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KOREA FOUNDATION ACT

Act No. 4414, Dec. 14, 1991

Amended by Act No. 5639, Jan. 21, 1999

Act No. 6590, Dec. 31, 2001

Act No. 6589, Dec. 31, 2001

Act No. 7059, Dec. 31, 2003

Act No. 7058, Dec. 31, 2003

Act No. 7400, Mar. 24, 2005

Act No. 7428, Mar. 31, 2005

Act No. 7908, Mar. 24, 2006

Act No. 8168, Jan. 3, 2007

Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009

Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013

Act No. 11891, Jul. 16, 2013

Act No. 12770, Oct. 15, 2014

Act No. 13349, jun. 22, 2015

 Article 1 (Purpose)
The purpose of this Act is to contribute to encouraging a better understanding of Korea and to promoting international friendship in the international community, by establishing the Korea Foundation to carry out various projects for exchange between the Republic of Korea and foreign countries.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 2 (Juristic Personality)
The Korea Foundation (hereinafter referred to as the "Foundation") shall be a juristic person.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 3 (Incorporation)
(1) The Foundation shall come into existence by making a registration of incorporation at the seat of its principal office.
(2) Matters to be included in the registration of incorporation under paragraph (1) shall be as follows:
1. Object;
2. Title;
3. Principal office;
4. Names and addresses of executive officers;
5. Methods of public notices.
(3) With respect to registrations other than the registration of incorporation, the provisions of the Civil Act concerning the registration of an incorporated foundation shall apply mutatis mutandis.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 4 (Office)
(1) The seat of the principal office of the Foundation shall be determined by the articles of association.
(2) The Foundation may, if necessary, establish branches in Korea and foreign countries with the approval from the Minister of Foreign Affairs. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 5 (Articles of Association)
(1) The articles of association of the Foundation shall include the following matters:
1. Object;
2. Title;
3. Matters concerning the principal office and branches;
4. Matters concerning projects;
5. Matters concerning the Fund for International Exchanges;
6. Matters concerning the property and accounting;
7. Matters concerning executive officers and employees;
8. Matters concerning the board of directors;
9. Matters concerning the amendment to the articles of association;
10. Matters concerning the public notice.
(2) If the Foundation intends to amend the articles of association, it shall obtain the authorization from the Minister of Foreign Affairs. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 6 (Projects)
(1) The Foundation shall carry out the following projects in order to achieve the purposes of this Act:
1. Hosting, supporting and participating in various events for international exchanges;
2. Dispatching and inviting the persons for international exchanges;
3. Supporting overseas research on Korea and disseminating the research results;
4. Promoting a better understanding of Korea in the international community;
5. Promoting international goodwill and friendship through exchanges and cooperations with major international exchange institutions of foreign countries;
6. Deleted; <by Act No. 11891, Jul. 16, 2013>
7. Other projects necessary for achieving the purposes of this Act;
8. Projects incidental to those referred to in subparagraphs 1 through 7.
(2) The Foundation may, with the approval by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, implement any profit-making project necessary for attaining the purpose prescribed in Article 1 in addition to those referred to in paragraph (1). <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 7 (Executive Officers)
(1) The Foundation shall have not more than nine directors including a chairperson, and an auditor.
(2) Executive officers other than the chairperson and full-time directors prescribed by the articles of association, shall work part-time.
(3) The chairperson shall be appointed by the President upon the proposal by the Minister of Foreign Affairs. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(4) Directors shall be appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs through recommendation of the chairperson. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(5) The auditor shall be appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(6) The term of office of the chairperson and directors shall be three years, and that of the auditor, two years, but it is renewable only once.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 8 (Disqualification Grounds for Executive Officers)
Any person who falls under any of the following shall not be appointed as an executive officer of the Foundation: <Amended by Act No. 12770, Oct. 15, 2014>
1. A person who is not a national of the Republic of Korea;
2. A minor;
3. A person under adult guardianship or person under limited guardianship;
4. A person who was declared bankrupt and is not yet reinstated;
5. A person who was sentenced to imprisonment without labor or more severe punishment, and for whom three years have not passed after the execution of such sentence is terminated, or non-execution becomes definite;
6. A person who is disqualified, or whose qualification is suspended, pursuant to a judgment of the court or under other Acts.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 9 (Duties of Executive Officers)
(1) The chairperson shall represent the Foundation, have overall control over the affairs of the Foundation, and direct and supervise the employees.
(2) Full-time directors shall take partial charge of affairs of the Foundation as prescribed by the articles of association and, if the chairperson is not able to perform his/her duties due to any inevitable reasons, full-time directors shall act on behalf of the chairperson in the order prescribed by the articles of association.
