Networks

Promote compliance with standards and be responsible for the funds collected

 

Standard 16 | National networks

Umbrella associations promote compliance with standards among their affiliated organizations.

If the organization is part of a national network with a nationwide or supra-regional organization (umbrella/parent organization) and legally autonomous, regional or themed sections with a similar name and similar aim (sub-organizations), the following applies:

  • The parent organization works to ensure that sub-organizations comply with the Zewo standards and are assessed accordingly.
  • Parent organizations disclose the names of sub-organizations which are assessed for compliance with the Zewo standards and those which are not.
  • There is a simplified first certification and re-certification procedure for small* sub-organizations. The simplified procedure takes account of the fact that the parent organization promotes and monitors its sub-organizations‘ compliance with the Zewo standards.
  • Parent organizations and sub-organizations which transfer funds to another member of the network take appropriate steps to ensure that such funds are used for their designated purpose.

If a legally autonomous benefactors‘ association or similar belongs to a charitable NPO, it may also obtain the quality seal as a sub-organization, using the simplified procedure.

* sub-organization which meets towo of the following criteria: total balance sheet < CHF 2 million/turnover < CHF 10 million/turnover < CHF 20 million / < 50 FTE.

 

Standard 17 | International networks

The fundraising organization is responsible for ensuring that the funds donated to it are used for their designated purpose.

If the organization is part of an international network, it remains responsible for the use of the funds donated to it. Responsibility may not be transferred to head office or to another member of the international network. In particular:

  • It uses the project funds primarily for projects and programmes which it carries out itself or which are carried out, controlled and assessed with partner organizations, under its joint responsibility.
  • It ensures that other funds transferred to the international network are also used for their designated purpose.

 

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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