German charities have become increasingly popular in recent years, attracting tens of thousands of applications a year.
But many are asking whether the online application process should be expanded to allow more applicants, including those with disabilities.
In recent years a number of German charities, including the Charities Commission and the Deutsche Kriminalität (Kriminalitat) have come under criticism for their lack of transparency and for charging fees for the online applications.
The German charity association, for example, says the applications they receive from applicants are typically too complex, which can lead to delays.
A spokesman said it was working to address the problem and that it had a plan to increase the number of applicants it accepts.
The charity also wants to offer applicants with disabilities the option to sign up for the charity’s website.
He said the charity would soon be able to apply online.
The spokesman added that the charity could not comment on how many applications it receives each year.
The latest study, published on Tuesday, also shows that the average time for an application to be approved was about three months.
The survey, carried out by a Berlin-based company called the Federal Association for the Promotion of the Advancement of Persons with Disabilities, also found that of the 10,000 applicants it received last year, the charity only accepted about 1% were able to pay their first monthly fee.
In the past year, however, it has become more common for charities to accept applicants without paying the fee.
A spokeswoman for the Charity Commission, which oversees the charities, said the decision to accept applications without paying fees was not a political decision.
“We accept all applicants on the basis of the need for them and that they are qualified and that we have the capacity to help them,” the spokeswoman said.
A number of disability rights groups, however have criticized the charity and its approach.
“There’s no reason to go to this expense to make people wait for a few months,” said Martin Schmahl, a member of the German disability rights group ATS, who is also a member in the charity association.
The organisation has also said it will take the decision about whether to accept an applicant’s application to the charity, rather than to the federal government.
“The charity does not know what kind of people are coming in, so we don’t know what to expect,” said Schmäll.
He added that if the charity accepted applications from people with disabilities, it should not be required to pay the fee and instead, should allow them to apply by mail.
“It’s not about having people waiting longer.
It’s about letting people in,” he said.
In addition to the study, the charities Association for Advancement for Persons with Disability and the Foundation for the Advancements of Disabled Persons in Germany published a report on the state of disability in Germany, calling for a more transparent process.
The report also found the number and quality of applications was falling.
“While some charities have been able to cope with the challenge, many others have struggled to cope,” the report says.
It said the number “tremendously dropped” in the last five years, although the numbers did not reach a peak in 2016.
“As a result, the number applying to charities is still declining and, unfortunately, there are no plans to change that.”
The charity association did not immediately respond to a request for comment.