Nonprofit Policy

Policy Plan for the Studio Christ Foundation

This policy plan covers the years 2021, 2022

The work of the Foundation

We need to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with all people, wherever they are. In modern times, people are increasingly disconnecting from the traditional social system and spending more time on their cell phones. These spaces, where people are active both mobile and online, are rapidly emerging as a new mission field to which we are called.

Spreading, promoting, or professing the Gospel of Jesus Christ worldwide through digital and other online products and strategies are powerful ways to accomplish God's mission of glorifying Him on earth.

According to its statutes, the Foundation's purpose is to spread the gospel digitally and support local Christian pastors and their communities worldwide. The Foundation achieves its purpose by providing Christian faith-based solutions in partnership with Christian institutions or otherwise.

In general, this means that Studio Christ Foundation supports Christian organizations, such as foundations, churches, and schools, with (online) marketing, information technology, and financial support.

A. Examples include
a) Digital media display ads shown on social media
b) Setting up a crowdfunding campaign
c) Set up and manage advertising campaigns on social media for like-minded organizations
d) Building websites and/or web applications
e) To provide training on-site or online with tools such as web seminars with Skype, online conferencing, or TeamViewer
f) Funding IT projects of Christian communities worldwide

 

B. Project concept

Each project proceeds from a standard concept:
(a) Identify and discuss needs
b) Writing a Project Plan and Plan of Action, describing who bears what responsibilities, how and along what timeline the project will be led, supervised, handed over, and evaluated.
c) Budgeting the project
d) Project plans, which require a budget of more than €1,000, are approved by the Foundation Board before the start of the project
e) Depending on the liability risks associated with each project, insurance will be considered or included in each plan. To this end, it will always be inquired whether MissionNetherlands (http://www.ezaverzekeringen.nl/kerk-stichting) or others can provide appropriate insurance.
f) In principle, a local team is put together for each project, working as much as possible with local people. These people are trained and taught to take responsibility, aimed at independent management in the future.
g) Every organization, foundation, church, or school that we support must contribute to the project in the form of money, means, or human resources.
h) Local matters, such as customs formalities, permits, and transport, are in principle taken care of by local people, supported by our own local Studio Christ team.

C. Own projects
These are projects in which Studio Christ Foundation only deals with one partner, the requesting party. Then, a local team is assembled with the requesting party.

D. Partnershs
Studio Christ Foundation enjoys working with partners. For each partnership, a written cooperation agreement is drawn up. This describes how the responsibilities, duties, and rights of the various parties are arranged. Studio Christ Foundation strives to play an appropriate (leading or not) role in partnerships and projects.

 

2. Foundation finances

A. Fundraising
(a) The Foundation strives to avoid taking out any money loans. If, after making every effort to get investments sponsored in advance, the continuity of the foundation is in danger, creating a form of loan necessary, a carefully chosen loan may be taken out after approval by the board.
b) The Foundation is awaiting the ANBI status from the tax authorities, which will make donations deductible for donors in their tax returns.
c) The Foundation seeks to raise three types of funds:
   
1) Earmarked donations intended for specific projects/budget items. This money will not be used for overhead.
   
2) General donations, earmarked for general items, which keep the foundation running (overhead) and allocate specific budget items.
   
3) Sales from the online webshop, intended for general purposes, which keep the foundation running (overhead) and be allocated to specific budget items.
  
4) Grants and donations doubles.


B. Management and use of assets
a) The Foundation hires a professional bookkeeper and accountant, who prepares the annual accounts in cooperation with the board's treasurer.
b) The Foundation shall maintain a reserve capital of at least €500 for continuity.
c) The Foundation shall prepare an annual budget, which the Foundation Board shall approve. The foundation strives for a reasonable ratio between costs and expenditures related to the public benefit to be served in accordance with the purpose of the foundation. Distinguished projects may include salary items.Earmarked gifts can be accepted by the foundation to compensate for expenses incurred by the Board members. d) The Board of the Foundation is not reimbursed.
e) The Foundation initially has three Board members, the Chairman Mr. Timothy Jean Brouwers, the Secretary Mr. Teunus Adrianus Hartveld, and the Treasurer Mr. Arthur Leonard Bijleveld. Until there is sufficient cash flow in the foundation, they will work as volunteers. If there are adequate donations and donation commitments, it may be decided that one or more board members can be employed by the foundation on a part-time or full-time basis. The salary will then be derived in consultation with the board from a legal minimum wage and from funds that can be covered from ongoing projects and general donations. The board will therefore need to have part-time employment outside the foundation in the initial period to support themselves. In addition, the foundation will strive to use volunteers.
f) The Foundation will draw up a straightforward account for each donor and provide insight to visitors of the Foundation website into where the foundation spends donations.
g) If the foundation ceases to exist, any remaining assets will be donated to a comparable foundation.

 

Last updated on: October 31, 2021