General provisions

§ 1

1.HUMANDOC Foundation, hereinafter referred to as Foundation, acts in compliance with the Law on Foundations of 6 April 1984 as well as the provisions of this very statute.
2.The Foundation was established by Mateusz Mularski, Urszula Laskowska, Dominika Springer, hereinafter referred to as the “Founders”, on the basis of the notary act no. 212/2010 by Notary Aldona Czamarska in the Law Firm in Warsaw, Konduktorska Street 4/29, on 8th February 2010

§ 2

The Foundation is a legal entity.
§ 3

1.The Foundation uses a seal with the name of the Foundation. The seal can also include the logo of the Foundation.
2.The Foundation cannot use the translation of its name.

§ 4
The headquarters of the Foundation is located in Opole.

§ 5

1.The Foundation’s activities encompass the territory of the Republic of Poland and beyond, in accordance with the Polish Law, and the Law applicable on the territory of the Foundation’s current activities.
2.In order to perform its statutory tasks, the Foundation has the right to establish permanent and temporary field branches or specialised branches.
3.The Foundation is subordinated to the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

§ 6
The Foundation’s period of operation is unlimited.

§ 7
The Foundation’s Mission
In the firm conviction that there is not enough interest in social problems in the Polish media, as well as due to the lack of reliable information regarding the rapidly developing NGOs’ sector in Poland, the Foundation is a platform, thanks to which professionals from the TV, radio and printed media in cooperation with NGOs, create together educational, informational and promotional audio-visual and press projects with social and artistic dimensions, as well as conduct social and artistic activities that result from the provisions in the Foundation’s Statute.
Objectives and Principles of the Foundation’s Activities

§ 8

The main objective of the Foundation is supporting education and development of communities (including Polish community), and especially:
a) building cooperation for development with developing countries;
b) raising awareness and broadening knowledge of the societies regarding global education;
c) ensuring equal access to education, culture, information and art;
d) promoting sustainable development, environmentally friendly behaviours and protecting animal’s rights as well as natural heritage;
e) popularising protection of the rights of persons with disabilities, medical conditions, veterans and disadvantaged groups or groups socially excluded;
f) promoting employment and vocational activation as well as equalising development opportunities through supporting talented youth.
i) promoting activities aimed at economic development, including supporting entrepreneurship, especially among women and elderly people, as well as developing contact network between communities.
j) promoting activities for European integration, developing contact networks and cooperation between communities.
k) popularising freedom, Human Rights, civil liberties protection, as well as activities supporting development of democracy and strengthening structures of civil societies;
l) protecting and promoting health, including promoting healthy and safe lifestyle, popularising physical culture and sport;
m) supporting voluntary activities.

§ 9
The Foundation seeks to meet its objectives through:
1.Preparing media materials and social campaigns of society-related content.
2.Enabling contact and information exchange between media and NGOs sector, as well as between governmental and non-governmental entities and other stakeholders.
3.Bringing help, especially development and humanitarian aid in developing countries.
4.Promoting global education and introducing elements of global education to Polish education system.
5.Organizing cultural events (such as festivals, concerts, meetings, workshops, debates, panels, performances, shows, sport competitions, exhibitions, openings of young artists and other artistic or educational events).
6.Providing personal, financial or content-related support in order to foster equalising opportunities for women, new people on the labour market, those socially excluded as well as veterans and persons with disabilities.
7.Providing personal, financial or content related support aimed at developing prominent persons, including talented youth, independent athletes, scientists, artists and persons from academic environment.
8.Organising voluntary work and outings for volunteers.
9.Exchanging experiences with different countries through cooperation with foreign non-governmental and media organisations of similar profile.
10.Providing technical assistance, training and information for NGOs and other subjects acting in accordance with the Act on Public Benefit Activity and Volunteerism.

§ 10

1.In order to achieve its objectives, the Foundation can support the activities of other persons or institutions that have concurrent objectives.
2.In order to achieve its objectives, the Foundation can participate in joined projects with other governmental or non-governmental organisations, media institutions and other subjects.

The Foundation’s Property and Income

§ 11
The Foundation’s capital is comprised of statutory fund in the amount of 2100 PLN (two thousand one hundred Polish zloty), whereby the amount of 1000 PLN (one thousand zloty) is allocated in the economic activities and other fixed assets acquired by the Foundation during its operation.

§ 12

1.The Foundation’s income can be comprised of:
a)Donations, inherited property, bequests
b)Grants and subsidies for legal entities
c)Income from fundraising
d)Income from the Foundation’s Property
e)Bank interests
f)Revenue from economic activity

2.In the case of inheritance, the Board of the Foundation shall decide by majority of the votes on acceptance of the succession under benefit of inventory only if in the time of submitting a statement it is clear the inherited assets substantially exceed any possible debt on the legacy.

3.If the inheritance is accepted, the declarations required by the law shall be made by the Board of the Foundation.

