Facts and figures for 2019

In 2019, we received 7,154 applications for aid from all over the world. Thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, we received €106.3 million
in donations and were able to use these and €4.9 million in donations from previous years to finance activities amounting €111.2 million*. The majority of these funds – 80.4% of the donations – went towards mission-related expenses, i.e. concrete project work, information, media
support and prayer activities.

€111.2 million
Detailed use of funds
Mission-related expenditures
Donor relations and fundraising
€89.4 million
Mission-related expenditures
Project work
Information, proclamation of faith and advocacy for discriminated and persecuted Christians

We keep the share of necessary expenditures for administration and fundraising as low as possible at 8.1% and 11.5%, respectively, so that as many resources as possible reach local Christians.

Offices in 23
More than 330,000
Use of 4.9
Project partners in 139
donors worldwide per year
euros in donations and other income
million euros in surpluses from previous years
projects supported worldwide
of the funds used are allocated to mission-related expenses

In 2019, we supported a total of 5,230 projects in 139 countries with approximately €75.9 million. With a further €13.5 million, we advocated the needs of disadvantaged and persecuted Christians worldwide by providing information, propagating the faith and advocacy. 

Legacies accounted in 2019 for a significant proportion of your ontributions for the support of the Church (€20.1 million, or 18.9% of our income in 2019). Together with our project partners of the suffering Church, we remember these departed benefactors with gratitude.

» Reconstruction, faith formation and emergency assistance in war zones were our project focal points in 2019. «

The projects we support are primarily of a pastoral nature. In 2019, about one-third of the outlays were used for the construction of seminary buildings and the construction and reconstruction of churches and church facilities. 

More than a further quarter our project budget was used for training priests and sisters, as well as for the further education of priests and faith formation of the laity. 

At just under one-eighth, a considerable portion of our funding was also used for emergency aid, including for numerous victims in crisis areas in the Middle East.

An important constant is also our funding of Mass stipends: in 2019, we awarded €12.1 million in Mass stipends to priests around the world.

€75.9 million
Aid granted by type of help
Construction and reconstruction
Mass stipends
Emergency assistance
Training of priests and religious
Faith formation of laity
Means of transport for pastoral care

Distribution of Bibles, religious books and media

Subsistence help for religious


Once again last year Africa (29,6%) and the Middle East (22,1%) were the regions receiving most of our aid, although the focus in the Middle East shifted from Iraq (€5.6 million) to Syria (€7.6 million). After helping rebuild the homes of returning Christians in the region, we began to address the rebuilding of Church infrastructure. Churches and religious houses were repaired and restored – including Al-Tahira Cathedral in Qaraqosh, the largest church in Iraq. In Syria, where the war was still raging during 2019, our aid aimed to ensure the survival of the Christians in the country.


€75.9 million
Aid granted by region
Middle East
Latin America
Western/Eastern Europe