In Your Shoes, a giving circle, is an investment in our Westborough community. The mission of In Your Shoes, a giving circle, is to make a difference in our community by contributing time, talents, and monetary resources to provide assistance and financial support to those in need. In Your Shoes, a giving circle, is a not for profit organization duly organized under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that fosters and advocates volunteerism to contribute to the health and well being of the Westborough community.
The goals of In Your Shoes, a giving circle, are to:
Notwithstanding the foregoing, In Your Shoes, a giving circle, shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on: (i) by a corporation exempt from Federal income tax under section 501 © (3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or corresponding section of any further United States Internal Revenue Code), or (ii) by a corporation duly organized under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In Your Shoes is organized exclusively for charitable purposes under section 501© (3) of the Internal Revenue Code or corresponding section of any future federal code.
In Your Shoes, a giving circle, is the official name of the organization, P.O. Box 19, 13023 Ambassador Drive, Westborough, Massachusetts 01581.
In Your Shoes, a giving circle, is open to all Westborough residency who wish to further the mission and goals of In Your Shoes through financial support and/or participation in service projects. Members shall be defined as those who annually complete a Membership form, a Conflict of Interest Agreement and Confidentiality Agreement and file it with the In Your Shoes Treasurer. In Your Shoes strives to attract a membership that is broad, diverse and inclusive.
There are two member categories:
The $50.00 membership fee is a non refundable, non transferable charitable contribution where all of the monies will be used to provide assistance and financial support to those in need in the Westborough community.
Responsibilities of Membership
Benefits of Membership
Contributions of Voting Members
Special Meeting – in the event that the Guiding Circle determines the need for a Special Meeting, said special meeting may be called by providing 7 calendar days notice be either U.S. mail, facsimile, electronic mail or other mode of written transmittal.
In Your Shoes will have an executive committee (called the Guiding Circle), defined in Section 4.01 and committees (called the Sub-circles) as defined in Section 4.04.
Responsibilities of Guiding Circle
Organization and Meetings of the Guiding Circle
Election of Guiding Circle and Sub-Circle Members
In Your Shoes Sub-Circles are planned and organized to formally draw together people of relevant expertise and interest within the organization to share information and coordinate actions to support the mission and goals of the organization. These Sub-Circles will be working with the IYS leadership - the Guiding Circle – to share viewpoints and present Committee reports for the review and approval of the Guiding Circle, then the General Membership. Each Sub-Circle will meet as required to accomplish the committee goals and report in a timely manner to the Guiding Circle and General Membership.
The General Membership of In Your Shoes will meet every other month in order to vote on grant applicants in accordance with Section 8.02 with the exception of June, July and August, and at such times, as the Guiding Circle shall determine. In order to conduct elections for the Guiding Circle, in accordance with Section 4.03, the voting membership will vote at the annual meeting every May. At any meeting of In Your Shoes, an act of voting membership shall consist of a simple majority at a meeting at which a quorum is determined to be present in accord with Section 3.04 d,e. Voting members can either vote by being present at the meeting or by absentee ballot in accord with Section 4.03e.
Amending the Bylaws
Bylaws may be amended by a simple majority of Voting Members at a meeting at which a quorum is determined to be present in accord with Section 3.04 d,e. An act of voting is valid when the Voting member is either present at the meeting or votes by absentee ballot in accord with Section 4.03e.
The Guiding Circle may incur costs for supplies and services necessary to the operation of In Your Shoes. These expenses may include, but are not limited to website registration and maintenance, filing fees/services, paper, printing, postage, room rental, refreshments, and materials for service projects. Funds for non-operating expenses will be obtained by private grant or special fundraising events (i.e. expenses for a fundraising event(s)).
Awarding of Grants
Consideration and voting on grants will take place at regularly scheduled meetings. Grant applications must be received by the Guiding Circle 15 days prior to the monthly meeting to be considered for the upcoming grant cycle.
Organization and Responsibilities of Grant Sub-circle
Procedure for Awarding Grants
Criteria for Awarding Grants
The Guiding Circle may vote to disburse up to 5% of In Your Shoes’ Treasury for emergency requests in such amounts and at such times as it determines worthy and in accord with the mission of In Your Shoes. Any request for such funds must be submitted on an Emergency Fund Request Form and approved by the Guiding Circle.
All funds approved for disbursement by In your Shoes will require 2 signatures from the Guiding Circle. Signature authority remains with the Treasurer and President/Co-Presidents.
Waiver of Notice
Whenever any notice whatsoever is required to be given hereunder, a waiver thereof in writing signed by the person or persons entitled to such notice, whether before or after the time stated herein, shall be deemed equivalent to the giving of such notice.
Books and Records
In Your Shoes, a giving circle, shall keep accurate and complete books and records of account and shall maintain records of all meeting minutes.
Any member of In Your Shoes, a giving circle, who is made a party to any action or proceeding, whether civil or criminal, by reason of the fact that he or she is a or was a member, shall be indemnified by the In Your Shoes, a giving circle, to the fullest extent permitted by law.
No such indemnification shall be made with respect to matters as to which any said member shall be finally adjudged to have been dishonest, to have acted fraudulently and/or in bad faith.
Dissolution and Wind Up
In Your Shoes, a giving circle, may be dissolved upon a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the voting members for any reason so determined by the voting members. Upon the dissolution of In Your Shoes, a giving circle, its net assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501 © (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed for a public purpose.
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