I. Name, Purpose, General Information
a. The name of this organization shall be the Pagan Pride Project, Inc, hereinafter known as Pagan Pride.
a. The purpose of this organization shall be the advancement of religion and elimination of prejudice and discrimination based on religious beliefs, specifically those religions that fall under the definition of "Pagan" as defined for this document. The organization is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, and educational purposes, including, for 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. This corporation is a religious corporation.
b. For the purposes of this document, the words Pagan and NeoPagan may be used interchangeably, and are defined as follows. A Pagan or NeoPagan is someone who self-identifies as a Pagan, and whose spiritual or religious practice or belief fits into one or more of the following categories:
- Honoring, revering, or worshipping a Deity or Deities found in pre-Christian, classical, aboriginal, or tribal mythology; and/or
- Practicing religion or spirituality based upon shamanism, shamanic, or magickal practices; and/or
- Creating new religion based on past Pagan religions and/or futuristic views of society, community, and/or ecology; and/or
- Focusing religious or spiritual attention primarily on the Divine Feminine.
3. Distribution of earnings
a. No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Section 2 hereof. No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
a. The mission of the Pagan Pride Project is to foster pride in Pagan identity through education, activism, charity and community. To further this mission, Pagan Pride helps members across the country organize local events in honor of Pagan Pride Day and the Autumn Equinox, including but not limited to public religious ceremonies, picnics, parades, festivals, networking events, public education through media or publications, and food drives or other charitable donation drives. Other activities may be included depending on the wishes of the local organizers; members shall not in any substantive manner engage in activities that are illegal or that are not in furtherance with the stated purpose of the organization.II. Board of Directors
a. The governing board of Pagan Pride shall be the Board of Directors, hereinafter called the Board. The Board shall have a minimum of five members; additional may be added as the Board sees fit.
2. Duties and Powers
a. The duties and powers of Pagan Pride shall be vested in the Board. They shall be able to do all things necessary or convenient, not inconsistent with law, to further the activities and affairs of the corporation, as laid out in federal law under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 and Indiana code IC 23-17-4-2.
a. The annual meeting shall take place on or near the Spring Equinox, at such a place and time as shall be designated by the Board. The purpose of the Annual Meeting shall be to review the annual operations of the Pagan Pride Project and to transact such other business as may come before the meeting.
b. Notice of the annual meeting shall be communicated to every member through telephone, letter, e-mail, or other means of communication to which the Board and members are amenable, including but not limited to the provisions in Indiana Code IC 23-17-28.
c. Regular meetings shall be held at any convenient place and time decided by the Board.
d. As provided for in Indiana Code IC 23-17-10-(g), a member may participate in an annual, regular, or special meeting of the members by or through the use of any means of communication by which all members participating may simultaneously hear or communicate with each other during the meeting. e. This includes but is not limited to communication on a chat room or via e-mail. A member participating in a meeting by this means is considered to be present in person at the meeting.
Special meetings shall be called as needed, in accordance with the provisions laid out in Indiana Code IC 23-17-4-3 and IC 23-17-10-2.
4. Decision making process
a. It is expected that the majority of decisions shall be made via consensus among the members. If consensus fails, the decision will be made by a 2/3 majority.
5. Appointment to the Board, Term of Office, Vacancies, and Removal
a. Appointment to the Board shall be made by the Board of Directors.
b. Members of the Board shall make a one-year commitment to serve on the Board. Commitments will be reviewed and are renewed at the end of the one-year term pending a vote of confidence by the members. As long as there are continued votes of confidence by the members, there is no limitation as to how many terms a Board member may serve.
c. Vacancies on the Board due to a decision not to recommit, death, resignation, removal, disqualification, or otherwise shall be filled by the Board. Any Board member may be removed when, in the judgement of the Board, they have failed to fulfill their obligations as a Board member, including but not limited to the standards of conduct included in Indiana Code IC 23-17-13. The regular decision-making process (Article II, Section 2.04) shall be used to determine removal of a member.
d. A Board member may remove himself voluntarily at any time.
a. A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the Board. If less than a majority of Board members is present at a meeting, the meeting may be adjourned.
7. Action without meetings
a. As provided for by Indiana Code IC 23-17-10-4, action required to be approved by the members can be taken without a meeting if the action is approved by members holding at least eighty percent (80%) of the votes entitled to be cast on the action. The approval must be written, either on paper or electronically.
a. As provided for in Indiana Code IC 23-17-11-6 members may vote by proxy.
9. Vote entitlement
a. Any member at Local Coordinator level or above is entitled to a single vote on any issue.
