Becoming a partner of GERES means taking action at our side, in favor of the environment, vulnerable communities and international solidarity. Our partnerships are built up, experienced and developed as a joint enterprise.
Three types of partnership
- See your own image in our entire social mission and support GERES work as a whole
- Target your support on projects that reflect your convictions, in a specific or preferred area
Private sponsorship represents between 15 and 20% of GERES resources and plays a vital role in implementation of projects which would never see the light of day without the support of our partner businesses, foundations and endowment funds. In fact, institutional grants generally cover 80% of the cost of programmes and are conditional on obtaining co-funding.
Your one-off, annual or multi-year support is therefore a pillar of our economic stability and enables us to fulfil our social mission.
We make a joint commitment, in an annual or multi-year agreement.
Your organization can put its know-how, specific skills and/or the ad hoc support of its employees at the service of our projects. Impact or market studies, business plans for beneficiary entrepreneurs… our teams appreciate any kind of support like that.
Skills sponsorship is also the subject of a partnership agreement.
Giving in kind
You can help GERES to produce communications media, support the dissemination of our messages or make premises available for events. In this way, you will be providing material aid and taking part in our awareness-raising and skills transfer activities.
Four reasons to trust GERES
1. International expertise
We have almost 40 years' experience of tackling sustainable energy and solidarity issues. GERES is now acknowledged as a world expert in its field. This gives you the assurance that you are taking part in programmes that aim for large-scale impacts and linking your organization to innovative, forward-looking projects.
The fourteen national and international awards won by GERES bear witness to the effectiveness of its activities and operational practices.
2. Transparency and control
Transparency. GERES financial statements and annual reports are published every year on this website. You are free to consult them. Moreover, GERES provides all its partners, both public and private funders, with specific technical and financial reports enabling them to monitor the implementation of the programmes and check that funds have been properly allocated.
Quality assurance. GERES transparency and sound management is regularly acknowledged. At the beginning of 2011, the magazine Capital classed GERES amongst the best managed NGOs. The survey covered 80 French associations. In 2012, in order to go a step further, GERES voluntarily committed to a quality assurance and transparency approach with the independent IDEAS organization. Click here to find out more!
Audits and evaluations. Most of our programmes are co-funded by demanding and very experienced public funders, such as the European Commission and French Development Agency. Consequently, GERES is regularly subject to evaluations and financial audits, both internal and external. In addition, as provided by law, GERES accounts are audited and certified by an independent auditor each year who gives a detailed opinion on the association's use of resources.
3. Closeness and sharing
At GERES, we attach particular importance to the quality of our partnerships.
In 2010, GERES received the Special Jury Prize at the Sponsorship Trophies organized by the Ministry of Ecology in recognition of all its private partnerships.
In addition to occasional meetings at which partners can discuss matters face-to-face with a specific contact person, we have a system of organizing meetings with several of our partners. These help us to get to know each other, reflect on key issues and share good practice.
You can also undertake monitoring or evaluation missions in the field and give the community of partners involved in the same projects as you the benefit of your impressions.
4. A binding charter of values
GERES has based its development on essential values, principles and conduct, which underpin the trusting relationship between the organization, its partners, its funders and the final beneficiaries.
We are bound by five clear ethical principles and five clear operational principles, meaning that you can be assured of the consistency of and justification for our activities.
"The Abbé Pierre Foundation shares common values with GERES and a concern to help the most vulnerable people. Making sure that projects take account of the environment is a position we support. As the partner of a field operator, it is important for us to get feedback on the work. Events give us an opportunity to discuss with the leaders of the projects we support, encouraging exchange of information and experience and enabling us to be in contact with the issues and challenges in the field."
Dominique-Cécile Varnat, Director of the International Solidarity unit
Abbé Pierre Foundation
"With CVTC-Change solidaire, our aim was to contribute to development by inventing a new source of funding: our commitment is proportionate to a traditional banking activity, foreign-exchange transactions, both our own and those undertaken on behalf of clients. We have chosen to target our support over three years on the GERES project to build 1000 passive solar houses in the Indian Himalayas, because it seeks to meet several of the Millennium Development Goals and we already know GERES and the quality of its work."
Jean-Louis Bancel, President
Crédit Coopératif Group
"Our Foundation is interested in fundamental human needs, placing social innovation at the heart of its work. What attracts us is the ability of projects run by GERES to change things. The idea that there should be a before and after and that communities should see the benefit. With GERES, above all we have the assurance that activities will be faultlessly conducted and we shall be able to appreciate their success."
Alain Philippe, President
"The partnership of Synergie Solaire and GERES has developed around a shared vision: access to renewable energy for everyone, setting up sustainable projects and the desire to work with local people to meet their needs. Synergie Solaire particularly supports the solar power initiatives developed by GERES in developing countries. We are driven by the same desire to promote entrepreneurship and solidarity, values which GERES strives to implement in many projects around the world."
Hélène Demaegdt, Director
Synergie Solaire Endowment Fund
To find out more, download our brochure
Your contact person at GERES
Christel Olimé | Sponsorships Manager