EGM's Decision: Finn-Guild is Winding Up
It was decided at Finn-Guild's Extraordinary General Meeting on 30 September 2017 that Finn-Guild will cease its operations by the end of October 2017. This will mark an end to Finn-Guild's charity work, which it has done since its establishment in 1965.
The decision was not made lightly: over the past five years changes have been made to restructure and revive Finn-Guild firstly by reducing its operating costs to match the resources available. Secondly, and most importantly, by seeking to reconnect with its members through three clearly identifiable operating areas language, culture and community. However, resources available to Finn-Guild have greatly reduced due to a drop in membership fee income and loss of revenue from Guild Travel Ltd in part due to changes in the travel market. Finn-Guild's income has continued to fall short of what would have been required to continue its operations in a sustainable manner. Several applications were made to major funders but none of these were successful.
The EGM concluded that despite of the best efforts, it has not been possible to revive the organisation in the time and with the resources available. The EGM resolved to terminate memberships in preparation of the wind-up. As a member, you don't have to do anything on that regard. Finn-Guild members are advised to cancel any active standing orders for their membership fee payments, as we will not be able to refund them in the future. It was also decided that following the closure of the charity, any remaining funds will be donated to the Finnish Church in London and to Finn-Guild Finland ry in proportion to the number of Finn-Guild members in each country. Finn-Guild Finland ry will continue independently as a separate organisation. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your membership, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Finnish evening language courses will continue as planned throughout the autumn semester 2017 and one final number of the Finn-Guild Links magazine will be published in the beginning of November. The Finnish Schools in Britain will continue to operate as usual.
Finn-Guild has achieved great many things over the past five decades. It has demonstrated what communities can achieve when we work together and look after each other. It has been Finn-Guild's pleasure to serve as the link between individuals, communities and organisations nationwide in the UK and Finland for all these years. The legacy and spirit of Finn-Guild continues in the local expatriate organisations that are now established across the country. The final number of Links will include further details on these organisations. Finn-Guild encourages its members to support these local groups and by doing so, it ensures that the cornerstones of language, culture, and community laid down by Finn-Guild remain steadfast for years to come.