CSWNA Foundation Bylaws
BYLAWS (OR CODE OF REGULATIONS) OF
THE CATHOLIC SOCIAL WORKERS NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION
AN OHIO 501(c)(3) NONPROFIT CORPORATION
(December 9, 2009)
NAME, PURPOSE AND DEDICATION OF ASSETS
SECTION 1: NAME AND PURPOSE OF ORGANIZATION
The name of the corporation is The Catholic Social Workers National Association Foundation
(hereinafter, the “CSWNA Foundation” or “Foundation”). Organized exclusively for religious, educational,
and charitable purposes, the CSWNA Foundation is a nonprofit corporation under Chapter 1702 of the
Ohio Nonprofit Corporation Law, Title 7, Articles 20 through 29, of the Ohio Revised Statutes. The
CSWNA Foundation is also a nonprofit corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue
The purpose of the CSWNA Foundation is (1) to advance the teachings of Jesus Christ and his Church,
and to respond to the call of the late Pope John Paul II, to bring forth a “Culture of Life and Civilization of
Love,” by promoting Catholic social teachings, particularly in the area of social work, and among
professional social workers, so that they may live out their baptismal call by being the hands and feet of
Christ, and (2) to conduct other programs and activities in keeping with the mission and purpose of the
Catholic Social Workers National Association (a professional membership association and IRS
recognized 501(c)(6) organization), and in keeping with and faithful to the Magisterium (the teaching
authority) of the Catholic Church.
This corporation is organized exclusively for religious, educational, and charitable purposes as specified
in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, 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 corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Notwithstanding any other provision of these Articles, this corporation shall not carry on any other
activities not permitted to be carried on (1) 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 (2) 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.
No substantial part of the activities of this corporation shall consist of carrying on propaganda, or
otherwise attempting to influence legislation [except as otherwise provided by Section 501(h) of the
Internal Revenue Code], and this 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.
SECTION 2: DEDICATION OF ASSETS TO EXEMPT PURPOSES
The property of this corporation is irrevocably dedicated to religious, educational, and charitable purposes
and no part of the net earnings of this corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its
Members, Directors, officers or other private persons, except that this corporation shall be authorized and
empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and
distribution in furtherance of the purposes set forth in the Articles of Incorporation.
Upon dissolution of this corporation, the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provisions for the
payment of all debts and liabilities of this corporation, distribute all remaining assets of the corporation to
one or more exempt Catholic organizations, for religious, educational, and charitable purposes within the
meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 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 to one or more exempt Catholic organizations, for religious,
educational, and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue
Code, as such Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SECTION 1: CORPORATE POWERS EXERCISED BY BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND MEMBERS
Except as otherwise required by Chapter 1702 of the Ohio Nonprofit Corporation Law, and any limitations
in the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, the activities and affairs of the CSWNA Foundation shall be
conducted and all corporate powers shall be exercised by or under the direction of the Board of Directors
and the Members.
SECTION 2: NUMBER, QUALIFICATION AND TERM OF DIRECTORS
The corporation shall have at least three Directors and collectively they shall be known as the Board of
Directors. Each Director of this corporation shall be a faithful Catholic -- practicing the Faith in
accordance with the teachings of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Each shall serve an indefinite
term of years. Vacancies on the Board of Directors shall be filled by appoint of the Members. Likewise,
the Members may remove any Director, with or without cause, from the Board of Directors.
Directors shall not receive salaries for their services. However, actual and reasonable expenses incurred
in the performance of their duties may be reimbursed.
SECTION 3: DUTIES OF DIRECTORS
It shall be the duty of the Directors, acting as a Board, to:
(a) Perform any and all duties imposed on them collectively or individually by law, by the Articles of
Incorporation of the CSWNA Foundation, or by the Bylaws;
(b) Appoint and remove, employ and discharge, and, except as otherwise provided in the Bylaws,
prescribe the duties and fix the compensation, if any, of all officers, agents, and employees of the
CSWNA Foundation; and
(c) Meet at such times and places as required by the Bylaws.
