In 2022, we received 7,571 applications for aid from all over the world. Thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, we collected record donations of 146 million euros, enabling us with €2.7 million in reserves from previous years to fund activities amounting to 148.7 million euros. In line with the three pillars of our work, “prayer, information, action”, by far the largest share of our expenditure, 82.6%, was devoted to mission-related expenses, i.e. concrete project work, information and prayer activities.
The proportion of necessary expenditures for administration and fundraising was, as always, very low at 6.7% and 10.7%, respectively, so that as many funds as possible could reach local Christians.
All financial figures are audited by the independent auditing firm PwC.
*Valid as of 2022
In 2022, we supported a total of 5,702 projects in 128 countries with approximately 107.1 million euros. A further 15.7 million euros were used for proclamation of the faith, information work and advocacy for disadvantaged and persecuted Christians worldwide.
Bequests made up a significant part of our support for the Church in 2022 at 27.4 million euros, or 18.8% of our revenues. Together with our brothers and sisters in need, we therefore not only thank our living benefactors, but also gratefully remember those who support us beyond death.
We further amplified our aid for the formation of priests, religious and the laity, which has always been one of our priorities. In 2022, we were able to increase our budget for this to one-quarter of our total aid.
We are pleased that in 2022 we were once again able to contribute to securing the livelihoods of religious sisters and priests through subsistence help and mass stipends, respectively. A total of 21.9% of our funding was earmarked for these projects.
At 27.8%, projects for the construction, reconstruction or renovation of churches and church buildings took up almost one-third of our funding in the year under review.
In addition, we are active in acute crises with emergency aid measures for people in need. In 2022, such emergency aid in areas where Christians are threatened by violence and displacement accounted for 11.5% of our total aid.
Distribution of Bibles, religious books and media