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PHAROS e.V. - International Education Projects and Humanitarian Aid


Charter of Pharos




Adopted at the founding assembly on 20th of March 2005 in Stuttgart.


The work of Pharos is based on the conviction that long-term education projects contribute to foster democratic, tolerant and peaceful attitudes. Thereby the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations provides the basis for our actions.

In this spirit Pharos sets out the following charter:

§ 1 Name, Seat, Business year

1. The association has the name "Pharos e.V.".

2. It has its seat in Stuttgart and shall be registered with the authorities.

3. The business year is the calendar year.

§ 2 Objectives of the Association

1. First objective of the association is promotion of education. This is realized mainly by 

- developing, conducting and fostering of education, democratization and cultural projects worldwide or by acting as responsible body for such projects. Mainly, these are

- projects in the field of civic, democracy and peace education (development and dissemination of teaching material, training of disseminators, youth exchange projects, conferences etc.).

2. Second objective of the association are charitable purposes. These are realized mainly by

- humanitarian aid

- supporting needy people with money (according to § 53 Abgabenordnung of German law)

- conducting projects in the field of struggle against poverty (i.e. aid consignments).

§ 3 Preferential Treatment concerning Tax

1. The association only and directly has non-profit and charitable purposes according to the paragraph „Steuerbegünstigte Zwecke“ of the Abgabenordnung in German law. The association acts altruistic; it doesn’t have mainly self-economic purposes.

2. Money of the association must be spent according to the objectives of this Charter only. Members must not receive money of the association only for being members. If they leave the association they have no claims whatever concerning the association’s property. No person is allowed to get money for something which is not according to the objectives of the association, or receive more money than usual for any kind of work or services.

§ 4 Membership

1. All natural and legal persons supporting the association’s objectives can become members.

2. Membership is received by admission by the Board of Directors.

3. Egression of a member requires a written declaration to the Board of Directors at least three month before the end of the business year.

4. A member can be ejected by decision of the Board of Directors, if the member counteracts the association’s objectives. The member can call for a Member’s Assembly against the decision. The Assembly makes the final decision. The member must be invited and heard at the Assembly.

5. Members have to pay an annual fee of ten Euro.

§ 5 Bodies of the Association

Bodies of the association are:

 Member’s Assembly

2. Board of Directors

§ 6 Member’s Assembly

1. Highest body is the Member’s Assembly which normally is headed by the Head of the Board of Directors.

2. The Member’s Assembly decides about the guidelines of the association’s work and about important questions.

3. The Head of the Board of Directors invites all members to the Assembly in written form at least four weeks ahead outlining the agenda of the meeting. The Assembly holds a meeting as often as necessary, normally once a year.

4. An extraordinary Member’s Assembly takes place if at least 25 % of members demand it and give reasons for it. It takes place five weeks at the latest after being demanded in written form.

5. There has to be a report about the decisions and, if necessary for understanding, about the discussions leading to the decisions. The report is signed by the head of the Assembly and the reporter.

§ 7 Board of Directors

1. The Board of Directors consists of the Head of Board, the Deputy of the Head of Board and the Treasurer. They form the Board of Directors according to § 26 BGB of German law.

2. For legally binding representation signing by two members of the Board of Directors is sufficient.

3. The Board of Directors is elected by the Member’s Assembly for two years. He stays in office until a new Board of Directors is elected.

4. The Board of Directors usually holds meetings once a month.

5. Decisions are recorded in writing and signed by the Head of Board.

§ 8 Changes of the Charter and Dissolution

1. The Member’s Assembly decides about changes of the Charter, changes concerning the objectives of the association and about dissolution. Proposals concerning these issues are to be made available to the members one month ahead of the Member’s Assembly at the latest.

2. Changes or modifications of the Charter which are made obligatory by the registering authority or financial administration are carried through by the Board of Directors and don’t need to be decided by the Member’s Assembly. Members have to be informed about these changes in the course of the next invitation to the Member’s Assembly.

3. If the association is dissoluted or the capacity to act is withdrawn or if the preferential treatment concerning tax ceases, the complete property is used for objectives enjoying preferential treatment concerning tax. Decisions concerning the future usage of the property must not be applied before the financial administration has agreed.

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