United Way of the Piedmont, Inc.
NAME & DURATION
The name of this corporation shall be United Way of the Piedmont, Inc. (“Corporation”), organized and existing under the laws of the State of South Carolina. The period during which United Way of the Piedmont is to continue as a corporation is intended to be perpetual.
The mission of the corporation shall be to connect, engage, and inspire people to transform our community.
The vision of the corporation shall be that people live united as an educated, financially stable, and healthy community
The corporation will accomplish its mission through the following:
a) Assessing community needs on a continuing basis seeking solutions to human problems; assisting in the development of new or the expansion/modification of existing human service programs; promoting preventive activities; and fostering cooperation among local, state and national agencies serving the community.
b) Obtaining and effectively allocating leadership and financial resources, both public and private, needed to improve our community.
c) Receiving gifts from donors and applying their gifts in accordance with instructions of the donor consistent with the mission and objectives of the corporation.
d) Encouraging and facilitating volunteerism in keeping with the organization’s priorities.
e) Engaging in public policy and special issue advocacy in keeping with the organization’s priorities.
f) Connecting partner agencies and other community organizations and to develop community support and commitment.
g) Communicating and connecting to the residents of Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union Counties concerning United Way goals, objectives, and community needs.
h) Employ any other appropriate strategy to accomplish the mission and objectives of United Way of the Piedmont.
The corporation shall not participate or intervene in , any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of any private stakeholder or any individual. The property of the corporation is irrevocably dedicated to charitable purposes and upon liquidation, dissolution or abandonment of United Way of the Piedmont, after providing for the debts and obligations thereof, the remaining assets will not inure to the benefits of any private person but will be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501©(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The affairs of this corporation shall be under the control of a Board of Directors consisting of 25-34 persons, none of whom shall be financially compensated for their service. The Board of Directors shall be comprised of a minimum of 25 members representing Spartanburg County and it is recommended that there be 4 members representing Cherokee County and 3 members representing Union County. Employees and persons who receive a direct benefit from an organization that receives financial support from the corporation are not eligible for service on the Board of Directors.
No Director shall serve more than two (2) consecutive three (3) year terms. A person may be eligible for re-election to the Board of Directors after a one year absence. However, if a director is elected an officer of the corporation, the six year limitation of consecutive service does not apply.
Election of new board members nominated by the Governance Committee shall be conducted during the final regular board of the corporation’s fiscal year. All vacancies on the Board of Directors, whether caused by failure to elect, resignation, death or otherwise, may be filled by a majority vote of the remaining Directors at any scheduled or special meeting.
Any member of the Board of Directors who is absent from two (2) consecutive regularly scheduled meetings during a calendar year may be contacted by the Chair of the Board of Directors to determine if there are extenuating circumstances that temporarily prevent such Director from attending meetings or to determine if he/she would prefer not to continue as a Director.
Any officer or Director may resign by giving written notice to the Board of Directors. Any such resignation shall take effect at a date of receipt of such notice, or at any later date specified therein, and unless otherwise specified therein the acceptance of such resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective. Any officer or Director, whose actions or performance are in conflict with the bylaws of the corporation, may be removed by an affirmative vote of the majority of the remaining Directors, and such vote may be taken at any regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors.
MEETINGS, NOTICES, QUORUMS & ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
There shall be an Annual Meeting each year at such a time and place as the Board of Directors shall reasonably determine, for the purpose of reporting on the activities and finances of the corporation and transacting any other business as may be determined by the Board of Directors.
Special meetings for any purpose(s) may be called by the board chair or, by any officer, or by any five Directors. Business transacted at all special meetings shall be confined to the subjects stated in the call/notice and matters related thereto.
Notice of any meeting shall include the purpose(s), date, time and location. Notice can be sent by regular mail, electronic means or hand delivered.
