Statutes

Preamble

Danke für Ihre Spende an den Kinderhilfsverein House of Hope e.V. München

The work of House of Hope is guided by the following principles:

The House of Hope Association intends to give people hope for a self-determined life full of love and joy, to create the theoretical basis for this objective and to support its practical implementation. Special help shall be provided to children and adolescents because they will shape the humane future we are all hoping for.

In this spirit, House of Hope adopts the following Statutes:

Article 1 - Name, Seat, Business Year

1. The name of the Association shall be "House of Hope". The Association is to be registered in the Register of Associations. Subsequently, the addition "e.V." (registered association) is to be added to its name. 

2. The seat of the Association is Munich.

3. The business year is the calendar year. 

Article 2 - Objectives and Tasks of the Association 

1. The objective of the Association is the theoretical and practical support of persons, particularly of children and adolescents, on their way into a fulfilled, joyful and loving live in harmony with the understanding of humanity and the laws of nature. For the Association, persons are always at the centre: 

a. Support of child and youth welfare 

b. Support of education and vocational training including student support 

c. Support of needy persons (within the meaning of Section 53 of the German Fiscal Code)

d. Promotion of an international attitude, of tolerance in all fields of culture and of the understanding between nations, unless activities are pursued which, from the perspective of the purpose of these Statutes and the actual management, are constitutionally incompatible or predominantly of a touristic nature.

2. The Association shall attain its objectives particularly by 

a. analysing the needs of children and adolescents (especially children living in orphanages or children's homes and street children) as a basis for project planning.

b. compensating social discrimination and providing help in overcoming individual impairments by pedagogic and therapeutic measures and vocational promotion. For this purpose, the Association will engage educators and therapists on an honorary (members) or paid (external specialists) basis in order to help those concerned in resolving the problems within the scope of individual or group sessions. The Association shall make resources available in order to provide funding for vocational training/studies for socially or physically disadvantaged persons. The Association shall take care of and support pupils and students individually when looking for apprenticeship places and workplaces (e.g. by finding mentors for them, conducting job application trainings, organising internships etc.).

c. Conception and realization of projects to support the development of adolescents (especially orphans, children living in children's homes and street children) to become responsible and socially competent personalities. To attain this objective, the Association shall familiarize children and adolescents theoretically and practically with the different situations in the areas of family, elderly people, society and health through seminars, lectures, study trips, project weeks - also together with elderly people - on an honorary (members) or paid (external specialists) basis. In doing so, we intend to provide the relevant children and adolescents with a broad foundation for their own development and to reach the objectives of establishing a child- and family-friendly environment and of preserving and improving positive living conditions and communication between different generations.

d. Conception and implementation of projects aimed at exchanging experiences with foreign cultural areas for a better understanding of the life cultures and beliefs of other peoples in order to reach a good understanding for tolerant, neighbourly and peace-oriented interaction.

e. In cooperation with specialists, conception and realization of projects dealing with animal protection and nature conservation in order to give children and adolescents the possibility of comprehending vital correlations and of handling resources responsibly.

f. Projects in cooperation with experts on the topic of "Healthy life and preventive measure in harmony with nature" in order to train a conscious approach to one's own body, prevent severe illnesses, unburden the community and sustainably improve the tense situation in the health sector. In this connection, help is also to be provided in case of illness and disabilities by supporting sick people and their relatives financially and psychologically (within the meaning of Section 53 of the German Fiscal Code).

3. The Association can also realize its objectives by procuring funds for another entity. The prerequisite for this is that such other entity also pursues charitable or benevolent purposes exclusively and directly within the meaning of the paragraph "tax-advantaged purposes" of the German Fiscal Code and that it uses the resources exclusively for the purposes within the meaning of paragraph 1.

Article 3 - Funding

1. Membership fees

2. Donations

3. Proceeds from the assets of the Association

4. Collections

5. evenues from charity events

6. Other grants

Article 4 - Tax Relief 

The Association pursues charitable and benevolent purposes exclusively and directly, as defined in the paragraph "Tax-advantaged purposes" of the German Fiscal Code. The Association works selflessly; it does not primarily pursue own lucrative aims. 

It is also a promotional association as defined in Section 58 No. 1 of the German Fiscal Code. As such, it also uses its resources for the support of the tax-privileged entities mentioned in Article 2 Paragraph 3 of the Statutes.

Article 5 - Use of the Resources

The Association's resources may only be used for the purposes defined in the Statutes. In their quality as members, the members do not receive any benefits out of the Association's resources. When leaving the Association, they have no entitlement whatsoever to the Association's assets. No person may be favoured through expenses alien to the purposes of the Association or through disproportionately high considerations. 

Article 6 - Expenditures for Administrative Activities

The Association undertakes to take care of the adequateness of the expenditures for administrative activities, in other words to keep them as low as possible. This implies the cost-saving handling of donations, diligence when choosing projects and digital communication wherever possible.

