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Bylaws

Article I

Name

The name of the corporation shall be A Child’s Desire, Inc.

children's charity


Article II

Purpose

Mission Statement: A Child’s Desire, Inc. is committed to easing the financial burden of the adoption and post-adoption processes through fundraising efforts. By generating adoption grants, it will underwrite adoption agencies’ fees or adoption facilitators’ fees.

Article III

Board of Directors

A. Number and Qualification. The number of directors of this corporation shall be established from time to time by the Board by resolution, provided that the number of directors shall in no event be less than 5 or more than 7.

B. Selection of Directors; and Terms. The term of the office for each director of this corporation shall be 4 years or until his or her successor is elected. The term of office of each director shall commence on the next regularly scheduled board meeting, and shall expire on the last day of his/her four-year term. Successors to directors whose terms of office are then expiring shall be elected at a meeting of the directors called for that purpose in the year in which such term expires. A director may succeed himself or herself in office. The incorporators of the corporation shall select the first slate of the Board of the corporation and the remaining directors shall select successors.

C. Resignation. A director may resign at any time by giving written notice thereof to the secretary of the corporation, who shall advise the Board of such resignation. Such resignation shall take effect at the time specified therein or, if no time is specified, then upon receipt by the secretary of the corporation of the resignation. Unless otherwise specified therein, acceptance of such resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.

D. Removal. Any individual director may be removed from office, with or without cause, by the vote of a majority of the directors of the corporation at any meeting; the vacancy created by such removal shall be filled by similar vote.

E. Vacancy. Each director shall hold office until his or her death, resignation, incapacity to act, or removal or until such director no longer meets the qualifications set forth in these Bylaws. In the event of a vacancy in the Board because of death, resignation, incapacity to act, or disqualification of a director, the then remaining directors shall within a reasonable time fill the vacancy.

F. Meetings.

(a) Annual Meetings. The annual meeting of the board shall be in June. The business of the annual meeting shall include the election of board members and officers and transaction of other business as is necessary. If the Board fails to establish the meeting date, it may be established by the Chairperson.


(b) Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Board for any purpose or purposes shall be held whenever called by the Chairperson of the corporation and shall be called by the Chairperson or, in his or her absence, by the secretary or any other officer at the request of any three (3) directors delivered to such officer. Such request shall state the purpose or purposes of the proposed meeting.

G. Notices of Meetings.

a) Notice of an annual meeting shall be given to the directors not more than thirty (30) days nor less than ten (10) days before such meeting.

(b) At least one (1) day’s notice of the place, day and hour of any special meeting of the directors shall be given by written or printed notice served upon each director.

(c) Public notice of regular meetings of the Board shall be posted on the internet.

H. Quorum. A majority of the directors in office shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Every act or decision done or made by a majority of the directors present at a duly held meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act or the decision of the Board, unless the law, the Articles of Incorporation, or these Bylaws require a greater proportion. The members of the Board of Directors may transact business by paper mail or electronic mail on proposed resolutions sent to them by the Secretary. If, within thirty (30) days, a simple majority of the returned votes are in favor of the resolutions, then the resolutions shall be deemed approved by the Board. Otherwise, they will fail.

I. Board Officers

A. Officers. The Board shall, at each annual meeting, elect a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer. Such officers shall be elected for a term of one (1) year, or until their successors have been elected by the Board. In addition, the Board shall elect a Board Member or an officer upon the resignation of a Board Member or an officer, for the unexpired term of the Board Member or officer who has resigned his or her position.

B. Chairperson. It shall be the duty of the Chairperson to preside at all meetings of the Board, to call special meetings when deemed necessary, and to perform other duties pertaining to the office.

C. Vice Chairperson. In case of absence of the Chairperson, the Vice Chairperson shall perform the duties of the Chairperson.

D. Secretary. The Secretary shall keep or cause to be kept a record of all matters transacted at the meeting of the Board. The Secretary shall ensure that notices are given of all meetings of the Board.

E. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall keep or cause to be kept a proper accounting of receipts and disbursements of all money and assets pertaining to A Child’s Desire, Inc. a report of which shall be made available at or before every Board meeting.


Article IV

Board Management and Actions

A. All funds generated through the general public may be awarded either as grants to defray the costs of adoption or post-adoption services of an adoptive family which shows financial need, or may be awarded as grants attached to a particular waiting child at the request of an adoption agency. These grants will be transferred to either a non-profit adoption agency or facilitator for disbursement.

B. Financial Audits. A professional accountant shall audit or certify a review of all financial records annually if the annual income exceeds $10,000. Such audit and audit recommendations shall be presented to the Board within thirty (30) days of the receipt of the same.

Article V

Amendments to the Bylaws

The Board of Directors shall have the power to alter, amend or repeal the Bylaws or adopt new Bylaws with a 2/3 majority vote by the Board of Directors.

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