DALLAS HOPE CHARITIES
ARTICLE I – OFFICES
1. REGISTERED OFFICE AND AGENT
The registered office and registered agent of the Corporation shall be as set forth in the Corporation’s Certificate of Formation. The registered office or the registered agent may be changed by resolution of the Board of Directors, upon making the appropriate filing with the Secretary of State.
2. PRINCIPAL OFFICE
The principal office of the Corporation shall be at 5910 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, Texas 75235, provided that the Board of Directors shall have the power to change the location of the principal office.
3. OTHER OFFICES
The Corporation may also have other offices at such places, within or without the State of Texas, as the Board of Directors may designate, or as the business of the Corporation may require or as may be desirable.
ARTICLE II – DIRECTORS
1. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
To the extent not limited or prohibited by law, the Certificate of Formation or these Bylaws, the powers of the Corporation shall be exercised by or under the authority of, and the business and affairs of the Corporation shall be managed under the direction of the Board of Directors of the Corporation. Directors need not be residents of the State of Texas or members of the Corporation unless the Certificate of Formation or these Bylaws so require.
2—1. NUMBER AND ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
The number of directors shall be seven (7).
At the first annual meeting of the Board of Directors, the directors shall request that the Board of Stewards or other governing body of the Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ, or its successor church, elect a board of seven directors for Dallas Hope Charities, all within the discretion of the Board of Stewards. Annually thereafter, prior to February 1, the Board of Stewards of the Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ shall elect seven directors to serve for a year. A director, including an initial director, shall hold office until the next annual election of directors and until said director’s successor shall have been elected, appointed, or designated and qualified. The Board of Stewards may elect each director in a separate majority vote or may elect a slate of seven directors by a single majority vote. Should the Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ or a successor church no longer exist, or the governing body of such successor church fail to elect directors for Dallas Hope Charities for more than two years, then the Board of Directors of Dallas Hope Charities shall thereafter at the annual meeting elect the directors to serve for a year.
2—2. CONFLICT OF INTEREST
The following individuals shall not be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors:
1. Anyone who is an employee of or under contract to the Corporation or of the Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ, or a clergy candidate sponsored by the Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ.
2. Anyone who is a spouse or family member of, or in a committed relationship with a member of the Board of Directors or of the Board of Stewards of the Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ.
The Conflict of Interest Policy in attached Appendix A is hereby incorporated into these Bylaws for all purposes.
A director may be removed from office, with or without cause, by the persons entitled to elect, designate, or appoint the director. If the director was elected to office, removal requires an affirmative vote equal to the vote necessary to elect the director.
A director may resign by providing written notice of such resignation to the Corporation. The resignation shall be effective upon the date of receipt of the notice of resignation or the date specified in such notice. Acceptance of the resignation shall not be required to make the resignation effective.
Any vacancy occurring in the Board of Directors shall be filled by the affirmative vote of a majority of the persons entitled to elect directors. A director elected to fill a vacancy shall be elected for the unexpired term of the previous director.
6. ANNUAL MEETING OF DIRECTORS
The annual meeting of the Board of Directors shall be held on the first Monday during the month of February, at which they shall elect officers and transact such other business as shall come before the meeting. The time and place of the annual meeting of the Board of Directors may be changed by resolution of the Board of Directors.
Failure to hold the annual meeting at the designated time shall not work a dissolution of the Corporation. In the event the Board of Directors fails to call the annual meeting at the designated time, any Director may make demand that such meeting be held within a reasonable time, such demand to be made in writing by registered mail directed to any officer of the Corporation. If the annual meeting of the Board of Directors is not called within sixty (60) days following such demand, any Director may compel the holding of such annual meeting by legal action directed against the Board of Directors, and all of the extraordinary writs of common law and of courts of equity shall be available to such Director to compel the holding of such annual meeting.
7. REGULAR MEETING OF DIRECTORS
Regular meetings of the Board of Directors may be held with notice at such time and place as may be from time to time determined by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall meet at least once each quarter of each year.
8. SPECIAL MEETINGS OF DIRECTORS
The Secretary shall call a special meeting of the Board of Directors whenever requested to do so by the President or by one (1) or more directors. Such special meeting shall be held at the date and time specified in the notice of meeting.
