If the total amount of donations reaches € 40 or more at the end of the year, the business will automatically receive a tax certificate, at the latest in March of the following year. However, the maximum tax deductable total cannot be more than 5% of the total taxable revenue or more than € 500,000 (non-indexed total). Only cash donations are deductable.
You can help our organisation in different ways. By making a donation, you are helping us to carry-out our work in Africa and you are giving local livestock keepers hope of a better future. Equally, you can become a regular donor through a standing order: then we have the guarantee of your monthly financial donations, and can use those to put long-term programmes into place.
Equally, you can help Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium as a volunteer: interested candidates can refer to our volunteer work opportunities or send us a direct application. You can also become a supporter by following us on Facebook or Twitter, giving talks on our work in Africa, becoming a member of our general assembly or coming along to one of our activities. Click here to learn more about the ways in which you can help us.
Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium is mainly financed by authorities and institutions. However, your donations are essential to the organisation for achieving its objectives. Moreover, through co-financing, they enable us to obtain important funds, in Belgium as well as internationally.
For us to keep you up-to-date with our activities, we need a database that is also up-to-date. In the event of you moving house, please contact us with your new address details.
First of all, you should communicate your new address to your bank. Then please contact us so that we can update your contact details in our database.
Please contact our fundraising team. We will consider your ideas and look for the best course of action according to your and the organisation's wants and needs.
Without a doubt, if you are a donor, you are receiving regular mail from us. The aim is to keep you informed of our activities, to thank you for your support, and to ask you to continue to support our valuable work. Please contact us if you no longer wish to receive our updates, or if you want to receive them less frequently, and we will change your preferences in our database.
When the annual total of your donations reaches € 40 or more, you will automatically receive a tax certificate, at the latest by March of the following year. You will then be refunded 45% of your donation.
Your financial donation contributes in large part to Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium's development programmes. Thanks to your support, we can help disadvantaged families who need our help the most. Their needs are paramount. In this way, you can be sure that your donation is used in the best way possible. As you can see in our financial report, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium deploys the maximum number of resources directly to our daily activities on the field.
When you make a donation to Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium, your contact details are recorded in a database. The contact details of visitors to our website who sign up to our newsletter or ask questions via the contact form are also recorded in a database. These databases belong exclusively to Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium. Personal details of donors, subscribers to our newsletters or of visitors to our website are never divulged to a third party. At any time, you can access your personal details, and if required, ask for them to be changed or deleted. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium places great importance on its control mechanisms - both internal and external - which guarantee the correct use of all the funds.
All of our accounts, including those of the development programmes in the field, are centralised in our headquarters in Brussels. The financial manager controls all financial operations, and presents a report to the management committee and to the board of directors.
The organisation's accounts, including those of our projects, are verified annually by the audit office of KPMG Belgium, in conjunction with KPMG Kenya for our programmes in East Africa.
A large sum of revenue for Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium comes from the institutional sector, which includes national authorities and international (inter-governmental) institutions. These donors impose various additional external audits with precise criteria that demand a high level of internal control from the organisation.
In order to guarantee continuous improvement of internal control mechanisms, an audit committee meets every three months. This committee, made up of members of the management committee, monitors the implementation of the recommendations made by the external auditors.
Married individuals and/or those with children can also freely dispose of their assets. However, in such a case, the children (or the parents if there are no children) or the spouse, can reduce the amount of the legacy by calling upon the minimum part that is legally reserved for them. A will can however apply to the total assets, given that at the moment of writing it, the testator does not know if he will have children or a spouse at the time of his death, nor if they will demand their share.
If you wish to pass on your inheritance (or a part of it) to a good cause, the best course of action is to draft a will. There are three types of wills:
You can hand over your will to a notary who will store it.
Furthermore, you should take the following rules in to consideration:
Drafting a will can appear very simple at first glance, but in reality, many difficulties can arise, running the risk of the legacy being called in to question. The notary will usually intervene on three levels:
There are two types of donations that, in principal, require a notary, and raise a series of complex, technical problems:
Personal belongings, bank notes, jewellery, works of art... can be part of a one-off donation and do not require many formalities.
