Articles of “River//Cities Platform” Foundation
The River//Cities Platform foundation, hereinafter referred to as the “Foundation” was established by an authenticated deed issued on 25.10.2010, Finding Aid A NR 10320/2010, by notary public Monika Kędzierska in the Piotr Soroka, Monika Kędzierska, Piotr Skoworodko, Igor Soroka Notariusze – Spółka Cywilna w Warszawie notary office located in Warsaw, and acts under the Polish law, especially subject to the Foundations Act of April 6, 1984 (Journal of Laws of 1991 No. 46 item 203 as amended) and to this document.
The Foundation may conduct its activity in the Republic of Poland and abroad.
The Polish Ministry of Culture shall act as River//Cities supervisor.
In order to fulfil its goals, the Foundation may establish partnerships with non-governmental organisations, public institutions, universities, local authorities, cultural institutions and other organisations engaged in riverbank and urban waterfront development activity in terms of art, culture, education, environmental protection, architecture, urban development, transport and cultural tourism.
The Foundation may become a member of national and international organisations to ensure proper fulfilment of its goals. The decision to join such organisations or leave them shall be made by the Board (Executive Committee).
Foundation Goals and Principles
The goals of the Foundation are as follows:
The Foundation shall achieve its goals by:
1. Initiating, organising, financing and promoting the following:
a/ artistic events in Poland and abroad;
b/ conferences, seminars, workshops, training courses, lectures, theme meetings, exhibitions, presentations, debates, symposiums and internships;
c/ press and publishing activity;
d/ artistic creativity in all possible forms;
e/ film production, promotion and distribution.
2. Conducting scientific research.
3. Reviewing and providing opinions on subjects related to Foundation goals.
4. Close cooperation with state and non-governmental organisations and institutions in the field of culture, science and education.
5. Ownership, maintenance, and updating the River//Cities website: www.river-cities.net;
6. Cooperation, exchange of ideas and experiences with private, non-governmental and state organisations, higher education establishments, cultural institutions and individuals working towards achieving the goals set by the Foundation – locally and internationally.
As part of goal fulfilment, the Foundation may support other legal entities and individuals whose activity converges with the Foundation’s goals.
River//Cities activity is based on the political and world-view neutrality principle.
Founding capital in the amount of PLN 2,000 (two thousand PLN), together with cash and movables acquired by the Foundation in the course of its activity, constitute the Foundations Property.
The Foundation secures its activity with the whole of its property.
Foundation revenue is generated mostly by:
The financial resources obtained in the form of subsidies, donations, legacies and endowments may be used to implement all the goals of the Foundation unless specified otherwise by the donors.
Foundation goals are financed from financial means related to its property and from Foundation income.
The Board is the Foundation’s body.
The Board shall especially:
a) manage ongoing Foundation operations and act as Foundation representative;
b) control the Foundation’s assets and assume responsibility for achieving the Foundation’s statutory goals and for the Foundation’s financial and economic results;
c) accept donations, legacies, subsidies, endowments and other forms of financial support granted to the Foundation by national and foreign legal entities and individuals;
d) decide upon the Foundation's organisational structure, appoint and dismiss proxies as well as persons occupying managerial posts and working independently in the Foundation’s organizational units;
e) agree employment terms, determine the salaries and the benefits for the Foundations’ employees;
f) draw up periodic reports on Foundation activity, as well as annual financial statements;
g) create and close Foundation organisational units and provide them with organisational regulations;
h) take decisions concerning changes in the Foundation’s Articles and its dissolution.
The Board may appoint a Scientific Council and Foundation Council as its advisory bodies.
Amendment of the Articles of Association may not touch upon substantive goals of the Foundation.
Decisions concerning amendments of the Articles shall be made by the Board in the form of a resolution based on a unanimous vote.
The Foundation can unite with another foundation with similar goals under the terms specified by the stakeholders.
If it results impossible to achieve the goals set by the Foundation or if the financial means or the property of the Foundation are exhausted, the Foundation may be dissolved.
The property left after the Foundation is dissolved shall be handed over, subject to Article 5 section 4 of the Foundations Act, to the institutions whose activity corresponds to the main goals of the Foundation. The relevant institutions shall be indicated by the Board.