The funds that medica mondiale uses to support women’s projects throughout the world come from three sources.
As a charitable association, medica mondiale is largely financed by donations – this is one of the most important sources of income. Most of the donations are not given for specific projects, i.e. they are made without stating a purpose of use. This allows medica mondiale to be active even in forgotten war and crisis zones and use the funds where they are needed most. Many donors express their solidarity with this intention by making regular, long-term and unspecified donations. This enables long-term support of projects and thus sustainable changes.
In addition to donations, medica mondiale also receives funds from public authorities. Public subsidies are an indispensable contribution to the total financing. They are usually sums of money earmarked for specific projects. Essentially, they come from the German Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Reconstruction Credit Institute (KfW), the governments from the individual federal states in Germany, municipalities and the European Union. Even when projects are financed by funds from public authorities, medica mondiale has to fund part of the project from its own resources.
medica mondiale is also supported by non-governmental sponsors and institutions such as foundations and other organisations in the field of development co-operation. These include the British Sigrid Rausing Trust, the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (through its programmes "Zivik" - civil conflict management and "CrossCulture"), InWEnt – Capacity Building International, Germany, and the Women’s World Day of Prayer.
Expenses for administration and advertising
medica mondiale considers it of paramount importance that responsible and trustworthy use is made of the donations and private and public subsidies it receives. Two thirds of the funding goes to its projects abroad and are thus used for the direct benefit of the affected women. The organisation uses an annual average of up to 25 percent for advertising and administration. For comparison: In the test criteria for its seal of approval the Deutsche Institut für Soziale Fragen (German Institute for Social Issues) defines 35 percent of total spending as a ceiling for advertising and administration expenses, saying such use of funds is justifiable and effective.
medica mondiale considers it especially important to ensure transparency regarding the use of its funds. The reports by word and image on its work, success and difficulties are truthful. It publishes its annual report on its website each year.