Since 2007, our partnership with the Swiss Red Cross has facilitated a unique and successful balance between charity and financial investment for investors.
"With the Swisscanto Swiss Red Cross Charity Fund, you are choosing an investment that allows others to share in your good fortune. You donate half of your interest income. In addition to that, we increase this amount by donating at least half of our management fee."
Member of the Board at Zürcher Kantonalbank
Member of the Management Board of the Swisscanto Swiss Red Cross Charity Fund
To whom would you recommend this fund?
This fund was primarily created for people who want to invest money, but also have the desire to let needy people share in their good fortune. The fund offers the unique opportunity to automatically link the amount of the donation to the success of the investment on an annual basis. So, as an investor, you are not donating money that you have worked or saved hard for. You are simply doing without half of your annual interest income.
The Swisscanto Swiss Red Cross Charity Fund is an investment with a low risk that is as consistent as possible. Nevertheless, every financial investment is associated with certain risks. As your donation is based on your income, it is of course in the interests of the SRC to ensure that your return is as certain and as high as possible.
Is this fund actually worthwhile for the Swiss Red Cross?
Definitely and here is a quick example: Suppose you invest CHF 20,000. If the fund distributes 1.5% (approx. CHF 300), then after one year you will receive around CHF 150, and the SRC will receive a donation of CHF 240 (CHF 150 from you and CHF 90 from Zürcher Kantonalbank, representing half of its fund management fee).
How is the fund money invested?
Investments are made according to the SRC's exclusion and investment criteria. This means that issuers whose core business involves the production of or trade in tobacco, alcohol or weapons, are excluded. In addition, we only invest in securities with a good credit rating, and the currency risk is limited to a maximum of 25% of the fund capital.
Who is responsible for the investment policy?
The investment policy is determined by the SRC in conjunction with Swisscanto Invest by Zürcher Kantonalbank. Swisscanto Invest by Zürcher Kantonalbank is responsible for implementing the policy.
Who oversees the Swiss Red Cross Charity Fund?
The Swisscanto Swiss Red Cross Charity Fund is the first investment company with variable capital to be created in Switzerland. The capital of the company is divided into institutional and investor shares. The amount of the capital and the number of shares are not determined in advance. By acquiring fund units, each investor is at the same time a voting shareholder in this new type of company. The management board of the Charity Fund, made up of two members of the SRC and a representative from Zürcher Kantonalbank, checks that the investment criteria are adhered to. Thus, as an investor, you can be sure that your money is invested as the SRC says it should be.
Couldn’t I achieve more by making a donation directly to the SRC?
Any type of donation helps the SRC to carry out its humanitarian work. It makes no difference whether you donate an amount directly or have it automatically deducted from your interest income. Of course, any other donations are important and are always welcome.
The SRC is active both locally and internationally. Where does the money generated by this fund go?
The donations made by the Swisscanto Swiss Red Cross Charity Fund got to projects in Switzerland and abroad. The following two projects are typical examples. In Switzerland: the SRC runs an outpatient clinic for victims of war and torture. Traumatised people and their relatives receive psychotherapeutic treatment and social counselling at the clinic to help them deal with their horrible experiences. And abroad: Malawi is one of the ten poorest countries in the world. Together with the local Red Cross Society, the SRC carries out information campaigns, builds wells and latrines to improve hygiene, and supports the national blood transfusion service. The Swisscanto Swiss Red Cross Charity Fund enables the SRC to continue and further develop these projects and many others like them.
How can I ensure that my donation to the SRC will be used as I believe it should be?
The SRC is certified and monitored by ZEWO. The charitable organisations that bear ZEWO's seal of approval have been certified for their conscientious, economic and effective ways of handling donations. Major donors can check up personally on how their donations are being used via organised project visits.
How can I offset the donation against income tax?
Your donation is absolutely tax exempt. Half of the net interest income is deducted transferred to the SRC before the interest is paid out to you. Thus, as a private investor, you don’t need to do anything at all. You only need to declare as taxable income the portion of the interest income that is paid to you.
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