People in Need Organizational Structure
People in Need is a non-profit organization registered in the Foundation Register maintained by the Municipal Court in Prague, section O, file 119. Statutory bodies participating in the company’s management are the Executive Board, Supervisory Board, and Executive Council. The organization is headed up by Managing Director.
Statutes of non-profit organization Člověk v tísni, o. p. s.
1. On November 12, 1998, the Founders:
1. Česká televize,
IČO: 00027383, located at Kavčí Hory, 140 70 Prague 4;
Ms. Kristina Taberyová, Birth Index No. xxxx, residing at xxxx;
2. Mr. Jaromír Štětina, Ing.,
residing at xxxx
Birth Index No. xxxx
3. Mr. Šimon Pánek,
residing at xxxx
Birth Index No. xxxxx
(hereinafter only the "Founders")
entered this Founding Agreement in accordance with Sec. 4 of Act No. 248/1995 Coll., as subsequently amended.
2. The Founders hereby establish the aforesaid organization as a non-profit organization, in accordance with the provisions of the Founding Agreement of Člověk v tísni – společnost při České televizi, o.p.s. (hereinafter only "Organization"), located at Kavčí Hory, 140 70 Prague 4. By Resolutions of the Municipal Court in Prague, No. F 44122/2003, F 50712/2003, and F 60171/2003, of June 17, 2003, which came into force on July 23, 2003, the Organization has changed its address. As of July 23, 2003, the Organization’s head office was at Sokolská Street 1869/18, Prague 2, 120 00. By the Executive Board’s Decision of September 30, 2009, the Organization’s domicile was moved, with effect from January 1, 2010. Since January 1, 2010, the Organization’s address is: Šafaříkova ulice 635/24, 120 00 Prague 2. By Resolution of the Municipal Court in Prague, Ref. No. 14 Cm 538/2006 – 159, of August 27, 2007, which came into effect on September 11, 2007, the name of the Organization was changed to Člověk v tísni, o.p.s. In the English language, the Organization uses the name People in Need; in the Slovak language, Človek v tiesni; and, in the Russian language, the Organization uses the name Chelovyek v byedye. Thus, whenever the Organization conducts activities under one of the foreign names (see above), the name always pertains to one and the same entity, whose obligations arise from these legal provisions and are binding to the Organization.
3. The Founders established the Organization as a legal successor of Nadace při České televizi Člověk v tísni, IČO 61381411, in accordance with § 35(3) of Act No. 227/1997, the Act on Foundations and Non-profit Funds, amending and supplementing certain relevant legislation, as amended.
4. The Organization is being established for indeterminate time.
5. The Organization shall conduct its activities to the extent specified hereinbelow, both abroad and at home. The Organization is a non-profit organization and does not pursue any political or religious objectives.
- The Organization conducts the following publicly beneficial activities, in particular:
a) organizing humanitarian and developmental aid abroad and at home;
b) assistance to politically/racially or otherwise persecuted/discriminated persons, abroad and at home;
c) assistance to young journalists and independent press, abroad and at home;
d) organizing assistance to local administration authorities and other local organizations;
e) organizing assistance to minorities abroad and at home;
f) social consultancy;
g) public enlightenment activities;
h) organizing seminars and training sessions;
i) organizing cultural and sports events;
j) publishing and editing activities;
k) provision of social services;
l) communal planning and organizing;
m) organizing educational and leisure activities for children and the youth
n) support for and operation of therapeutic and resocialization workshops, including sale of products made in these workshops, both at home and abroad.
o) consultancy and assistance in the area of protection against discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, or ethnic origin, religion, faith, world view (Weltanschauung), health handicap, age, or sexual orientation;
p) activities in the area of protection of consumer rights and legitimate interests.
q) operation of multicultural center.
The Condition of Providing Public-Benefit Services
- The Organization shall render public-benefit services to physical and legal entities, both abroad and at home.
- These services shall be rendered as part of the Organization’s individual projects. The mode and the conditions of service rendition shall be linked to concrete projects and described in detail therein. All parties interested in the Organization’s services may acquaint themselves with the conditions applicable to the individual services at the Organization’s head office or the given branch office where such services are provided. The conditions shall also be publicized, usually over the Internet.
