Organisation

Executive Board

The executive board is responsible for managing and representing the Foundation. The board of the Foundation is composed of a minimum of six, maximum of ten members. The board members are selected by the Foundation council. The board's term of office is one calendar year, and it has normally 8-10 meetings during the year.

The executive board:

  • directs the Foundation activities and sets guidelines
  • oversees the implementation of the annual action plans and budget
  • makes project-funding decisions
  • bears employer responsibilities and recruits staff when required
  • decides upon changes to the Foundation charter, with council's agreement

 

Council

The main duty of the Siemenpuu Foundation council is to monitor and support the work of the Foundation. Each of the founding organisations of Siemenpuu has the right to appoint one member and one vice member to the council. The council's term of office is two calendar years. An annual meeting is held in October-December.

The council:

  • discuss on the action plan and budget
  • discuss on the annual and audit reports
  • agrees on changes to the Foundation charter
  • selects the executive board members and the chairperson
  • selects the Foundation's auditors

 

Thematic Working Groups

Siemenpuu has five volunteer-run thematic groups for Siemenpuu's funding schemes: Just transition to ecological democracy, Conservation and sustainable use of forest and coastal ecosystems, Biocultural rights of indigenous forest communities, Rural women and food sovereignty, and Climate and energy justice. These board-appointed groups act as guidance and action groups for the respective funding schemes and have an active role in monitoring and developing the schemes and their communication work, and in developing South-North cooperation.

 

Office

The main duty of the Siemenpuu office is to administer projects funded by the Foundation. The Siemenpuu Foundation has five permanent employees: a director, two programme coordinators, a communications and programme coordinator and a financial planner. You can find here our contact details.

The office:

  • implements annual action plans within budgetary limits
  • is in charge of organisational development of the Foundation
  • represents the Foundation towards the public together with representatives of the executive board
  • acts as the informant in executive board meetings