Founded on April 19, 1995


The name of the Foundation is “Stiftelsen Kulturarv utan gränser”, in French translation La Fondation Patrimoine sans frontières and in English translation The Foundation for Cultural Heritage without Borders.

The Foundation consists of assets contributed to the Foundation by the founders and of funds contributed by others.

The Foundation’s object shall be to promote the preservation of cultural property in areas beset by conflicts, where there are other catastrophes or in acutely threatening situations, as well as research in connection with this.
In light of this object, the Foundation’s primary purpose shall be to create financial resources to make it possible to both build up information and contact activities with organisations and institutions in areas beset by conflict etc or where there is a threat of conflict, and in collaboration with expert bodies in Sweden and internationally provide financial support and supply expert help for preservation measures in the form of education, documentation, protective measures and restoration, repair or rebuilding of cultural monuments and museum collections as well as for research concerning the preservation of cultural heritage in situations of conflict and natural disasters or comparable situations.
The Foundation shall also be able in other ways to work to preserve cultural property which is in immediate need of measures. The Foundation may accept gifts and contributions which support its objects.

The Foundation’s capital may be utilised for measures in accordance with the object clause and during the first year for building up the Foundation’s operations.
Gifts and contributions which the Foundation receives after its formation may be used for measures in accordance with the object clause and for administration associated with it, unless otherwise stipulated by the donor.

The Foundation is to be administered and represented by a board consisting of nine members. Two members each are to be appointed by the Swedish National Committees of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) and ICOM (International Council of Museums) and one member each by the Central Board of National Antiquities and the National Association of Swedish Architects.
These are to appoint a further three members, elected with reference to the needs of the board for broad skills in cultural history and administration. The board shall appoint from among its number a president and vice-president. The members of the board are appointed for a term of three years.

The board shall be domiciled in Stockholm.

The board shall promote the object of the Foundation. The board determines important matters concerning the operations, organisation and financial management of the Foundation.

The board shall meet when called by the president, as and when he or she finds appropriate or when at least five members so request. However, the board shall meet at least once every six months.

The board forms a quorum when at least five members are present, including the president or vice-president. Each member has one vote. That which constitutes a board resolution is the opinion on which most members agree. In the event of an evenly divided vote the president has the casting vote except in the case of elections, when the outcome shall be determined by lot.

The board may delegate decisions on behalf of the board in exactly specified matters to a member or working committee or another person.

Those authorised to sign for the Foundation besides the board shall be the person or persons appointed by the board for this purpose.

Where necessary for handling an item on the agenda the board may allow a person outside the board the opportunity to participate in the board’s discussions.

Minutes shall be kept of the Foundation’s meetings. These shall show who was present, the board resolutions and any divergent opinions expressed. Also those persons entitled to be present at the board’s meetings but not to participate in the resolutions are entitled to have a divergent opinion recorded in the minutes. The minutes are to be verified by the president and one other member of the board. The minutes shall be filed consecutively and stored securely.

The Foundation’s financial year shall run from 1 January-31 December. Annual accounts are to be prepared for the Foundation’s operations and submitted to the Foundation’s auditors within three months of the end of the financial year.

The Foundation’s accounts and the board’s administration shall be examined by two auditors, one of whom is to be appointed by the Central Board of National Antiquities and the other by the National Association of Swedish Architects. At least one of the auditors shall be an authorised public accountant.

For each financial year the auditors shall submit a report on the results of their examination with a statement as to whether there is any qualification of the report as regards the accounting or other administration. If there is any qualification the reason for this shall be stated in the report.

An annual report, annual accounts and audit report shall be submitted to each of the organisations and institutions which appoint members of the board within six months of the end of the financial year.

The Memorandum of Association shows that the Foundation shall be exempt from supervision as stipulated in the Act (1929:116) concerning Supervision of Foundations.

The board shall give notification of the further rules deemed necessary for the Foundation’s operations.

No amendment to § 3 may be made so that the object of the Foundation contained therein is in any material respect relinquished.
Dissolution of the Foundation requires a resolution of both the board and the organisations and the agency which appoints board members.
Amendment to these statutes may otherwise be made by means of an unanimous board resolution.

If the foundation is dissolved any assets remaining to it are to accrue to the international fund initiated by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) for corresponding purposes or, if this fund does not come into being or has been dissolved, are to,be handed over to the Central Board of National Antiquities for measures in accordance with the objects of the foundation.


CHwB IB was established 2017, it consists of the chairs of CHwB´s four core foundations CHwB Sweden, Albania, Kosovo and BiH. The Mission of the Board is to have overarching responsibility over the CHwB Family group, concerning expansion and the way of working in a way that adopted principles and embraced values are not endangered. Yearly plans of the Foundations shall be discussed and evaluated. Conflicts between or within Foundations shall be solved by the CHwB IB.