§ 1 Name, Seat, Fiscal Year and Registration of the Association
(1) The name of the association is “Saidia-Förderkreis e.V.”.
(2) It has its seat in Hamburg and shall be entered in the Register of Associations of the Hamburg Local Court.
(3) The fiscal year begins on January 1 and ends on December 31 of each year.
The current fiscal year is a short fiscal year and begins on July 19, 2008.
§ 2 Purpose, Tasks and Goals
(1) The purpose of the Association is to promote development cooperation.
We want to achieve this by improving the living conditions of socially
We want to achieve this by improving the living conditions of socially weak families and children, especially orphans, in the Third World by helping them to help themselves and by promoting school education and vocational training.
(2) The Association exclusively and directly pursues charitable and benevolent welfare purposes within the meaning of the section “tax-privileged purposes” of the German Tax Code. The statutory purpose is fulfilled by social welfare for orphans and other needy people, whereby one of the most important priorities of the association is the promotion of school education as well as vocational training of the needy children. Orphans and families without perspective are to be supported, family planning, health care, fight against AIDS and education are to be supported. The association wants to help children and needy persons in developing countries to have a future worth living. In addition, the association will work closely with social groups, associations and organizations to achieve these goals and to promote international understanding.
§ 3 Non-profit status
(1) The Association shall act selflessly; it shall not primarily pursue its own economic purposes. However, it may generate funds for its statutory purposes through commercial operations.
(2) Members shall not receive any benefits from the Association’s funds.
(3) The funds of the Association may only be used for purposes in accordance with the Articles of Association. The
members shall not receive any remuneration from the funds of the Association. In the event of their resignation
they have no claim on the Association in terms of assets. The association may
favor any person by expenses which are foreign to the purposes of the association or by disproportionate
disproportionately high donations.
(4) For the funds used by the association abroad, in accordance with the statutes and the
funds used by the association abroad, exclusively auxiliary persons in the sense of § 57 AO are used.
§ 4 Membership
(1) Any person of full age who is willing to become a member of the association can be accepted as a full member.
be accepted. The executive committee decides on the admission on application after free
discretion. Each member is obligated to pay the decided membership fees.
The ordinary members perform their duties on an honorary basis.
(2) Every natural person as well as institutions of public life (authorities, associations, legal entities, etc.) may be admitted to the Association as supporting members. The board of directors decides on the admission upon application of the third party.
Sponsoring members support the association in the implementation of its goals and in its daily work. They are exempt from the obligations of a full member.
§ 5 End of membership
(1) Membership ends by resignation, by exclusion and by death.
(2) Resignation may be declared at the end of any quarter. The resignation must be declared in writing. The letter must be sent to the Executive Board with at least three months’ notice. In cases of particular hardship, the Executive Board may approve early resignation.
(3) The Executive Board may decide to exclude a member if the member culpably violates the interests of the Association in a gross manner, in particular if the member violates the Articles of Association or harms the interests of the Association in any other way.
(4) The exclusion takes place on resolution of the executive committee. Before the resolution is passed, the
member must be given the opportunity to comment. The exclusion becomes effective one week after
effective one week after the resolution is passed. The member shall be notified of the exclusion.
(5) In the event of termination of membership, for whatever reason, no reimbursement of contributions paid shall be made. Claims to the assets of the association are excluded. Claims of the association due to arrears of membership fees remain unaffected.
§ 6 Membership fees
(1) In order to fulfill the purpose of the Association, members are required to pay membership fees.
(2) The amount and due date of the membership fees shall be determined by the General Meeting.
(3) In appropriate cases, the Executive Board may waive or defer contributions in whole or in part.
§ 7 Organs
The organs of the association are the general meeting and the board.
§ 8 General Meeting
(1) The General Assembly is the supreme body of the Association. It can convene as an ordinary and as an extraordinary meeting.
(2) The ordinary General Meeting shall be held once a year and shall be convened no later than June 30 of each year. The meeting shall be convened in writing by simple letter by the Executive Board, observing an invitation period of at least two weeks.
The ordinary general meeting
a) elects the members of the Board of Directors for a period of five years in each case
and decides on their dismissal,
b) elects at least two cash auditors for a period of one year
c) controls the appropriate use of the association’s funds,
d) determines the amount of membership fees
e) decides on the granting and the amount of an expense allowance for the members of the Executive Board,
f) decides on amendments to the Articles of Association.
(3) The agenda shall be announced when the meeting is convened. The agenda of the ordinary General Meeting shall at least include:
a) the approval of the minutes of the previous General Meeting, b) the report of the Executive Board,
c) the report of the cash auditors,
d) the discharge of the board,
e) the discharge of the cash auditors,
f) the new election of the cash auditors,
g) the election of new members of the Executive Board, insofar as their terms of office have expired.
(4) An extraordinary General Meeting shall be convened upon a justified resolution of the Executive Board or upon a justified written request of at least one quarter of the members of the Association; the members’ request shall be addressed to the Executive Board. The convocation shall be made in writing by the Executive Board, observing an invitation period of at least one week.
The agenda of the extraordinary general meeting must state the reason for its convocation.
Proposals for changes and additions to the agenda must be received in writing by the Executive Board at least one week before the General Meeting; proposals submitted later may be added to the agenda if the General Meeting so decides by majority vote.
(5) The general meetings shall be chaired by the 1st chairperson, or if he/she is unable to do so, by his/her deputy. The secretary shall prepare minutes of the meeting. These are to be signed by the chairman of the meeting and the secretary.
(6) Each General Meeting shall constitute a quorum regardless of the number of members present. Each full member has one vote. Each vote must be in writing if a quarter of the members present request it.
(7) Each General Meeting shall decide on motions for resolutions by a simple majority of the members present, unless otherwise stipulated by these Articles of Association or by law; abstentions shall be attributed neither to the majority nor to the minority.
A majority of three quarters of the members present is required for amendments to the Articles of Association and for the dissolution of the Association.
The founding assembly authorizes the board of directors to make editorial changes to these statutes, which become necessary in the course of the procedure for entering the association in the register of associations or when applying for non-profit status, without convening a general assembly.
§ 9 Executive Board
(1) The Executive Board shall consist of at least three members, including the Chairperson, the Deputy Chairperson and the Secretary.
chairperson, the vice-chairperson and the secretary.
The vice-chairperson is also the treasurer.
(2) The members of the Executive Board shall perform their duties on an honorary basis. They must be members of the Association.
(3) The Executive Board decides by a simple majority of the members present, unless otherwise stipulated in these Articles of Association or by law. In the event of a tie, the chairperson shall have the casting vote.
(4) The representation of the association according to § 26 BGB (German Civil Code) is carried out by the chairperson and the
vice-chairman. Each of them is authorized to represent the association alone.
(5) Each member of the board is elected by the general meeting for five years. Except in the case of resignation or dismissal, they remain in office until a new election is held. Re-election is permissible.
(6) If a member of the Executive Board resigns, the Executive Board can supplement itself by resolution until the next ordinary General Meeting.
(7) The Board shall decide on the release of individual members from the obligation to contribute.
§ 10 Dissolution of the Association
The dissolution of the Association can only be decided by a General Meeting convened for this purpose.
General Meeting convened for this purpose. The dissolution of the Association requires a resolution of three quarters of all members of the Association present.
In the case of dissolution of the association or in the case of discontinuation of tax-privileged purposes, the assets of the association shall fall to “World Vision Deutschland e.V.”, which shall use them directly and exclusively for charitable, benevolent or ecclesiastical purposes. The association has to use it directly and exclusively for charitable or ecclesiastical purposes.