The Christian identity of BICE clearly appears in the objective written in its Statutes : “The aim of BICE is the integral growth of all children within a Christian perspective. BICE advocates for the humanization of their lives. It pays particular attention to the most deprived.” (Article 3, §1). These Statutes also state that “BICE’s mission incorporates the perspective of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.” (Article 4, §1.)
BICE’s commitment for children’s rights requires an open mind and an aptitude for dialogue, since large coalitions are needed to make these rights progress at the international level. The diversity of our members – some of them are non-denominational or from other religions – also speaks for BICE’s credentials.
Our vision of the child and our missions imply that “BICE serves all children without discrimination or proselytising, fully respecting their nationality, culture and religion” (Extract from BICE Charter)
BICE has condemned “all forms of sexual abuse towards children, wherever they happen and whoever the perpetrator” and expressed utter dismay at the implication of priests of the Catholic Church in these matters. It has underlined the importance of pressing charges.
Beyond this position, BICE considers that, as a Catholic organisation, it carries a special responsibility to strengthen a culture of respect of children’s dignity and rights inside the Church and in society that everyone shall promote, wherever they are.
For these reasons, BICE created its own Child protection policy a few years ago and enriched it in 2011. It includes an important prevention section, a code of conduct imposed to all collaborators and a Commission on Child protection in charge of constantly following and improving this policy in BICE’s network.
Over the last decade, BICE has set up an inside childhood protection policy. It features prevention guidelines and a code of conduct that are imposed on all BICE collaborators and partners and suggested to member organisations.
Created in 1989, the Comité de la Charte is a French independent supervisory body for charities. Its aim, through the certification of its members, is to promote greater rigour in the area of confidential donations. With this aim, the Comité has drawn up a Charter of Ethical Guidelines for associations and foundations who make appeals for funds to the public.
The Comité de la Charte has today over 70 voluntary member organisations, who are formally committed to respecting the Charter of Ethics, and to undergoing continuous assessment. BICE has been approved by the Comité de la Charte since 2008.
To be able to work in 23 countries, BICE relies on its member organisations and also on local partners (associations and organisations), with whom a long-term relationship is established, allowing for sustainable projects and programs.
Our local partners do not benefit from any special status within BICE’s General Assembly.
Following its initial purpose of building a vast network of Members, BICE today still strives to gather experts, non-profit organisations with a similar approach and childhood professionals within Christian institutions and movements.
BICE Members make up a large network all aorund the world, dedicated to childhood and engaged in the promotion and the protection of the dignity and the rights of the child.
Members are fully associated with our advocacy initiatives in favor of children.
We submit our accounts for audit twice yearly, by the Comité de la Charte, and by an account commissionner. The Cabinet Deloitte is BICE’s account commissionner.
BICE develops field projects on 4 continents, thanks to its regional delegations and its local partners and members (whether organisations, childhood experts or institutions) : Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, Europe and the CIS.
About donations for children
Yes, our online donation platform is totally secure. Your banking information never travels to our website, since the whole transaction is completed on the specialized platform of our partner, Ogone (http://www.ogone.fr/).
A tax deduction receipt will be sent to you during the month following your donation. It should be used as proof of your donation for tax controllers.
Yes, 66% of the total worth of your gift can be deducted from your taxes, provided you pay them in France. If you pax taxes abroad, no tax rebate can be applied to your donation.
French-based companies can benefit from a 60% tax rebate, up to 0.5% of the same year’s net sales.
With a permanent concern for transparency and efficiency, we strictly manage the funds entrusted to us by ensuring the reduction of administrative costs to the lowest possible percentage:
Public and private funds mainly finance all operating costs and overheads for our field projects,
Our projects are developed, monitored, controlled and evaluated by our regional delegations. Their vital role is made possible thanks to public generosity, which also contributes to the financing of the other missions of the association: international advocacy, reflection on childhood and training sessions.
You can make a donation to BICE any time you consider appropriate, or you can choose to help BICE’s actions on a more regular basis, through Direct Debit (« regular donation »). Our website allows you to select the best option for you, then to make your online donation, which entitles you to a tax rebate of 66% of your gift if you pay taxes in France.
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Online gift shop
Yes, our online payment platform is totally secure. Your banking information never travels to our website, since the whole transaction is completed on the specialized platform of our partner, Ogone (http://www.ogone.fr/).
No, the items you buy in our online gift shop are not considered donations by the french law. As a consequence, they are not tax deductible: however they do concur to widen the range of our actions.
We don’t have any field projects directly involving children in Western Europe right now. However we are always looking for volunteers to help us out with paper work or event planning in our offices in Paris, Brussels or Geneva.
Furthermore, under some specific conditions we are sometimes able to welcome volunteers in our field projects, especially in Africa.
In any case, if you wish to help BICE’s mission, please feel free to contact us by email or call us at 01 53 35 01 00 !