The Interim Board of Directors recommends that the Members of NHFAPA review and approve the revised Bylaws and Articles of Agreement for the nonprofit corporation. 

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Why is there an Interim Board of Directors?
In 2018 and early 2019 people on the Board had different views on the direction for NHFAPA as explained by the Interim President of the Board’s letter dated.  The leadership differences prevented the organization from pursuing its mission and because the disputes involved legal matters, it came to the attention of the NH Attorney General’s Office, Charitable Trusts Division. That office oversees charities in the State and has the power to enforce compliance with law through the Courts.

Fortunately, the Charitable Trusts Division Director has helped NHFAPA resolve its differences and steer a forward course. Those with differences of opinion worked those out at several mediation sessions with a professional mediator in confidential settings.  One of those agreements was to populate an Interim Board with people of differing views. That Interim Board came together to propose a new legal structure in the form of bylaws and articles.

How do I apply for the NHFAPA board?
If you like to join the board please fill out the board application form. Board Application Form (Click Here)

What is the purpose of NHFAPA’s Bylaws and Articles of Agreement?  Nonprofit corporations need some fundamental organizational structure to guide its actions. Articles of Agreement and Bylaws serve as that structure.

What are Articles of Agreement?
The Articles of Agreement, which can be amended from time to time, describe the nonprofit corporation’s mission.  The mission is the guiding purpose/s of NHFAPA and a good filter to think about NHFAPA’s actions. A question members and directors can ask: Is what we are doing helping the mission in some way? The Articles also describe a few basics of the organization like whether its for profit or not for profit and the qualifications for membership. The Articles also state that the corporation’s leaders cannot engage in conflicts of interest, an important part of nonprofit corporations which reinforces that it is functioning for a public benefit and not for anyone’s private benefit.

What are Bylaws? 
Bylaws are guidance documents to fill in the details of how the nonprofit organization will operate.  Bylaws describe how the organization will manage its affairs and through whom. 

Why are the changes to NHFAPA’s Articles? 
The previous NHFAPA Articles and Bylaws contained different words for describing its mission and used words like “goals” which may have been a descriptor of its mission or perhaps something else.  Due to the lack of clarity which likely created different views among the members and Board, the Articles were amended by the Interim Board. The new Articles permit non-foster and adoptive parents to be Members without a vote as a Member.  These Affiliate and Corporate members serve the mission and facilitate the outreach that the NHFAPA Board has been seeking.  Another fundamental reason for amending the Articles is to include the conflict of interest provision which are at the heart of every nonprofit’s mission.   

What are the changes to NHFAPA’s Bylaws?
The changes include modernizing the provisions generally, removing the overly cumbersome and unnecessary application of Roberts Rules of Order for managing NHFAPA, clarifying and streamlining notice, meeting, election and board and officer responsibilities and filling in the details of conflict of interest provisions as described under current law.