How it is funded?



From a legal point of view, the REMAR organization is comprised of the following: a Parent Association, REMAR ESPAÑA, registered in the National Register of Associations of the Spanish Ministry of the Interior, which manages and brings together all the other REMAR Associations and Foundations; 18 non-profit Associations established in Spain in the various Autonomous Communities, each Association duly registered in its corresponding Register of Associations; 70 Foundations and Associations, also of a non-profit nature and registered in the corresponding registers of their respective countries, and at an international level in several other countries.
For more than 34 years now, the REMAR organization has been carrying out social action in the recovery, rehabilitation and social reinsertion of marginalized people, and in caring for victims of disaster and famine in different parts of the world. Non-profit organizations belong to those corporate forms that are included within the so-called Social Economy. In the case of REMAR, as has been explained in previous chapters of this handbook, its own social work is the entire purpose of the institution and the central concept around which the whole organization revolves.


Ever since its inception, REMAR has safeguarded its financial independence and self-sufficiency as an institution, in order to ensure that its solidarity activity, its social work and even its own subsistence, are not dependent upon support from third parties (state assistance, grants, donations, etc.).

REMAR is organized into regional and international non-profit Associations and Foundations, which depend upon the Parent Association, REMAR ESPAÑA. Each Association carries out activities that generate income, which enables them to maintain and continue to expand the social work, which consists, to put it briefly, in the provision of shelter, food and care to hundreds/thousands of socially marginalized people. These beneficiaries live under the protection of REMAR in the respective areas of social action and the activities of recovery and social reinsertion. Indeed, the word “REMAR” stands for “REcovery and REhabilitation of MARginalized people”.

All the goods purchased by REMAR, including assets such as buildings, vehicles, machinery, installations, etc., belong to the Association REMAR ESPAÑA, or, in a few exceptional cases, to one of the autonomous REMAR delegations. Their purchase is justified by the objective of reducing leasing costs and of optimizing income generation that provides resources for the social work projects. There are no assets of REMAR belonging to any individual person or Company.

It is important to note that the assets that are acquired fulfil, in all cases, three requisites:
1. They help towards the optimization of the operation and an increased efficiency in management;
2. They become legally owned by the Association;
3. They can never become privately owned.
It is particularly important to underline this last point: the assets belonging to an Association or Foundation can never be handed over to a private individual or to a private legal entity. This is not possible even in the hypothetical case of the dissolution of the said Association or Foundation.


REMAR is very happy to say that, after 34 years of hard work and effort by all those socially marginalized people that the Association has been able to rehabilitate (approximately 3 million people worldwide), it has been able to organize an economic structure that enables us not to be dependent upon governmental grants nor donations from individuals.

The REMAR Foundations in some countries are not yet self-sufficient, and they receive funding from REMAR Foundations in other countries so that they are able to carry out their own social work projects. Even so, the aim is that all the REMAR Associations and Foundations, in the 70 countries worldwide, become eventually self-sufficient. At present, there are 70,000 people worldwide (recovered from prostitution, drugs, alcohol, and other addictions, thanks to the support of REMAR) who live in REMAR and work as volunteers in REMAR, having received professional training and having decided to dedicate their lives to helping others. In this way, all the activities carried out by REMAR are self-managed and are closely linked to the programmes of rehabilitation and social reinsertion of the marginalized people.

The sectors of activity are many, and extremely varied. They fall into the following categories:
• ”Rastro” shops, selling furniture and clothing, mostly second-hand, originating from donations, although some new items are also sold.
• Work within the local community: furniture upholstering and restoration, painting and decorating, rubbish clearance, car washing, furniture removals and deliveries, etc.
• Workshops: Vehicle paint and bodywork, vehicle repair and lubrication, welding and metalwork, woodcutting and carpentry.
• Services to businesses: printing press and graphic arts, audio-visual productions, publicity.
• Activities related to the building trade: display and sale of ceramics, real estate intervention.
• Agricultural and livestock activities: farms, gardening.
• Small manufacturing industries: food products, detergents and cleaning products.
• Professional and spiritual services: travel agency specialising in trips to the Holy Land, hotels and retreat centres.
• Other services: child nurseries, catering and restaurant services.

The additional merit of this organization is that all it has achieved has been thanks to the efforts of people without education and without any previous work experience. What is more, they are people who have passed through stages in their lives when it seemed that all was lost and there remained no possibility of recovery. They have experienced deep despair at times, and this has left a mark upon them, physically, mentally and psychologically, that will possibly accompany them for the rest of their lives.

This makes it more difficult for them to achieve full social reinsertion and success in their work within the programme of activities that REMAR has managed to organize through a great deal of effort and dedication. It is also important to emphasize that REMAR fulfils all its legal and tax-related obligations, as required by the legislation applicable in each respective country. REMAR’s activities are all subject to presentation and the payment of taxes, just any other activities that generate income. Indeed, REMAR has been obliged, for many years now, to draw up Annual Audits, and has successfully passed through various inspections by the Spanish Inland Revenue. Its self-financing activity is, in this way, fully regulated, audited and inspected.


Apart from its own self-financing activities, REMAR has other sources of income, although they account for less than 1% of the total income. These sources of income are: a) Regular financial contributions from members and occasional special contributions.
b) Financial donations, from both “Inter Vivos” and “mortis causa”.
c) Grants from Organisms, Corporations, Foundations and other official entities, of both a public and a private nature.
d) Any other income generated by activities organized by the association.

The resources generated are dedicated, in their entirety, to the development of the social objectives of the association.


20% of the financial resources generated are sent by each regional association in Spain to the parent association REMAR ESPAÑA for its activities, and so that, from Spain, in a centralized manner, the resources can be sent out to be used in humanitarian aid within other countries. This aid includes help in situations of natural disaster, specific humanitarian crises, serious famine and war situations in countries worldwide, especially in Africa and Central & South America.

The remaining 80% of the resources generated by these 18 regional associations is used for their own self-subsistence. As mentioned above, the social work of each of these regional delegations is centred upon the provision of accommodation and care for the socially marginalized population that are taken in, and the locally-run REMAR programmes of rehabilitation and social reinsertion.
The same system is used for the 70 countries worldwide where REMAR is active in its social work programmes. The parent association, REMAR ESPAÑA, serves as the central point for purchases and as the central administration for all the delegations, both in the Spanish regions and in other countries.

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