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Fundraising Policy

DNDi is a not for profit drug development organization created to improve the health and quality of life of people suffering from neglected diseases. These diseases fall outside the existing systems and market mechanisms for research and development of drugs.

The objectives of DNDi are to develop safe, effective and affordable new treatments for patients suffering from neglected diseases, to raise awareness through advocacy on research and development of drugs for neglected populations, to strengthen existing research capabilities in countries where neglected diseases are endemic.

DNDi aims to stimulate increased involvement and responsibility of national governments and international organizations in R&D for neglected diseases. Accordingly, at maturity, a minimum of 50 percent of the DNDi budget will be covered by public funds.


1.   To develop its activities and achieve its objectives, DNDi seeks different sources of funding – cash contributions, in kind contributions, grants, sponsorships and legacies - from individuals, governments, public institutions, companies, foundations and NGO’s who share a commitment to the DNDi vision and mission.

2.   DNDi’s independence is a cornerstone of its development, so diversified sources of funding are necessary in order to prevent dependence upon contributions from a specific donor.

3.   The contributions will support the initiative, specific projects for research and development and all activities pursued to achieve DNDi’s mission.

4.   DNDi will transparently provide activity and financial information on the use of donor contributions. An annual financial audit will be done on DNDi accounts, which will be made publicly available.

5.   DNDi reserves the independence to pursue its mission and research and development projects based upon patient needs and scientific merit.

6.    According to the goals of DNDi to ensure the quality of life of neglected populations and the DNDi’s humanitarian values, DNDi will not accept contributions from:
  • Corporations (which includes companies and corporate foundations) that derive their income from the production and /or sales of tobacco, alcohol, and arms manufacturing industries,
  • Groups and individuals who encourage racism and intolerance,

7.   DNDi will provide appropriate recognition of donor support except when the donor would prefer to remain anonymous.

8.   Before accepting an anonymous contribution, the Board of Directors will seek the advice of lawyers or national authorities in certain cases.

9.   The Board of Directors may refuse a contribution if the proposed support could negatively affect the image or the social mission of DNDi.

10. Concerning certain gifts which could affect the image, the vision and credibility of DNDi, a specific Board of Directors’ committee will make decisions on their acceptability.

11. The terms for use of DNDi’s logo and brand by the donor and the use of the donor’s logo and brand by DNDi will be agreed by mutual consent at the time of the contract.

Board of Directors - 26 January 2006

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