30 May 2017.
Awarding of the donation certificate from the German donations council / Deutscher Spendenrat on 30 May 2017. © Deutscher Spendenrat

DZI seal

The DZI donation seal must be re-applied for annually and is only granted following a thorough examination. The criteria for awarding the seal include the following:

  • true, clear and factual advertising
  • verifiable and economical use of funds
  • clear and comprehensible accounting
  • audit of the annual accounts and presentation to the DZI
  • internal monitoring of the governing body by an independent supervisory body

Initiative for a Transparent Civil Society

1. Name, registered office, address and founding year of our organisation

The German Animal Welfare Federation (Deutscher Tierschutzbund e.V.), the federal office of which is located in Bonn, was founded in 1881.

2. Articles of association and objective

Articles of association of the German Animal Welfare Federation (09.09.17, German version)

Information about our tasks and objectives.

3. Information about tax relief

The German Animal Welfare Federation is entered in the association register of the District Court of Bonn under register number VR 3836 and recognised by the Bonn-Innenstadt tax office under tax number 205/5783/1179 as a tax-privileged body which is particularly deserving of funding. Membership fees and donations are tax-deductible.

4. Name and function of the important decision-makers

The Federation’s constituent bodies are the General Assembly, the Executive Committee and the Regional Council. The executive president of the German Animal Welfare Federation is Thomas Schröder.

5. Activity report

Annual report 2018 (in German)

6. Personnel structure

In the 2017 calendar year, an average of 120 full-time and part-time employees and 11 marginally employed persons worked in the premises of the German Animal Welfare Federation in defence of animal welfare interests. In addition, an average of 6 apprentices worked for the association in the 2017 calendar year.

7. Origin of funds + 8. Use of funds

Overview of revenue and expenditure for the 2018 financial year (in German)

9. Affiliations with third parties under company law

We cooperate with various other organisations (German Version) in alliances or on individual projects, to be able to better enforce animal welfare objectives.

The foundation “Stiftung des Deutschen Tierschutzbundes” was founded in 2000.

10. Payments accounting for more than 10% of the total annual budget

No payments or individual donations from legal or natural persons accounted for more than ten per cent of total revenue in 2017.

We confirm that the bodies making binding decisions for our organisation meet on a regular basis and that meetings are minuted. Enquiries to our organisation are answered within a reasonable period of time. The annual accounts are approved by name by a decision-maker of our organisation. During inspection of our annual report, compliance with this obligation is verified by our internal audit bodies (e.g. accountants), the certified accountant or auditor.