(3) The auditor shall audit operations and accounts of the Foundation.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 10 (Restriction on Holding of Concurrent Positions by Executive Officers and Employees)
(1) Any executive officer (excluding part-time directors and the auditor; hereafter the same shall apply in this Article) or employee of the Foundation shall not engage in any profit-making activity other than their duties.
(2) Any executive officer of the Foundation shall not hold concurrently other positions without permission of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and employees shall not do so without permission of the chairperson. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 11 (Board of Directors)
(1) In order to deliberate and decide important matters pertaining to its activities, the Foundation shall have the board of directors.
(2) The board of directors shall be composed of directors.
(3) The chairperson shall convene and preside over meetings of the board of directors.
(4) The auditor may attend the board of directors and state his/her opinion.
(5) Where the board of directors deliberates on important matters regarding the management and operation of the Fund for International Exchanges established under Article 13 (1), the board of directors shall be deemed the Deliberative Council on Fund Management established under Article 74 (1) of the National Finance Act. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 11891, Jul. 16, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 12 (Appointment and Dismissal of Employees)
Any employee of the Foundation shall be appointed and dismissed by the chairperson as prescribed by the articles of association.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 13 (Creation and Operation of Fund)
(1) A Fund for International Exchanges (hereinafter referred to as the "Fund") shall be established in the Foundation to fund the operation of the Foundation and its projects.
(2) The Fund shall be operated and managed by the Foundation.
(3) Deleted. <by Act No. 11891, Jul. 16, 2013>
(4) Matters necessary for the operation and management of the Fund shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 14 (Financial Resources of Fund)
The financial resources of the Fund shall be as follows:
1. Contributions and endowments of the Government or others;
2. International exchange endowments prescribed in Article 16;
3. Borrowed money prescribed in Article 18;
4. Proceeds accruing from the operation of the Fund;
5. Other revenue.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 15 (Contributions)
(1) In order to meet expenses incurred in the establishment and operation of the Foundation and the Fund, the Government may grant contributions to the Foundation within budget limits.
(2) Matters necessary for the grant, use, etc. of contributions referred to in paragraph (1) shall be determined by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 16 (Fund-Raising)
(1) The Foundation may, if necessary to raise its funds, receive international exchange endowments from persons to whom passports are issued under the Passport Act and other relevant persons, with approval of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, notwithstanding the Act on the Collection and Use of Donations. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(2) The limit of funds to be raised under paragraph (1) shall be up to fifteen thousand won and necessary matters concerning the subject matters, amount, etc. of fund-raising shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 17 (Gratuitous Lending, etc. of National Property, etc.)
If it is necessary for the establishment and operation of the Foundation, the Government may, without consideration, lend any state property to the Foundation or allow the Foundation to use it or to make any profit from it.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 18 (Borrowing of Funds)
(1) The Foundation may borrow money needed for projects prescribed in Article 6 (including borrowing of funds from international organizations, foreign governments or foreigners).
(2) If the Foundation intends to borrow money under paragraph (1), it shall obtain approval therefor from the Minister of Foreign Affairs. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 19 (Business Year)
The business year of the Foundation shall coincide with the fiscal year of the Government.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 20 (Approval of Business Plan and Draft Budget)
The Foundation shall prepare the business plan and draft budget for each business year as prescribed by Presidential Decree, and obtain approval therefor from the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The same shall also apply where the Foundation intends to modify them. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 21 (Submission of Financial Statement)
The Foundation shall prepare a statement of revenue and expenditure accounts for each business year, and submit it to the Minister of Foreign Affairs by no later than the end of February in the following business year. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 22 (Confidentiality)
No person who is or was an executive officer or employee of the Foundation, shall divulge any confidential information that he/she has obtained in the course of performing his/her duties.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 23 (Prohibition of Use of Similar Title)
No person, other than the Foundation prescribed by this Act, may use the title "Korea Foundation" or similar thereto.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 24 (Application Mutatis Mutandis of Civil Act)