A quorum constitutes 40% of the total number of Board members. Board members may attend any meeting of the Board of Directors by telephone or electronic means, and such attendance and any vote so cast shall be as if such Board member was physically present at the meeting.
Except when a greater affirmative vote is required by these By-laws, if a quorum is present, any action by affirmative vote of a majority of the Directors present or by proxy shall be the action of the Board of Directors. Proxy votes shall include written assignments in advance or electronic vote by the member.
Meetings of the Board of Directors of the United Way shall be held at least quarterly and additional meetings may be held on the call of the
In addition to the powers by these By-laws expressly conferred upon them, the Board of Directors of this corporation may exercise such powers and do such lawful acts and things in furtherance of the goals and objectives of the corporation.
The Board of Directors shall appoint a President & Chief Executive Officer of the corporation, and may from time to time appoint such other Officers as it deems necessary and prudent.
The President & Chief Executive Officer, or in his/her absence an alternate as appointed by the Board of Directors, shall manage the day to day operations of the corporation in keeping with the mission, vision and strategic direction established by the Board of Directors.
The Officers of the Board of Directors of this Corporation shall be the Board Chair, Board Chair-Elect/Immediate Past Chair, and Secretary/Treasurer. The Board Chair and the Secretary/Treasurer will be elected to serve a two year term. All officers shall be elected by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.
The Chairshall presides at all meetings of the Board of Directors and shall perform the duties usually devolving upon a presiding officer. The Chair will chair the Management Committee of the Board.
The Chair Elect or Immediate Past Chair shall assume the duties of the Chair in the temporary absence of the Chair of Board.
The Secretary/Treasurer shall cause appropriate minutes of all meetings to be kept. The Secretary/Treasurer shall cause notice to be given of all meetings when notice is required by these By-laws or by law, and, if required by resolution at any annual or special meeting, shall give notice of meetings of committees or of the Board of Directors.
The Secretary/Treasurer shall supervise the handling of the funds of the organization. He/She shall chair the Finance Committee of the Board and will monitor the control, receipt, disbursement and custody of all assets of the corporation. The Secretary/Treasurer shall assist in the preparation of the annual budget and make financial information available to the Board and to the public when appropriate. He/She shall exercise such other powers and perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Chair of the Board or Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors may create and appoint such other officer position(s) of the Board of Directors as it deems necessary and prudent and not in contravention of these By-laws or any applicable laws.
In the case of a vacancy in any of the offices described or authorized in Section 1 or Section 2 of this Article VI, whether caused by failure to appoint, resignation, death or otherwise, such vacancy may be filled by a majority vote of the Board of Directors at any regular or special meeting. Such Officers so appointed to fill vacancies shall serve until the end of the then current term.
There shall be seven standing committees of the Board of Directors: (1) the Management Committee, (2) the Finance Committee, (3) the Audit Committee, (4) the Resource Development Committee, (5) the Community Impact Committee, (6) the Marketing Committee and (7) the Governance Committee. Each committee shall meet no less than two times per year. Committee chairs will be appointed from the Board of Directors by the Chair of the Board. Non-Board members shall be permitted to serve on the Marketing, Community Impact and Resource Development Committees. The members of the Committees shall be appointed by the Chairman of the Board and the corporation’s President & CEO. Regular minutes of the proceedings shall be kept and reported to the Board of Directors. The corporation’s President & CEO shall be an ex-officio member of all standing committees. The corporation’s Vice President of Resource Development shall be an ex-officio member of the Resource Development Committee; the corporation’s Vice-President of Community Impact shall be an ex-officio members of the Community Impact Committee; the corporation’s Director of Events & Special Projects shall be an ex-officio member of the Governance Committee.
1. The purpose of the Management Committee is to provide oversight to all committees. It will have the responsibility of implementation of Article II. The Management Committee shall consist of the Board Chair, Board Chair-Elect/Immediate Past-Board Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, Resource Development Chair, Community Impact Chair, Marketing Chair and Governance Chair. The Board Chair shall have the option of appointing one or more additional members to the Management Committee from the Board of Directors as he/she sees fit.
