Articles of Incorporation (as restated 2016)

ARTICLES OF RESTATEMENT

OF

ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION

OF

SEATTLE ATHEISTS

 

Pursuant to the Washington Nonprofit Corporation Act, Revised Code of Washington Chapter 24.03, the undersigned hereby adopts the following Restated Articles of Incorporation.

 

ARTICLE I

NAME

The name of this corporation is Seattle Atheists.

 

ARTICLE II

DURATION

The period of duration of this corporation shall be perpetual.

 

ARTICLE III

PURPOSES

3.1       In General. The corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, scientific, religious, literary or educational purposes, within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code“), including, without limitation:

(i)        to inform atheists and others of church-state separation and other national and international political, social, and cultural issues affecting atheists and other freethinkers, and to actively defend the separation of state and church;

(ii)       to find and recruit individual isolated or disaffected atheists and other freethinkers and enlist their support for the goals, policies, and programs of Seattle Atheists;

(iii)      to educate the general public on the fallacies and superstitions of religion and other irrational beliefs, and their detrimental effects on culture, politics, and society in general;

(iv)      to encourage all freethinkers to become outspoken and actively supportive of the goals of Seattle Atheists;

(v)       to foster friendly and productive relations with other freethought groups around the country and around the world, in order to broaden the scope, meaning, understanding, acceptance and influence of freethought;

(vi)      to provide a sense of fellowship, community and validation for atheists and others who may feel alienated from a culture that considers religious faith a virtue;

(vii)     to actively promote legislative measures and other government actions protecting religious freedom and particularly atheism;

(viii)    to defend freethinkers from persecution and fight for freedom from religion;

(ix)       to support events and organizations who share the purpose of this corporation; and

(x)        to engage in any other lawful activity which may hereafter be authorized from time to time by the Board of Directors, consistent with the provisions of this Article III.

3.2       Limitations

          3.2.1    Nonprofit Status. The corporation shall not have or issue shares of stock. The corporation is not organized for profit, and no part of its net earnings shall inure to the benefit of any director or officer of the corporation, or any private individual, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation to its directors or officers for services rendered, and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes of the corporation and subject to the limitations of Sections 3.2.2 and 3.2.3 of these Articles of Incorporation.

           3.2.2    Distributions; Dissolution. No director or officer of the corporation, or any private individual, shall be entitled to share in the distribution of any of the corporate assets upon dissolution of the corporation or the winding up of its affairs. Upon such dissolution or winding up, after paying or making adequate provision for the payment of all the liabilities of the corporation, all the remaining assets of the corporation shall be distributed by the Board of Directors of the corporation (the “Board of Directors“), for a purpose or purposes similar to those set forth in Section 3.1 of these Articles of Incorporation, to any other organization that then qualifies for exemption under the provisions of Code Section 501(c)(3). Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Superior Court of King County, Washington, exclusively for a Code Section 501(c)(3) purpose or purposes similar to those set forth in Section 3.1 of these Articles of Incorporation, or to such organization or organizations, as said court shall determine, that are organized and operated for similar Code Section 501(c)(3) purposes.

         3.2.3    Prohibited Activity

                     3.2.3.1    No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be devoted to attempting to influence legislation by propaganda or otherwise, except to the extent that an organization exempt from federal income tax under Code Section 501(c)(3) can engage in such activities without incurring any penalties, excise taxes or losing its status as an organization exempt from federal income tax under Code Section 501(c)(3). The corporation shall not, directly or indirectly, participate in or intervene in (including by the publication or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. The corporation shall not have objectives or engage in activities that characterize it as an “action” organization within the meaning of the Code.

                     3.2.3.2    Notwithstanding any other provisions of these Articles of Incorporation, the corporation shall not conduct or carry on activities not permitted to be conducted or carried on by an organization exempt from federal income tax under Code Section 501(c)(3) or by an organization contributions to which are deductible under Code Section 170(c)(2).

                     3.2.3.3    The corporation is prohibited from engaging in any excess benefit transaction as defined in Code Section 4958(c).

                     3.2.3.4    The corporation is prohibited from engaging in any act of self-dealing as defined in Code Section 4941(d), from retaining any excess business holding as defined in Code Section 4943(c) that would subject the corporation to tax under Code Section 4943, from making any investments that would subject the corporation to tax under Code Section 4944, and from making any taxable expenditure as defined in Code Section 4945(d). If Code Section 4942 is deemed applicable to the corporation, it shall make distributions at such time and in such manner that it is not subject to tax under Code Section 4942.

