Resolution of the Minister of Civil Service Affairs and Housing No. 6 of 2003 Approving the Establishment, Registration and Declaration of a Family Consulting Centre

Articles of Association of the Foundation (Family Consultancy Centre)

Article 1

A private foundation called the “Family Consultancy Centre” (hereinafter “the Foundation”) shall be established with an independent legal personality and full legal capacity, and its headquarters shall be in the city of Doha.

 

Article 2

1.      The Foundation’s objectives shall be the following:

 

a.       Contributing to the creation of a family unit that adheres to the values and ethics of the Arab-Islamic culture.

b.      Supporting families that have disintegrated or collapsed.

c.       Providing individual counseling services to resolve personal life problems and problems relating to married life.

d.      Assisting couples to reconcile through counseling, education and guidance on how to create a stable married life.

e.       Protecting children from the negative effects of divorce by educating and guiding each of the parties on how to deal with their children and how to fill the gap caused by the absence of a parent.

 

2.      The Foundation shall not pursue financial gain nor engage in political activities.

 

Article 3

In order to achieve its objectives, the Foundation shall do all or some of the following:

 

1.      Cooperate and coordinate with the relevant authorities within and outside the State of Qatar in its field of activity.

2.      Educate families, young men and women, and husbands and wives, and provide advisory services to them.

3.      Hold seminars, meetings and conferences related to the Foundation’s activities.

4.      Receive subsidies, gifts and bequests.

 

Article 4

The founder shall, upon the proposal of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, create bodies and units necessary to enable the Foundation to achieve its objectives and envisaged targets.

 

Article 5

The Foundation shall be managed by a Board of Directors of at least five members and not more than nine members, including the President and Vice-President. The Board of Directors shall be appointed by a decision of the Founder. Membership on the Board shall be for a renewable period of three years, but the Founder may terminate any member of the Board of Directors for good cause before the expiry of the said period.

 

Article 6

Membership on the Board shall not be combined with work in the Foundation or one of its agencies or units without first obtaining the Founder’s approval.

 

Article 7

1.        The Board of Directors shall hold the necessary powers to manage the affairs of the Foundation and achieve its objectives, in particular the following:

 

a.       Developing policies and plans that guarantee achievement of the Foundation's objectives.

b.      Proposing the Articles of Association of the Foundation.

c.       Adopting the administrative and financial regulations and bylaws of the Foundation, as well as of its subordinate agencies and units.

d.      Appointing the Foundation’s Director-General, board of trustees and directors.

e.       Following up the progress of work in the Foundation and taking appropriate decisions to guide such work according to the Foundation’s objectives and programs.

f.       Approving the annual budget and final account of the Foundation.

g.      Managing the Foundation's funds and determining how to they are to be utilized and invested.

h.      Accepting grants, bequests, and donations received by the Foundation.

i.        Studying the reports submitted by the Foundation's subordinate bodies and units and taking appropriate and necessary decisions thereon.

j.        Evaluating the performance of the subordinate bodies and units of the Foundation; the expertise of the competent bodies and institutions may be utilized in this regard.

k.      Preparing the Foundation’s annual report and submitting it to the Founder for approval.

l.        Performing any other functions transmitted and/or assigned by the Founder or his authorized representative.

 

2.        The Board of Directors may form permanent or temporary specialized committees to assist in achieving the goals of the Foundation, and may also enlist the services of experts at home and abroad to advise on matters before it.

3.        The Board of Directors is the competent authority to conclude contracts, sign financial and non-financial agreements, and authorize the Director-General or heads of units/ bodies in the exercise of some of its powers.

 

Article 8

The Board of Directors shall meet upon the invitation of the President or his representative at least once a month and whenever necessary. However; the Founder may call the Board of Directors to convene at any time. Where the Founder attends a meeting, he shall be the Chairperson.

 

 

Article 9

Meetings of the Board of Directors shall not be considered valid unless attended by at least two-thirds of its members, including the President or Vice-President. The Board’s decisions shall be issued by majority vote of those present. Where there is a deadlock, the President shall have a casting vote.

 

Article 10

 

The decisions of the Board of Directors shall be effective from the date of issue, except those that require the Founder's adoption, in which case they shall take effect from the date of adoption.
 
