StarGift Project News #27 – Merry Christmas to All!

As Christmas draws near, it is once again time to share our video reading of:

“The Star Who Almost Wasn’t There”

This is our Christmas gift to you, your friends, and all with whom you will gather to celebrate Christmas this year.  Click on the image!  Young people at your gathering will love this story of a little star who could not glow, and even better, they will learn what the Christmas celebration really means.  And adults will be reminded that we celebrate the greatest gift of all, the birth of Jesus.  Please play it for guests at your family gathering!  You can project it. . .or run it through a T.V.  Take just a few minutes to remember the meaning of Christmas.

Please help us to spread His messages of love and faithfulness.  Use this link to make a donation today!

May you all have a wonderful Christmas and may 2018 bring great joy throughout the year!

StarGift Project News #25 – “Taking Sunday School to the Streets!”

Finally!  We’ve put together a draft video reading of our second story Jesus is My BFF!” We are providing this copy for you to review and to share with others.

Image of the book cover which shows a star character standing with open arms, a smile and shining eyes, and a golden heart. The star and background has been partially colored with crayons, and there are crayons scattered across the image. The title is in red with "Jesus is My" above the star, and "BFF!" below the star. The cover image then says "A Story-Coloring Book." Below that is white text on a blue background that says: "A story of how "The Star Who Almost Wasn't There" and the child Jesus became Best Friends Forever, for all little children everywhere. This image is a link to open a video reading of the story "Jesus is My BFF!"
Video Reading of “Jesus is My BFF!”

And there is more!

On our web site, we’ve provided parental guidance and some mini-art lessons to accompany many of the pages.  We’ve created this book as a coloring book. . .which will help engage children in the story AND we’ve provided these enrichment materials online as a way of holding down the costs of production.  Just go to the web site, click on the Enrichment link, and then click on this book.  We will provide enrichment activities for future books here as well.

And there is even more!

We are inviting parents to send us photos of the coloring works of their children, the ones you feel are an accomplishment, to us and we will post them in a gallery on our web site for a period of time!  Then you can show your child their work on the web. J

This information is provided on page iii of the book.

The books are important as they  are something children can take home and enjoy over and over.

Remember, our StarGift Project goal is to reach out to children who are not otherwise being taught about relationship with God, and provide them with fun, engaging materials that will engage them in such learning; learning which is foundational to a lifelong relationship with God. 

We try to find ways to engage parents with their children as well, in the hopes that the parents or other older family members, might become interested themselves in learning more about relationship with God.

And we try to enlist other faithful beleivers in helping to fund books and get them distributed to children or even to produce mini-plays of the story or some other performance model as a way of sharing with children who are not part of your church or belief system.

You may think of StarGift as:

Taking Sunday School to the streets!

You may think of yourself as helping to:

Plant tiny mustard seeds of faith

Join us please.  Volunteer by sending a message to starcenter1@stargiftproject.org.

Or visit our web page and make a donation. www.stargiftproject.org

 

StarGift Project News #24 “It’s here!”

It’s here!  It’s here!  It’s finally here!  And just in time for Easter!  Read below the image to learn about “Jesus is My BFF!”

Image of two young children sitting in the grass with large rabbit ears. This image is overlapped by an image of the cover of the book "Jesus is My BFF!." The text states: Fill Their Baskets with something good to read!

We had begun to think it would never be ready for shipping.  “Jesus is My BFF!” is a sequel to “The Star Who Almost Wasn’t There.”  In this new story, children will learn how Star and the young child Jesus become Best Friends Forever.  And they will learn how Star learned to speak with Jesus,without say a word, how Jesus is learning so much from His Father in Heaven, and how the Star gets a new mission to learn from Jesus and to teach the children.  Wow!  What a fun story.  And, it’s full of lessons about relationship with God.

This is a book with a wonderful story. . .and it is a coloring book.  We hope the activity will help the children think more about the story.

