The foundation is named after longtime ASCA member Raymond Goldstone. Mr. Goldstone donated the start-up funds for the Association for Student Judicial Affairs (now known as Association for Student Conduct Administration).
BYLAWS for The Raymond Goldstone ASJA Foundation
Section 1. The name of the organization shall be The Raymond Goldstone ASJA
Foundation, herein after referred to as the Foundation. The Foundation is a non-stock,
not-for-profit corporation incorporated under the laws of the state of Texas.
Section 2. The principal office of the Foundation shall be at (1257 TAMU, Cain
Hall C 313, College Station, Texas, 77843-1257).
Section 3. The resident agent of the Foundation shall be the Executive Director
Section 4. The Board of Directors of the Foundation shall be known and referred
to in these Bylaws as the Foundation Board.
HISTORY AND PURPOSE
Section 1. Before the annual conference in 2008 the Board of ASCA (then known
as ASJA) created a Foundation Board to raise money to support the organization's
educational, scholarship and leadership initiatives. President-Elect Gary Dickstein asked
Don Gehring to chair the Foundation Board consisting of Saunie Schuster, Mary Beth
Mackin, Judy Rashid, Bill Fischer (ex-officio), Lee Bird, Dave Parrott, and Billye Potts
(ex-officio). The Board subsequently recommended to ASJA additional members whose
financial commitment to the Foundation warranted their inclusion. The Board of ASJA
approved the nominations and added Barbara Fienman, Larry Bolles, Ed Stoner and
Howard Bailey to the Foundation Board.
Section 2. The purpose of the Foundation is to remain exclusively charitable
while raising money to support the organization's educational, scholarship and leadership
initiatives in support of the mission, vision, and core values of the Association for
Student Conduct Administration.
Section 1. General. The Foundation shall be administered by the
Foundation Board to be composed of not less than twelve (12) persons, including two
non-voting ex-officio members as provided for in Section 14 of this Article. The
Foundation Board shall be appointed, serve and have the duties and responsibilities as
Section 2. Officers. The officers of the Foundation shall consist of a
Chair, a Secretary, and a Treasurer and shall be elected and serve as provided in Section 6
of this Article. The chair shall serve as Chairperson of the Foundation Board, the
Secretary shall serve as secretary of the Board, and the Treasurer shall serve as the
treasurer for the foundation.
Section 3. Members of the Foundation Board. Except for the exofficio
members, the Foundation Board of the Raymond H. Goldstone ASCA Foundation
shall place in nomination to the Board of Directors of ASCA (Association for Student
Conduct Administration) names of current members to be considered for a position on
the Foundation Board. The Board of Directors of ASCA shall then appoint ten (10)
voting members to the Foundation Board. The Foundation Board shall be composed of
current members of ASCA who maintain their membership in ASCA throughout their
term of appointment. No person may serve concurrently on the Board of Directors of the
Association for Student Conduct Administrators and the Foundation Board, with the
exception of the immediate Past-President as outlined in Section 14. Reasonable effort
will be made to have a Board that is inclusive and representative by gender, race, sexual
orientation, and circuit or region of the country.
Section 4. Term of Office. Each member of the Association for Student
Conduct Administration appointed to the Foundation Board shall serve for a term of three
(3) years, and may be appointed to no more than two terms, with the exception of the
chair who shall serve a four year term and may not serve as chair for more than two
terms. Initial terms of office will be staggered so that effective at the national conference
in 2011 three vacancies occur; and in each succeeding year thereafter three vacancies
occur. The Chair will serve a four year term and may have one additional term. The
Chair shall be selected from current experienced board members at the expiration of the
Chair’s four year term. Newly appointed board members without prior ASCA
Foundation Board experience shall not be eligible to Chair the Foundation Board.
Section 5. Vacancies. If a vacancy occurs in the membership of the
Foundation Board during the course of the term of office of any such member such
vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term by a person with the same qualifications as
the previous holder of such term of office. The successor shall be appointed in the same
manner as provided in Section 3 for membership to the Foundation Board.
