General Terms and Conditions


Horyzon is the Swiss development organisation for youth. It was founded in 1969 and is based in Olten. Horyzon is part of the international YMCA / YWCA (Young Men’s / Women’s Christian Association) and has been working with partners for over 15 years in an interdisciplinary network of aid and development organisations – primarily Swiss aid organisations and donor coordination. Having been constituted as a self-contained association during the first years, Horyzon became a non-profit making foundation with no commercial aims under Swiss law and regulations in January 2009.

Horyzon is involved in worldwide development projects for the YWCA / YMCA movement. It focuses on strengthening civil society and sees to it that people can build a worthy existence for themselves regardless of ethnic, religious or political beliefs, gender or social position.

Between 2005 and 2007, Horyzon implemented a quality management system resulting in a lean, efficient administration which guarantees a careful, transparent handling of donations. Horyzon is certified with the ISO 9001 certificate and the ZEWO certificate – a further guarantee for diligence when handling donated monies. In order to align with international standards, the financial accounting department was adapted to the GAAP FER 21 regulations in 2005. Horyzon accompanies its project partners with professional monitoring, reporting, controlling and evaluations.

Use of the Horyzon website

The articles in the donation shop are important parts of the projects of Horyzon. Anyone who buys an article supports the belonging project. According to the law the purchase of an article in the shop is a donation. Every donation will be used for the purpose you have chosen on the donation form. In most of the Swiss cantons donations in favour of Horyzon are tax deductible. For this reason Horyzon sends a donation receipt every January of the following year.

Right of revocation

You are able to revoke your donation within 30 days in written form (letter, fax or e-mail) without giving any reason. The delay starts with receiving this admonition. To preserve the right of revocation the revocation must be sent within this 30 days delay. The revocation must been sent to: Horyzon, Florastrasse 21, 4600 Olten. E-Mail:

Consequences of revocation

In case of revocation we will refund your donation. An administrative charge of CHF 10.00 will be subtracted from your donation. With this charge we cover our bank and postal fees for the revocation. If you have donated with a credit card, a credit card fee of 2.6% will also be subtracted from your donation.

Distribution of the donation receipt/letter of appreciation

Donations higher than CHF 50.00 will be confirmed with a letter of appreciation. We endeavour to send this letter of appreciation within 30 days after the donation was made.

Notice of liability

Despite careful control, we cannot assume any liability for the content of linked third-party pages. Only the operators of the linked pages are responsible for their content. As long as not indicated differently all texts and pictures published are subject to copyright of the owner. The copyright also prohibits to save or to reproduce any pictures or graphics of our web site without our prior approval. Exempted are local downloads or printings for personal use. No legal right shall be constituted out of the information and text of this website.

Collection of personal data

To allow the use of your donation, Horyzon raises, processes and uses the name, the address and the e-mail address of the donator (as well as the IP address of her / his end device) as well as the data from a possible "recipient" (in the following „personal data“).

Purpose of data collection, processing and usage

Horyzon only raises, processes and uses the personal data for collecting and using the donations according to the purpose of the donation. The personal data of the recipient are only saved and processed for the distribution.

The personal data are exclusively saved and processed on the server of Horyzon or belonging to service provider of Horyzon. The personal data are not transmitted to third parties and are raised only in a technically necessary extent.

Privacy Protection

Horyzon obliges to protect the privacy of the donators and assures to collect, process and use the personal data consistent with the federal law about data protection (235.1). In addition Horyzon guarantees to collect, process and use the personal data only for purposes as defined in the forerunning paragraph. The foundation will commit and instruct the employees accordingly.

Rights of the donator

According to the federal law about data protection the donator has the right of information (article 8), correction (article 5) and deletion (article 15 DSG in conjunction with article 28 ZGB). You can enforce these rights by writing a letter or an e-mail to the contact person mentioned in paragraph 3.6. The donator is able to see the content of her/his agreement on demand.


If the donator agrees with the terms of these general terms and conditions, he/she accepts the controlled use of his/her personal data. The agreement happens through a successful execution of the donation process, subscription of the newsletter or contacting us with the destined contact form. Agreeing with these terms, the donator accepts that Horyzon will use his personal data to send the receipt of the donation, the letter of appreciation, appeals for donations and further information about the work of Horyzon.

Notice of data protection

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser - however, please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above. You can opt-out from being tracked by Google Analytics with effect for the future by downloading and installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on for your web browser: here
In view of the discussion about analyze tools saving IP-addresses we would like to point out that this website uses Google Analytics with the add-on „_anonymizeIp()“, which shortens the IP-address, therefore a direct relation to the user is not possible.

Contact person

The contact person for all questions and requests concerning data protection as well as for the exertion of your described rights is: Horyzon, Director Andrea Rüegg, Florastrasse 21, 4600 Olten. Telephone number: +41 62 296 62 68. E-mail:

Salvatorius clause

Should any individual provisions in the above terms be or become invalid, either in part or in full, or impracticable, this will not affect the validity of other provisions. The invalid or impracticable provision will be replaced by a ruling that is as close as possible in economic purpose to the invalid or impracticable provision in a legally effective and practicable form. The same will also apply in the event of any unintended omissions.