SPARK's certifications of compliance
Registration on EU Transparency Register: registered with the identification number 940105543030-75, SPARK is part of the EU online public database that lists organisations which monitor and liaise with the law-making and policy implementation process of the EU institutions. The register makes visible what interests are being pursued, by whom and with what budgets. In this way, the register allows for public scrutiny, giving citizens and other interest groups the possibility to track the activities of lobbyists. Registrants are bound by a common Code of Conduct.
Code Wijffels: This code, also known as Code Goed Bestuur is about driving charities supervision of accountability and proper handling of all important relationships of donors, volunteers, beneficiaries, etc.
WNT: A Standardization Law for Top Salaries. The WNT standard sets terms of taxable income including taxable benefits / additions, employer’s pension costs and other compensation. The limit for the WNT determined for 2016 at € 179,000.
DG-norm: The DG-Standard (MFS II standard) was introduced in late 2009 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and demands of organizations that the director does not earn more than a basic salary of a director general at the ministry. The standard has been set to 141,000 euros, based on a 40-hour workweek.
IATI: IATI is a voluntary initiative that seeks to improve the transparency of aid, development, and humanitarian resources in order to increase their effectiveness. The IATI Standard is a format and framework for publishing data on development cooperation activities, intended to be used by all organisations in development, including government donors, private sector organisations, and national and international NGOs. Organisations implement IATI by publishing their aid information in IATI’s agreed electronic format (XML) – usually on their website – before linking it to the IATI Registry.
CBF Erkenning: The CBF promotes trustworthy in fundraising and expenditure by reviewing fundraising organisations and giving information and advice to government institutions and the public. An important criteria is that the costs for fundraising of the charity expressed as a percentage of the revenues from its own fundraising in any one year, may not amount more than 25% of the revenues from its own fundraising. Furthermore the board must consist of independent persons. And for a clear insight in the financial records, every financial report must be drawn up according to the same principles.
RJ 650 Accounting Principles: A set of Dutch accounting standards.
VFI/ Goede Doelen Nederland: For calculation of management salaries.
ANBI: From 2008 the Dutch Tax Administration can designate an institution to be an “Public Benefit Organisation” (Dutch: Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling, ANBI). At least 90% of the efforts of an ANBI has to be focused on the general good. And since 2012 the ‘culturele ANBI’ can profit (until at least 2018) from even more Dutch tax advantages.
Read SPARK ANBI here.