Section 6. Organization. The Foundation Board shall organize itself by
electing a Chair, a Secretary and a Treasurer, and other officers as the Foundation Board
shall deem appropriate for the transaction of its business. These officers shall perform
for the Foundation Board the services usually performed by such officers and any other
duties or powers which may be delegated to them by the Foundation Board.
Section 7. Rules and Regulations. The Foundation Board shall adopt
from time to time such rules and regulations, not inconsistent with the Bylaws and the
Articles of Incorporation, as it deems reasonable and necessary to carry out the terms of
the Bylaws and the Articles of Incorporation. The decision of the Foundation Board on
any question or issue arising under the Bylaws and the Certificate of Formation or under
said rules and regulations, including the construction and application thereof is binding
Section 8. Meetings. Meetings of the Foundation Board shall be held at
the national conference. Additional meetings may be held at such place or places as may
be acceptable to a majority of the Foundation Board Members. Each Foundation Board
Member shall be duly notified in advance of any meeting other than the national
conference so as to afford reasonable opportunity to attend, but a notice of fifteen (15)
days shall be sufficient in any case. A majority of the voting members of the Foundation
Board constitutes a quorum. Any action that may be taken at a meeting of the
Foundation Board may also be taken by the written consent of a majority of those entitled
to vote and may be in any electronic form. At any meeting at which a quorum is present,
any decision or action of the Foundation Board shall be by a majority vote of those
present and voting upon any subject. Other than the national conference meetings it shall
be acceptable to have meetings by telephone conference.
Section 9. Compensation. The members of the Foundation Board shall
receive no compensation for their services on the Board. Foundation Board Member shall
not be held personally liable for any act done in their capacity as a member of the
Foundation Board, willful misconduct excepted.
Section 10. Committees. The Foundation Board shall appoint
committees from time to time as it deems necessary to administer this Foundation. Such
committees may be composed of Foundation Board Members and any active or retired
members of the Association for Student Conduct Administration. The Foundation Board
shall endeavor to seek the most qualified persons to serve on all committees and to be
reasonably inclusive and representative by gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Section 11. Responsibility. Except as otherwise provided herein, any
action taken by the Foundation Board pursuant to authority conferred upon it by its
charter and these bylaws is final and binding upon each and every person, firm,
corporation, association, trust, fund or organization which may be or become interested in
the Foundation created hereby.
Section 12. Increase in Membership. The number of members on the
Foundation Board of this Foundation may be increased at anytime by appropriate action
of the Board of Directors of the Association for Student Conduct Administration.
Section 13. Removal of Board Members. Any Foundation Board
Member may be removed by the Board of Directors of the Association for Student
Conduct Administration upon ninety (90) days advanced written notice. On such
removal, a successor shall be appointed as provided in Section 5 of this Article,
pertaining to vacancies.
Section 14. Ex-Officio Member. The Executive Director and the
immediate Past-President of the Association for Student Conduct Administration shall be
the Ex-Officio Members of the Foundation Board, without vote.
POWERS AND DUTIES OF FOUNDATION BOARD
The Foundation Board shall be vested with the following rights, powers
and privileges and, without any limitation of this general grant of power, the Board is
herby specifically authorized and empowered:
Section 1. General
(a) To receive all rents, issues, revenues, profits, and properties
of every nature due the Foundation and to hold or make
distribution thereof in a manner not inconsistent with the
terms of the Articles of Incorporation and these Bylaws;
(b) To retain any properties received by them or to dispose of
property as and when they shall deem advisable, by public
or private sale or exchange or otherwise, for cash or upon
credit or partly for cash and partly upon credit and upon
such terms and conditions as they shall deem most
(c) To participate in any plan of liquidation, reorganization,
consolidation, merger or other financial adjustment of any
corporation or business in which the Foundation is or shall
be financially interested and to exchange any property held
in the Foundation for property issued under any such plan;
(d) To invest or reinvest principal and income of the funds
belonging to the Foundation in a manner that secures such
funds and provides maximum yield;
(e) To hold any investment belonging to the Foundation in
bearer form or to register and hold the same in the
Foundation’s name or in the name of any duly authorized
(f) To compromise, arbitrate or otherwise adjust or settle
claims in favor of or against the Foundation;
(g) To execute such deeds, leases, contracts, bills of sale, notes,
proxies and other instruments in writing as they shall deem
desirable to requisite in the proper administration of the
(h) To vote, personally or by general or limited proxy, any
shares of stock which may be held by the Foundation at any
time, and similarly to exercise, personally or by general or
by limited power of attorney, any right appurtenant to any
securities or other property held at any time.