- The conditions of providing individual services are set up so as to be identical for all the parties provided with the concrete services.
- As a rule, the Organization shall provide such services free of charge, but services may also be rendered on a par value basis. In such cases, the charge for the services shall usually be calculated so that no profit would be generated. However, if any profit is generated, the Organization undertakes to spend it on providing public-benefit services that constitute the very purpose of the Organization’s founding.
- In addition to the main activities specified hereinabove, which constitute the very purpose of Organization’s establishment, the Organization shall also conduct complementary activities, as a rule, on a for-value basis. These supplementary activities are to be understood as:
a) creation and distribution of audio-visual programs;
b) advertising activities;
c) intermediary services in advertising;
d) operation of transportation services;
e) international transportation;
f) production, sale, and services other than specified in Annexes 1 – 3 to the Trade Law;
g) leasing of real estate, apartments, and non-residential premises;
h) guest accommodation and catering services.
- The Organization shall conduct the complementary activities specified hereinabove solely for the
purpose of applying its assets more effectively, whereby it is required that conducting these activities must not affect the quality, scope, or accessibility of the Organization’s non-profit services specified in Subarticle (1) hereinabove. Furthermore, it applies that all profit generated by the complementary activities must be used for improving the quality and expanding the scope of the Organization’s public-benefit activities.
The Organization’s Statutory Bodies
The statutory bodies of the Organization are:
a) the Executive Board
b) the Supervisory Board
c) the Director.
The Executive Board
1. The Executive Board is a statutory body of the Organization.
2. The Executive Board shall have at least three members, presided by the President.
3. The members of the Executive Board shall be appointed and recalled by the Founders.
4. The first members of the Executive Board shall be appointed by the Founders. In the event that the membership of one of the Executive Board member’s expires, irrespective of the reason, the remaining Executive Board members shall appoint a new member no later than 60 days after the former member’s position becomes vacant. In the event that the membership of all the members of the Executive Board expires, new Executive Board’s members shall be appointed by the Supervisory Board.
5. The term of office of the members of the Executive Board shall be three years, except as specified in the following Subarticle hereinbelow.
6. During its first meeting, the Executive Board shall draw the names of one third of the members, whose term in office shall expire one year following the establishment of the Organization, and the names of one third of the members whose term in office shall expire two years following the foundation of the Organization.
7. Renewal of membership in the Executive Board is admissible.
8. Membership in the Executive Board expires:
a) by a letter of resignation addressed to the Founders of the Organization;
b) if the member dies;
c) if the member is recalled;
d) on expiration date of the member’s term in office.
8. Members of the Executive Board may only be recalled by the Founders.
9. The Executive Board shall elect a President from among its members. The President shall summon and preside over the Executive Board’s meetings. The first President shall be appointed by the Founders.
10. Each member of the Executive Board shall have one vote, whereby it applies that each member shall perform this function personally.
11. With the exception of cases specified in the following provisions of these Statutes, the Executive Board shall vote by simple majority, whereby it applies that at least two thirds of the members must be present. In the event that the vote is tied, the President of the Executive Board shall have the casting vote; if absent, the acting president shall have the casting vote.
12. The Executive Board may also vote per rollam. Per rollam decisions shall not be admissible, if the given decision requires the presence of at least two thirds of the members of the Executive Board.
13. The Executive Board shall convene at least twice a year. Its meetings shall be called by the President of the Executive Board.
14. If at least one third of the Executive Board’s members so requests, the President is obliged to call the Executive Board’s meeting, subject to the conditions and the required mode of summoning, whereby it applies that the meeting shall take place within 15 calendar days following delivery of the request. If the conduct of the Executive Board’s President indicates clearly that the President might obviate this obligation, the Supervisory Board may take over the initiative and call the Executive Board’s meeting in the manner specified in this Subarticle, instead. The reason for calling the meeting must be specified in the invitation.
15. The Executive Board’s meetings shall be presided over by the President; if absent, it applies that the meeting has a quorum and may appoint another member, by simple majority, to preside over the meeting.
16. On principle, the Executive Board’s vote casting shall be public, unless the Executive Board determines otherwise.
17. In the event that a given meeting of the Executive Board does not have a quorum, due to resignation of its members, the Founders must appoint new members to replace them no later than before the next Executive Board’s meeting.
