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ARTICLES OF   INCORPORATION
OF

THE SOUTH DAKOTA COALITION FOR SHARED PARENTING

Executed by the undersigned for the purpose of forming a South Dakota Corporation under SDCL 47-22 South Dakota Nonprofit Corporation Act.


ARTICLE I

The name of the corporation is:  THE SOUTH DAKOTA COALITION FOR SHARED PARENTING

Hereinafter referred to as the "Corporation"


ARTICLE II

The period of Existence is:  Perpetual

ARTICLE III

 This non-stock, non-profit, public benefit Corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes, as determined by Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended.  More specifically, the purpose of the Corporation is charitable and educational, to include, but not limited to the following:   to promote positive and responsible parenting through increased involvement of parents in child-rearing,  to provide education and disseminate information to the public on the positive effects of shared parenting on the well-being of children and to foster development of policy standards to promote the equal rights of all parties affected by divorce, the breakup of a family or establishment of paternity;  and to conduct research on factors that are contributing to our society's depreciated value of shared parenting and on the barriers to implementing shared parenting.   

ARTICLE IV

The Corporation shall have members as set forth in the by-laws of the Corporation, and each member shall pay dues as may from time to time be set in accordance with the by-laws.   The power to make, alter, amend, or repeal the by-laws for the regulation and management of affairs of the Corporation shall be vested in the Executive Board and members of the Corporation as set forth in the by-laws of the Corporation.

ARTICLE V

The affairs of the Corporation shall be managed by a Executive Board, in accordance with the by-laws.   At no time shall the Executive Board be less than five (5) members, nor more than nine (9) members.

ARTICLE VI

The members of the first Executive Board shall serve until their successors have been duly elected and qualified.  The selection process for the members of the Executive Board, as well as their terms, removal from office and duties shall be as provided for in the by-laws of the Corporation.

ARTICLE VII

The assets of the Corporation shall be at all times dedicated to the purposes set out above, and none of the net earnings shall inure in whole or in part to the benefit of any private individual, association or corporation, except that the Corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article III hereof.  No substantial part of the activities of the Corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the 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.  Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the Corporation  shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section(s) of any future federal tax code, or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section(s) of any future federal tax code.  If for any reason it becomes necessary to dissolve or liquidate the Corporation, the remaining assets of the Corporation, after its lawful obligations and all other requirements of law are met and complied with, shall be transferred or conveyed to one or more corporations, societies, or organizations engaged in charitable and educational activities similar to those of the Corporation and qualifying under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as may be specified in a plan of distribution adopted as provided by law or as directed by a court of competent jurisdiction.

The Corporation may solicit and receive funds and property by gift, transfer, devise or bequest, and may administer and apply such funds and property only in the furtherance of the charitable,  educational, and scientific purposes set out in Article III above.  The Corporation shall do any and all lawful things which may be necessary, useful, suitable or proper for the furtherance or accomplishment of the purposes and powers of the Corporation, and shall exercise all powers possessed by South Dakota corporations of similar character, including the power to own, lease, contract for purchase and sale of personal property.

ARTICLE VIII

The initial registered office of the Corporation is located at: 501 Douglas Avenue, Yankton, SD 57078.  The name of the initial registered agent at this address  is: Steven D. Mathis,  a resident of the State of South Dakota.


ARTICLE IX

The initial number of Directors constituting the Executive Board is five (5) and the names and addresses of the persons to serve as Directors include:

Name                                                     Address     

Todd Abler               Deleted

Tony Burns               Deleted

Steve Mathis               Deleted

Steven D. Mathis          Deleted

Mari Morgan               Deleted


The names and addresses of the Incorporators:
Name                                                     Address     
Steven D. Mathis          Deleted

Monte James               Deleted

Timothy C. Clayton          Deleted


ARTICLE X

Amendments to these Articles of Incorporation shall require the affirmative vote of two-thirds of those voting members of the Corporation who are present and voting (in person, there shall be no assignment of voting rights by proxy) at a meeting of the voting members.  These articles may be amended in the manner authorized by Law at the time of amendment.


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