Established in 2003, the Victoria Falls Solidarity Fund allows to support the attendance at ICOMOS events of colleagues facing financial difficulties, in particular General Assemblies. It complements the external support received, for example through the Getty Foundation.
The Fund is mainly financed through voluntary contributions by members, but it can also accept public or private donations. Each year, National Committees are encouraged to fundraise for the Fund when invoicing members for their annual dues, and so far Australia, Belgium, Finland, France and Luxembourg have made contributions. In 2011, many colleagues who provided expert reviews in the context of ICOMOS’ consultancy work for WMF’s 2012 World Monument Watch List donated their review fees to the Fund and other members made a donation when registering for the 17th General Assembly. Using 14 300 Euros from the Fund, ICOMOS was thus able to partially support 36 members to attend the General Assembly. The fund currently holds around 9800 Euros. Please help ICOMOS achieve its fundraising objective to double the number of colleagues supported at the next General Assembly in 2014.
The Fund is managed by the International Secretariat so as to ensure its neutral and equitable use, under the supervision of the Executive Committee, and according to established criteria. The International Secretariat keeps detailed administrative and audited financial records of the use of the Fund and reports annually to the Executive Committee and the donor Committees.