And there is plenty for Parents and Guardians too.  StarGift Project has place ‘guidance’ online so you may help your children grow in understanding.  And just for fun, we also put online a set of mini-art lessons so you can teach your child some simple drawing and design concepts!

Each book is available for a $10.00 donation and each time you buy a book for a child you love, you help StarGift to get a book to another child, who may not otherwise learn about relationship with God.  You are helping to plant tiny seeds of faith.

You can have books shipped to you for delivery.  Or you can choose to have StarGift or one of our nonprofit partners deliver books to kids.  If you choose a partner, we share the portion of the donation that is profit with them.  So help your favorite organization on our list!

Order several now, so they will arrive just in time for Easter!

Order Here!

 

StarGift Project Minutes – July 15, 2015

StarGift Project
Minutes
July 15, 2015
6:30 PM

Present:

Pam Hieser
Jodi Lancaster
Chad Emmett

Meeting commenced with a prayer for guidance.

  1. Before filing Articles I need to reserve a name.  The form for requesting a name. . .or verifying that the name is not already taken, requires submission of 3 options.  Although we were open to changing the name entirely. . .apparently the ‘StarGift’ element is liked by all.  We agreed to the following options:
    1. StarGift Project
    2. HisStarGift
    3. StarGift

Once I have a name reserved, I will update Articles and Bylaws. . .then I will bring the Articles form around to each incorporator for signature.

  1. Discussed difficulty of communication with technology.  LOL.  Lengthy emails are difficult to read on phones.  Not everyone has home computer to work from and it is not appropriate to use work computers.
    1. Pam is considering taking advantage of back to school sales to provide a computer to each Officer or Director specifically for StarGift communications.
    2. Might consider setting up a server and getting netbooks that can connect to the same server and we can all work on it remotely.
    3. Until a decision is made. . .Pam will send emails after 5:00 PM so they do not interfere with work day.  Try to keep them short as possible.
  2. We began to go through the list of activities [thought starters].  As we did so, we volunteered to follow up on certain ones [short term] and added a few as follows
    1. Chad:
    2. Jodi:
    3. Pam

i.      Call to Anderson Merchandiser

ii.      Call to Don Ammerman to see if he can be engaged in providing help with sound/video etc.

iii.      Create display at campground for their Christmas in July event to market star ornaments, books etc.

B.  Jodi:

                      i.      Take a cut at chunking out some short term activities each month for the next 3 months so we can get names/tasks in a manageable format.

ii.      Take two books to Susan and Andy of local radio station and talk to them about StarGift Project.  [Prepare what is to be communicated.]

iii.      Draft a short ‘teaching aide’ for parents to accompany the book.

C.  Pam:

                       i.      Star costume for events – with Jodi

ii.      Record rap tune for youtube video – with Sarah

iii.      Submit the text of the story to Christian family magazines in context of an article about StarGift Project.  [Contract with publish is non-exclusive]

iv.      Work on coloring book version

v.      Work on second/third stories

  1. Discussed growing the organization.
    1. We need to identify the skills needed on the Board of Directors and identify candidates we’d like to engage.
    2. We need to identify persons of faith with skills which would be of use and try to engage them as volunteers
    3. We came up with some names.  These are documented in an excel spreadsheet and available to the Directors.
    4. A lot of advertising and awareness building is dependent upon our reach through social media.  We have to understand how to get a very large following. . .what social media to utilize. . .how to best manage it.
  2. We agreed that we probably will need to ‘hire’ a person who is knowledgeable about this to focus on building the social network.
    1. Work by project?
    2. Part time?
  3. Agreed that the Board should probably have to meet no more than quarterly. . .but that the Officers will continue to meet every 2 weeks as we work on extending the influence and wait to hear if we are granted nonprofit status. [Let’s shoot to have our current tasks completed by then.]

 

Meeting closed at 7:30 with a prayer.

