Swiss Solidary approved 161 new projects by its partner organizations in Switzerland and abroad in 2017, as stated in the organisation’s annual report released today. In Switzerland, the foundation supported 3,954 young people in need and 17 projects relating to severe weather. A total of CHF 62,094,671 was spent on projects in 2017. The foundation received donations worth CHF 31.8 million.
In 2017 Swiss Solidarity received donations amounting to CHF 38.1 million to provide aid following a number of natural disasters. The famine in Africa in particular inspired the Swiss public to donate; a national fundraising day was held in April and over CHF 19 million was raised for its victims. The entire amount promptly went to a range of projects in Somalia, Nigeria and South Sudan. The fate of the Swiss village of Bondo, which suffered huge damage in a massive rockslide in August, also prompted the Swiss public to donate CHF 5.9 million.
Following the success of the well-known German Swiss fundraising event Jeder Rappen zählt, in 2016 a French Swiss equivalent was held named Coeur à Coeur, and in 2017 Ogni centesimo conta followed suit in the Italian-speaking part of the country. Donation pledges of almost CHF 6.6 million were made for projects supporting children and young people in the field of education and vocational training in Switzerland and abroad.
In 2017, Swiss Solidarity also developed strategically. In 2016, it drew up a foundation strategy for 2017 – 2020 and this was implemented with regard to a number of topics, for example moving away from providing one-off individual social assistance in Switzerland towards supporting long-term projects for young people in need. With the newly established innovation fund, Swiss Solidarity aims to promote innovative solutions in the logistical, technical and operational field. An innovation platform was launched to promote discussion of these solutions between the partner relief organizations. Furthermore, Swiss Solidarity’s new website meets the foundation’s aim of addressing donors directly and involving them more closely in its communication. On one fundraising day, Swiss Solidarity also worked together with influencers who knew how to better exploit the potential of social media.