3.3       Powers. In general, and subject to such limitations and conditions as are or may be prescribed by law, by these Articles of Incorporation, or by the Bylaws of the corporation, the corporation shall have the authority to (a) engage in any and all such activities as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the purposes of the corporation set forth in Section 3.1 of these Articles of Incorporation and (b) exercise any and all powers authorized or permitted under any laws that are now, or hereafter may be, applicable or available to the corporation.

3.4       Endowments. Funds held in the corporation are not institutional funds or endowments for purposes of RCW Chapter 24.55 unless otherwise expressly designated as such by the Board of Directors.

 

ARTICLE IV

POWERS

This corporation shall have the power to do all lawful acts and things necessary, appropriate or desirable to carry out and in furtherance of its purposes described in Article III which are consistent with the Washington Nonprofit Corporation Act and Section 501(c)(3) of the Code.

ARTICLE V

REGISTERED OFFICE

The address of the registered office of this corporation is 170 S. Lincoln St. Suite 100, Spokane, WA 99201, and the name of its registered agent at such address is Washington Registered Agent LLC.

 

ARTICLE VI

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The management of this corporation shall be vested in the Board of Directors. The number of directors, and the method of selecting directors, shall be established in the Bylaws of this corporation.

 

ARTICLE VII

NO STATUTORY MEMBERS

The corporation shall have no statutory members as defined by the Revised Code of Washington Section 24.03.065.

 

ARTICLE VIII

LIMITATION OF DIRECTOR LIABILITY

To the full extent that the Washington Nonprofit Corporation Act (as it exists on the date hereof or as it may hereafter be amended) permits the limitation or elimination of the liability of directors, a director of the corporation shall not be liable to the corporation or its members, if any, for monetary damages for conduct as a director. Any amendments to or repeal of this Article VIII shall not adversely affect any right or protection of a director of the corporation for or with respect to any acts or omissions of such director occurring prior to such amendment or repeal. If the Washington Nonprofit Corporation Act is amended in the future to authorize corporate action further eliminating or limiting personal liability of directors, then the liability of a director for the corporation shall be eliminated or limited to the full extent permitted by the Washington Nonprofit Corporation Act, as so amended, without any requirement of further action by the corporation.

 

ARTICLE IX

INDEMNIFICATION

9.1       Right to Indemnification. The corporation shall indemnify and hold harmless, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law as it presently exists or may hereafter be amended, any person who was or is made or is threatened to be made a party or is otherwise involved in any action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative (a “Proceeding“), by reason of the fact that such person, or a person for whom such person is the legal representative, is or was a director or officer of the corporation or, while a director or officer of the corporation, is or was serving at the request of the corporation as a director, officer, partner, trustee, employee or agent of another corporation, or of a foundation, partnership, joint venture, limited liability company, trust, enterprise or other nonprofit entity, including service with respect to employee benefit plans (each such other entity, “Another Enterprise“) (such person, an “Indemnified Person“), against all liability and loss suffered and expenses (including attorneys’ fees) actually and reasonably incurred by such Indemnified Person in connection with such Proceeding. Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, except as otherwise provided in Section 9.4 of this Article IX, the corporation shall be required to indemnify an Indemnified Person in connection with a Proceeding (or part of such Proceeding) commenced by such Indemnified Person only if the commencement of such Proceeding (or part of such Proceeding) by the Indemnified Person was authorized in advance by the Board of Directors.

9.2       Restrictions on Indemnification. The corporation may not indemnify any Indemnified Person for: (a) acts or omissions of the Indemnified Person finally adjudged to be intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law; (b) conduct of the Indemnified Person finally adjudged to be in violation of Section 24.03.043 of the Washington Nonprofit Corporation Act in reference to Section 23B.08.310 of the Washington Business Corporation Act; or (c) any transaction with respect to which it was finally adjudged that such Indemnified Person personally received a benefit in money, property or services to which the Indemnified Person was not legally entitled or if the corporation is otherwise prohibited by applicable law from paying such indemnification; provided, however, that if Section 23B.08.560 or any successor provision of the Washington Business Corporation Act is hereafter amended, the restrictions on indemnification set forth in this Section 9.2 shall be as set forth in such amended statutory provision.

9.3       Expenses Payable in Advance. The corporation shall pay the reasonable expenses (including attorneys’ fees) incurred by an Indemnified Person in defending any Proceeding in advance of such Proceeding’s final disposition (such expenses, “Advanced Expenses“), provided, however, that, to the extent required by law, such payment of Advanced Expenses in advance of the final disposition of the Proceeding shall be made only upon receipt of an undertaking by the Indemnified Person to repay all Advanced Expenses if it should be ultimately determined that the Indemnified Person is not entitled to be indemnified under this Article IX or otherwise. Notwithstanding any of the foregoing in this Section 9.3, the corporation shall not be required to pay any Advanced Expenses to a person against whom the corporation directly brings a claim alleging that the corporation is not required to indemnify such person under Section 9.2 of this Article IX.