§ 13

1.Revenue from economic activity shall be allocated fully to the implementation of statutory objectives or to cover the Foundation’s operating costs.
2.The Foundation may conduct economic activities on general principles, stipulated in separate regulations.
3.The Foundation may conduct economic activities only in the form of auxiliary activity serving to acquire funds in order to conduct statutory activity.
4.The Foundation may conduct economic activity in the following areas ( according to the Polish Classification of Activity (PKD)
a)Making films, video recordings, and TV programmes (59.11.Z)
b)Postproduction connected with films, recordings, video recordings and TV programmes (59.12.Z)
c)Distribution of films, video recordings and TV programmes (59.13.Z)
d)Screening of films (59.14.Z)
e)Copying films (excluding reproduction of films in order to ensure Cinema distribution), video cassettes, CDs or DVDs made from the original issue (18.20.Z)
f)Retail sale of video cassettes, CDs and DVDs (47.63.Z)
g)Wholesale of recorded video cassettes, CDs and DVDs (46.43.Z)
h)Issuing newspapers (58.13.Z)
i)Issuing magazines and other periodicals (58.14.Z)
j)Other publishing activities (58.19.Z)
k)activities connected with sound and music recording (59.20.Z)
l)advertising activities (73.11.Z)
m)any activities connected with organising fairs, exhibitions and congresses (82.30.Z)
n)various forms of out-of-school artistic education (85.52.Z)
o)activities connected with translation (74.30.Z)
5.Economic activities may be conducted by the Foundation itself or by other organisational entities created by the Foundation.
6.The Foundation shall conduct its financial economy and accounting records in compliance with valid regulations of Polish Law.

§ 14

While managing the Foundation’s fortune, forbidden are:
1.Loans or assets securing obligations of the association in relation to its members, members of the association of employees or persons to whom they are married or in a relationship of kinship or affinity in the collateral line to the second degree, or are related to the adoption, care or guardianship hereinafter relatives;
2.The transfer of the assets of the association for its members, board members or employees and other persons close in a manner other than in relation to third parties, in particular, if the transfer is free of charge or on preferential terms;
3.The use of the property for the benefit of the association members, board members or employees and their relatives in a manner other than in relation to third parties.

The Foundation’s Authorities
§ 15

The governing body of the Foundation is the Board of the Foundation

The Foundation’s Board

§ 16

1.The Board is the governing body of the foundation and has full competences regarding conducting its activities.
2.The Board of the Foundation consists of at least two persons.
3.The Board shall govern for the term of 4 years.
4.A Board Member may hold their function for more than one term if they were appointed again.
5.Termination of Membership in the Board occurs while handing in to another Board Member a letter of resignation in a written form, expiry of the term, dismissal by the Founders or death of the Board Member.
6.New Board Members shall be chosen by at least two Founders by a special resolution. Each of the Founders has the right to choose at least one new Board Member, however they need to be approved by the rest of the Founders with the majority of votes. Should any Board member fail to participate in voting, their decision shall be interpreter as approval of the newly appointed members.
7.The Founders have the right to choose a Board Members among the former Board Members.
8.The Founders have the right to dismiss with the majority of votes, with immediate effect, any Board Member, who fails to fulfil their obligations or works to the detriment of the Foundation. In the case of dismissal, the Foundation shall be obliged to choose a new Board Member with immediate effect.
9.Board Members appoint the President of the Board by a specific regulation. Choice of the new President shall be decided by majority of votes.
10.Regulations and decisions shall be made by a simple majority.
11.The President of the Board may convene a meeting of the Board on his/her own initiative, or on demand of a Board Member.
12.The Board may pass resolutions provided at least two persons participate in the meeting.
13.All Members of the Board need to be notified about the meeting.
14.The President of the board and Board Members may receive remuneration for fulfilling their function.
15.Declaration of consent concerning the fulfilment of employer’s duties shall be done by the President of the Board or an authorised Board Member.
16.The Board of the Foundation has the right to pass decisions regarding any changes in the Foundation’s charter, change of Foundation’s name, Foundation’s seat, to create steady and regionals offices, to change its goals or rules concerning its activities, form of representation, merging with another Foundation or Winding-up of the Foundation. Decisions regarding the above mentioned matters must be approved unanimously with the consent of every Board Member.

§ 17

1.The Board is responsible in particular for:
a)Setting main directions of Foundation’s activities
b)Supervising Foundation’s activities
c)Passing annual action plans and financial plan for the Foundation
d)Passing terms and conditions
e)Managing Foundation’s fortune
f)Establishing the employment and the amount of remuneration for the Foundation’s employees
g)Accepting donations, inheritance, subsidies
h)Representing the Foundation outside
i)Initiating charter changes, merging with another Foundation and winding up the Foundation.
j)Employing, dismissing employees and setting their remuneration
k)Preparing and announcing annual financial statement in accordance with applicable accounting regulations
l)Appointing plenipotentiaries to conduct specific area of Foundation’s tasks

Method of Representation

§ 18

1.Statement of consent on behalf of the Foundation shall be made by two Board Members acting jointly.
2.In any cases regarding Labour Law or issues not connected with taking on financial liabilities above 5 000 (five thousand) Polish Zlotys, the statement of consent can be made by one Board Member.

Merger with another foundation

§ 19

1.The Foundation can merge with another foundation in order to perform its tasks effectively.
2.Merger with another foundation is prohibited if it means significant changes to statutory goals of the Foundation.
§ 20
In all matters regarding a possible merger with another foundation, the decision must be made unanimously by the Board.
Liquidating the Foundation
1.Winding up of the Foundation may take place if it has achieved all goals, for which it was founded or if its financial means and fortune have been exhausted or if the Board has made such decision.
2.Liquidators of the Foundation shall be chosen and dismissed by the Board.
§ 22
The decision about liquidating the Foundation shall be made by the Board through an unanimous resolution.
§ 23
Financial means and fortune of the Foundation after its liquidation may be donated, through the resolution of the Board, to other Foundations in the Republic of Poland with similar goals.

Here is the statute of the Foundation HumanDOC

Download PDF