Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) originated in 1947 as a Catholic aid organization for war refugees at the instigation of Father Werenfried von Straaten and became a Pontifical foundation in 2011.

Today, 23 national offices support the projects implemented or selected by the headquarters office in Germany and the UK national office. More than 140 countries benefit from the support of ACN.

As a pastoral charity, ACN is dedicated to the service of Christians around the world, through information, prayer and action, wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in need, due to poverty, war or catastrophe.


To advance the Christian religion by supporting and promoting the Church, especially in countries where Christians are suffering persecution or discrimination.

To further the charitable work of the Church by providing practical assistance and pastoral care to persons in need, especially those living in these countries or who are refugees from them.

Being a voice for those in need, ACN builds bridges of charity between benefactors and beneficiaries.


Funding FISH

Funding Fish is a funder collaborative aiming to provide a platform for funders to work together on fisheries and marine conservation issues relevant to Europe.

Funding Fish’s ambitions are to support sustainable fishing in European waters, by European vessels everywhere and maximise Europe’s influence for sustainable fisheries on fisheries issues around the world. Funding Fish see improved monitoring and control alongside sustainable fishing levels as key to improving the state of the world’s fish stocks.

Funding Fish was established shortly after the 2013 Common Fisheries Policy reform. 
The reform included new elements that, if implemented, would address over fishing and lead to sustainable fishing. 
A number of foundations recognized that the implementation would be a challenge and therefore welcomed the opportunity of working together and of pooling resources, experience and knowledge.



Oceana was established in the United States in 2001 by a group of leading foundations – The Pew Charitable Trusts, Oak Foundation, Marisla Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

In 1999, these foundations commissioned a study and discovered that less than 0.5 percent of all resources spent by environmental non-profit groups in the United States went to ocean advocacy. No organisation was working exclusively to protect and restore the oceans on a global scale. To fill the gap, our founders created Oceana: an international organisation focused solely on oceans, dedicated to achieving measurable change by conducting specific, science-based campaigns with fixed deadlines and articulated goals.

Oceana in Europe works at both the European Union (EU) and Member State level to improve, enforce and fully implement ocean conservation and fisheries management laws and EU Directives. We focus primarily on the following campaigns:

  • Improve the establishment of TACs (total allowable catches) for commercial species.
  • Eradicate illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
  • Reduce effects of climate change in the oceans.
  • Promote the increased protection of valuable marine habitats, through coherent networks of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
  • Strengthen protection of threatened and sensitive habitats and species.


Since its creation as an independent foundation under Swiss law in 1961, WWF has been working with local communities, governments, businesses, and other NGOs to protect the world's species and natural places, pushing for a more sustainable world.  

WWF's mission is: To stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature, by: conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. 

With a presence in over 100 countries across the world and offices in more than 80, WWF's efforts have evolved from localised projects in favour of single species and individual habitats to an ambitious strategy and local to global actions to preserve biodiversity and achieve sustainable development across the planet. Today, it focuses on 6 Global Goals - ForestsOceansWildlifeFoodClimate & Energy, and Freshwater – and 3 key drivers of environmental problems – MarketsFinanceGovernance in order to make a difference at a scale and help redefine humanity’s relationship with the planet.