A. THE LEOPOLD BLONDIAU FUND
The Léopold Blondiau fund was created in 1952 within the "Cercle Royal des Anciens Elèves de l’Athénée Robert Catteau", the alumni association of the "Athénée Robert Catteau". Please find hereunder the description of its aim (as written in its statutes in 1952) :
First article. – The “Cercle Royal des Anciens Elèves de l’Athénée Robert Catteau” (old "Ecole Moyenne A") of the Brussels municipality creates the Léopold Blondiau Fund, which yearly income has to be used to help one or more deserving and humble students of the "Athénée Robert Catteau" to continue its studies in the school, without specifying the use of this given grant.
The "Association Royale des Amis et Anciens de l’Athénée Robert Catteau" has proceeded the activities of the Blondiau fund in 1976 when the activities of the "Cercle Royal des Anciens Elèves de l’Athénée Robert Catteau (CADEMA)" were taken over by the "Amis de l’Athénée Robert Catteau".
Its aim has evolved through the years. In 2010, its action was intended for the social works of the school and for the acquisition of efficient modern didactical material. It was funded by the donations of the alumni and the parents of the students of the "Athénée Robert Catteau" following a decision of the board of the "Association Royale des Amis et Anciens de l’Athénée Robert Catteau".
The Blondiau fund had no existence and assets of its own. Its existence depended entirely on the "Association Royale des Amis et Anciens de l’Athénée Robert Catteau".
B. THE LEOPOLD BLONDIAU FOUNDATION
1. A SELF-SUFFICIENT STRUCTURE
The "Association Royale des Amis et Anciens de l’Athénée Robert Catteau asbl" created on 2 November 2010 a new independant structure in the form of a private foundation with a board having no mandatory link with the board of the Association. The board is composed of persons acknowledged for their professional and personal qualities and for their will to support the "Athénée Robert Catteau" on the long-term. In 2015, the foundation decided to enlarge its potential working field to all the schools of the Brussels' municipality, still giving the priority to the schools of the "Athénée Robert Catteau".
The private foundation is a recent legal structure since it was created by the modification of the law of 1921 concerning non-profit associations and foundations in 2002. The aim of the legislator was to allow the creation of foundations that did not pursue a "public" aim meaning "ment for all" but that pursued the support of a limited group of people or even the support of one person only (hence its name of private foundation).
As all foundations, a private foundation has a board as only mandatory decision-making body. There are no members and thus no general assembly.
2. A LONG-TERM VISION
The capital that was given to the foundation by the "Association Royale des Amis et Anciens de l’Athénée Robert Catteau" is a minimum capital for the creation of a private foundation. By obliging the foundation to ensure annual income and by binding it to capitalize the income that was not spend, the creator wanted to garantee the increase of the capital and on the long-term the financial independance of the foundation.
To avoid the dispersion of the funds, the foundation has limited its aim to the following activities :
Encouraging the development and promoting the diffusion of the official educational system linked to the Brussels' municipality by helping one or more deserving student to continue to study in one of its institutions or to follow trainings outside its institutions. The foundation will pay attention to support by priority the "Athénée Robert Catteau" and its schools.