9. PLACE OF DIRECTORS’ MEETINGS
All meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held either at the principal office of the Corporation or at such other place, either within or without the State of Texas, as shall be specified in the notice of meeting or executed waiver of notice.
10. NOTICE OF DIRECTORS’ MEETINGS
Notice of any meeting of the Board of Directors shall be given at least two (2) days previously thereto by written notice delivered personally or sent electronically or by mail or telegram to each Director at that Director’s electronic address, facsimile number, or mailing address as shown by the records of the Corporation. If mailed, such notice shall be deemed to be delivered when deposited in the United States mail in a sealed envelope so addressed, the postage thereon prepaid. If notice is given by telegram, such notice shall be deemed to be delivered when the telegram is delivered to the telegraph company. Any Director may waive notice of any meeting. The attendance of a Director at any meeting shall constitute a waiver of notice of such meeting, except where a Director attends a meeting for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of any business because the meeting is not lawfully called or convened. Neither the business to be transaction at, nor the purpose of, any regular or special meeting of the Board need be specified in the notice or waiver of notice of such meeting, unless specifically required by law or by these Bylaws.
11. QUORUM AND VOTING OF DIRECTORS
A quorum for the transaction of business by the Board of Directors shall be a majority of the number of directors fixed by these Bylaws. The act of the majority of the directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board of Directors, unless the act of a greater number is required by law or the Certificate of Formation.
Directors, as such, shall not receive salary for their services, but by resolution of the Board of Directors expenses of attendance, if any, may be allowed for attendance at any meeting of the Board or Directors and at events and conferences furthering the purposes of the Corporation. A director shall not serve the Corporation in any paid capacity. Members of committees may be allowed reimbursement of expenses for attending committee meetings by resolution of the Board of Directors.
13. ACTION BY DIRECTORS WITHOUT MEETING
Any action required by the Texas Business Organizations Code to be taken at a meeting of the Board of Directors, or any action which may be taken at a meeting of the Board of Directors or any committee, may be taken without a meeting if a consent in writing, setting forth the action to be taken, shall be signed by all the Board of Directors entitled to vote with respect to the subject matter thereof, or all of the members of the committee, as the case may be. Such consent shall have the same force and effect as a unanimous vote.
Each written consent shall bear the date of signature of each Director or committee member who signs the consent. A written consent signed by less than all of the Board of Directors or committee members is not effective to take the action that is the subject of the consent unless, within thirty (30) days after the date of the earliest dated consent delivered to the Corporation in the manner required by this section, a consent or consents signed by the required number of Board of Directors or committee members is delivered to the Corporation at its registered office, registered agent, principal place of business, transfer agent, registrar, exchange agent, or an officer or agent of the Corporation having custody of the books in which proceedings of meetings of Board of Directors or committees are recorded. Delivery shall be by hand, email, facsimile, or certified or registered mail, return receipt requested. Delivery to the Corporation’s principal place of business shall be addressed to the President or principal executive officer of the Corporation.
14. COMMITTEES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Committees not having and exercising the authority of the Board of Directors in the management of the Corporation, but acting as planners or advisers to the Board of Directors, may be appointed in such manner as may be designated by a resolution adopted by a majority of the Directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present. Except as otherwise provided in such resolution, members of each such committee shall be Directors of the Corporation. The Board of Directors shall appoint the members thereof. Any member thereof may be removed by the person or persons authorized to appoint such member whenever in their judgment the best interests of the Corporation shall be served by such removal.
Each member of a committee shall continue as such until the next annual meeting of the Board of Directors and until a successor is appointed, unless the committee shall be sooner terminated, or unless such member be removed from such committee, or unless such member cease to qualify as a member thereof.
One member of each committee shall be appointed chairperson by the person or persons authorized to appoint the members thereof.
Vacancies in the membership of any committee may be filled by appointments made in the same manner as provided in the case of the original appointments.
Unless otherwise provided in the resolution of the Board of Directors designating a committee, a majority of the whole committee shall constitute a quorum and the act of a majority of the members present shall be the act of the committee.
Each committee may adopt rules for its own government not inconsistent with these Bylaws or with rules adopted by the Board of Directors.
15. CONFLICT OF INTEREST—COMMITTEES
No more than one individual from the same family or committed relationship may serve on the same committee. The following individuals shall not be eligible to serve as the chairperson of a committee: an employee of or under contract with the Corporation or of the Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ.
