The German fundraising association (DFRV) is calling for regulatory changes to help donations get to their intended destination quickly in emergency situations.
With support urgently needed for people fleeing Ukraine and the organisations providing aid both there and in neighbouring countries, DFRV wants to see an end to the bureaucratic hurdles that can mean long delays to donations getting through.
Martin Georgi, chairman of the DFRV, said:
“In past emergency situations, such as the flood disaster in July 2021, it has already been shown that civil society helps quickly with thousands of dedicated helpers helping and many millions in donations collected.”
However, the legalities and documentation required before donations can be put to use by aid organisations working in the field can lead to delays in them getting through.
“This prevents the organisations from doing their actual work for many months.”
The DFRV is therefore calling for simpler regulations for donations given in emergencies and disasters, and for the tax code to be updated and simplified to enable emergency and disaster aid work to be recognised as nonprofit and therefore eligible for support, whether or not it is organised by a registered charity.
Larissa Probst, managing director of the DFRV commented:
“Emergency and disaster relief and work for human rights and peace should be recognised as nonprofit. Rigid and no longer up-to-date demarcations between aid in the area of private individuals and small businesses must be abolished.”
“A modernisation of nonprofit law should support the strength and solidarity of civil society and break down bureaucratic barriers for organisations and helpers.”
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