SECTION 4: MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board shall meet at least once a year at a time and place as the Board may determine, and hold
such additional meetings, including by means of conference call, as may be from time to time determined
by this Board to be appropriate. All meetings of the Board shall be held upon four (4) days' notice by firstclass
mail or twenty four (24) hours' notice delivered personally or by telephone or FAX or email. Notice
shall be deemed to be delivered on its deposit in the mail or on its communication via telephone, FAX or
computer. Directors may waive notice of any meeting.
SECTION 5: QUORUM FOR MEETINGS
A quorum shall exist as long as half or more of all the Directors of the corporation are present (including
via conference call) at the meeting. Except as otherwise provided in the Bylaws or in the Articles of
Incorporation of the corporation, or by law, no business shall be considered by the Board at any meeting
at which a quorum is not present, and the only motion which the Chair shall entertain at such meeting is a
motion to adjourn.
The Directors present at a duly called and held meeting at which a quorum is initially present may
continue to do business notwithstanding the loss of a quorum at the meeting due to a withdrawal of
Directors from the meeting, provided that any action thereafter taken must be approved by at least a
majority of the required quorum for such meeting or such greater percentage as may be required by law,
or the Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws of the corporation.
SECTION 6: MAJORITY ACTION AS BOARD ACTION
Every act or decision made by a majority of the Directors present at a meeting duly held at which a
quorum is present is an act of the Board of Directors, unless the Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws of the
corporation, or provisions of Chapter 1702 of the Ohio Nonprofit Corporation Law, particularly those
provisions relating to appointment of committees, approval of contracts or transactions in which a Director
has a material financial interest and indemnification of Directors, require a greater percentage or different
voting rules for approval of a matter by the Board.
SECTION 7: CONDUCT OF MEETINGS
Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be presided over by the Chairman of the Board, or, if no such
person has been so designated or, in his or her absence, the President or, in his or her absence, by the
Vice President or, in the absence of each of these persons, by a Chairman chosen by a majority of the
Directors present at the meeting. The Secretary shall act as secretary of all meetings of the Board,
provided that, in his or her absence, the presiding officer shall appoint another person to act as Secretary
of the Meeting.
When deemed necessary by the Chairman, meetings shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order, as
such rules may be revised from time to time, insofar as such rules are not inconsistent with or in conflict
with the Bylaws, with the Articles of Incorporation of the corporation, or with provisions of law.
SECTION 8: ACTION BY UNANIMOUS WRITTEN CONSENT WITHOUT MEETING
Any action required or permitted to be taken by the Board of Directors under any provision of law may be
taken without a meeting -- if all Directors of the Board shall individually or collectively consent in writing
to such action. Such written consent or consents shall be filed with the minutes of the proceedings of the
Board. Such action by written consent shall have the same force and effect as the unanimous vote of the
Directors. Any certificate or other document filed under any provision of law which relates to action so
taken shall state that the action was taken by unanimous written consent of the Board of Directors without
a meeting and that the Bylaws of the corporation authorize the Directors to so act, and such statement
shall be prima facie evidence of such authority.
SECTION 1: DETERMINATION OF MEMBERS
The Members of the CSWNA Foundation are the founder and initial Directors of the CSWNA Foundation
listed in the organizational meeting minutes or consent. The Members shall specify by resolution who is
to be added or removed from the Members.
If this corporation has no Members -- or those serving as the Members are one and the same as those
serving on the Board of Directors -- then any action which would otherwise, under law or the provisions
of the Certificate of Incorporation or Bylaws of this corporation, require approval by the Members, shall
only require the approval of the Board of Directors.
SECTION 2: DUTIES AND POWERS OF THE MEMBERS
The following duties and powers are reserved exclusively to the Members:
(a) To determine the philosophy and objectives of the CSWNA Foundation;
(b) To adopt amendments to the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws;
(c) To appoint, elect or remove Directors to the Board of Directors;
(d) To purchase, sell, lease, transfer or encumber any real or personal property of the CSWNA
(e) To affiliate, merge or consolidate the CSWNA Foundation with any other corporation; and
(f) To dissolve the existence of the CSWNA Foundation as a corporation.