 

Next Meeting:  July 29th – 6:30 – Location to be determined.  [Chad’s birthday. . .may have to have a little cake and ice cream!]

 

StarGift Project Minutes – June 25, 2015

StarGift Project
Minutes
June 25, 2015
6:30 PM

 

Present:
Pam Hieser
Jodi Lancaster
Chad Emmett

Meeting commenced with a prayer for guidance.

  1. Outstanding questions on the bylaws:
    1. Agreed to keep reference to 501(c)(3) in Article II and to add it to our Articles of Incorporation.
    2. Agreed to the text re:   donating net profits to organizations that serve adults with developmental disabilities in Article II.
    3. Agreed that Incorporating Directors would serve for life or until they choose to resign or are removed for cause. Also agreed to use the term Incorporating Directors in making the distinction.
    4. We agreed to remove the text that states that the Chairperson is subject to committees in Article VI Section 1.  The Chairperson is subject to the Board of Directors.
    5. Agreed to the wording for audit schedule in Article IX Section 4.

 

  1. We agreed to minor changes in wording re: Qualifications of Directors in Article IV, Section 4.  I will seek out guidance from Eric Swanson before nailing this section.

 

  1. We began a discussion on next steps and how to proceed

 

Points:

 

  1. Both long range planning and short range planning is needed.  For 2015, Christmas is right around the corner.  We need to do some short range planning re:  How to get attention on the current book this year.

i.    The more people see the book. . .the better

ii.    Chad agreed to call Anderson Merchandisers to request that it be included in books that will be carried by Wal-Mart for the season.

iii.    Can we get Christian Organizations on campus to market the book as a fundraiser?

iv.    Who can we get to help reach out to Christian Schools and church groups to consider marketing it to donors?

  1. Other Marketing thoughts

i.    We need to find a Marketing Specialist [Who?]

ii.    Can we get students at ISU, IWU to participate in real life marketing projects?

iii.    We need to find someone who is expert in social media marketing

iv.    Pam has been working on a new page for the StarGift web site with information for ‘Partners’. . .at the moment we are calling churches and other nfp organizations that promote the StarGift Project, partners.

  1. Jodi noted that there are marked differences in the way various generations communicate!  Younger generations do not like wordy content.  If they aren’t captured in a couple of sentences, they move on.  So what can we do to engage younger people.  Key point, we need multiple communication models!

i.    Design something easy to digest.. .perhaps cartoon?

ii.    Talked about getting early education and music directors from churches to create mini-pagents and musical events based on the story.  The more we can get it out there the better!

iii.    Can we create a script for such a play-pagent and take it out to some public venues?  [I have a plan documented to create a youthful ‘flash mob’ to take out.  The problem is 1.) getting permission at public venues and 2.) Having equipment that would enable us to conduct a flash mob and video same.  Can students/classes at ISU/IWU etc. help?  Pam spoke to manager of Eastland in 2010, who liked the idea but had to run it up the chain.  He never got back.  Perhaps we can try this again.

  1. For long term planning, Pam brought up the idea of fundraisers.  We’d like to host fundraisers that are unique for our area.  Point:  Think big, start small.
    1. One such idea is to work with several churches to host a Christian Music Festival!  Perhaps we can engage all 4 churches in Le Roy in this event!
    2. In time, that could grow to be more than music. . .and evolve into a Christian Creative Arts Festival. . .to include new stories/plays/songs that teach about Jesus. . .dance. . .art activities etc.  [This could be a way of bringing creative people to the table to share their gifts by creating materials appropriate for children and families as part of the StarGift materials.

 

  1. We cut off this discussion until D.J. and Eric might be able to participate.  It’s fun to talk about ideas. . .and we need to do that.  But then, we need to prioritize and evaluate what we can realistically get done.  We hope to pick up this discussion at the next meeting.

 

The meeting was adjourned after a short prayer.

StarGift Project Minutes – June 17, 2015.

