The Foundation Board is the foundation's main organizational entity. All its members are domiciled in Switzerland. It is from here where every member fulfills his or her responsibility, be it for a specific country program or for a specific function within the board. Board members who are responsible for a specific country program have a high personal affinity to that country and visit these on a regular basis.
All members of the Foundation Board fulfill their tasks on a voluntary basis, i.e. all costs and expenses of their work are fully borne by them personally.
The main tasks of the foundation board include, inter alia, the fund raising, the supervision of the country programs and the organization and undertaking of events.
The secretariat grants support to the Foundation Board in all organizational and administrative tasks. At the same time it also acts as the foundation's link to the local committees.
Also the secretariat works fully on a voluntary basis.
The Local Committees
The local committees represent the foundation in a specific country and are the main link to the Foundation Board and the secretariat.
Typically a local committee is composed of 3-4 persons and is lead by a local entrepreneur. The daily business is normally taken care of by a full or part-time secretary.
The main tasks of the local committees include, inter alia, the selection of potential scholars, the mentoring of scholars during their studies and of alumni after graduation, the cooperation with the local colleges and universities and all administrative tasks related to the “Compromiso de Honor”.
The local committees organize alumni reunions on a regular basis. The goal of such reunions is to foster the mutual support and contacts between scholars and alumni as well as the realization of charitable projects.
In addition to these events the scholars and alumni in Perú, Colombia and El Salvador have created their own alumni associations out of their own initiative. These associations are autonomous yet are fully supported by our foundation. The alumni associations serve as a prime network between scholars and alumni and in some cases even realize their own charitable projects.