SUSTAINABLE FUNDING –
A KEY OBJECTIVE
As a member of SwissFoundations, we operate in line with the principles of the Swiss Foundation Code for foundations. We consider it our duty to use the funds entrusted to us in accordance with the aims of the foundation and as effectively as possible.
As a charitable Swiss foundation, we practice professional foundation governance. For us, this means ensuring maximum transparency with regard to goal-setting, funding strategy and funding activities, as well as maximum professionalism in terms of organization and management, along with a strictly specified process for selecting from requests for support according to clearly defined criteria.
Our funding principles
Every year, we receive a large number of applications for support. In order for resources to be used as efficiently and effectively as possible, sustainability is our fundamental guiding principle when deciding which projects to fund. This is because projects funded by the Hear the World Foundation should have a lasting positive impact on the quality of life of people in need with hearing loss. This is clarified by the following funding principles:
Quality treatment of hearing loss
Providing children with audiological care is a challenge and brings great responsibility. We aspire to ensure that children in low-income countries receive the same quality of audiological care as those in higher-income countries. This is why we work according to an international protocol for pediatric care that has been established over the years, and make sure that our project partners have the right training, the latest hearing technology and modern equipment for diagnosing hearing loss, as well as for the fitting and validation of hearing aids in compliance with international standards.
Building up local skills and expertise
In all the projects we support, the necessary expertise should be established and cultivated on site. This way, we can guarantee sustainable audiological care and create local jobs as well. Knowledge is passed on by Sonova employees on volunteer missions and, wherever necessary, by other specialists.
Ensuring professional follow-up-care
We only donate hearing aids if our project partner can also guarantee regular check-ups on site after they have been fitted, including provision of batteries. Particularly in the case of children, it is often not enough to merely fit the hearing aids: supplementary measures, such as communication therapy and the empowerment and support of parents, are necessary so that children can develop their hearing and speech according to their full potential.
Long-term support and monitoring success
We work with our project partners over several years to establish sustainable care together. We help them to determine the next logical project development steps – such as training sessions for local staff or the purchase of new equipment, for example. In doing so, we lay an important foundation for ongoing further professionalization of the audiological care. For the monitoring of success, each of our project partners is obliged to submit a detailed report twice a year, containing precise details about the progress of the project and their use of donations.