Except as provided by this Act, the provisions of the Civil Act concerning incorporated foundations shall apply mutatis mutandis to the Foundation.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 25 (Legal Fiction as Public Officials in Application of Penalty Provisions)
Executive officers and employees of the Foundation shall be deemed as public officials in application of Articles 129 through 132 of the Criminal Act.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 26 (Penalty Provisions)
Any person who violates Article 22 shall be punished by imprisonment with labor for not more than two years or by a fine not exceeding 20 million won. <Amended by Act No. 13349, Jun. 22, 2015>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 26-2 (Administrative Fines)
(1) A person who violates Article 23 shall be subject to an administrative fine not exceeding two million won.
(2) Administrative fines under paragraph (1) shall be imposed and collected by the Minister of Foreign Affairs as prescribed by Presidential Decree. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009]
 Article 27 Deleted. <by Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009>
ADDENDA
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
Article 2 (Preparation for Establishment)
(1) The Minister of Foreign Affairs shall entrust the establishment committee composed of five or less members with affairs concerning the establishment of the Foundation within thirty days after this Act enters into force.
(2) The establishment committee shall prepare the articles of association of the Foundation to obtain the authorization of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
(3) The establishment committee shall, upon obtaining the authorization as referred to in paragraph (2), make without delay the establishment registration of the Foundation under a joint signature.
(4) The establishment committee shall transfer official duties to the chairperson of the Foundation immediately after the establishment of the Foundation is registered.
(5) When the transfer of official duties under paragraph (4) is completed, the establishment committee shall be considered to be released from the commission.
(6) Expenses disbursed for the establishment of the Foundation until the Foundation is established, shall be borne by the Korea International Culture Association which is an incorporated association (hereinafter referred to as the "Association").
Article 3 (Transitional Measures for Association)
(1) In case where a general meeting of members resolves that all property, right and obligations should be succeeded to by the Foundation to be established under this Act, the Association existing at the time when this Act enters into force shall be considered to have been dissolved regardless of the provisions of the Civil Act concerning the dissolution and liquidation of a juristic person, and all property, rights and obligations which belong to the Association, shall be succeeded to by the Foundation.
(2) The value of the property to be succeeded to by the Foundation under paragraph (1) shall be the book value on the day immediately before the establishment of the Foundation is registered.
Article 4 (Transitional Measures concerning Approval on Operation Plan, etc.)
Notwithstanding Article 20, the Foundation shall, immediately after the establishment of the Foundation, prepare an operation plan and a bill of budget for the first business year to obtain the approval from the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
ADDENDA <Act No. 5639, Jan. 21, 1999>
(1) (Enforcement Date) This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation
(2) (Transitional Measures for Penalty Provisions) The application of penalty provisions to any act of violating Article 23 before this Act enters into force shall be subject to the previous provisions.
ADDENDA <Act No. 6589, Dec. 31, 2001>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on January 1, 2002. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 8 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 6590, Dec. 31, 2001>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on March 1, 2002. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 6 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 7058, Dec. 31, 2003>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on January 1, 2004.
Article 2 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 7059, Dec. 31, 2003>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on January 1, 2004.
Articles 2 through 5 Omitted.
ADDENDUM <Act No. 7400, Mar. 24, 2005>
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDA <Act No. 7428, Mar. 31, 2005>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force one year after the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 through 6 Omitted.
ADDENDUM <Act No. 8168, Jan. 3, 2007>
This Act shall enter into force three months after the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDUM <Act No. 9878, Dec. 30, 2009>
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDA <Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
(1) This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation.
(2) Omitted.
Articles 2 through 7 Omitted.
ADDENDUM <Act No. 11891, Jul. 16, 2013>
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation: Provided, That the amended provisions of Article 6 (1) 6 and Article 13 (3) shall enter into force one year after this Act enters into force.
ADDENDA <Act No. 12770, Oct. 15, 2014>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
Article 2 (Transitional Measures concerning Incompetent Persons, etc.)
Notwithstanding the amended provisions of subparagraph 3 of Article 8, the previous provisions shall apply to persons for whom the declaration of incompetence or quasi-incompetence remains effective in accordance with Article 2 of the Addenda to the Civil Act (Act No. 10429).
ADDENDUM <Act No. 13349, Jun. 22, 2015>
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.