SECTION 1: OFFICERS
The corporation shall have the following officers, appointed by the Board:
The corporation may have the following additional officers, appointed by the Board:
One or more Vice-Presidents,
Executive Director, and
Officers may receive reasonable salaries, set by the Board, for performance of services. Actual and
reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of their duties may be reimbursed.
SECTION 2: TERMS OF OFFICERS
The corporation’s Officers shall hold a particular office for an indefinite term, until a successor is
appointed by the Board.
SECTION 3: POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT
The President shall be the chief executive officer of the corporation and shall, subject to the control of the
Board of Directors, supervise and control the affairs of the corporation and the activities of the officers. He
or she shall perform all duties incident to his or her office and such other duties as may be required by
law, by the Articles of Incorporation of the corporation, or by the Bylaws, or which may be prescribed from
time to time by the Board of Directors. Unless another person is specifically appointed as Chairman of the
Board of Directors, he or she shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors. Except as otherwise
expressly provided by law, by the Articles of Incorporation, or by the Bylaws, he or she shall, in the name
of the corporation, execute such deeds, mortgages, bonds, contracts, checks, or other instruments which
may from time to time be authorized by the Board of Directors.
SECTION 4: DUTIES OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
In the absence of the President, or in the event of his or her inability or refusal to act, the Vice President
shall perform all the duties of the President, and when so acting shall have all the powers of, and be
subject to all the restrictions on, the President. The Vice President shall have other powers and perform
such other duties as may be prescribed by law, by the Articles of Incorporation, or by the Bylaws, or as
may be prescribed by the Board of Directors.
SECTION 5: DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Executive Director of the corporation shall, subject to the control of the Board of Directors and the
President, supervise and control the day-to-day affairs of the corporation and the activities of other
employees. He or she shall perform all duties incident to his or her office and such other duties as may
be required by law, by the Articles of Incorporation of the corporation, or by the Bylaws, or which may be
prescribed from time to time by the Board of Directors.
SECTION 6: DUTIES OF THE DIRECTOR
The Director of the corporation shall, subject to the control of the Board of Directors, the President and
the Executive Director, supervise the day-to-day affairs of the corporation and the activities of other
employees and report to the Executive Director. He or she shall perform all duties incident to his or her
office and such other duties as may be required by law, by the Articles of Incorporation of the corporation,
or by the Bylaws, or which may be prescribed from time to time by the Board of Directors.
SECTION 7: DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY
The Secretary shall attend all meetings of the Board and shall record the minutes of all transactions at
each meeting in a book to be kept for that purpose, wherein shall also be a record of all the votes of the
Board. The Secretary shall give or cause to be given notice of all meetings of the Board and perform
such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board.
SECTION 8: DUTIES OF THE TREASURER
The Treasurer shall:
(a) have charge and custody of, and be responsible for, all funds and securities of the corporation, and
deposit all such funds in the name of the corporation in such banks, trust companies, or other
depositories as shall be selected by the Board;
(b) receive, and give receipt for, monies due and payable to the corporation from any source whatsoever;
(c) disburse, or cause to be disbursed, the funds of the corporation as may be directed by the Board of
Directors, taking proper vouchers for such disbursements;
(d) keep and maintain adequate and correct accounts of the corporation's properties and business
transactions, including accounts of its assets, liabilities, receipts, disbursements, gains and losses;
(e) exhibit at all reasonable times the books of account and financial records to any Director of the
corporation, or to his or her agent or attorney, on request therefore;
(f) render to the President and Directors, whenever requested, an account of any or all of his or her
transactions as Treasurer and of the financial condition of the corporation;
(g) prepare, or cause to be prepared, and certify, or cause to be certified, the financial statements to be
included in any required reports; and
(h) in general, perform all duties incident to the office of Treasurer and such other duties as may be
required by law, by the Articles of Incorporation of the corporation, or by the Bylaws, or which may be
assigned to him or her from time to time by the Board.
