Accountability and transparency are central to our values as an organisation. We are committed to keeping our running costs low, to maximise our impact supporting the education of the Congolese Diaspora and DR Congo with the donations we receive. This is only possible thanks to the support and contribution of our many volunteers.
How we plan to use your donations in 2020
Your support is helping to transform the lives of Congolese people and their communities around the world. Here is how we plan to allocate any funds donated to the DRCEF:
92% to be spent on supporting our partner and education projects
6% will be spent on fundraising and awareness
2% will be spent on stationary and equipment
How much do we spend on admin/running costs?
For every pound DRCEF receives, we spend less than three pence on our administrative and running costs, which is significantly lower than other comparable organisations of our size. We are able to keep our running costs so low because of our grassroots approach we implement.
We don’t have big offices or employ out-of-country staff on high wages. Our field staff are local people, volunteering or paid at local rates, who often share office space with other organisations. We prefer to place local outreach officers in our communities rather than buy expensive vehicles, which require a lot of maintenance and can attract unwanted attention. Our grassroots approach is great value for money and is one of the keys to our success as an organisation.
We are committed to maintaining low running costs while also increasing our visibility and outreach in the UK to support the expansion of our work.
Where do we get our income from?
The majority of funds for our work/projects come from amazing regular people like you and I that believe in the vision. We are also supported by a variety of trusts and foundations of different sizes.
However, individual donation, fundraising efforts, and corporate partners provide the most important source of funding that allow us to stay innovative and creative in designing new projects and ensure we can be flexible within the unstable regions where we work.
Our annual reports
To find out more about our income and how it is used, including details of our work and its impact around the world, read our Trustees’ Annual Report for each year:
Annual report for the year ended 31st December 2020.
Our impact in 2019
We are passionate about supporting the Congolese diaspora around the world through education. This is our impact in the last year: