Our ownership structure
Member Organisations and Board of Directors
Nine Catholic grassroots organisations from all over Austria sustain HORIZONT3000. These member organisations provide the capital resources, and it is their employees who fill the seats in our general assembly and board of directors.
Board of Directors
The board of directors is the governing body of HORIZONT3000. It is elected by the general assembly and assembles at least four times a year. At least three and a maximum of six member organisations are represented in the board of directors (currently six). Some of the responsibilities of the board of directors are to appoint the executive board, pass resolutions on budget and the annual accounts, advise the general assembly and supervise the executive board.
The general assembly is composed of representatives of our member organisations and is committed by the statutes to convene at least once a year when called upon by the board of directors. Usually, it assembles twice a year. Some of its responsibilities include electing the board of directors, determining the membership fee, adopting the budget, approving the annual accounts, changing the statutes and resolutions regarding the vision, mission, and strategy of HORIZONT3000.
Dreikönigsaktion, the aid organisation of Katholische Jungschar, coordinates the Austrian-wide Sternsingeraktion and also distributes the funds that were raised based on objective criteria. Promoting children and young adults, education, securing livelihood, human rights, and pastoral work: More than one million people in the poorest regions of Africa, Asia, and Latin America receive direct help from about 500 projects in these regions. The Dreikönigsaktion works in close cooperation with reliable local partner organisations. In Austria, Dreikönigsaktion advocates for the shared responsibility for the world and calls for solidary action. In addition to its project work, it also is active in the areas of education, lobbying, and advocacy.
The Katholische Männerbewegung Österreichs (KMBÖ) sees itself as the hub and initiator of male engagement in Austria. Working for development cooperation has been a core component of KMBÖ’s work for over 50 years. With the “SEI SO FREI” campaign for a more just and fair world, the KMBÖ supports grassroots organisations, private and public development organisations as well as social and development cooperation entities in Africa and Latin America in their work. In promoting sustainable projects, the KMBÖ helps people in the country of the South become more Independent.
The Christian foundation “Bruder und Schwester in Not” of the Innsbruck diocese was founded in 2009 as a spin-off of the “Bruder in Not” campaign that was initiated in 1961. With the funds raised by the Innsbruck diocese, “Bruder und Schwester in Not” promotes projects and programmes in Bolivia, El Salvador, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. “Bruder und Schwester in Not” does not carry out any projects itself, but works together with government-independent organisations, diocesan institutions, clerical grassroots organisations, and educational institutions. Improved life opportunities for disadvantaged people, peace, justice, and preservation of nature are the key objectives of the projects in the countries of the South. In addition to its international project work, “Bruder and Schwester in Not” has ascribed itself to the mission of raising awareness of a solidary lifestyle in Tirol.
The kfb is a group of women who support each other on their path towards personal self-fulfilment and encourage each other to overcome deeply rooted role conceptions. As part of the Familienfasttag (family fast day) campaign and following the principle of global sharing, the Catholic Women’s Movement of Austria (kfbö) strives to improve the living conditions of people from the Global South, empower women, and assert human rights. At the same time, the kfbö seeks to raise awareness about development cooperation and global interrelations among the people of our country. The department for development cooperation of the kfbö is directly responsible for organising and carrying out the campaign.
The Diocese of Graz-Seckau founded Welthaus, a developmental institution of the Catholic Church of Styria, in 1970. The main objective of Welthaus is to advocate for human dignity and justice worldwide. Welthaus promotes innovative and sustainable programmes that allow people to take their lives and futures into their hands. Its regional focus is on the countries of the Global South as well as in Eastern and South Eastern Europe. Development means change, not only in regions stricken by poverty but also in Austria. That’s why project work and education are closely intertwined at Welthaus.
The Department of the universal church, mission and development is the official bureau of the Archdiocese of Vienna that attends to all matters concerning the universal church, missions and development on behalf of the archbishop. Some of its tasks are: to interlink and coordinate all activities for the universal church, missions and development assistance in the Archdiocese of Vienna; to organise and support ecclesiastical development missions; to provide information on short-term and long-term volunteering opportunities, international visits and exchange programmes; to allocate the financial means provided by the Archdiocese of Vienna to partner projects in the Global South (incl. earmarked contributions by the church); to promote partnerships and the recognition of developmental work by awarding the Florian-Kuntner prize; and to support One World groups and those responsible for the universal church in the parishes.
As a relief agency of the Catholic Church, Caritas and its nine diocese organisations help the affected in multifarious ways. Independently from their social, national or religious affiliation, Caritas counsels, helps, and supports people who are dealing with difficult living conditions, illness, or disabilities after misfortune or natural catastrophes. Since need can look differently in different countries, Caritas Austria is part of the international Caritas network to be able to provide aid overseas. 162 Caritas organisations in more than 200 countries worldwide have put themselves at the service of humanity.
Bruder und Schwester in Not (Brother and Sister in Need) is an organisation of the diocese of Gurk-Klagenfurt that is supported by Catholic Action. We have been raising funds since 1962 for our projects. We work with all people, no matter their political, religious or ethnic background, taking the experience of our partners in Latin America, Africa, and Asia as the fundamental basis of our actions.
The Austrian Leprosy Relief Association (ALRA) was founded in 1958. We are a foundation established under church law. We see ourselves as a Catholic human rights organisation from the health care sector that is active in the field of development cooperation. As our name suggests, we have specialised in fighting exclusion processes. Even today, people still are completely excluded from society as a consequence of stigmatising illnesses. The ALRA clearly distances itself from the practice of denominating partners ailed by sickness as “leprous” or “outcasts”.