StarGift Project
Minutes
June 17, 2015
6:30 PM

 

Present:
Pam Hieser
Jodi Lancaster
Chad Emmett
D.J. Anderson

Meeting commenced with a prayer for guidance.

  1. Per the agenda we agreed to add the words that D.J. supplied to Article V, Section B. of the Articles of Incorporation as follows:

The Corporation, being organized for charitable purposes will make these materials available to a widespread audience through the generosity of people of faith who wish to share their love of God.  Donated materials will be distributed by a network of participating not-for-profit organizations through their mission networks.  Our goal is to provide these materials at no cost to the final recipient. 

2.   We agreed to add the words provided by Pam Hieser to Article V. Section A, as follows:

 StarGift Project, Inc. will engage people of faith and other not-for-profit organizations as willing participants in providing these materials and events as represented in the following list which may be expanded as need arises.

    •  Creating new media
    • Translating materials into other languages
    • Publishing and producing
    • Distributing materials through mission networks
    • Funding activities listed above

3.  We agreed to add content pointing out our interest in supporting organizations that enable independence among adults with developmental disabilities to Article V.  Pam will draft such statement and put it before this group at the next meeting.

4.  We stepped through the BylawsComparison which presented bylaws from two sources showing the equivalent bylaws side-by-side.  For each we made decisions on:

  •  Whether the bylaw is needed at all
  • If so, whether we should use the wording of one sample over the other
  • If we should combine the two examples.

Pam will now that that information and consolidate the results of our decisions into a document with Bylaws for the StarGift Project.  That document will be made available to Skip Hahn and Pastor Eric Swanson for further input.

[At this writing, that document has been created with pointers back to the original sample documents making it easy to go back to the original references.]

5.  Meeting was adjourned

StarGift Project Minutes – May 13, 2015 Decisions

StarGift Project
Minutes
May 13, 2015
6:30 PM

 Present:

Pam Hieser
Jodi Lancaster
Chad Emmett
D. J. Anderson
Pastor Eric Swanson

This was the first face-to-face meeting of members of the group forming the StarGift Project.  The agenda for the meeting is published at the bottom of these minutes.

These minutes cover the discussion leading to an agreement on the content of the Articles of Incorporation that will be filed with the State of Illinois.  We focused on Articles 4 and 5 specifically.

The Mission of StarGift Project is: to be a source of inspiring faith in youth and their families through the creative arts.

  1. We agreed to the following text for Article 4:

StarGift Project Inc. is organized exclusively for religious, educational and charitable purposes with the following mission:  To be a source of inspiring faith in youth and their families through the creative arts.  Our vision is to provide original, inspirational material about the nature of God and Jesus Christ through mediums that are engaging, simple to understand and foundational to a lifelong relationship with God.  It is our aspiration that through the accomplishment of our mission and vision, some of the audience may choose to seek God, become followers of Jesus or grow to be open and receptive to others of faith.

 Process:

Working from this draft Articles of Incorporation Review,  we agreed to the following changes for Article 4:  {Bold text is inserted;  Eliminated text is crossed out; }

StarGift Project Inc. is organized exclusively for religious, educational and charitable purposes with the following mission:  To be a source of inspiring faith in youth and their families through the creative arts.  We Our vision is to provide original, inspirational material about the nature of God and Jesus Christ through mediums that are non-threatening engaging, simple to understand and foundational to a lifelong relationship with God.  These materials are made available at no cost to the recipients.  We hope/aspire that through the education provired in these materials,  It is our aspiration that through the accomplishment of our mission and vision, some of the audience may choose to seek God, become followers of Jesus and/or grow to be open and receptive to others of faith.  Our Board of Directors provide leadership and counsel to ensure we are achieving our mission.