Section 2. Contributions. The Foundation Board shall keep full and accurate
records of the administration of the Foundation’s financial affairs and of all
contributions received for inclusion in the Foundation. The Foundation Board
Members may from time to time designate special categories of contributors to the
Foundation. Such special categories of contributors may be known as “Legacy
Members”, “Honorary Board Members”, or “Charter Members” or any other name as
designated by the Foundation Board. In designating special categories of
contributors, the Board may indicate the amount of such contributions and may place
time limitations on such contributions in order for a contributor to be placed in a
special category. The purpose of this provision is to enable the Board to encourage
large donations to the Foundation and to lend prestige to the giving of large
contributions. Voting Board members are expected to donate an annual sum
(currently $1000) which can be increased from time to time, but grandfathering
current members. No member shall be required to make a cumulative donation of
more than three times the annual donation required at the time of their appointment.
Section 3. Accounting. T.he Foundation Board shall prepare annually a
statement of their accounts and proceedings for the twelve (12) months preceding the
end of the Foundation’s fiscal year; one (1) such statement shall remain on file with
the Foundation Board and duplicates thereof shall be transmitted to the Board of
Directors of ASCA. At the request of the Board of Directors of ASCA, the
Foundation Board shall prepare any interim reports as required by the Board of
Directors of ASCA. The annual statement shall be prepared within a reasonable time
after the end of the Foundation’s fiscal year.
Section 4. Audit. The Foundation Board shall cause an audit of the
Foundation’s books and financial records to be made by an independent accountant
for each fiscal year.
Section 5. Fiscal Year. The fiscal year for the Foundation shall coincide
with the fiscal year of the ASCA.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
The Foundation Board was a creation of the ASCA Board of Directors and
operates with delegated powers from ASCA. Therefore the Foundation
Board adopts the Conflict of Interest Policy of the ASCA Board of Directors
The Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) is committed to conducting
business in accordance with the highest standards of business ethics and complying with
applicable laws, rules and regulations. In furtherance of this commitment, the Board
of Directors promotes ethical behavior, and has adopted this Conflict of Interest Policy.
Section 1. Purpose. The purpose of the conflict of interest policy is to protect the
Association’s interest when it is contemplating entering into a transaction or arrangement
that might benefit the private interest of an officer or director of the Association or might
result in a possible excess benefit transaction. This policy is intended to supplement but
not replace any applicable state or federal laws governing conflict of interest
applicable to nonprofit and charitable corporations.
Section B. Definitions.
Interested Person. Any member of the Board of Directors, Association officer, or
member of a committee with Board- delegated authority, who has a direct or indirect
financial interest, as defined below, is an interested person.
Financial Interest. A person has a financial interest if the person has, directly or
indirectly, through business, investment, or family, an ownership or investment interest in
any entity with which the Association has a transaction or arrangement; a compensation
arrangement with the Association or with any entity or individual with which the
Association has a transaction or arrangement; or is considering an ownership or
investment interest in or compensation arrangement with any entity or individual with
which the Association is negotiating a transaction or arrangement.
Compensation. Direct and indirect remuneration, including gifts or favors that are
Conflict of Interest. A conflict between the personal or financial interests and the
official or professional responsibilities of a person in a position of trust; however, a
financial interest is not necessarily a conflict of interest. Under Section C(2), a person
who has a financial interest may have a conflict of interest only if the appropriate
Board of Directors or committee decides that a conflict of interest exists.