ARTICLE III – OFFICERS
1. NUMBER OF OFFICERS
The officers of the Corporation shall consist of a president and a secretary and may also consist of one or more vice-presidents, a treasurer, and such other officers and assistant officers as may be deemed necessary. New offices may be created and filled at any meeting of the Board of Directors. Any two or more offices may be held by the same person, except the offices of president and secretary.
2. ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND TERM OF OFFICE
Unless otherwise separated by the Board of Directors, the President of the Board of Directors shall also serve as President of the Corporation; the Vice President of the Board of Directors shall serve as Vice President of the Corporation; the Secretary of the Board of Directors shall serve as Secretary of the Corporation; and the Treasurer of the Board of Directors shall serve as the Treasurer of the Corporation. All officers shall be elected by the Board of Directors at the regular annual meeting of the Board of Directors for two year terms.
3. REMOVAL OF OFFICERS, VACANCIES
Any officer elected or appointed may be removed by the Board of Directors whenever in their judgment the best interests of the Corporation will be served thereby. The removal of an officer shall be without prejudice to the contract rights, if any, of the officer so removed. Election or appointment of an officer or agent shall not of itself create contract rights. A vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification or otherwise, may be filled by the Board of Directors for the unexpired portion of the term.
4. POWERS OF OFFICERS
Each officer shall have, subject to these Bylaws, in addition to the duties and powers specifically set forth herein, such powers and duties as are commonly incident to that office and such duties and powers as the Board of Directors shall from time to time designate. All officers shall perform their duties subject to the directions and under the supervision of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors and the President may secure the fidelity of any and all officers by bond or otherwise.
All officers and agents of the Corporation, as between themselves and the Corporation, shall have such authority and perform such duties in the management of the Corporation as may be provided in theses Bylaws, or as may be determined by resolution of the Board of Directors not inconsistent with these Bylaws.
In the discharge of a duty imposed or power conferred on an officer of a Corporation, the officer may in good faith and with ordinary care rely on information, opinions, reports, or statements, including financial statements and other financial data, concerning the Corporation or another person, that were prepared or presented by: (1) one or more other officers or employees of the Corporation, including members of the Board of Directors; or (2) legal counsel, public accountants, or other persons as to matters the officer reasonably believes are within the person’s professional or expert competence.
An officer is not relying in good faith within the meaning of this section if the officer has knowledge concerning the matter in question that makes reliance otherwise permitted by this subsection unwarranted.
The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Corporation and shall preside at all meetings of all directors. Such officer shall see that all orders and resolutions of the board are carried out, subject however, to the right of the directors to delegate specific powers, except such as may be by statute exclusively conferred on the President, to any other officers of the Corporation.
The President or any Vice-President shall execute bonds, mortgages and other instruments requiring a seal, in the name of the Corporation. When authorized by the board, the President or any Vice-President may affix the seal to any instrument requiring the same, and the seal when so affixed shall be attested by the signature of either the Secretary or an Assistant Secretary.
The President shall submit a report of the operations of the Corporation for the year to the directors at their meeting next preceding the annual meeting of the Board of Directors.
The Vice-President, or Vice-Presidents in order of their rank as fixed by the Board of Directors, shall, in the absence or disability of the President, perform the duties and exercise the powers of the President, and they shall perform such other duties as the Board of Directors shall prescribe.
7. THE SECRETARY AND ASSISTANT SECRETARIES
The Secretary shall attend all meetings of the Board of Directors and shall record all votes and the minutes of all proceedings and shall perform like duties for the standing committees when required. The Secretary shall give or cause to be given notice of all meetings of the Board of Directors and shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors. The Secretary shall keep in safe custody the seal of the Corporation, and when authorized by the Board of Directors, affix the same to any instrument requiring it, and when so affixed, it shall be attested by the Secretary’s signature or by the signature of an Assistant Secretary.
The Assistant Secretaries shall in order of their rank as fixed by the Board of Directors, in the absence or disability of the Secretary, perform the duties and exercise the powers of the Secretary, and they shall perform such other duties as the Board of Directors shall prescribe.
In the absence of the Secretary or an Assistant Secretary, the minutes of all meetings of the board shall be recorded by such person as shall be designated by the President or by the Board of Directors.