18. The proceedings of each Executive Board’s meeting shall be recorded in the form of minutes. The minutes shall be taken by the Organization’s duly authorized worker and signed by the Executive Board’s President and one other member of the Executive Board.
The Scope of Competence of the Executive Board
1. The Executive Board shall make decisions on all matters in its competency by the law, as well as on:
a) creation of the Organization’s Statutes, and amendments and supplements thereto;
b) the creation of, and on changes or dissolution of the Organization’s Funds; and on adoption, and on amendments and supplements to the statutes of the Organization’s Funds.
2. Decisions of the Executive Board concerning amendments to the Statutes and establishment of the Organization’s branch offices, as well as decisions determining which organization would be offered the Organization’s residue assets following liquidation, or decisions on the Organization’s dissolution require a two-third majority of the Executive Board’s members. If the vote is tied, the presiding member shall have the casting vote.
3. In connection with the services that the Organization provides, the Executive Board’s members have the following particular competences:
a) supervision of the Organization’s adherence to the rules for the allocation of all funds;
b) ex-post approval of the President’s decisions, in accordance with Art. III(3) hereof (these Statutes).
4. The Executive Board approves the financial policy with respect to distribution of the Organization’s resources acquired in accordance with Art. X(4) hereof.
5. The Executive Board may delegate its competencies onto the Organization’s Director, on the basis of a power of attorney, with the exception of those which the law requires that they be in the competence of the Executive Board, exclusively.
6. The Executive Board may approve the Organization’s Organizational Code and/or other internal documents regulating relations within the Organization. These documents must not contradict the law, these Statutes, or the Founding Agreement.
The Supervisory Board
1. The Supervisory Board is the control body of the Organization.
2. The Supervisory Board shall have three members.
3. The first Supervisory Board shall be appointed by the Founders.
4. The members of the Supervisory Board may not be members of another statutory body of the Organization, nor may they be its employees.
5. During its first meeting, the Supervisory Board shall draw the names of one third of its members whose term in office shall expire one year following the Organization’s establishment and the names of one third of the members whose term in office shall expire two years following the Organization’s establishment.
6. For calling a meeting, negotiating, and decision-making, the Supervisory Board’s members shall follow the provisions analogically applicable to the Executive Board. The Supervisory Board has the right to adopt its own rules of procedure and other provisions concerning its meetings and procedures, provided that they otherwise comply with these Statutes.
7. The term in office of the Supervisory Board’s members shall be three years.
8. Membership in the Supervisory Board shall expire:
a) by a letter of resignation addressed to the Organization’s Executive Board;
b) if a member dies;
c) if a member is recalled;
d) when a member’s term in office expires.
9. The Supervisory Board shall, in particular:
a) review the accuracy of the Organization’s accounting procedures;
b) review the Organization’s annual accounts and Annual Reports;
c) ensure that the Organization conducts its activities in compliance with current legal provisions, the Articles of Association, and these Statutes;
d) notify the Executive Board of any discrepancies and submit remedial propositions;
e) present the Executive Board with a report of its audits, at least once a year.
10. The Supervisory Board is furthermore authorized to:
a) review the Organization’s ledgers and other documentation, and verify the data contained therein;
b) summon extraordinary meetings of the Executive Board, provided that it is in the interest of the Organization.
11. The members of the Supervisory Board shall have the right to attend all of the Executive Board’s meetings and they may, at their discretion, take a position on any issue under discussion, but they shall have no voting right.
12. The Supervisory Board shall keep the Executive Board informed about any violation of the law, the Articles of Association, or these Statutes, as well as about any economically unjustifiable activities or any shortcomings in the Organization’s activities.
The Organization’s Director
1. The Organization’s Director shall manage the Organization’s daily operations and act on its behalf.
2. The Organization’s Director shall be appointed and recalled by the Executive Board. The requirements concerning the Director’s functions, including his/her remuneration, shall be determined by the Executive Board in the letter of his/her appointment. Other legal procedures concerning the Director are in the competence of the Executive Board.
3. The Director is always the Organization’s employee and may not be member of any other of the Organization’s statutory bodies.
