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About the
Reka Foundation
for Holiday Aid

Who we are

As the Reka Foundation for Holiday Aid, we are committed to enabling disadvantaged families in Switzerland to go on holiday.
Ueber Reka Stiftung Ferienhilfe

About us

The Reka Foundation for Holiday Aid was founded on 21 June 1989 and is based in Bern. Our Foundation provides holidays in Switzerland for socioeconomically disadvantaged families. At the same time we support holiday camps for children and young people with disabilities.

About the Swiss Travel Fund Reka

Reka is a non-profit-making cooperative association and foregoes the distribution of profits. Following its long-standing tradition, capital earned is invested to enable as many families in Switzerland as possible to enjoy holidays and leisure.
Cooperative society
Ueber Reka Schweizer Reisekasse

Facts and Figures

In 2020, the Reka Foundation for Holiday Aid together with the Reka Cooperative raised 0.9 million Swiss francs for social holiday assistance. Thus, nearly 600 underprivileged families with 1,500 children benefitted from a week’s holiday. In addition, the Foundation supported homes, other foundations and organizations for children and young people with disabilities. A further 262 youngsters were able to profit from this. The corona pandemic had a strong impact on activities in 2020. Access to offers was severely limited during the spring holidays due to lockdown and, for all intents and purposes, no holiday camps could actually be organized for the whole year.  

In the context of the revitalisation of the Foundation, the Swiss Travel Fund Reka is transferring its previous activities to the Foundation. The process will be completed by the end of 2021. As a result of the pandemic, the Reka’s financial contribution temporarily dropped significantly in 2020. But besides cash contributions, Reka also took over staff and employment costs relating to the work of the Foundation. In spite of challenging overall conditions, the Foundation stuck firmly to its plans for developing its patron base. The Foundation strives to offer at least 1,000 holiday arrangements for disadvantaged families per year. This temporarily requires higher investment in the expansion of the sponsor basis. Furthermore, in 2020 a new, autonomous web platform was launched as the Foundation’s main information medium. This investment has paid off as the Foundation has succeeded in tripling the charitable contributions it receives.

The Combined annual financial statement for the Reka Foundation for Holiday Aid and the Reka Cooperative

Income from donations
1,286,897
Solidarity contributions beneficiaries
470,040
228,409
787,595
Other income
52,713
135,466
83,905
Income
1,536,632
1,558,981
887,273
1,429,878
Operating expenditure
Expansion patron base
Deficit borne by Foundation assets
1,622,833
–428,054
–86,201
50,588
544,127
555,636
Financing through the Reka Cooperative

2019

2020

Holiday Aid expenditure
192,955
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Expenditure
1,987,035

Beneficiaries

Number of families
590
Number of children
1,006
2,016
1,612
1,467
262
Number of beneficiaries at holiday camps for people with disabilities

2019

2020

Foundation Board

André Dubois Stiftungsrat

Gabriela Lenherr

President of the Foundation Board
André Dubois Stiftungsrat

André Dubois

Board Member
Roger Seifritz Stiftungsrat

Roger Seifritz

Board Member
Verena Buschle Stiftungsraetin

Christina Gnädinger

Board Member

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