10. Committees of the Board
a. At its discretion, the Board shall have the ability to appoint committees. Such committees shall act in an advisory capacity.III. Officers of Pagan Pride
a. The officers of Pagan Pride shall be as follows: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
2. Election and Term of Office
a. The officers shall be elected every year at the Annual Meeting. If the election of officers is not held at such meeting, it shall be held as soon as possible thereafter. Each officer shall hold office until a successor shall have been duly elected and qualified.
a. Any officer elected by the Board may be removed from the Board, with or without cause, following the regular decision-making process outlined in Article II Section 4.
a. There will be a President. The President must be a member of the Board, and shall have general executive duties as assigned.
a. There will be a Vice-President. The Vice-President shall have duties as assigned, including but not limited to keeping membership records, and shall ensure that those records remain confidential, including but not limited to the provisions for confidentiality in Indiana Code IC 23-17-27-5.
a. There will be a Secretary. The Secretary shall have duties including but not limited to keeping the written records as provided for in Indiana Code IC 23-17-27. These duties may be delegated as needed, but the Secretary must ensure that the records are complete
a. There will be a Treasurer. The Treasurer shall have duties including but not limited to the financial records required as provided for in Indiana Code IC 23-17-27. These duties may be delegated as needed, but the Treasurer must ensure that the records are complete.
8. Sharing Responsibilities
IV. General Membership
a. The organizational, fiscal, corporate, and legal duties of the corporation shall be the responsibility of all Board members equally. When necessary, the Board will appoint individuals to carry out specific tasks including the convening of meetings, keeping and reporting of financial records, signing of contracts or other instruments, and entering into agreements necessary to carrying out the objectives of the Corporation.
1. Method of Acceptance for Membership
a. Members of Pagan Pride shall be those who complete the coordinator agreement form and abide by the guidelines therein.
2. Types of Membership
a. The primary level of membership is known as the Local Coordinator, hereinafter referred to by LCs. Local Coordinators agree to the following requirements:
i. To be the individual, or leader of a group of individuals, responsible for arranging an event consisting of at least a charity drive and public Autumn Equinox observation, and to hold this event on or near the Equinox (the last two weeks of September or the first week of October).b. Members willing to take on a leadership role for a geographical region shall be known as Regional Coordinators, hereinafter referred to as RCs.
ii. To serve as a local point of contact for other local volunteers, report progress reports back to the Pagan Pride mailing list, provide a post-event summary, and provide archive copies of any media coverage.
iii. To publicize the event locally by requesting support of local Pagan groups, inviting local media to cover the event, welcoming those not of our faith to celebrate with us, and meeting any protests or harassment with reason and attempts to educate.
iv. To agree with a code of conduct stating that our purpose is to educate, empower, and support the local Pagan community. We are not interested in attempting to shock anyone, or using outrageous means to draw attention to us. Because articles written about the event and the LC could be the only information some people get about Paganism, the LC should be reasonably articulate and appear intelligent. The LC must under all circumstances agree to follow the laws of his or her jurisdiction, including but not limited to issues of nudity, the carrying of knives or swords, and assembly permits. Pagan Pride will not be responsible for events held in violation of local or federal laws.
i. Regional Coordinators are appointed by the Board for characteristics including, but not limited to, excellent organizational abilities, experience being a Local Coordinator, and enthusiasm for religious education and anti-discrimination efforts.
ii. The duties of a Regional Coordinator shall be to coordinate activities in one geographical region by helping individuals in that area pool resources and network with one another.
iii. The RC shall have final right of declaration to determine if events are too close to one another and ask them to combine.
iv. The RC may, at the Board's request, approve LC applications, and perform other duties as assigned.
3. Denial or Suspension of Rights
a. The Board shall have the authority to deny or suspend the rights of membership to individuals or groups whose actions or statements are found not to be in keeping with the principles and guidelines of Pagan Pride. Such decisions shall be made in accordance with Article II, Section 2.04.
4. Voluntary Termination of Rights by Member
a. Members may at any time terminate their formal affiliation by submitting to the Board a request to be removed from active membership.
1. Amendments to the Articles of Incorporation
a. The Board may approve amendments in accordance with Article II, Section 2.04 of this document, except when otherwise provisioned by Indiana Code IC 23-17-17. In cases where the law requires membership approval, a simple majority is needed to approve.
2. Amendments to the Bylaws
The Board may approve amendments in accordance with Article II, Section 2.04 of this document, except when otherwise provisioned by Indiana Code IC 23-17-17. In cases where the law requires membership approval, a simple majority is needed to approve.
1. Upon the dissolution of the corporation, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not so disposed of 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.
In witness whereof, we have hereunto subscribed our names this __th day of _____, 20__.
Note: Current Indiana Code information can be found at http://www.state.in.us/legislative/ic/code/title23/ar17/