The Foundation Caux - Initiatives of Change is an officially recognized independent foundation. Its principal task is the management and maintenance of the conference centre in the former Caux-Palace hotel above Montreux.
The Aims of the Foundation
- To work for a more just society by strengthening the ethical foundations of democracy;
- To help heal the wounds of history;
- To encourage care and responsibility in family life and personal relationships;
- To strengthen ethical commitment in economic life;
- To forge networks among people from different faiths and cultures.
The Foundation seeks to attain these aims by promoting ethical standards of honesty, purity, love and selflessness as guiding lines for personal behaviour and for our commitments to society. To work in this direction, it depends on many forms of voluntary work and giving.
Since its creation in 1946 the Swiss foundation has been and continues to be largely dependent on donations, contrary to what the term foundation might usually suggest. A recognised charity, its main task is the running and maintaining of the conference centre of Initiatives of Change in Caux. To cover the regular expenses which have increased from 2 to 3.5 million Swiss Francs in the course of the past ten years, the foundation depends on numerous gifts and the voluntary contributions of the conference participants for their stay. A good part of its activities is taken on by volunteers.
In 1977 thanks to the sale of an annex, the foundation was able to set up a renovation fund. Since 1995, a part of the complex is rented to the Swiss Hotel Management School SHMS outside conference times. This helps cover a good part of the regular maintenance expenses of the house.
In 1996, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the conference centre, the foundation received an encouraging number of contributions. Thanks to various generous legacies and contributions for specific projects, the foundation has since then been able to plan the renovations in a more systematic manner.
The pace of renovations should therefore be maintained so that the buildings can continuously be adapted to the security and safety regulations and to offer a centre that allows the foundation to pursue its statutory aims in a satisfactory manner.