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Established in 1964, the Eastern Oregon University Foundation is a public, non-profit foundation, created to support the mission and vision of Eastern Oregon University. Over the past four decades, the Foundation has become a vital force for higher education in eastern Oregon, with assets of approximately $16 million. More than 300 individual scholarships provide over $800,000 to EOU students, and the Foundation continues to grow, seeking philanthropic gifts from alumni and friends. For more information about the EOU Foundation, please call (541) 962-3740. All members of the Foundation Trustees and its committees are volunteers who work with University leadership and University Advancement. More information about University Advancement can be found at www.eou.edu/ua
Carey Allison, ’90Robert M. Allstott, ’85Robert Bates, ’06Cliff S. Bentz, ’74Craig BrasethKevin Cassidy, ’93Richard T. Chaves, ’73Michael S. Daugherty, ’74Susan J. Daugherty, ’76Scott Davidson, ’83Michael C. FreeseJohn F. Garlitz, ’93Thomas K. GeraciLinda GleesonTimothy C. GleesonAnna Goodman, ’97James A. Gorham, ’95C. Joseph GroverTony GroverBrent Gunderson, ’01Marcella HainesRichard A. HermensGreg Howard, ’80Julie Howard, ’79Ann Hutchinson, ’80Michael J. JaegerJack L. Johnson, ’72Steven J. Joseph, ’72Jay KentonTerry L. Lemon, ’69Mary Jo Lemon, ’67Kevin LovelandDixie L. Lund, ’73Edward LundJames C. LundyColby Q. Marshall, ’99James G. McMahan, ’76Robert J. McMillan, ’68Karolyn McMillan, ’68Suzannah Moore-Hemann, ’09Patrick M. Nearing, ’75Craig A. Nightingale, ’74J. Glenn NullSusanna G. OgstonMelvin L. Ott, ’64Mark J. Pearson, ’77Jeff Quinn, ’85Valerie F. Royes, ’64R. Matthew Scarfo, ’98Wayne R. Simonis, ’74R. Doyle SlaterGregory V. Smith, ’94Bradford A. StephensNorm Stewart, ’95Luke Swanson, ’01Margaret S. ValentineEric W. ValentineDawnette Waters, ’97Peter WordelmanArlene Young, ’53
ARTICLE 1: NAME AND OFFICE
Section 1. The name of this nonprofit corporation shall be: “EASTERN OREGON
UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION.” The period of existence of this corporation shall be perpetual.
Section 2. The registered office of the corporation shall be located at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon.
ARTICLE 2: MEMBERS
The Foundation will have no members as such; a governing body known
as the Trustees shall exercise all the powers of this corporation. Those
firms, corporations or individuals making annual contributions to the
Foundation shall be enrolled as donors to the corporation and the
Trustees may establish classifications of donors.
ARTICLE 3: TIME AND PLACE OF MEETINGS
Section 1. An annual meeting of the Trustees shall be held at Eastern
Oregon University, La Grande, Oregon, during the fall of said
University each year; the exact time, date and place of this meeting
shall be selected by the Board of Directors.
Section 2. Special meetings of the Trustees may be called by the
President of the Foundation, eight (8) members of the Trustees or three
(3) members of the Board of Directors.
Section 3. Written or printed notice stating the place, day and hour
of any meeting of the Trustees shall be delivered, either personally or
by mail to each Trustee entitled to vote at such meetings, not less than
ten (10) nor more than forty (40) days before the date of such meeting.
Section 4. At any meeting of the Trustees, a majority of those
present shall be able to transact any and all business of the
Foundation. A referendum for written ballot by the Trustees may be
requested of the President of the Foundation by five (5) Trustees.
Section 5. At any meeting of the Trustees, members entitled to vote
may grant their proxy executed in writing prior to the meeting.
ARTICLE 4: TRUSTEES
Section 1. The affairs of the corporation shall be managed by its
Trustees. The Trustees shall consist of individuals actively promoting
the interest of Eastern Oregon University, its faculty, staff and
Section 2. There shall not be less than twenty-one (21) voting
Trustee members. The President of Eastern Oregon University shall
automatically be an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Trustees. Any
employee of Eastern Oregon University who is a member of the Trustees
must be an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Trustees unless an
exception is made by the Trustees. A maximum of three (3) EOU employees
may be voting Trustee members and only two (2) employees may serve on
the Board of Directors at any given time.