1. The purpose of the Finance Committee is to provide oversight of the financial activities of the corporation. It is also to review the implementation of Article II, Section 3 (ci, and i).
c. The purpose of the Audit Committee is to assist the Board of Directors in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities by monitoring the integrity of the financial reporting processes, monitoring the independence and performance of the Corporation’s independent auditors and providing an avenue of communication among the auditors, management and Board of Directors.
1. The purpose of the Resource Development Committee is to ensure adequate financial resources are available to conduct the business of the United Way of the Piedmont. It shall develop and oversee all Resource Development items including but not limited to the annual campaign, grant and other revenue streams as identified. The resource development committee may consist of representatives involved in generating revenue from corporate, individual, government and private grants, affinity groups, planned giving and special initiatives as identified. The Board Chair may appoint volunteers to serve on the committee to facilitate the functions of the Resource Development Committee and to review Article II, Section 3 (b).
1. The purpose of the Community Impact Committee is to review the implementation of Article II, Section 3 (a, b, d, e, f, and h).
1. The purpose of the Marketing Committee is to review the implementation of Article II, Section 3 (g).
1. The purpose of the Governance Committee is to be responsible for review and maintenance of the Bylaws and to ensure that the bylaws of the Corporation are followed. In addition the Governance Committee will serve as a nominations committee for Board membership and provide information and instruction related to Board ethics. The committee will review and study the structure of the board, board assignments and committees as needed.
The Board Chair shall from time to time appoint special committees as authorized by the Board of Directors made up of volunteers and at least one Director. All acts of such special committees or task forces shall be subject to approval of the Board of Directors. The chairs of special committees who are not already serving on the Board of Directors shall be eligible to attend and advise at all meetings of the Board of Directors.
The fiscal year of this corporation shall be July 1 through June 30.
The officers, Directors, committee members, and employees of this corporation shall be selected entirely on a non-discriminatory basis with respect to age, sex, race, religion, and national origin.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Board members are required to disclose potential or perceived conflict(s) of interest. A board member may not vote on community impact funding decisions for any nonprofit organization on which he/she actively serves. The Board Chair and Community Impact Committee Chair shall not simultaneously serve on the board of any other organization which receives community impact funding from the Corporation unless the Board, upon an appropriate motion, affirmatively acts to waive this restriction.
The seal of this corporation shall be circular in form and shall bear the name of the Corporation, the words “United Way of the Piedmont, Inc.”
INDEMNITY OF DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AND AGENTS
The corporation shall indemnify and save harmless all Directors, officers, employees or agents of the corporation against liability and expenses arising from his/her acts or omissions in conjunction with the performance of his/her duties on behalf of the Corporation to the fullest extent permitted by the laws of the State of South Carolina.
Notwithstanding the above, the Corporation shall have no obligation to indemnify any person for liability or expenses arising from or related to acts or omissions which are willful and wanton.
The right of indemnity described in Section 1 of this Article XI shall inure to the estate, executor, administrator, heirs, legatees, or devisees of any person entitled to indemnification hereunder.
The Corporation shall have the power to purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of any person who is or was a Director, officer, employee or agent of the corporation, or is or was serving at the request of the Corporation as a Director, officer, employee, or agent of the corporation against liability and expenses asserted against him/her and incurred by him/her in any such capacity, or arising out of his/her status as such, whether or not the Corporation would have power to indemnify him against liability and expenses under the laws of the State of South Carolina.
New By-Laws may be adopted, or these By-Laws may be amended, waived, altered, or repealed at any meeting of the Board of Directors by a majority vote of the entire number of Directors as of the date the amendment is adopted. Notice of such meeting, including the proposed amendments, shall be provided to each Director at least ten days in advance.
Approved at the September 10, 2015 meeting of the Board of Directors