8. THE TREASURER AND ASSISTANT TREASURERS
The Treasurer shall have the custody of the corporate funds and securities and shall keep full and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements in books belonging to the Corporation and shall deposit all moneys and other valuable effects in the name and to the credit of the Corporation in such depositories as may be designated by the Board of Directors.
The Treasurer shall disburse the funds of the Corporation as may be ordered by the Board of Directors, taking proper vouchers for such disbursements. The Treasurer shall keep and maintain the Corporation’s books of account and shall render to the President and directors an account of all of the Treasurer’s transactions and of the financial condition of the Corporation and exhibit the books, records and accounts to the President or directors at any time. The Treasurer shall disburse funds for capital expenditures as authorized by the Board of Directors and in accordance with the orders of the President, and present to the President’s attention any requests for disbursing funds if in the judgment of the Treasurer any such request is not properly authorized. The Treasurer shall perform such other duties as may be directed by the Board of Directors or by the President.
If required by the Board of Directors, the Treasurer shall give the Corporation a bond in such sum and with such surety or sureties as shall be satisfactory to the Board of Directors for the faithful performance of the duties of the office and for the restoration to the Corporation, in case of death, resignation, retirement or removal from office, of all books, papers, vouchers, money and other property of whatever kind in the incumbent’s possession or under the incumbent’s control belonging to the Corporation.
The Assistant Treasurers in the order of their seniority shall, in the absence or disability of the Treasurer, perform the duties and exercise the powers of the Treasurer, and they shall perform such other duties as the Board of Directors shall prescribe.
ARTICLE IV – INDEMNIFICATION AND INSURANCE
The Corporation shall have the full power to indemnify and advance or reimburse expenses pursuant to the provisions of the Texas Business Organizations Code to any person entitled to indemnification under the provisions of the Texas Business Organizations Code.
The Corporation may purchase and maintain insurance or another arrangement on behalf of any person who is or was a member, director, officer, employee, or agent of the Corporation or who is or was serving at the request of the Corporation as a director, officer, partner, venturer, proprietor, trustee, employee, agent, or similar functionary of another foreign or domestic corporation, employee benefit plan, other enterprise, or other entity, against any liability asserted against him or her and incurred by him or her in such a capacity or arising out of his or her status as such a person, whether or not the Corporation would have the power to indemnify him or her against that liability. Without limiting the power of the Corporation to procure or maintain any kind of insurance or other arrangement, the Corporation may, for the benefit of persons indemnified by the Corporation, (1) create a trust fund; (2) establish any form of self-insurance; (3) secure its indemnity obligation by grant of a security interest or other lien on the assets of the Corporation; or (4) establish a letter of credit, guaranty, or surety arrangement. The insurance or other arrangement may be procured, maintained, or established within the Corporation or with any insurer or other person deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors regardless of whether all or part of the stock or other securities of the insurer or other person are owned in whole or part by the Corporation. In the absence of fraud, the judgment of the Board of Directors as to the terms and conditions of the insurance or other arrangement and the identity of the insurer or other person participating in an arrangement shall be conclusive and the insurance or arrangement shall not be voidable and shall not subject the directors approving the insurance or arrangement to liability, on any ground, regardless of whether directors participating in the approval are beneficiaries of the insurance or arrangement.
ARTICLE V – EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OF THE CORPORATION
In the event of an emergency, to the extent not limited or prohibited by law, the Certificate of Formation or these Bylaws, the following provisions regarding the management of the Corporation shall take effect immediately. Pursuant to the Texas Business Organizations Code, an emergency exists if a majority of the Corporation’s governing persons cannot readily participate in a meeting because of the occurrence of a catastrophic event.
(1) Procedures for calling a meeting of the Board of Directors are as follows: any member may call the meeting by written, telephonic, or electronic notice to the directors who can readily participate.
(2) The minimum requirements for participation at the meeting of the Board of Directors are as follows: In the event of an emergency, three members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum
(3) Designation of any additional or substituted directors is as follows: The Board of Stewards of the Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ may appoint temporary substitute directors to serve only during the emergency.
These emergency provisions take effect only in the event of an emergency as defined hereinabove, and will no longer be effective after the emergency ends. Any and all provisions of the Certificate of Formation or these Bylaws that are consistent with these emergency provisions remain in effect during an emergency. Any or all of these actions of the Corporation taken in good faith in accordance with these provisions are binding upon this Corporation and may not be used to impose liability on a managerial official, employee, or agent of the Corporation.