Section C. Procedures
Duty to Disclose. If an actual or possible conflict of interest arises, an interested
person must disclose the existence of the financial interest and be given the opportunity
to disclose all material facts to the Board of Directors considering the proposed
transaction or arrangement.
Determining Whether a Conflict of Interest Exists. After disclosure of the
financial interest and all material facts and after any discussion with the interested
person, he or she shall leave the Board of Directors meeting while the determination of a
conflict of interest is discussed and voted upon. The remaining Board of Directors shall
decide if a conflict of interest exists.
Procedures for Addressing the Conflict of Interest. a. An interested person may
make a presentation at the Board of Directors meeting, but after the presentation, he or
she shall leave the meeting during the discussion of and the vote on the transaction or
arrangement involving the possible conflict of interest. b. The President of ASCA shall, if
appropriate, appoint a disinterested person or committee to investigate alternatives to the
proposed transaction or arrangement. c. After exercising due diligence, the Board of
Directors shall determine whether the Association can obtain with reasonable efforts a
more advantageous transaction or arrangement from a person or entity that would not
give rise to a conflict of interest. d. If a more advantageous transaction or arrangement is
not reasonably possible under circumstances not producing a conflict of interest, the
Board of Directors shall determine by a majority vote of the disinterested Directors
whether the transaction or arrangement is in the Association’s best interest, for its own
benefit, and whether it is fair and reasonable. In conformity with the above determination
it shall make its decision as to whether to enter into the transaction or arrangement.
Violations of the Conflicts of Interest Policy. a. If the Board of Directors has
reasonable cause to believe a member has failed to disclose actual or possible conflicts of
interest, it shall inform the member of the basis for such belief and afford the member an
opportunity to explain the alleged failure to disclose. b. If, after hearing the member’s
response and after making further investigation as warranted by the circumstances, the
Board of Directors determines the member has failed to disclose an actual or possible
conflict of interest, it shall take appropriate disciplinary and corrective action.
Section D. Records of Proceedings The minutes of the Board of Directors and all
committees with Board of Director delegated powers shall
a. The names of the persons who disclosed or otherwise were found to have a
financial interest in connection with an actual or possible conflict of interest, the nature of
the financial interest, any action taken to determine whether a conflict of interest was
present and the Board of Directors decision as to whether a conflict of interest in fact
b. The names of the persons who were present for discussions and votes relating to
the transaction or arrangement, the content of the discussion, including any alternatives to
the proposed transaction or arrangement, and a record of any votes taken in connection
with the proceedings.
Section E. Compensation
a. A member of the Board of Directors who receives compensation, directly or
indirectly, from the Association for services is precluded from voting on matters
pertaining to his or her compensation.
b. A member of any committee whose jurisdiction includes compensation matters
and who receives compensation, directly or indirectly, from the Association for services
is precluded from voting on matters pertaining to his or her compensation.
c. Any member of the Board of Directors or any committee whose jurisdiction
includes compensation matters and who receives compensation, directly or indirectly,
from the Association, either individually or collectively, may provide information to any
committee regarding compensation.
AMENDMENT AND TERMINATION
Section 1. These bylaws may be amended by the Foundation Board by a two-thirds vote
of the Foundation Board Members present and voting, and approved by a majority vote
of the ASCA Board of Directors; provided, that these Bylaws shall not be amended in
any way so as to (a) result in the Foundation not being exempt from taxation under the
Internal Revenue Code and Regulations, or (b) result in donations or contributions to the
Foundation not being deductible for income tax purposes under the Internal Revenue
Code and Regulations. The Foundation Board may, by unanimous vote, declare that the
Foundation has served its purpose and so certify to the Board of Directors of the ASCA
in writing, whereupon the Foundation shall terminate, after payment of any existing
obligations and the charges and expenses reasonably incident to such terminations. Upon
dissolution of the Foundation, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt
purposes, within the meaning of Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or
corresponding Section of any future Federal Tax Code, or shall be distributed to the
Federal Government, or State or local Government for a public purpose.