885 Village Center Dr. #310
St. Paul, MN 55127
Mr. Martin Mwangi, Director
BY-LAWS OF THE KISANGAJI PROJECT
Initially approved: 11/08 by Board of Directors, pending 501c3 status
- NAME: The name of this Corporation is: Kisangaji Project.
- PURPOSE: This Corporation is organized exclusively for charitable purposes as specified in Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, including such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
a) The purpose of this Corporation is:
To aid in the relief of the poor, underserved, and distressed inhabitants of the village Kisangaji, Tanzania;
To aid in the development of the village Kisangaji, Tanzania by supporting the Primary School and to enhance the well-being of the villagers by providing assistance with health care needs.
b) The goals of this Corporation are:
To furnish the Primary School with desks, school supplies, uniforms and textbooks;
To provide funding for the completion of the school construction;
To help fund sufficient sanitary facilities for the Primary School;
To provide villagers with mosquito-treated bed nets to prevent malaria;
To help fund clean water resources.
- MEMBERSHIP: There are no members for this organization.
- GOVERNING BODY: The Kisangaji Project will have a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board will oversee operations, make decisions about financial matters, and provide input regarding current projects. Board members shall serve one-year terms, renewable at the Annual Meeting of the Project. The Director may appoint sub-committees as needed to accomplish specific goals. None of the Directors, Officers, or Board Members are to be compensated for any personal or Project-related expense.
- OFFICERS: The following appointments shall be made: Director, Assistant Director, and Financial Officer. Each shall serve a one-year term, renewable at the Annual Meeting. Appointments shall be made by the consensus of the Board of Directors. Officers may resign at any time; officers may be removed from their position by a quorum of the Board of Directors.
a) Director: Shall be responsible for communications with the village Kisangaji, coordinating incountry efforts, arranging orders for materials and products, travel to Kisangaji (at own cost), solicit donations, document and track income/expenses, keep written records of projects/meetings, and educate the public.
b) Assistant Director: Shall be responsible for working with the Director on any and all current projects. The Assistant Director shall assume the Director’s position in the case of a vacancy. Page 2 of 2
c) Financial Officer: Shall be responsible for overseeing the budget and finances and to provide guidance on all matters regarding finances.
- CONFLICT OF INTEREST: If a potential conflict of interest arises that involves any Board Member, Director or Officer, the matter will be brought before the Board for a determination of the matter.
- MEETINGS: There will be one (1) Annual Meeting of the Corporation. All other business matters shall be handled electronically. Additional in-person Board meetings shall be held on an asneeded basis, determined by the Director and Assistant Director collaboratively. Meetings shall be scheduled at least 1 month in advance unless an emergency meeting is called by any Board member.
- FINANCIAL MATTERS: The fiscal year for this Corporation shall start January 1. The Corporation shall keep itemized records and receipts for all donations, income and expenses. Required forms and returns will comply with laws of the State of MN and IRS requirements governing Charitable Organizations.
- AMENDMENTS TO THE BY-LAWS: Amendments to these By-laws may be made at any time, by a quorum of the Board of Directors. All versions of the By-laws shall become permanent record for the Corporation.
- RULES OF ORDER/ANNUAL MEETINGS: A written agenda will be distributed to the Board of Directors prior to the Annual Meeting. Any Board member is entitled to edit agenda items. A written record of the proceedings shall be kept in the Corporations permanent record. All financial records will be distributed and reviewed at each Annual Meeting, or more frequently as determined by need. Minutes of all Annual Meetings shall be on permanent record with the Corporation. All other records shall be maintained electronically.
- DISSOLUTION OF THE KISANGAJI PROJECT: Should the Project dissolve, determination of assets will be made by the Board of Directors. Should this not be possible, any such assets not so disposed shall be disposed of by a Court of Competent Jurisdiction of the county in which the principal office of the corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.
Printable version of The Kisangaji Project Bylaws