Examples of purposes and forms of activity of a non-profit association

Examples 1 to 3: Sports associations

1 Purpose and activities

The purpose of the association is to promote <swimming> and to spread the interest in <swimming> as well as to improve the physical condition and health of its members and to stimulate their true sporting spirit and an enduring interest in <swimming>. To realise its purpose, the association

  • arranges training and coaching
  • gives theoretical tuition
  • arranges competitions, shows, courses and festivities.

In order to support its activities, the association can organise fund-raisings and lotteries after having obtained the appropriate licence.

2 Purpose and activities

The purpose of the association is to promote and further the interest in gymnastics and physical exercise in the association’s locality. To realise its purpose, the association

  • gives training in gymnastics, sports or other physical exercise and organises courses
  • acquires necessary equipment
  • arranges shows, festivities and other similar activities
  • contributes to sports planning, health education planning and sports area planning in its locality.

In order to support its activities, the association can provide publications, receive contributions and legacies and own movable and immovable property necessary for its activities.

3 Purpose and activities

The purpose of the association is to promote the interest in automobile sport, the skill to control a car, and safe driving among its members. To realise its purpose, the association provides education and training, organises informative meetings, competitions and displays relating to automobile sport and traffic issues. In order to support its activities, the association can receive contributions and legacies, own properties necessary for its activities, and organise fund-raisings and lotteries after having obtained due permission.

Example 4: Animal clubs

Purpose and activities

The purpose of the association is to inspire and maintain the interest in <dogs> and to promote and support <dog>-related activities in Finland.

In order to support its activities, the association can

  • provide education, coaching, advice and breeding information to its members
  • participate in the activities by organising shows
  • publish its own newsletter
  • co-operate with others with the same interest and maintains contacts with other associations in the field.

In order to support its activities, the association can, after having obtained the appropriate licences when legally necessary:

  • receive support, contributions and legacies
  • organise fund-raisings and lotteries
  • own movable and immovable property necessary for its activities.

Examples 5 to 6: Cultural associations

5 Purpose and activities

The purpose of the association is to maintain and support the interest in ....................., to promote spontaneous cultural interests of the general public and to develop their understanding of culture. To realise its purpose, the association

  • organises cultural, educational and discussion events and festivities
  • carries out its own research, information and publishing services
  • makes proposals to the authorities
  • co-operates with other associations in the field.

In order to support its activities, the association can organise fund-raisings and lotteries after having obtained the appropriate licence.

6 Purpose and activities

The purpose of the association is to promote the interest in art and raise the standard of art in the association’s locality and bring together people interested in art. To realise its purpose, the association

  • makes proposals to promote arts
  • organises art exhibitions
  • plans and organises summer courses and relevant arts education
  • provides information and publications
  • organises cultural events.

In order to support its activities, the association can receive contributions and legacies, own immovable property necessary for its activities and organise fund-raisings and lotteries after having obtained the appropriate licence.

Example 7: Music associations

Purpose and activities

The purpose of the association is to maintain and further the interest in <choral singing> and to promote and support the musical activities in the association’s locality. To realise its purpose, the association

  • holds rehearsals, organises rehearsal camps, courses and contests regularly
  • maintains the ....... choir/orchestra
  • acquires a repertoire suitable for the association
  • organises own concerts and other music events
  • organises trips to concerts and contests in Finland and abroad
  • co-operates with other similar music associations.

In order to support its activities, the association can

  • organise concerts and other music events that are subject to a charge
  • receive support, contributions and legacies
  • own movable and immovable property necessary for its activities
  • organise fund-raisings and lotteries after having obtained the appropriate licence.

Example 8: Theatre associations

Purpose and activities

The purpose of the association is to promote and further theatre activities and to satisfy the demand for theatre in the locality and its immediate surroundings. To realise its purpose, the association

  • maintains the ................... theatre
  • arranges theatre performances and similar events
  • holds rehearsals and organises informative meetings, research events and courses.

In order to support its activities, the association can, after having obtained the appropriate licence,

  • organise fund-raisings and lotteries
  • own movable and immovable property necessary for its activities
  • receive contributions and legacies
  • run a café in one place of business.

Example 9: Supporters’ associations

Purpose and activities

The purpose of the association is to ideologically and economically support the <ice hockey> activities of adolescents in the region/village of ........... and to spread the interest in <ice hockey> in the locality. To realise its purpose, the association

  • gives courses and guidance and arranges excursions and festivities
  • provides training to adolescents in the locality.

In order to support its activities, the association can

  • receive support, contributions and legacies
  • organise fund-raisings, lotteries, bazaars and entertainment after having obtained the appropriate licence.

Example 10: Interest associations

Purpose and activities

The purpose of the association is to look after the general and common interests of self-employed persons in the field of ....... with regard to the exercise of an occupation, to encourage the co-operation between its members and to promote the field. To realise its purpose, the association monitors the economic development and legislation in the field, makes proposals and propositions, and issues statements relating to these. The association instructs and advises its members in matters concerning the exercise of an occupation by arranging meetings and courses, by giving advice and by drawing up reports. In order to support its activities, the association can receive contributions and legacies, own immovable property necessary for its activities and organise fund-raisings and lotteries after having obtained the appropriate licence.

Example 11: Friendship societies

Purpose and activities

The purpose of the association is to foster and promote the knowledge of the <Estonian> culture and the interest towards the <Estonian> language, and to increase the cultural co-operation and relations between Finland and <Estonia> and their peoples.

To realise its purpose, the association can

  • arrange meetings, festivities, lectures and other educational events
  • distribute literature and other material on <Estonia>
  • provide information
  • arrange fact-finding and study trips to <Estonia> for its members.

To realise its purpose, the association can own movable and immovable property necessary for its activities and organise lotteries, bazaars and fund-raisings.

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Latest update 05.11.2012