9.4       Written Statement Required and Right of Indemnified Person to Bring Suit. An Indemnified Person seeking indemnification pursuant to Section 9.1 or Advanced Expenses pursuant to Section 9.3 must first submit to the Board a sworn statement requesting indemnification or Advanced Expenses, as the case may be, and reasonable evidence of all such amounts requested by such Indemnified Person (such statement, a “Claim“). If (a) a Claim pursuant to Section 9.1 above is not paid in full by the corporation within 60 days after such Claim has been received by the corporation, or (b) a Claim pursuant to Section 9.3 above is not paid in full by the corporation within 30 days after such Claim has been received by the corporation, then the Indemnified Person may at any time after the expiration of the applicable period bring suit against the corporation to recover the unpaid amount of such Claim. If an Indemnified Person succeeds in whole or in part in any such suit or in a suit brought by the corporation to recover Advanced Expenses pursuant to the terms of an undertaking, then such Indemnified Person is also entitled to receive reimbursement from the corporation for the expense of prosecuting or defending such suit. The Indemnified Person shall be presumed to be entitled to indemnification under this Article IX upon submission of a Claim (and, in an action brought to enforce a Claim for Advanced Expenses, where the required undertaking has been delivered to the corporation), and, thereafter, the corporation shall have the burden of proof to overcome the presumption that the Indemnified Person is so entitled.

9.5       Procedures Exclusive. Pursuant to Section 24.03.043 of the Washington Nonprofit Corporation Act in reference to Section 23B.08.560(2) or any successor provision of the Washington Business Corporation Act, the procedures for indemnification and Advanced Expenses set forth in this Article IX are in lieu of the procedures required by Section 23B.08.550 or any successor provision of the Washington Business Corporation Act.

9.6       Nonexclusivity of Rights. The right to indemnification and Advanced Expenses conferred by this Article IX shall not be exclusive of any other right that any person may have or hereafter acquire under (a) any statute, (b) provision of these Articles of Incorporation, (c) the Bylaws of the corporation, (d) by general or specific action of the Board, (e) by contract or (f) otherwise.

9.7       Insurance, Contracts and Funding. The corporation may maintain insurance, at its expense, to protect itself and any director, officer, partner, trustee, employee or agent of the corporation or Another Enterprise against any expense, liability or loss, whether or not the corporation would have the power to indemnify such person against such expense, liability or loss under the Washington Business Corporation Act. The corporation may enter into contracts with any director, officer, partner, trustee, employee or agent of the corporation in furtherance of the provisions of this Article IX and may create a trust fund, grant a security interest or use other means (including, without limitation, a letter of credit) to ensure the payment of such amounts as may be necessary to effect indemnification and Advanced Expenses as provided in this Article IX.

9.8       Indemnification of Employees and Agents of the Corporation. The corporation may, by action of the Board of directors, grant rights to indemnification and advancement of expenses to employees and agents or any class or group of employees and agents of the corporation (a) with the same scope and effect as the provisions of this Article IX with respect to the indemnification and Advanced Expenses of directors and officers of the corporation, (b) pursuant to rights granted under, or provided by, the Washington Business Corporation Act, or (c) as are otherwise consistent with law.

9.9       Persons Serving Other Entities. Any person who, while a director or officer of the corporation, is or was serving (a) as a director or officer of another foreign or domestic corporation of which a majority of the shares entitled to vote in the election of its directors is held by the corporation or (b) as a partner, trustee or otherwise in an executive or management capacity in a partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise of which the corporation or a wholly owned subsidiary of the corporation is a general partner or has a majority ownership shall be deemed to be (i) so serving at the request of the corporation and (ii) entitled to indemnification and Advanced Expenses under this Article IX.

 

ARTICLE X

AMENDMENT TO ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION

The corporation reserves the right to amend or repeal any of the provisions contained in its Articles of Incorporation by the affirmative vote of the Board, or by written consent of the directors.

 

CERTIFICATION

            These Articles of Restatement of the Articles of Incorporation correctly set forth without change the provisions of the undersigned’s Articles of Incorporation as amended by Articles of Amendment. These Restated Articles of Incorporation supersede the undersigned’s original Articles of Incorporation and all amendments thereto.

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