Article 7 - Membership 

1. Members of the Association are:

    a) Full members

    b) Supporting members

    c) Honorary members

2. All natural and legal persons supporting the Association's objectives can become members.

3. A natural person who has rendered particularly outstanding services to the Association and the fulfilment of its tasks can become an honorary member of the Association. The Association's Board decides on a person's honorary membership. 

4. A person can become a member of the Association by making a declaration to that effect. Membership commences with the Board's approval. 

5. Membership expires:

    a) if a member leaves the Association by submitting a written declaration to that effect to the Board, complying with a three-month notice period as at the end of the business year.

    b) upon exclusion by resolution of the Board, if the member acts against the Association's objectives, damages the Association's interests or the reputation, violates the Association's Statutes or regulations or does not comply with his or her obligations towards the Association. A excluded member shall be entitled to have the exclusion examined by the Meeting of Members at their next regular General Meeting.

     c) upon the dissolution of the Association.

     d) upon death. 

6. Regular members have an active and a passive voting right.

Article 8 - Membership Fee 

1.    Membership fees for the running costs shall be charged to the full members and the supporting members.

2.    The amount of the annual membership fees and their maturity shall be defined by the General Meeting of Members.

3.    Honorary members shall be exempted from the duty to pay membership fees.

4.    An admission fee shall not be charged. 

Article 9 - Bodies of the Association 

The bodies of the Association are as follows: 

1. Board of Directors 

2. General Meeting of Members

Article 10 - Board of Directors 

1. The General Meeting of Members appoints the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors' period of office lasts four years. Re-election is possible. 

2. Signature by the Board of Directors’ is sufficient for legally binding representation.

3. The Board of Directors' resolutions are communicated in writing to the General Meeting of Members.

4. The Board of Directors can be excluded by resolution of the General Meeting of Members, if it acts against the Association's objectives or does not comply with its obligations towards the Association. Such exclusion must be sufficiently justified.

5. The Board of Directors' duties are in particular:

a) Initiating measures for the attainment of the Statutes' purposes and following up on their implementation

b) Implementing resolutions of the General Meeting of Members

c)  Preparing and convening the General Meeting of Members, informing them comprehensively about the Association's situation and activities and the results of the Association's work

6. For the fulfilment of its duties, the Board of Directors may appoint one or several Managing Directors.

7. The Board of Directors may receive adequate compensation.

Article 11 - General Meeting of Members 

1. The General Meeting of Members shall be conducted at least once a year and shall be convened by the Board of Directors subject to a notification period of two weeks. The invitation shall be sent by e-mail, alternatively by simple letter, to the last known addresses of the members. The agenda fixed by the Board of Directors shall be specified in the invitation.

2. The General Meeting of Members constitutes a quorum if and as long as at least five members participate in the meeting. 

3. A resolution to dissolve the Association requires that at least 50 % of the members are present or represented by proxy.

4. The Meeting of Members designates a chairperson for the meeting.

5. Minutes shall be taken of the resolutions of the General Meeting of Members. The chairperson of the meeting shall sign the minutes.

6. The Meeting of Members shall be responsible for all matters of the Association to the extent that there is no other body who is in charge of them. 

The Meeting of Members is exclusively responsible for the following tasks:

a) Election, discharge and dismissal of the Board of Directors;

b) Fixation of the number of members to be elected to the Board of Directors;

c) Fixation of the level and the maturity of the membership fees;

d) Adoption of resolutions on amendments to the Statutes and on the Association's dissolution;

e) The Board of Directors has to convene a General Meeting of Members immediately if the Association's interests so require or if at least 30 percent of the members request that a General Meeting be convened. General Meetings shall be convened in writing, stating the purpose and the reasons.

7. An application, which has been filed with the General Meeting of Members for decision and for which a resolution has not been passed at two successive General Meetings, may be referred to the Board of Directors for decision.

8. Members may have themselves represented by another member by proxy. The proxy must be available in writing at the General Meeting of Members. One member may represent a maximum of two members by proxy.

Article 12 - Amendments to the Statutes and Dissolution

1. The General Meeting of Members decides on amendments to the Statutes and the Association's dissolution. Resolutions are passed with a two-thirds majority. The adopted amendments are communicated to the members in writing immediately after the corresponding resolution has been passed.

2. Amendments or additions to the Statutes, which are prescribed by the registration authority or the tax office, are implemented by the Board of Directors and require no further resolution to be passed by the members. They shall simply be communicated to the members in writing.

3. If the Association is dissolved or if the Association's legal capacity is withdrawn or if the tax-privileged purposes cease to exist, the entire assets of the Association shall be transferred to a tax-privileged body for being used within the meaning of these Statutes for the support of children and adolescents. Such grant shall be made primarily to a body which had been supported by the Association at the time of its dissolution and which meets the above-mentioned conditions at the time when the grant is made. Resolutions on the future use of the assets must not be implemented until the tax office has given its approval.