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THE LANZA FOUNDATION
STATUTE
Recognized by the Veneto Region government 7th July 1988, No. 4379.

ARTICLE 1
Cultural and social Lanza Foundation is promoted by the pro-tempore Bishop of the Diocese of Padua. The Foundation is a non profit making organization and its functions concern the Veneto Region area.

ARTICLE 2
The Lanza Foundation aims to be a link between civil society, the cultural world, ecclesiastic and public institutions and the ethical values expressed by the history and life of the people, in particular those of the Veneto region.
In order to achieve its aims, the Foundation has set out the following tasks:
a)    to document, research, study and orientate on the ethics of social life, in particular concerning the Venetian community at a regional and local level;
b)    to study and emphasize the cultural and social experience of the Venetian people (religious, historical philosophical, scientifical, environmental and community) using research projects, meetings, seminars and courses;
c)    to support a dialogue between the Venetian culture, as evolved from Christian values, and the demands of contemporary society, as expressed by local institutions and by academic, cultural and ecclesiastical organizations;
d)    to promote research activity, seminars and meetings of Italian and foreign researchers in order to foster social and cultural exchanges between the Veneto and other areas regarding ethical features of social life;
e)    to keep the social and clerical operators, researchers and the decision makers informed of the Foundation’s activities and of its acquisitions;
f)    to produce and/or support and sponsor publications (books, journals, videos) detailing studies, reports and proposals concerning the Foundation’s objectives, as well as work of other organizations;
g)    to support and promote new talented individuals emerging through initiatives such as the publication of accomplished studies dealing with the Foundation’s subject fields;
h)    to promote and/or sponsor up to date educational courses for people involved in tackling ethical problems in ecclesiastic, local, social, economic organizations, both public or private;
i)    to carry out research and study activities on behalf of institutions with the potential for implementing the findings of the Foundation at cultural and social levels.

For the implementation of the aforementioned tasks the Foundation can collaborate and cooperate with scientific organizations and institutions working in similar fields.
The Foundation is also prepared to collaborate with Public Administrations, and private organizations to fulfill tasks as set by such external bodies.

ARTICLE 3
The Foundation’s assets comprise:
a) the initial endowment as given when the Foundation was formed;
b)    Contributions, inheritance and acquisitions expressly made in order to increase the Foundation’s assets;
c) Revenues and any amounts of money fixed by the administrative board.

ARTICLE 4
The Foundation’s benefits are:
a) revenues derived from its own assets;
b) any amounts of money acquired, except those mentioned in Article 3, letter b;
c) Subsidies related to research activity.

ARTICLE 5
The legal address of the Foundation is: via Dante 55, 35139 Padua, Italy

ARTICLE 6
The structure of the Foundation is as follows:
a) President
b) Administrative Board
c) Permanent Advisory Board
d) Scientific Committee
e) General Secretariat

ARTICLE 7
The Foundation is run by an Administrative Board with 5 members as appointed by the Bishop of the Padua Diocese.
From these, the Bishop of the Padua Diocese selects the president.
All the administrative board members hold office for a 3 year period after which they may be reelected.
If during this 3 year period one of the appointed members retires, the substitute member will stay on the board only until the end of the members term.

ARTICLE 8
The administrative board is only responsible for the ordinary and extraordinary management of the Foundation. Approval of a proposal requires the support of a majority of the board members present and the decision can be made with half plus one of those present.
The administrative board drafts and updates the regulations concerning the Foundation’s activities and sets criteria and means for investment and payments. The administrative board holds its meetings twice a year on the Foundation’s site or elsewhere as decided by the president; once before December for the approval of the budget and once before April for the approval of the balance-sheet.
An extra administrative board meeting is arranged at anytime the President decides, or when at least two members request one.

ARTICLE 9
The administrative board president is the legal representative of the Foundation. It is he who has the power to delegate tasks and to approve the release of funds. In the case of the president’s absence, it is the eldest administrative board member who takes on these responsibilities.
In extreme cases, the president can assume all responsibilities of the administrative board. If the president takes this privilege at the next administrative board meeting, the administrative board has the power to overturn or approve the President’s act.

ARTICLE 10
The Advisory Board is made up of 5 - 10 members. The members are chosen by the Bishop of Padua from distinguished people in academic and professional sectors with similar interests to those of the Foundation. The Advisory Board assists the Bishop, who is its President, in achieving the aims of the Foundation and in identifying and setting the general direction of the organization.
Each Advisory Board member has a five year term from the date of appointment and can be reelected.
The Advisory Board holds its meetings twice a year on the Foundation’s site or elsewhere, as decided by the Advisory board’s President.
The meetings are convened and presided at by the Bishop and can only take place if at least 1/3 of the members are present.
The presence of the Administrative Board’s President and the General Secretary is requested.

ARTICLE 11
The Scientific Committee is elected by the Bishop from experts and researchers of all disciplines with similar interests to those of the Foundation.
The Committee comprises of 10-20 members and at least 1/3 are chosen from lecturers of Veneto Universities. Each member has a five year term and can be reelected.
The Bishop elects the Scientific Committee’s President from its members.

ARTICLE 12
The Scientific Committee decides upon the Foundation’s research projects, establishes working groups with external members, co-ordinates projects and assures their scientific value, advises on the editorial activities of the Foundation and evaluates activities concerning Article 2 letter G.
The Scientific Committee meetings take place at least four times a year as well as at any time its President or at least 3 members request an extra meeting.
The meetings are convened by the Scientific Committee’s President and the quorum is fixed at 1/3 of the membership.
Decisions are taken using a majority system. The presence of the Administrative board’s President, of the General Secretary and of any other observers appointed by the Foundation is allowed.

ARTICLE 13
The General Secretary is elected by the Administrative board.
The General Secretary is responsible for co-ordinating the administrative bodies, ensuring that they follow the established guidelines and that the research work is adequately implemented according to the spirit of the Foundation while taking into account economic considerations and scientific methods.
The General Secretary directs the Foundation and establishing instruments that will ensure institutional activities.
The General Secretary attends all the meetings of the Foundation’s administrative bodies.

ARTICLE 14
The Administrative board President and members, the Advisory Board President and members, the Scientific Committee President and members are not in receipt of payments from the Foundation.

ARTICLE 15
The financial year begins on January 1st and ends on December 31st.

ARTICLE 16
In the instance of the Foundation ceasing to function or in the case of the Foundation not achieving its aims as described in Article 2, the Foundation’s assets resulting from the liquidation according to current legislation will be distributed to non-profit making organizations and institutions with similar aims as chosen and approved by the Bishop and the ecclesiastical authority.

ARTICLE 17
For all matters not covered by this constitution, please refer to civil codes concerning the jurisdiction of Foundations.