Frequently Asked Questions
24GoodDeeds is an Advent calendar which collects donations for social and ecological projects. Behind each little calendar door you will find a genuine project. Each project is made possible with one donation. For example, a cocoa plant for a small farmer in El Salvador, or a meal for a child in Nepal.
You can order the calendar online for a donation of 24 Euro or more.
The Advent calendar is a charitable initiative by the organization 24GoodDeeds e.V. The organization was founded in 2011. Our office is in Berlin. The seat of the organisation is in Düsseldorf.
In total, 24 projects in the areas of health, education, nutrition, infrastructure and environment will be financed thanks to your donation. By opening one door of the calendar each day, you can find out what your donation is used for and whom you are helping. Additional information on each project is available on our website.
24GoodDeeds supports the fundraising of charitable organizations with a donation-based Advent calendar. Donors give 24 Euro or more for the calendar and enable 24 social and ecological projects, which are selected yearly by 24GoodDeeds. The calendar donations are then transferred to the partner organizations which implement the good deeds locally.
All organizations describe a good deed in the calendar which can be implemented for 0.75 Euro. Your donation supports the implementation of the good deeds as well as the production of the calendar and the work of our organization.
Along with the rigorous selection process, we verify how the donations are used through the following mechanisms. We sign a contract with each organization which commits to providing a detailed outline about the implementation of the good deed. All participating organization are required to document the implementation process via reports, photos and other supporting documentation. Our own organization is also committed to transparency. Every year we produce an annual report detailing our activities and how funds are used.
In 2010 Sebastian Wehkamp had the idea when we was struck by the realization that people like to donate to a good cause but that donations are often made as a result of a guilty conscience when donors are confronted with pictures that arouse pity rather than understanding how their donations make an actual difference.
Consequently, he set out to make the donation process more fun but which also provides reassurance that donations serve a meaningful purpose. That’s how the idea for 24GoodDeeds came about. With the calendar, you support 24 projects with a single donation and behind each calendar door, you find out what exactly will be achieved with your donation.
With the 24GoodDeeds calendar, we want to support organizations financially which are engaged worldwide with social justice and environmental protection. Furthermore, we want the calendar to create awareness about global challenges and encourage more social engagement.
24GoodDeeds is financed fully through donations. 75% of the donated funds for the calendar are transferred to the participating organizations to implement good deeds. 25% of the donated funds are used to produce the calendar and to fund the work of our organization.
For individuals, the calendar can be given as a gift to friends and family. Or, you can order one for yourself to enjoy the pleasure of the calendar during the advent season.
For companies, the calendar makes for a more meaningful gift for your clients and partners than the usual corporate giveaways. Company logos can be added to the calendar on request.
Schools can order the calendar, and teachers can use the calendar to guide their in-class instruction with detailed information packs on the projects and countries involved. We provide a special registration process for teachers to access this information.
The 24GoodDeeds calendar is available in German, English and French. Detailed information on participating projects is also available on our website during the Advent season.
The advent calendar will be sent via mail. We also deliver to other countries. Simply select the country of choice on the online order form.
The 24GoodDeeds Advent calendar can be sent to friends and family. For this purpose, we include a greeting card to which you can add a personal message. You can type your message into the appropriate box when completing your online order.
24GoodDeeds takes data protection very seriously. Personal data is only retained for technical purposes and it is carefully administered. Under no circumstances will data be sold or given to third parties other than for the purpose of sending the calendar. We do not save bank details. Our order system is TLS/SSL encrypted.
Donations made in error will naturally be transferred back immediately. Please contact us about this if necessary at: info@24guteTaten.de.
Yes, your donation is tax-deductible. 24gutetaten e.V., our German registered non-profit name, has been recognised as a charity by the Düsseldorf-Süd tax authority with an exemption notice, dated 19 February 2018.
In Germany, for donations up to 200 Euro, a bank statement showing the amount is enough for the German tax authority. If you need a donation receipt simply contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For larger amounts you will automatically receive a donation certificate from us at the end of the year.
You can also support the calendar without ordering one. Please contact us at: email@example.com.
75% of your donation enables the projects in the 24GoodDeeds calendar. The other 25% contribute to the production of the calendar and the work of our organization.
The calendar is sent by the Deutsche Post and the delivery time is four working days maximum. If the calendar hasn’t arrived, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send the calendar once more.
The selection of the good deeds is our organization’s core activity. Every year, non-profit organization can apply for a door of the calendar. In 2019 we selected 24 projects out of 119 applications. The calendar projects chosen undergo strict selection criteria. Our goal is to support projects that are sustainable, impactful and transparent.
Details regarding our selection process can be found here.
The projects to be included in the 24GoodDeeds calendar are selected yearly. You can find all details about your application, our criteria for support and how to collaborate with us here. Any organization which is registered as a charitable not-for-profit organization in Germany can apply.
The application process for the calendar generally begins in the first quarter of each year. In our NGO newsletter you will experience exactly when the next round of application will begin.