Funding our work

Working in conflict and disaster areas is complex. As ZOA we are always looking for complementarity, we greatly value our donors and our implementing and strategic partners. ZOA receives funding through various channels: private donors, companies, trusts, foundations and institutional donors. We have a broad platform of support, allowing us to be flexible and responsive to the needs of people affected by conflict or natural disaster.

Dutch constituency

ZOA has a steady supporter base that increased over the years to around 37,200 people in 2018. It shows that we are connected with our large Dutch constituency. Some institutional donors require co-funding or cost sharing. Because we are firmly rooted in Dutch society, ZOA can leverage private funding as co-funding to institutional funding.

Institutional funding

ZOA has highly valued and long-term relations with the Dutch government and other governments, such as the American, British, Australian and Swedish governments, the EU, international foundations and several United Nations agencies such as UNHCR, OCHA, WFP and UNICEF. Institutional funding is provided after due diligence processes, regular audits and compliance with donor policies. ZOA therefore adheres to high international standards, such as CHS, Sphere, Child Protection and IATI. We are a signatory of the Grand Bargain. Institutional funding enables us to provide more assistance to larger groups of beneficiaries and to continue to grow as professional organisation.


ZOA cooperates in fundraising and knowledge sharing efforts with likeminded organisations such as the Christelijk Noodhulp Cluster (The Netherlands), EU-Cord (Europe) and Integral (Worldwide), see partnerships. We cooperate with other NGOs wherever possible, sharing knowledge and experience. We are grateful to see growth, both in income and in number of donors. It enables us to continue our work amongst victims of natural disaster and conflicts around the world.

ZOA receives institutional funding from several governments and other organisations, like the Dutch government, European Union institutions, United States governmental institutions, United Nations institutions and the Australian government:

Dutch Government


European Union

European Commission

United States Government


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UK Aid

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Australian Government


United Nations Organisations