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Art. 1 - Denomination
Art. 2 - Seat and duration
Art. 3 - Goal
Art. 4 - Capital
Art. 5 - Resources
Art. 6 - The Foundation Council
Art. 7 - Renewal
Art. 8 - Bureau
Art. 9 - Powers of the Foundation Council
Art. 10 - Meeting of the Foundation Council
Art. 11 - Representation
Art. 12 - Commission of maintenance of the buildings
Art. 14 - Accounting
Art. 15 - Fiscal year
Art. 16 - Controllers
Art. 17 - Dissolution
Art. 18 - Modification
Art. 19 - Transitional measures
Tax declaration

Statutes adopted by the Consistory
September 24, 1993
Modified on March 11, 1994


Article 1: Denomination

A foundation of private law is created by the Eglise protestante de Genève (Reformed Church of Geneva - EPG)* under the name of "Foundation for the Conservation of the Geneva Temples built before 1907", known hereafter under the name of "the Foundation" and controlled by this act and by articles 80 and following of the Swiss Civil code.


* New denomination of the Reformed Church of Geneva, following a decision of the Consistory of June 15, 2000 (old denomination: Eglise nationale protestante de Genève (Reformed National Church of Geneva)(ENPG)

Article 2 : Seat and duration

The Foundation has its seat in Geneva

Its duration is unspecified.

It is registered with the Trade Register and is monitored by the relevant authority.

Article 3 : Goal

The purpose of the Foundation is to contribute to the conservation and the maintenance of all the protestant temples of the canton of Geneva:

a) either under the constitutional law of June 1907 removing the State budgets for the churches - except for St Peter's Cathedral.

b) or built prior to the aforementioned law and given to the Reformed Church of Geneva, as buildings (within the meaning of article 667 subparagraph 1 of the Swiss Civil code).

For this purpose, the Foundation directs, as project manager, the conservation and maintenance work of the buildings concerned.

It is a non profit association.

It cannot engage any expenditure associated with worshiping activities.

List of the reformed temples built before 1907, subject to the two above-mentioned conditions:

01)   Calvin Auditorium
02)   Chapel of Anières
03)   Temple of Avully
04)   Chapel of Bernex
05)   Temple of Carouge
06)   Temple of Cartigny
07)   Temple of Céligny
08)   Chapel of Chambésy-Cornillons
09)   Temple of Chancy
10)   Temple of Chêne-Bougeries
11)   Temple of Cologny
12)   Temple of Dardagny
13)   Temple of Eaux-Vives
14)   Temple of Fusterie
15)   Temple of Genthod
16)   Temple of Grand-Saconnex
17)   Temple of Gy
18)   Temple of Jussy
19)   Temple of Madeleine
20)   Chapel of Malval
21)   Chapel of Onex-Village
22)   Temple of Pâquis
23)   Chapel of Peney
24)   Chapel of Petit-Lancy
25)   Temple of Petit-Saconnex
26)   Temple of Plainpalais
27)   Temple of Russin
28)   Temple of Saint-Gervais
29)   Temple of Satigny
30)   Temple of Vandoeuvres
31)   Chapel of Vernier
32)   Temple of Versoix
33)   Chapel of Vésenaz
34)   Chapel of Veyrier

Article 4 : Capital

The start-up capital of the Foundation is ten thousand Swiss francs (CHF 10,000.00) given by the founders.

Article 5 : Resources

The resources of the Foundation are:

a) allowances paid by the Reformed Church of Geneva or its parishes.

b) benefits from any exhibition or event, temporary or permanent, organized to this end by the Foundation itself, the founders or a third party,

c) income from its own assets.

d) income from capital declared inalienable (funds) and given to it by the founders or third parties.

e) potential subsidies from the authorities.

The Foundation can also receive all donations, legacies, liberalities, subscriptions and loans which the Foundation council is free to accept or refuse.

It can also take any useful step to obtain a unique or regular contribution from third parties.

The assets of the Foundation are placed in accordance with the legal provisions on the matter.

Article 6 : The Foundation Council

The Foundation is managed by a Foundation Council made up of nine (9) to eleven (11) members including:

a) two members designated by the Consistory of the Reformed Church of Geneva, to represent the urban parishes (City of Geneva).
b) two members designated by the Consistory to represent the parishes outside the City (other communes of the Canton).
c) two members designated by the Council of the Reformed Church of Geneva.
d) one member designated by the State Council of the Republic and Canton of Geneva.
e) one member designated by the Administrative Council of the City of Geneva.
f) one member designated by the Association of Geneva Communes.

The six (6) members designated according to the preceding sub-paragraph under the letters a), b) and c) must be of reformed (protestant) confession (within the meaning of art. 6 of the Constitution of the Reformed Church of Geneva) and include a minister or a deacon.

The members of the Council thus nominated can at any time co-opt one (1) or two (2) other members.

The members of the Council do not assume any personal responsibility for the commitments of the Foundation.

Article 7 : Renewal

All members of the Council of the Foundation are nominated for a single four (4) year term ending on June 30, without taking into account the time separating the nomination date from the next June 30.

They are immediately re-eligible, but their mandate cannot exceed twelve (12) consecutive years, with the exception of the members of the Bureau, who cannot exceed twenty (20) years.

Article 8 : Bureau

The Council of the Foundation nominates each year from its members a President, a Vice-President, a Treasurer and a Secretary, who form the Bureau responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Foundation.