ARTICLE VI – MISCELLANEOUS
1. WAIVER OF NOTICE
Whenever any notice is required to be given to any member or director of the Corporation under the provisions of the Texas Business Organizations Code, the Certificate of Formation, or these Bylaws, a waiver thereof in writing signed by the person or persons entitled to such notice, whether before or after the time stated therein, shall be equivalent to the giving of such notice.
2. MEETINGS BY TELEPHONE CONFERENCE, ELECTRONIC OR OTHER REMOTE COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY
Subject to the provisions required or permitted by the Texas Business Organizations Code and these Bylaws for notice of meetings, members of the Board of Directors, or members of any committee may participate in and hold a meeting of such board, or committee by means of: (1) conference telephone or similar communications equipment by which all persons participating in the meeting can communicate with each other; or (2) another suitable electronic communications system, including videoconferencing technology or the Internet, only if: (a) each member entitled to participate in the meeting consents to the meeting being held by means of that system; and (b) the system provides access to the meeting in a manner or using a method by which each member participating in the meeting can communicate concurrently with each other participant. Participation in a meeting pursuant to this section shall constitute presence in person at such meeting, except where a person participates in the meeting for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of any business on the ground that the meeting is not lawfully called or convened.
The Corporation may adopt a corporate seal in such form as the Board of Directors may determine. The Corporation shall not be required to use the corporate seal and the lack of the corporate seal shall not affect an otherwise valid contract or other instrument executed by the Corporation.
ITEM 4 IS MISSING FROM THE ORIGINAL
5. CHECKS, DRAFTS, ETC.
All checks, drafts or other instruments for payment of money or notes of the Corporation shall be signed by the President and Treasurer of the Corporation or by such officer or officers or such other person or persons as shall be determined from time to time by resolution of the Board of Directors.
All funds of the Corporation shall be deposited from time to time to the credit of the Corporation in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories as the Board of Directors may select.
The Board of Directors may accept on behalf of the Corporation any contribution, gift, bequest or devise for the general purposes of the Corporation or for any special purpose of the Corporation which is consistent with the tax exempt purposes of the Corporation.
8. BOOKS AND RECORDS
The Corporation shall keep correct and complete books and records of account and shall keep minutes of the proceedings of the Board of Directors, and committees and shall keep at the registered office or principal office in this State a record of the names and addresses of its members entitled to vote. A Director of the Corporation, on written demand stating the purpose of the demand, has the right to examine and copy, in person or by agent, accountant, or attorney, at any reasonable time, for any proper purpose, the books and records of the Corporation relevant to that purpose, at the expense of the Director.
9. FINANCIAL RECORDS AND ANNUAL REPORTS
The Corporation shall maintain current true and accurate financial records with full and correct entries made with respect to all financial transactions of the Corporation, including all income and expenditures, in accordance with generally accepted accounting practices. All records, books, and annual reports (if required by law) of the financial activity of the Corporation shall be kept at the registered office or principal office of the Corporation in this state for at least three years after the closing of each fiscal year and shall be available to the public for inspection and copying there during normal business hours. The Corporation may charge for the reasonable expense of preparing a copy of a record or report.
10. FISCAL YEAR
The fiscal year of the Corporation shall be January 1 to December 31.
ARTICLE VII – CONSTRUCTION
1. PRONOUNS AND HEADINGS
All personal pronouns used in these Bylaws shall include the other gender whether used in masculine or feminine or neuter gender, and the singular shall include the plural whenever and as often as may be appropriate. All headings herein are for convenience only and neither limit nor amplify the provisions of these Bylaws.
2. INVALID PROVISIONS
If any one or more of the provisions of these Bylaws, or the applicability of any such provision to a specific situation, shall be held invalid or unenforceable, such provision shall be modified to the minimum extent necessary to make it or its application valid and enforceable, and the validity and enforceability of all other provisions of these Bylaws and all other applications of any such provision shall not be affected thereby.
ARTICLE VIII – AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS
The Board of Directors may amend or repeal these Bylaws, or adopt new Bylaws, unless the Certificate of Formation or the Texas Business Organizations Code limits such powers, by a vote of two-thirds or more of the then serving Directors.
Adopted by the Board of Directors on