Article 11

The President of the Board of Directors shall be responsible for the Foundation’s activities and shall have the right to sign on its behalf and represent it before the courts and in its relations with third parties.

 

Article 12

The President of the Board of Directors may authorize the Vice-President or one of the board members in the exercise of some of his powers. The Vice-President shall replace the President during his absence for any reason.

 

Article 13

At the end of each fiscal year the Board of Directors shall submit to the Founder a report on the activities of the Foundation and its financial position during the past financial year, including the Board’s suggestions and recommendations. A copy of the external auditor’s report for the same year shall be attached.

 

Article 14

The Director-General of the Foundation shall be appointed by a resolution of the Board of Directors and shall, under the Board’s supervision, be responsible for the following tasks:

 

1.      Following-up and monitoring the implementation of decisions, policies, bylaws and regulations issued by the Board of Directors.

2.      Coordinating and communicating between the various bodies and agencies of the Foundation, and raising their recommendations and proposals to the Board of Directors.

3.      Preparing the draft general budget and final accounts of the Foundation.

4.      Nominating and appointing the General Administration staff.

5.      Preparing the drafts of internal bylaws of the Foundation and its bodies and units, and submitting them to the Board of Directors for approval.

6.      Performing any other tasks assigned by the Board of Directors.

 

Article 15

The tasks and activities of the Foundation shall be overseen by the Board of Trustees where necessary, and its powers and terms of reference shall be as follows:

 

1.      Proposing and formulating rules, regulations and policies to achieve the Foundation’s goals according to its general polices, and applying them after being approved by the Board of Directors.

2.      Applying the rules, regulations and policies adopted by the family centre under the Foundation’s control.

3.      Supervising the general operations of the family centre.

4.      Studying the suggestions and recommendations made by the manager of the centre regarding the appointment, promotion, reward, disciplinary action, and termination of employees in accordance with the prescribed regulations.

5.      Preparing proposals and recommendations for the appointment of the manager of the centre and submitting them to the Board of Directors.

6.      Proposing the estimated draft budget, balance sheet and final accounts of the centre and submitting them to the Board of Directors.

 

Article 16

The financial resources of the Foundation shall come from the following:

 

1.      Financial allocations from the Founder.

2.      Revenue from agencies and bodies subordinate to the Foundation.

3.      Grants, donations and bequests.

4.      Revenue from the Foundation's activities such as sales, charity markets or concerts.

5.      Investment returns of the Foundation’s money.

6.      Financial loans, provided that loan contracts may not be concluded without the approval of the Founder.

7.      Other legitimate means proposed by the Board of Directors and approved by the Founder.

 

Article 17

All funds of the Foundation shall be strictly dedicated to achieving its objectives and may not be spent on any other purposes.

 

 
Article 18

The Foundation shall have the right to own property, land and other movable and immovable property, and shall also have the right to sell, mortgage and rent any such property upon the decision of the Board of Directors after adoption by the Founder.

 

Article 19

1.      The Foundation’s funds shall be deposited under its name in the bank or banks determined by the Board of Directors, and shall be collected and disbursed in accordance with the financial regulations as determined by the Foundation.

2.      The Foundation’s financial year shall begin on the first day of September and end on the last day of August of the following year.

 

Article 20

1.      Apart from the board members, the Foundation shall have an external auditor appointed by the Founder, whose main responsibility shall be to audit the Foundation's financial accounts.

2.      The auditor shall have the right to access and review all books, financial records and documents and to verify the Foundation’s assets and its liabilities.

3.      Where the auditor is unable to perform his duties properly, he shall submit a report thereon to the Board of Directors, with a copy to the Founder.

 

Article 21

The external auditor shall submit his report to the Board of Directors, with a copy to the Founder, not later than three months from the end of the Foundation’s fiscal year. The report shall cover the Foundation's financial status for the year ended.

 

Article 22

The Founder may decide to dissolve the Foundation, in which case all subordinate bodies and units shall automatically be dissolved.

 

 
Article 23

The decision to dissolve the Foundation shall explain how its funds and assets shall be distributed.

 

Article 24

The Founder may modify this Articles of Association at the suggestion of the Board of Directors.

 

Article 25

The provisions of Law No. 8 of 1998 on associations and private institutions shall apply to the Foundation.

 

The Founder

Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned

Issued on: 01/11/1423 AH

Corresponding to: 04 January 2003.