People who are not proficient in this restrictive area of legal jurisdiction will benefit in getting advice from a lawyer before making a donation for a large sum.
A dual legacy must satisfy three conditions:
A dual legacy, outlined in article 64, in the second paragraph of the Belgian Inheritance Code, allows you to stipulate through a will that person X (a niece or friend, for example) will receive, upon your death, a legacy free from inheritance tax, on the condition that organisation Y pays X's inheritance tax. In other words, it is not your niece or your friend who pays inheritance tax, but the organisation that you have designated. Therefore, charities and organisations authorised to issue tax certificates have to pay less inheritance tax to the state: 8.5% in Flanders, 7% in Wallonia and 12.5% in Brussels. At the end, in this case, the (voluntary) loser is the state.
You bequeath all of your assets to one or several beneficiaries. If you wish to entrust the responsibility of distributing your assets to one or more beneficiaries, you must designate these people or the institution as general legatee. From there, the general legatee(s) will share out the entirety of your assets and arrange the particular legacies that you have set up.
You can bequeath a sum of money or a specified item to an institution or an individual. In this case, this person will only receive the item that you have expressly left to them.
If through your will you bequeath a sum of money or an item to an organisation or a person, you retain total control over your inheritance until your death. You are also free to change your will. A legacy is the most common way to donate property to a good cause.
On the other hand, when you make a donation to an organisation or a person, you directly give up your assets. Moreover, a donation is definitive and irrevocable: you can never ask to return the donation. A donation is free and without compensation.
The environmental footprint of large-scale industrialised breeding is indeed significant. In fact, it is this type of livestock farming which contributes to climate change and pollution. But it is different for small-scale livestock farming at family level. Here, humans, animals and earth live in harmony. Regarding the impact of livestock breeding on global warming, one should remember that different types of livestock keeping exist: they differ in their methane emissions, fossil fuel use, deforestation methods and their use of land.
Het is een wijdverspreide gedachte dat geiten alles kaal zouden vreten. Maar dit moet genuanceerd worden.
No. We concentrate on livestock, such as cows, camels, goats, sheep, pigs, chicken, guinea-pigs and rabbits; we do not save tigers, gorillas or elephants.
Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium helps disadvantaged families which practice small-scale agriculture and livestock breeding in vulnerable regions of Africa. It often means helping in remote and (semi-)arid regions whose inhabitants are faced with the threat of drought and/or conflicts. In particular, we support three population groups who have a direct link with livestock keeping:
As its end goal, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium aims to help communities to escape hunger and poverty. The only difference is our specific approach: improving small-scale livestock breeding in developing countries. In the regions where Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium operates, humans and animals are inextricably linked. Agriculture and livestock breeding are the main sources of food and income. When the animals are in good health and they produce more, the farmers have more to eat and an increased income. They can also put some money aside, send children to school or pay for medical expenses. Healthy livestock therefore contribute to the health and well-being of the people who depend on them.
As far as possible, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium works with local staff for the implementation of its programmes in Africa. All our colleagues in the field work as paid employees of Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium or one of our partner organisations. For certain activities, for example for large-scale vaccination campaigns, we rely on community animal health workers or veterinarians from the public sector. These people are also paid. For certain posts we recruit from the international work market to select the person with the most relevant experience. That could be a Belgian veterinarian, but also an agriculture specialist from the United Kingdom or a manager from Kenya.
Unfortunately, our budget does not enable us to send volunteers or interns to work on the programmes that we manage in Africa: we often don't need this kind of help in the field. Moreover, we cannot always offer interns and volunteers the training or the supervision that they hope to receive. In other respects, we consider it more important that the local population builds its own future. Capacity building of our African partner organisations is therefore central to our work.
Internship applications are examined on a case by case basis, according to the availability of professional coaching and the work-load. Spontaneous applications for internships are welcome. In the past, we have advertised for interns in public relations, fundraising, human resources and development education. You should regularly check our job postings on our website.
We look for volunteers for certain tasks (such as translation, IT, human resources, administration and small jobs) according to the needs of our headquarters in Brussels. These volunteer jobs are always published on our website, but direct applications are also welcome.