Statue of the Foundation

Statue of the Foundation

„Collegium Progressus”


Chapter I

Generally decisions



§ 1

The foundation named “Collegium Progressus” henceforth called the FOUNDATION, is established by its founding members:




henceforth known as the founders by act of notary under Stanislaw Ciaglo, in the notary’s office in Nowy Sacz Dunajewskiego 7 Street index “A” 2627/2006 from the 20th April 2006. The Foundation acts according to the rules pertaining to Foundations dated 6th April 1984 ( Dz.U. from 1991 , No 46 position 203 ) henceforth and according to the Statute below.

§ 2

1. The foundation has legal status.

2.Duration of time of the Foundation is unlimited.


§ 3

The foundation is based in Rożnów


§ 4

The minister responsible for the aims of the foundation is the Minister of the economy, employment and social politics.

§ 5

1. The primary area of operation for the Foundation is Poland, and from the 1st May 2004 in the European Union, in order to effectively carry out its social and economic objectives the foundation will also operate its work in Poland and beyond the borders.

2. In particular the foundation will focus its activity in the area of Malopolska province and neighbouring regions, i.e. Podkarpacki, Swietokrzyskie areas and Ślaskie

§ 6

1. The foundation may create groups, syndicates, departments, affiliations, places

of learning; its may create co-operatives and other economic entities, and can

combine with other groups with existing groups and foundations

2. The foundation is not a financial institution

§ 7

The foundation uses its own stamp with the name of the foundation.

§ 8

The foundation can create and grant emblems, honorary medals together with other prizes and rewards to individuals and to institutions who are merited by the foundation.

§ 9

  1. The foundation will keep a book of honorary donors called pro memoria, in which will be recorded the names of individuals and corporate bodies who have contributed to the goals of the foundation.


  1. Individual and corporate members who are included in pro memoria can request to be made honorary founders members.

§ 10

  1. There is a possibility of acceding individuals and corporate bodies into the Foundations when the Foundation has already started its activity as the Honourable Founder, who have contributed to the goals of the foundation.
  2. This title has a personal character and it is given on the basis of the General Meeting of Founders
  3. The Honourable Founder can participate on the General Meeting
  4. If the General Meeting of Founders does not allow the Honourable Founder to vote, they are not in the voting which concern elections of members to the Foundation, cancelling or changing the statue of other Honourable Founders
  5. Other resolution of the General Meeting can grant the active and passive electoral law and full law allowing voting during the General Meeting; 2/3 of votes “for” of all voters



Chapter II

Aims and principles of the foundation


§ 11

The aim of the Foundation is encouraging of the development, health protection and encouraging of the social activity, social help, information activity, culture for the benefit of development of the democracy in Poland and connecting nations of the Central and Eastern Europe, protection of the sick and disabled people, particularly children and the youth, acting for the benefit of help for people injured in accidents.

§ 12

The foundation accomplish its objectives by:

  1. Creating economic, educational, cultural and ecological initiatives in Poland, specifically in the Malopolka region, and neighbouring regions. , i.e. Podkarpacki, Swietokrzyskie areas and Śląskiego;
  2. Encouraging the development of independence and social awareness
  3. Supporting initiatives in places of education, self government, administrations and enterprises.
  4. Encouraging and supporting ecological initiatives and natural development
  5. Supporting the idea of collaboration.
  6. Encouraging the use of the Internet and modern means of communication
  7. Developing education and higher schooling
  8. To monitor the performance of local authorities and independent organisations at all levels, to confirm that they are complying with current regulations and directives.
  9. Improving the working of government and local-government administration at all levels
  10. Carrying out surveys on the present state and the potential of the Malopolska region and its neighbouring provinces
  11. Promoting cultural identity of the Malopolska region.
  12. Encouraging social, cultural and educational initiatives for the benefit of the Malopolska region, and sharing what has been achieved with other native and foreign organisations.
  13. Instigating and organise collaboration between non-government organisations, and other organisations with aims similar the foundation in Poland and the European Union
  14. Collaborating with neighbouring countries on projects with similar aims to those of the foundation.
  15. Supporting projects which are starting up as a result of joining the EU and are aimed at social development with the Malopolska region and neighbouring areas
  16. Providing equal opportunities to young people and graduates and to help people who are in the same situation, position
  17. Encouraging initiatives and job creation
  18. Organising field trips and work experience across Poland particularly in Malopolka and the neighbouring counties
  19. Promoting sport and a healthy lifestyle
  20. Initiating projects which will enhance the development and status of Nowy Sacz
  21. New activities connecting with development of rural areas.
  22. Activities for the benefit of promotion and protection of helth
  23. Activities for the benefit of disabled people
  24. Activities for the benefit of social help, including help for families in difficult situation
  25. Assurance the help for invalids, war veterans
  26. Activities for the benefit of sport
  27. Granting scholarship and rewards for those who take part in realization of the Foundation’s aims, organizing and financing free seminars
  28. Gathering people in Poland and abroad, especially the youth
  29. Giving financial help, organizing medical treatment and offering help for injured people
  30. Organizing and financing the purchase of special medical equipment
  31. Organizing the educational activities
  32. Organizing the information activities of the Foundation’s aims
  33. Organizing meetings in order to exchange the information about carrying the aims of the Foundation, giving advice and help
  34. Organizing and running the training centre
  35. Financial support of the centres and institutions which run the business according to § 11