 List of changes:

  •  We agreed by unanimous vote to the wording of our vision statement:  To provide original, inspirational material about the nature of God and Jesus Christ through mediums that are engaging, simple to understand and foundational to a lifelong relationship with God.
  •  We agreed to eliminate or replace a statement in the original draft: “These materials are made available at no cost to the recipient.”   DJ Anderson  agreed to provide new wording that more accurately describes our intent.  If approved, the new statement will be included either in Article 4 or Article 5.  This decision will be finalized at our next meeting.
  •  We agreed by unanimous vote replace the word “non-threatening” with “engaging.”
  •  We agreed to remove the last statement.
  •  We agreed to a number of moderate wording changes as reflected in the marked-up text.

2.  We agreed by unanimous vote to retain the content of the draft for Article 5 as follows:

Article 5.

Other Provisions:

  1.   StarGift Project, Inc. provides education through production and distribution of creative media and events. All materials and productions will be shaped to provide a consistent message of God’s love for us, the gifts He provides us, and how we can honor Him by sharing our gifts with our brothers and sisters.  These materials will focus attention on how to seek and create a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
  2.  The Corporation, being organized for charitable purposes will make these materials available to a widespread audience through the generosity of people of faith who wish to share their love of God.  Donated materials will be distributed by a network of participating not-for-profit organizations through their mission networks.
  3.  StarGift Project, Inc. will engage people of faith and other not-for-profit organizations as willing participants in providing these materials/events as follows:
  •  Creating new media
  • Translating materials into other languages
  • Publishing and producing
  • Distributing materials through mission networks
  • Funding activities listed above

3.  Pam, Jodi, Chad and DJ agreed to meet weekly for a period of time to complete the Articles of Incorporation and initial draft of by-laws.  The latter will then be tendered for input from Pastor Eric and ‘Skip’ Hahn.

The next meeting is Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the home of Jodi Lancaster.

Agenda for 5/13/2015:  StarGift Project face-to-face Agenda

To view these minutes in a word document:  StarGift Project Minutes – May 13, 2015

 

 

 

StarGift Project Minutes – May 27, 2015

StarGift Project
Minutes
May 27, 2015
6:30 PM

 

Present:
Pam Hieser
Jodi Lancaster
Chad Emmett

Meeting commenced with a prayer for guidance.

Note to Chad:  I will print off and send you the docs embedded in these minutes.

These minutes continue the discussion of by-laws and decisions reached via vote.

We are leveraging these example by-laws.  Bylaws of the National RSD Assistance Center

On Duties of Officers we agreed:

  • Jodi will create a draft of the duties of Chairperson from the sample bylaws for the next meeting
  • Pam will create a draft of the duties of the Vice-Chairperson from the sample bylaws for the next meeting.
  • Pam will create a draft splitting out the duties of Secretary and Treasurer from the sample bylaws for the next meeting.
  1.   Under Article VI, Board of Directors, we agreed by three votes of Aye, to:
  •  Retain the wording of Section 1. General Powers. Except to change the name of the organization to StarGift Project.
  • Retain the first three sentences of SECTION 2.  Number, Tenure and Qualitifcations.  We have pended decisions about requirements for membership on the Board until we research this document and others.
  • Retain the wording of SECTION 3.  Meetings.
  • Take SECTION 4 under advisement.  We are perplexed by the reference to any “five (5)” and about alternatives.  Pam will prepare a suggested alternative for next meeting.
  • We agreed in concept with SECTION 5. Notice but would like to include personal contact as an option for delivering notice of special meetings.  Pam will draft modification for next meeting.
  • Retain the wording of SECTION 6, Quorum except to remove the words “in good standing”
  • Retain the wording of SECTION 7, Manner of Acting.
  • Retain the wording of SECTION 8, Resignation and Removal of Directors
  • Retain the wording of SECTION 9, Informal Action by Directors
  • Retain the wording of SECTION 10, Presumption of Assent
  • Retain the wording of SECTION 11, Vacancies except to consider removing the following words:  “and a director so elected shall serve until a successor is elected and installed.”  [Revisit this]
  • Agreed in concept to SECTION 12, Compensation, although we would consider adding a few words to clarify that members of the Board of Directors shall serve without compensation for this specific service.  [Implies they may be compensated for other activities that advance our goals through day to day operations.]  Also will change “North Carolina” to “Illinois.”

