1. How much of my donations is used for the projects?
We put a lot of emphasis on the fact that your donation benefits nature directly. In 2019, this accounted for 81% of our income! We also work hard to keep costs for personnel (1%), administration (4.7%) and advertising (2.1%) as low as possible. In order for you to see and check this at any time, we are registered with Transparency International Germany. This means that we fully disclose where our funds come from and how we use them. Our current use of funds is always available on our homepage in the Transparency section. This is where you will also find current annual reports 2019 – In Brief..
2. How do I get my donation receipt?
The GREEN FOREST FUND e.V. is recognized as a non-profit association by the Heidelberg tax office, so your donation is fully tax-deductible. Our tax number is: 32489/51866.
DONATIONS UP TO 300 EUROS
SIMPLIFIED STATEMENT WITHOUT DONATION RECEIPT
We do not send out donation receipts for donations up to 300 euros, as this is not necessary. The German tax office accepts proof of payment (e.g. bank statement) and the so-called vereinfachter Zuwendungsnachweis (simplified statement of eligibility) in order to relieve non-profit associations.
You can download and print out this statement by clicking here (German only).
DONATIONS 300 EUROS AND MORE
For donations of 300 euros and over, the tax office requires a donation receipt from the GREEN FOREST FUND. We will need your full name and address, so simply send them to us via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. When a calendar year has ended, you will receive your donation receipt in the post by 31 March, so you can claim it from the tax office in good time.
3. I haven’t received a confirmation of my donation. How do i get my certificate?
Every donor gets a confirmation email with a link to the certificate immediately after we receive the donation. Please check your spam folder; sometimes our mails with the certificates end up where they shouldn’t go. Also, experience tells us that sometimes you need to log in directly to your mail provider and not via third programs such as Outlook or Safari!
4.Why is it so hard to reach you on the phone?
We’re really sorry about this. The simple reason is that we want nature to benefit from your donation as much as possible. That’s why we only have 1.5 positions for regular full-time employees. In consequence, they need to take care of a lot of things: We order and plant our trees ourselves, we look for the best planting spots, sort everything out with the local civil service offices, plan new projects, and even do the marketing ourselves. Unfortunately, this cuts down on our time available on the phone. Sure, we could hire someone else to answer every phone call straight away. But an additional assistant takes up extra money – which we would rather pass on to nature.
But we’re on it. We’re trying to find a way so that we will soon be ready to answer the phone at least two days a week. In the meantime, we’re happy to read your emails. Thanks for understanding!