The Bureau - with the President - includes at least two members nominated either by the Consistory, or by the Council of the Reformed Church of Geneva.

Any member of the Bureau whose mandate within the Council of the Foundation according to article 6 sub-paragraph 1 would not have been renewed, must, as a precondition in order to continue to belong to the Bureau, be co-opted as member of the Foundation Council according to article 6, sub-paragraph 3.

Article 9 : Powers of the Foundation Council

The Foundation Council is invested with wide powers for the achievement of the goal of the Foundation.

Insofar as certain tasks were not expressly delegated to the Bureau or a Commission, only the Foundation Council is competent.

It can, pursuant to the present Act, take, by way of regulation or particular decision, all decisions useful to the administration of the Foundation and, generally, all measures allowing it to achieve its goal and to fulfil its tasks.

These regulations, also their possible modifications, are to be submitted to the monitoring authority prior to their enactment.

A Management Report will be drafted each year by Council of the Foundation and handed over to the founder as well as to the monitoring authority. It will include the Annual Report of all the Commissions.

Article 10 : Meeting of the Foundation Council

The Foundation Council sits if it receives a notice of convocation from the Bureau or its President twenty (20) days in advance and at least once per year; it must also be convened if two members request it.

It can validly deliberate only if the majority of its members are present.

It takes its decisions and proceeds to the elections on the majority of the members present; in the event of equal division of the votes/voices, that of the President is final.

Minutes of the deliberations of the Council and those of the Bureau are kept; the minutes being signed by the President and the Secretary of the session; the conformity of the extracts that are delivered is certified by two members of the Bureau.

Any proposal on which each member of the Foundation Council is called to take a position in writing and which has the unanimous support of its members is equivalent to a decision regularly made during a meeting of the Council.

Article 11 : Representation

The Council of the Foundation nominates from the members of its Bureau, the persons authorized to represent it and to bind the Foundation in relation to third parties and confers the joint signature to two of them.

Article 12 : Commission of maintenance of the buildings

Upon advance notice of the Commission of maintenance of the buildings, the Foundation Council takes the decision to restore a temple or a chapel, subject to ratification by the Council of the Reformed Church of Geneva.

It then nominates a special Restoration Subcommittee limited to the duration of the operation and composed of:

a) two (2) or three (3) members of the Foundation Council.
b) one (1) or two (2) members of the council of the concerned parish.
c) one (1) representative of the commune where the temple or chapel is located.

Each restoration is the object of a distinct budget and of an annual report.

Article 14 : Accounting

The Foundation Council organizes the accounting of the Foundation.

It requests at the end of each financial period an assessment of the assets and liabilities, as well as balance of profit and loss.

The balance of profit and loss, the assessment as well as the control and annual reports are communicated to the monitoring authority.

Article 15 : Fiscal year

The financial year begins on April 1st and ends on March 31st of the following year**

** Modification of the financial year, that is to say alignment on the financial year of the Reformed Church of Geneva, namely from April 1st to March 31st of each year, according to the extract of the minutes of the meeting of the Foundation Council of January 20, 1997 and letter to the monitoring Service of Foundations of February 21, 1997.

Article 16 : Controllers

The Foundation Council nominates each year one or two controllers taken outside its membership and charged with auditing the accounts of the Foundation; in general, these controllers must hold a federal diploma in accountancy or auditing or be members of one of the groups affiliated to the Swiss Chamber of Auditors, Fiduciaries and Tax Experts.

The Control report must be drafted within six months of the closure of the fiscal year.

Article 17 : Dissolution

The Foundation can only be dissolved pursuant to articles 88 and 89 of the Swiss Civil code.

In the event of dissolution or a fusion of the Foundation, the liquidation measures can only be adopted by the Foundation Council by a majority of four fifths (4/5) of its members and only after being approved by the monitoring authority.

In the event of liquidation, the assets of the Foundation can only be used for similar aims to those of the aforementioned Foundation and if necessary given to a Foundation or an institution working towards a similar end, selected by the Reformed Church of Geneva and the Foundation Council, with the approval of the monitoring authority.

In no case can the assets of the Foundation be returned to the founder nor be used, in whole or in part, in any manner whatsoever, for its own profit.

Article 18 : Modification

Subject to the provisions in articles 85 and 86 of the Swiss Civil code, this act can be modified by the monitoring authority upon proposal of the Foundation Council adopted at the majority of four fifths (4/5) of its members and ratified by the Council of the Reformed Church of Geneva.

Article 19 : Transitional measures

As an exception to Article 15, the first fiscal year will begin the day of the inscription of the Foundation at the Trade Register and finish December 30, 1994.

As an exception to Article 6, sub-paragraph 1, letters a), b) and c), it is the Council of the Reformed Church of Geneva that will nominate the four (4) members of the first Foundation Council intended to represent the City and the parishes outside the City.

As an exception to Article 3, sub-paragraph 5 number 28, the Temple of Saint-Gervais will only effectively be part of the list of the Protestant temples subjected to the present Foundation as from January 1, 1996, date on which the latter will take over all the activities of the "Foundation of the Bridges of Saint-Gervais for the conservation of the temple of Saint-Gervais in Geneva".

Tax declaration

Because of its character as a public utility, the "Foundation for the Conservation of the Geneva Temples built before 1907" claims the benefit of article 28, sub-paragraphs 2 and 3 of the law on recording rights.