This working copy includes my drafts and notes relative to the agreements above.

STARGIFT PROJECT BYLAWS

  1. We had some discussion about the topic of Finance and looked up definition of bonds in context.
  2. Meeting was closed with a prayer
  3. Our next meeting is Wednesday, June 10th at the Lancaster home.  Enjoy tomorrow!

Note to all:  Two steps forward and one step back.  I found an example of bylaws that were as ‘simple’ as I can imagine, and sent out a link.  I would like to create an alternative draft based on the simpler bylaws. . .and consider adding in any details we may feel are critical at this time.  Bylaws are not a legal document.  But you share them with the state to show transparency.  So if we keep them as bare bones as possible, we can amend them when we confront issues we need to resolve.

Let me know if you have concerns with this.  Otherwise, I will send out such a draft with the next agenda.

 

 

 

StarGift Project Minutes – May 20th, 2015 Discussion/Decisions re: By-laws [part 1]

Present:
Pam Hieser
Jodi Lancaster
Chad Emmett
D. J. Anderson

These minutes cover the first discussion of by-laws and decisions reached via vote.

We are leveraging these example by-laws Bylaws of the National RSD Assistance Center and referencing information on by-laws contained in the following two books:

  • How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation by Attorney Anthony Mancuso
  • Starting and Runing a Nonprofit Organization by Joan M. Hummel
  1.  We agreed to bypass Article I and Article II at this time.  We will address name and location of organization as a final step.  We believe the objectives have already been defined in the Articles of Incorporation and only need to be cut and pasted here.
  2. Article III, Membership:  We discussed the pros and cons of having participating nonprofit organizations as members vs. non-member status.  As a small organization it is simpler to establish and operate a non-member organization.   At this time we have agreed by unanimous vote [four ayes] that the organization structure will have no members.  The Board of Directors will be the guiding agency.
  3. Article IV, Officers:

Section 1.  Election and term.  There was a great deal of discussion around this topic as we veered into the scope of responsibilities of each officer.

  • We agreed to the following four officers as a starting point:  Chairman, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.  It is possible that one person may fulfill responsibilities of Vice-Chair and Secretary.  We agreed by unanimous vote to use the terms Chair and Vice-Chair as opposed to President and Vice-President.
  • We recognize that the Board may in the future determine a need for additional officers.
  • We agreed the officers would be elected by the Board of Directors at the last meeting of each fiscal year.
  • We agreed that each officer will serve a term of one year.
  • We agreed that it is a good practice to retain the Past President as a board member and will work on wording that makes this clear.

Section 2.  Successive Terms.  We agreed that an officer may be elected to successive terms of office.

Section 3.  Vacancies.  We agreed by unanimous vote that the Board of Directors could fill a vacancy of office by vote.  We agreed by unanimous vote the Board of Directors could remove an officer from office “for cause” by a 2/3 vote of it’s members.

  1. The discussion about ‘Officers’ led us to discussion about the Directors in General:
  2. We pended further discussion of the example by-laws for the next meeting.

Article 6, Board of Directors.  Section 8.  We discussed the difference between removing a Director who is not an officer and removing an Officer as discussed above.  Section 8 of the example states:  “A Director may be removed with or without cause by a 2/3 vote of the Board of Directors.  The discussion helped us to understand the difference between removing a member of the board and removing an officer of the board.  We will revisit this section as we proceed through the example text.

6.  We pended further discussion of the example by-laws for the next meeting

7.  Other discussion and questions which arose during the meeting.

We spent some time discussing the roles of Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.   We felt we needed some clarification on the role of Directors of the Board versus people we may need to hire to perform activities on behalf of the organization.  We felt we might need some legal advice on the topic.  However I have been doing some research in the two books and I think reviewing some of the points can be helpful.  Please see the section of text below these minutes, titled RESEARCH.