4. The Director shall have the right to attend all the meetings of all of the Organization’s bodies, with an advisory voting power.
The Executive Council
1. The Executive Council is the Organization’s executive, operational, and coordinative body that takes part in handling the Organization’s agenda that the law, the Articles of Association, or these Statutes do not specifically determine to be exclusively in the competence of the Executive Board, Supervisory Board, or the Organization’s Director, or acts as an advisory body in respect of these issues.
2. The Executive Council’s competences, choice of appointees, rules of procedure, other procedural details, as well as concrete delimitation of the Executive Council’s scope of competence are stipulated in its Statutes. The Executive Council’s Statutes are adopted, amended, and abolished by the Organization’s Director with the Executive Board’s approval.
1. The Organization’s secretariat shall handle all of the Organization’s administrative services necessary for the operation of the Executive Board and other bodies, and carry out assignments from the Executive Board and the Organization’s Director.
2. The Secretariat’s main duties and structure shall be determined by the Organization’s Director.
3. The Secretariat is directed by the Director who is in charge of its activities; the Director answers for its operations to the Executive Board
The Friends Club
1. The Executive Board shall establish a Friends Club as the Organization’s initiation body.
2. Anyone who fills out an application form and pays a contribution to the Organization’s activities may join the Friends Club and shall be given a membership number. Every year, the Executive Board shall specify the minimum amount of membership contribution (fee).
3. Members shall be issued a confirmation of membership in the Friends Club upon request.
4. The Organization shall keep a portfolio of the Friends Club’s members.
5. Members of the Friends Club have the right to:
a) present suggestions concerning optimization of the Organization’s activities; such proposals must be presented by at least 50 members jointly;
b) take part in selected events, upon consulting the Organization’s worker of competence;
c) obtain information on the Organization’s activities.
6. One of the Organization’s workers shall be appointed to be in charge of the Friends Club’s agenda. The Organization’s Director shall present annual reports on the Friends Club’s activities to the Executive Board.
Founders’ Capital Contributions; Fundraising and Other Gainful Activities; Economic Management
1. The Founders shall contribute CZK 500.00 to the basic assets of the Organization each.
2. This contribution has been entrusted to the Organization’s Treasurer, Ms. Kristina Taberyová, Birth Index No. xxxx. The Treasurer has deposited the funds on the Organization’s bank account.
3. The Organization acquires the property and financial assets necessary for reaching its objectives, specified in Art. II hereof, as follows:
a) proceeds from promotional activities and activities specified in Art. II(2) hereof;
c) public collections;
f) budgetary allocations;
g) Founders’ contributions.
4. The Organization shall manage the means thus acquired in accordance with the financial policy approved by the Executive Board and common legally binding fiscal/accounting provisions.
The Organization shall compile and publish annual reports of its activities and economic operations by the date to be determined by the Executive Board, but no later than six months following the expiry of the current period, i.e., the calendar year most recently ended. The first annual report shall be published no later than 18 months following the Organization’s establishment.
Representing the Organization
1. The Organization shall be represented by the Director acting on the Organization’s behalf.
2. Other persons may act on the Organization’s behalf to the extent of the scope of their competences defined in the powers of attorney obtained from the Director.
3. Signatory rights on behalf of the Organization shall be exercised by the Organization’s Director or a proxy duly empowered by the same, who attach their signature next to the Organization’s name, written or printed.
Dissolution of the Organization
In the event that the Organization is to be dissolved, the liquidation assets shall be dedicated to charity purposes by transfer to another non-profit organization conducting activities in the same or similar area of activity as Člověk v tísni, o.p.s. The choice of such an organization shall be fully in the competence of the Organization’s Executive Board.
1. All and any matters which are not regulated by these Statutes shall be subject to the relevant Articles of the Founding Agreement and the provisions of Act No. 248/1995 Coll., on non-profit organizations, and other relevant legislation of the Czech Republic.
2. All amendments and supplements to these Statutes must be executed in writing as supplements hereto.
3. This Agreement shall be executed in quadruplicate, in the Czech language.
4. The undersigned members of the Executive Board hereby declare to be well acquainted with the contents of these Statutes, and to have discussed and fully agreed on these contents, in witness whereof they attach their manu propria signatures hereunto.
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