Public benefit status

Carry out a charitable activity

Standard 1 | Public benefit status

The non-profit organization carries out a charitable activity.

 

Charitable activity is defined as an activity by a legal entity based in Switzerland which provides services in the interests of the community. Within the meaning of the Zewo standards, non-profit organizations are classified as charities if they work in one or more of the following areas:

  • social needs
  • humanitarian needs
  • sociocultural needs
  • environmental, nature or animal protection
     

Organizations which are not classified as charities within the meaning of the Zewo standards are organizations

  • whose primary purpose is to provide financial advantages for a restricted group of members.
  • which restrict the group of beneficiaries to a specific political, religious or ideological affiliation.
  • which are profit-oriented, unless their by-laws state that their profits are used to finance their own organization or to finance charitable organizations with the same or similar aims.
  • which are primarily geared to serving the financial interests of third parties which are not charitable organizations.
     

If the organization has a political, religious or other ideological orientation, the charitable activity must nevertheless be its main focus.

Service providers specialising in non-profit organizations such as fundraising, event or PR agencies cannot be certified.

Introduction

The 21 Zewo standards came into effect on 1 January 2016.

Charitable Non-Profit Organization with the Zewo quality seal will be assessed for compliance with the 21 Zewo standards using assessment processes due to launch on 1 January 2017, in accordance with the Zewo quality seal regulations.

Charitable Non-Profit Organization without the Zewo quality seal will be assessed for compliance with the 21 Zewo standards from 1 July 2016 in accordance with the Zewo quality seal regulations.

(see: https://www.zewo.ch/fur-hilfswerke/die-21-zewo-standards)

 

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