8.  Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 27th at the Lancaster home.  We will work on Article V, Duties of Officers.  Please review the content I scan and email on this topic before the meeting.

***************

 RESEARCH

 

The following quotes come from:  How to Form a Nonprofit.

  • “Directors meet collectively as the board of directors, and are responsible—legally, financially, and morally—for the management and operation of your non-profit corp.”
  • “Nonprofit directors usually serve without compensation.”
  • “Compensation of Officers”

“Officers can receive reasonable compensation for services they perform for a non-profit corporation.  It is appropriate to pay officers who have day-to-day operational authority, and not to pay the officers who limit themselves to presiding over the board of directors or making overall nonprofit policy decisions.  In smaller nonprofits, it is more common for officers and directors to also assume staff positions and be paid for performing these operational tasks.”

  •  “Employee Compensation”

“Salaries paid to officers or regular employees should be reasonable and given in return for services actually performed.  A reasonable salary is one roughly equal to that received by employees rendering similar services elsewhere.”

Does this seem to be conflicting info?  I believe the distinction is that if you are an officer/board member and actually performing a service within the day-to-day operations, you are compensated for that service. . .but not for your role as a board member or officer.  I believe,  your compensation for service is a cost of doing business and not paid out of profits.

The following quotes come from:  Starting and Running a Nonprofit Organization

  • “. . .the board is charged with a ‘governing’ role.  Boards are fiduciaries of nonprofit corporations. . .Fiduciaries stand is a special relation of legal trust to others.  Thus the board of a nonprofit is answerable to the agencies members, if any, and to government agencies that regulate and monitor nonprofit corporations on behalf of the community for at least two duties:

o   Duty of Care:  Being diligent and acting prudently as a director overseeing the affairs of the nonprofit.  This doesn’t mean a director is expected to forsee every potential problem or prevent any wrongdoing that could occur, although in some states, the duty is that of a trustee, a very high standard requiring a duty of utmost care.  In other states, the duty is that which a person of ordinary prudence would reasonably by expected to act under similar circumstances.

o   Duty of loyalty:  Acting in good faith and not allowing personal interests to override responsibility as a director.”

  • “The board generally assumes specific responsibilities in the areas described below.
o   Budget and Finance
o   Strategic and Annual Plans
o   Fund Raising
o   Policy
o   Human Resources
o   Community Relationships
o   Program Evaluation
o   Board Development
o   Advising Staff”

Since our discussion centered around the role of the board versus people we may need to hire, here is additional clarification:

“Human Resources”

“The board hires the executive director (or chief staff person, whatever the title), evaluates his or her effectiveness, and removes him or her when performance is unsatisfactory.  The board may determine the salary scales and benefits for the staff, especially if they have professional expertise that the staff does not, and may approve staff-developed personnel policies.  (However, staff members who report to the executive director should be hired, fired, and evaluated by the executive director, who should also determine their individual compensation within the overall compensation policy approved by the board.)”

I will scan and send each of you content from the pages of both books that discuss Officers, Board Members, Employees and Compensation.

 

 

StarGift Project Minutes – Feb. 2015 Discussions – Published March 13, 2015

StarGift Project

Minutes

Mar. 15, 2015

These minutes cover the discussion leading to an agreement on the phrasing of the mission statement in preparation for filing for NFP Corporation.

The mission statement to which we have agreed is:

The Mission of StarGift Project is: to be a source of inspiring faith in youth and their families through the creative arts.

In reaching this decision, Jodi Lancaster, Chad Emmett, Harold A. [Skip] Hahn and Pamela Hieser voted on a subset of three of the suggestions for most effective mission statement.  The emails below include the request for vote and responses

This email superceeds the previous email about the mission statement.

Discussion that led to this vote is contained in the email communications below:

What Next:  We will now take up the more complicated discussion of a vision statement!