2. The Foundation’s activity, which is mentioned in the first regulation, is for free

§ 13

The foundation will carry out these aims in collaboration with:

  1. Local, regional and provinces authorities, in the areas where the foundation is effective and with bodies and firms which are working under their control.
  2. With administrations of all levels
  3. With other organisations not under local government
  4. Institutions and centre of scientific research, economic and artisan groups with agricultural and other organisations which have similar aims to paragraph 11, in Poland and abroad.
  5. Public, private and governmental organisations whose aims are to support the development of Eastern and Central European regions structurally and financially
  6. Banks and commercial companies who support, finance and promote the aims of the foundation
  7. Secondary and high schools
  8. With individuals wishing to contribute to society and having a positive influence on achieving the aims and objectives which the foundation has set itself.

§ 14

  1. In order to achieve its aims the foundation may support other organisations which have similar goals to those of the foundation
  2. The foundation can also work in partnerships with companies which function according to regulations published in the code of commerce


Chapter III

Assets and income of the foundation


§ 15

The initial assets of the foundation consists of 3,000 zloty (three thousand) , as specified in the in the legal documents, and is the starting up fund, together with methods of finance moveable and immovable, and rights obtained by the foundation during the course of its work.

§ 16

  1. The foundation is responsible financially for all its commitments in its aims
  2. The founders and the other members are exempt from any financial responsibility for any projects undertaken by the foundation

§ 17

The Foundation’s income is from


1) Gifts, inheritances, donations from individuals and corporate bodies, and other

national and international organisations.

2) Subsidies from private individuals and legal, local and main bodies

3) Income from collections and public events organised according to the legal

orders, rules

4) Income from sale real estate and possessions.

5) Income from legal possessions allotted to the Foundation.

6) Interest from bank accounts

§ 18

  1. The assets and income of the Foundation are intended for the aims stated in this document, and also to cover its running costs.
  2. Income from subsidies and gifts, bequests and donations may be used to carry out all the aims of the Foundation, unless stipulated otherwise by the benefactor.
  3. Declarations, according to the law, connected with receiving gifts are submitted by the Foundation

§ 19

  1. The finances and accounting of the Foundation will be carried out according to Polish law
  2. The financial year is from 1 April to 31 March each year
  3. The Foundation Management is responsible for the way of realization the account books


Chapter IV

Main Contributors and Organisation of Funding


§ 20

  1. The main contributors of the Foundation are:

a) Annual General Meeting of founders

b) The Foundation Committee


  1. Apart from occasions where the statute defines another method, any resolution passed by majority vote needs to have at least half of the voting Foundation members present.
  2. Each member of the foundation has one vote at the Annual General Meeting
  3. In the event of an equal number of votes being cast the chairperson at the meeting will have the deciding vote.

The General Meeting of Founders

§ 21

The AGM will comprises of founders in person or those nominated by the founder to represent them by proxy

§ 22

The members meeting at the AGM will elect a chairperson from their group

§ 23

1. The AGM is the body which makes and endorses the statute.

2. Its duties include:

a) To endorse changes in the Foundations charter

b) To steer the main course of the Foundations activities

c) To undertake decision whether to amalgamate or disband the Foundation

d) To oversee the main areas of the Foundations work

e) To submit proposals pertaining to work of the Foundation

f) To comment on yearly programmes.

g) To comment on matters presented by the committee.

h) To create and dismiss members of the Foundation.

i) To establish the internal structure of the Foundation.

j) To carry out internal reviews and audits

k) To oversee and approve reports of the committee’s work, and grant it autonomy

l) To establish guidelines for the committee, for the distribution of financial resources

m) To present the committee with proposals with regard to work undertaken

n) To establish appropriate remuneration to member of the Foundation according to the regulations stipulated in point 32 subsection 2 of the statute.

o) To endorse the yearly plans of the Foundation’s work and financial projections.

p) accepting the annual plans of the Foundation’s activity and its cost

q) appointing and appealing the members of the Foundation’s committee and its president;

2/3 of votes “for” including at lest half of the all voters.

