§1 Name, Legal Seat, Fiscal Year
- The organization is named “AVP”, which stands for “Akzeptanz, Vertrauen, Perspektive.” Once it is noted in the register of societies, it will carry the additional name “e.V.”.
- The organization’s legal seat is in Düsseldorf.
- The fiscal year is the calendar year.
§2 The Organization’s Purpose
- The organization exclusively and immediately serves to benefit the public in terms of the section “Steuerbegünstigste Zwecke” of the general tax code.
- The organization’s purpose is the support and fostering of education, upbringing and societal participation of children, adolescents and young adults, integrating their families. A major aspect of the organization’s work is the integration of people with a migratory background in this group. A further aim of the organization is the support of and care for people who require assistance, especially disabled people.
- The organization’s tasks shall be carried out nationally as well as internationally. The organization has no economic purpose, it is a non-profit organization.
- The organization’s funds may only be used for statutory purposes.
- No person may be favored by expenses that are not in the sense of the organization’s purpose or by an excessive salary. The chairman, free of charge, takes responsibility for the fulfillment of the organization’s tasks. The vice chairman receives an appropriate salary for the management of everyday business and the organization’s economic, administrative and personnel matters. The organization’s members will receive no financial benefits from the organization’s funds because of their status as members.
- The statutory object will be realized through a wide range of services and offers. Those are:
- Services in the context of help for education in the sense of § 27 ff. SGB VIII, realized in the offers for ambulant family counseling and vocational training measures for parents and legal guardians.
- Educational offers in the form of classes at the organization’s education center “Alpha” in German, foreign languages, mathematics, logics, early-childhood support, theater and art.
- Pedagogical youth projects, education offers, encouraging youth work, individual help and international exchange among adolescents in the context of child and youth support in the sense of § 75 KJHG.
- Early-childhood support and day-care for children at the age of 1 – 6 years in the municipal AVP day care center “Tannenhof”, with a focus on bilingualism.
- Services for disabled people in the context of integration aid (§ 35/§ 54 SGB XII), preventive care (§ 39 SGB XI) and additional offers of care (§ 45b SGB XI). This division is currently being built.
- Cultural productions focused on youth-pedagogics and interculturality in the form of art exhibitions, performances by the organization’s theater workshop, concerts and community work in the area.
- Humanitarian help and development projects in Germany as well as on an international level.
In addition to the direct work with the target group the organization realizes the statutory purpose through the support of its employees’, cooperation partners’ and disseminators’ competences and the scientifically supported development of theories and methods in the fields of social and pedagogical work.
The organization initiates the following services and offers in its position as a national platform for the mediation of competences and the exchange of experiences among educational and youth work institutions:
- Counseling, information and clarification of educational and youth work institutions and government offices for the purpose of the development of socio-pedagogical work with the target groups.
- Exchange of experiences and coordination between local and national initiatives
- Organization and carrying out of conferences with initiatives and government offices in the countries of origin for the purpose of the development of (socio)pedagogical work with the target groups in terms of content
- Vocational training measures for target group-oriented disseminators
- Analyses of social rooms in the context of social problems
- Empirical studies to further the development of theories and methods of pedagogical and socio-pedagogical cooperation with universities
- International exchange between specialists
§3 Membership Acquisition
- Any person who has completed his/her 18th year and accepts the organization’s statutes may become a member of the organization.
- The board adjudicates on the membership. The membership must be agreed upon in writing to become effective.
§4 Membership Termination
- The membership is terminated when the member leaves the organization or is excluded from it or due to
- death in the case of a natural person
- dissolution in the case of a legal entity
- Every member has the right to terminate its membership. The cancellation period is set at one month from the day the board receives the notice.
- Members who, in view of the organization, publicly harm its reputation or who are in arrears with their payments of twelve months can be excluded from the organization by a board decision. Before the exclusion the member must receive a reminder and be given the opportunity to defend him- or herself.
- The exclusion from the organization or the termination of the membership does not free the member from his/her duties.
§5 Bodies of the Organization
The organization’s bodies are the members’ assembly, the board and the advisory council.
§6 Members’ Assembly
- A proper members’ assembly is to be held at least once in the fiscal year. The invitations and the agenda must be mailed at least two weeks in advance.
- Requests for voting out a board member, statutory changes or the organization’s dissolution must be mailed with the invitation. All other requests must be presented during the members’ assembly in written form. Every member has the right to put forward a request.
- The members’ assembly’s decisions are made with a simple majority of the active members that are present. In case of a tie, the request will be denied. Abstentions will not be considered in the result. Each active member has a vote. The vote cannot be transferred onto others. Elections may be held anonymously if requested by an active member.
- The members’ assembly is obligated to decide on the following matters:
- Election of an assembly leader
- Election and voting out of board members
- Election of two cash auditors and one substitute cash auditor
- Decision on members’ requests
- Decision on year-end accounts and exoneration of the board
- Statutory changes, the organization’s dissolution
- Minutes are to be taken down for each assembly. Those minutes are to be signed by the assembly leader and the secretary or, in case of the secretary’s absence, another board member. All members have the right to examine the minutes.
- Extraordinary members’ assemblies are to be held in case of specific reasons or when 10% of the members make a request to the board and provide specific reasons and an agenda for the meeting. Otherwise, the rules for regular members’ assemblies apply to extraordinary members’ assemblies.
§7 Cash Audit
- The two cash auditors elected by the members’ assembly supervise the organization’s cash transactions. An inspection must be carried out at least once a year. If one of the cash auditors cannot attend, the substitute cash auditor is to be consulted. The results are to be reported to the member’s assembly annually.
- The board members are:
- a chairman
- a deputy chairman
Furthermore, a treasurer and a secretary can be ordered.
- The chairman and his deputy have the right to deputize each other (board in the sense of § 26 BGB).
- The board is elected by the members’ assembly for the duration of two years, the chairman is elected by the members’ assembly for four years.
- If a board member leaves the organization or resigns from his/her post, a successor must be elected during the next members’ assembly.
- The board’s duties are the management of the organization’s transactions, carrying out the members’ assembly’s resolutions and decisions on all matters that are not the members’ assembly’s responsibility.
- The board has a quorum when two of its members are present. Board meetings are to be held at need or when requested by at least two board members within 14 days.
- The board’s decisions are made with a simple majority. Abstentions are regarded as rejections. In case of a tie, the chairman has the casting vote.
§9 Advisory Council
- The board has the right to order an advisory council. The advisory council’s members do not have to be members of the organization. Board members may not become members of the advisory council.
- The advisory council’s task is to counsel the board in matters concerning the organization.
§10 Organization Assets
- The organization raises the funds necessary for its work with
- monetary donations and donations in kind
- other contributions
- All funds may only be used according to the organization’s purpose.
§11 Statutory Changes
- A majority of two thirds of all votes cast is necessary for statutory changes. Abstentions are not considered.
- A majority of nine tenths of all members is necessary to change the organization’s purpose.
- The organization’s dissolution can only be decided by a members’ assembly called in specifically for this purpose with a majority of two thirds of all votes cast. Abstentions are not considered.
- In case of the organization’s dissolution or the cessation of tax-advantaged purposes, the organization’s assets are to be given to the Kreisgruppe Düsseldorf of the Deutscher Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband (DPWV), which must use those assets immediately and exclusively for non-profit projects.