Legal Structure of Niños de Guatemala
Formally, the international NGO Niños de Guatemala consists of four legal entities: ONG Niños de Guatemala in Guatemala, Stichting Niños de Guatemala Nederland in The Netherlands, Friends of Niños de Guatemala in the USA (a registered 501c3), and Asociación Niños de Guatemala at the Sciences Po University in France.
Stichting Niños de Guatemala
Stichting Niños de Guatemala Nederlands is a Dutch nonprofit organization recognized by the Dutch authorities as an ANBI (Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling – an Institution working towards the Common Good), which means your donation is tax deductible*. Our RISN number is: 817009012.
*In order for your gift to be tax-deductible your gift would have to be an amount of between 1% and 10% of your net income, or a recurring donation. As of January 1st, 2014 a monthly donation to an ANBI organization is 100% tax deductible in the Netherlands, if you agree with Niños de Guatemala to continue this donation for five consecutive years. Are you interested in donating? Please click here to set up your donation.
The Board of Stichting Niños de Guatemala Nederland
As an ANBI it is important that the board has no financial interest in our activities. All board members of NDG NL perform their duties without remuneration. Our board consists of 5 4 individuals: Tim Crijns (president), Sander Wirken (treasurer), Annemiek Dresen (secretary), Marten Dresen (raad van toezicht).
Sjaak Schukking and Ola Plonska have a power of attorney under Dutch law, as they are active in the fundraising efforts of the organization to support the Guatemalan NGO.
Objective Stichting Niños de Guatemala Nederland
Niños de Guatemala Nederland aims to promote and pursue the public interest, and more specifically to be a growing and effective organization that sets up and manages educational projects in Guatemala and its proximity, so as to break the cycle of poverty through education. The Dutch foundation raises funds through grant writing and the recruitment of donors, such as ‘padrinos’ who pay a monthly sponsorship fee to support specific students both financially and morally. Furthermore the Dutch foundation aims to raise awareness about the value of education, especially in a country like Guatemala.
In order to adhere to Dutch (tax) laws, the purpose of the foundation has been included in article 2 of its by-laws:
2.1 The foundation intends to be a public benefit institution as referred to in Article 5b of the Dutch General Law on State Taxes, or a provision that has replaced it, and aims:
- To promote and pursue the public interest, and more specifically to be a growing and effective organization that sets up and manages educational projects in Guatemala, earning a substantial part of the income in Guatemala while the foundation continuously invests in local management and leadership;
- To carry out activities related to or conducive to the aforementioned in the broadest sense.
2.2 The foundation does not aim to make a profit.
2.3 The foundation may not make payments to its founders or to those who are part of its governing bodies except as referred to in Article 5.4.
2.4 The articles of association must at all times comply as far as possible with the conditions set for the qualification as a public benefit institution as referred to in Article 5b of the Dutch General Law on State Taxes, or a provision that has replaced it.
2.5 The board has an obligation to act in accordance with the conditions referred to in the previous paragraph.
For any questions regarding the Dutch foundation, please contact ola.plonska@ninosdeguatemala.