SECTION 1: MAINTENANCE OF CORPORATE RECORDS
The corporation shall keep at its principal office in the State of Ohio:
(a) Minutes of all meetings of Directors, committees of the Board and, if this corporation has Members, of
all meetings of Members, indicating the time and place of holding such meetings, whether regular or
special, how called, the notice given, and the names of those present and the proceedings thereof;
(b) Adequate and correct books and records of account, including accounts of its properties and
business transactions and accounts of its assets, liabilities, receipts, disbursements, gains and losses;
(c) A record of its Members, if any, indicating their names and addresses and, if applicable, the class of
Membership held by each member and the termination date of any Membership;
(d) A copy of the corporation's Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws as amended to date, which shall be
open to inspection by the Members, if any, of the corporation at all reasonable times during office hours.
SECTION 2: CORPORATE SEAL
The Board of Directors may adopt, use, and at will alter, a corporate seal. Such seal shall be kept at the
principal office of the corporation. Failure to affix the seal to corporate instruments, however, shall not
affect the validity of any such instrument.
SECTION 3: FISCAL YEAR OF THE CORPORATION
The fiscal year of the corporation shall begin on January 1 and end on December 31 of each year.
SECTION 4: COMMITTEES
The Board of Directors, or the Chairman of the Board with the approval of the Board, may appoint
Committees, including but not limited to the following:
Advisory Committee: This Committee shall advise the Board of Directors on matters affecting Catholic
apostolates and nonprofit organizations, and shall consist of individuals who are part of, have served or
have a certain expertise in apostolates similar to that of the CSWNA Foundation.
Finance Committee: This Committee shall advise the Board of Directors on financial matters and shall
prepare the corporation’s annual budget, and shall consist of the Treasurer and one or more Directors.
Executive Committee: This Committee shall consist of the President, Vice President, Executive Director,
and Director. This Committee may be assigned other duties, from time to time, as deemed necessary by
the Board of Directors.
SECTION 5: EXECUTION OF INSTRUMENTS
The Board of Directors, except as otherwise provided in these Bylaws, may by resolution authorize any
officer or agent of the corporation to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the
name of and on behalf of the corporation, and such authority may be general or confined to specific
instances. Unless so authorized, no officer, agent, or employee shall have any power or authority to bind
the corporation by any contract or engagement or to pledge its credit or to render it liable monetarily for
any purpose or in any amount.
SECTION 6: CHECKS AND NOTES
Except as otherwise specifically determined by resolution of the Board of Directors, or as otherwise
required by law, checks, drafts, promissory notes, orders for the payment of money, and other evidence
of indebtedness of the corporation shall be signed by the Treasurer and countersigned by the President
of the corporation.
SECTION 7: DEPOSITS
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.
SECTION 8: DIRECTORS’ AND MEMBERS’ INSPECTION RIGHTS
Every Director and Member shall have the absolute right at any reasonable time to inspect and copy all
books, records and documents of every kind and to inspect the physical properties of the corporation.
SECTION 9: ADOPTION OF BYLAWS AND AMENDMENTS
The initial Bylaws of the corporation shall be adopted at the corporation’s organizational meeting by at
least a two-thirds majority of the Directors and Members. The Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws may
be amended at any later Board meeting by a two-thirds vote of those Directors present and by a twothirds
vote of the Members.
SECTION 10: DISSOLUTION AND DISPOSAL OF ASSETS
The corporation shall not be dissolved, merged, or consolidated --- and no substantial portion of the
assets of the corporation shall be disposed of by contract, sale, or gift -- without the affirmative vote of
two-thirds vote of those Directors present and by a two-thirds vote of all the Members, and then only in
accordance with the Articles of Incorporation.
This is to certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the Bylaws of the CSWNA Foundation
and that such were duly adopted by the Board of Directors and Members of the corporation on the date
set forth below.
Dated: December 9, 2009.
// Kathleen Neher //
Kathleen Neher, President