On June 29, 2012 BaselConnect was officially recognized as a non-profit association, or Verein in Basel-Stadt
Rationale for founding the BaselConnect Verein
BaselConnect has been a strictly volunteer effort from the beginning. We have relied on the willingness of many individuals to contribute energy, knowledge and ideas as well as on the generosity of sponsors to hold the initial conference and follow-up activities. In order to maintain the non-profit status of BaselConnect, to protect it from being used for commercial purposes, and to be able to seek sponsorship to achieve its goals, a legally recognized association (Verein) was formed in June 2012 and registered in Basel-Stadt in July 2012.
The membership dues of CHF 50 per year will help to cover the expenses of having a bank account and other operational costs (postage, stationery, etc.). The dues are a kind of sponsorship that enable BaselConnect to continue to offer activities without charge to participants and to reach more of the community. All of the activities will continue to be volunteer driven and measures will be taken to ensure that the association will not be exploited for personal gain or commercial promotion. We are hoping that more local people and expats committed to promoting integration and intercultural exchange will join us and become actively involved.