§ 24

  1. There are two types of General Meeting: ordinary and extra-ordinary
  2. An ordinary General Meeting takes place every three years.
  3. An extra –ordinary General Meeting is called by the Foundation’s committee, motioned by a minimum of 3 founder members. The invitation for an extra-ordinary General Meeting has to be notified 7 days in advance of the meeting.
  4. Decisions can be undertaken at the above meeting if it has been convened in accordance with the statute and if more than 50% of committee members are present at the meeting.

§ 25

At the General Meeting the protocol signed by the chairperson have to be approved by at least 2 other committee members present at the General Meeting.

§ 26

1. The General Meeting can appoint and appeal the Program Council as its own

advice body including people gathered around the Foundation

2. The General Meeting establishes the regulations of the Program Council


The Foundation’s Committee


§ 27

  1. The committee members, known henceforth as the committee, comprises of one to three people one of which is the chairperson and a least one vice-chairperson.

§ 28

The chairperson of the foundation oversees the Foundation’s projects

§ 29

The committee is responsible for the work of the Foundation and represents the Foundation outside

§ 30

The committee acts according to the plans approved by the General Meeting

§ 31

The Foundation’s Committee:


a) Represents the Foundation to external organisations

b) Plans yearly and long term strategies, and prepares a resume of its current projects and future plans

c) Summarises the Foundation’s work

d) Is in control of its assets

e) Accepts or abandon grants, donations, legacies and bequests

f) Establishes the number of employees and salaries for those working for the Foundation.

g) Oversees and directs the Foundation’s current projects and is responsible for carrying out the aims of it statute, financial policies and resultant outcomes.

h) Is proactive in looking to expand its working base with other groups and foundations

i) Leads in making proposals in making changes to the statue where necessary – e.g. Joining other foundations or disbanding the Foundation

j) Contacts managers of other educational establishments and endorses organisation procedures of these institutes.

§ 32

  1. The Chairperson and vice –chairperson unilaterally can act as the representatives of the Foundation.
  2. The Chairperson can appoint a representative to act on the his/her behalf on general occasions or on particular projects.
  3. The Chairperson is obliged to keep a record of delegated and retracted plenipotentiary powers

§ 33

The committee endorses motions passed with the majority of votes providing that a least half of its members are present during voting

§ 34

1. The members of the committee can work for the Foundation and be

paid for their work

  1. The remuneration of the members is defined by the GM by a majority vote
  2. The Committee determines the conditions of employment and salaries of it employees

§ 35

The director of the establishment, according to law, is the chairperson, who is responsible for employing and dismissing the Foundation’s employees.


Chapter V

Changes in the Statue


§ 36

Any changes in the Foundation’s statue will be agreed upon at the GM with the minimum of 2/3 votes “for”.

§ 37

Any changes regarding the aims of the Foundation can be made, but only regarding specific aims for expanding and enhancing the original objectives of the Foundation; the original aims of the foundation cannot be changed.

Chapter VI



§ 38

In order to function effectively the Foundation can join up with another Foundation

§ 39

The Foundation may not join up with another Foundation if the original aims of the Foundation would be changed.

§ 40

The decision about joining up with another Foundation is taken at the GM.

§ 41

1. The Foundation is closed when it has achieved all its aims or it can

no longer function financially.

2. Liquidators are appointed and appealed by the General Meeteing.

§ 42

The decision about closing the foundation will be taken a the GM with a minimum of 2/3 votes “for”

§ 43

The remaining money and assets will be forwarded to (cf Article 5-4 (Rules about Foundations) another non-governmental organisation in the region of Nowy Sacz or neighbouring area, as indicated by the GM that decided to close the Foundation.

§ 44

The foundation sends a yearly resume to the nominated government minister each 30th April reporting back its work for the previous 12 months.

§ 45

The statue becomes active at the point the Foundation is recognised by the government to be a legal entity.