Section 3. Members of the Trustees shall be elected to hold office
for a three (3) year term, with no limit on the numbers of terms. Their
election shall be by a majority vote of the Trustees via mail, phone,
regular scheduled meeting or electronic ballot.
Section 4. If the voting membership of the Trustees drops below the
requisite twenty-one (21), any vacancies shall be filled by
recommendations from the Membership and Nominating Committee.
ARTICLE 5: OFFICERS
Section 1. The officers of the corporation shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary and a Treasurer.
Section 2. The officers of the corporation shall be elected from the
Trustees at the Annual Meeting of the Trustees. Each officer shall hold
office for a one (1) year period or until such time as a successor shall
have been duly elected. Any employee of the Oregon State System of
Higher Education is not eligible to hold any officer position within the
Section 3. Any officer elected or appointed by the Trustees may be
removed by the Trustees whenever, in its judgment, the best interests of
the corporation would be served thereby. A vacancy in any office
because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification or otherwise,
shall be filled for the unexpired portion of the term from the Trustees
by a majority vote of the Trustees.
Section 4. The officers shall meet as needed to discuss meeting
materials and agendas prior to regular Board of Directors meetings. The
officers shall also maintain operations and communication with
University Advancement between Board of Directors meetings and will
review Foundation policies and bylaws and will recommend amendments to
Section 5. President. The President of the Foundation shall be
principal executive officer of the corporation and shall, in general,
supervise all of the business and affairs of the corporation. The
President shall preside at all meetings of the Trustees and all Board of
Directors meetings, shall appoint necessary committees, and in general
shall perform all duties incident to the office of President of the
Foundation and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by
the Trustees or the Board of Directors.
Section 6. Vice-President. In the absence of the President of the
Foundation, or in the event of the President’s inability to act, the
Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President and, when so
acting, shall have all the powers of and be subject to all of the
restrictions of the office of President.
Section 7. Secretary. The Secretary shall be responsible for: keeping
the minutes of the meetings of the Trustees and Board of Directors,
seeing that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions
of these Bylaws, maintaining the security of the corporate records,
keeping a register of the post office addresses of each donor and in
general performing all duties incident to the office of Secretary and
such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the President
of the Foundation, the Trustees or the Board of Directors.
Section 8. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall be responsible for:
supervising the custody of all funds, property and securities of the
corporation; receiving and giving receipts for monies in the name of the
Foundation in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories as
shall be selected by the Board of Directors, and performing all duties
incident to the office of Treasurer and such other duties as from time
to time may be assigned by the President of the Foundation, by the
Trustees or the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE 6: COMMITTEES
Section 1. There shall be five (5) standing committees appointed by
the President of the Foundation. The committees shall be the Finance
Committee, the Fundraising Committee, the Membership and Nominating
Committee, the Audit Committee, and the Executive Committee.
Section 2. The Finance Committee shall be made up of a chair, who shall be a member of the Board of Directors, the Foundation President, Treasurer and at least three other members of the Board of Directors. The EOU Vice President for Finance and Administration shall serve as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the committee. The committee will develop a proposed budget for consideration by the February meeting of the Board of Directors each year, review monthly financial activity, review the investment portfolio of the Foundation at least annually and recommend changes to the Board of Directors for discussion and final consideration.
B. The Fundraising Committee shall be made up of a chair, who shall
be a member of the Board of Directors, the Foundation President, and
five (5) other members of the Trustees. The committee will review
fundraising policies and priorities, including the policies and
administration of scholarships, and recommend modifications to the Board
The Fundraising committee will also review new gifts and fund agreements
to determine if they meet criteria for acceptance by the Foundation as
stated by the Foundation Gift Acceptance policy, oversee special
fundraising groups, including the President’s Club, and determine giving
levels and criteria for membership in these clubs.
C. The Membership and Nominating Committee shall be made up of a
chair, who shall be a member of the Board of Directors, three (3)
members from the Board of Directors and a minimum of two (2) Trustees.
Duties of the Membership and Nominating Committee are to nominate
officers of the Board, members of the Board of Directors, additional
Trustees and to conduct an annual review of current and prospective
D. The Audit Committee shall consist of three (3) members of the
Board of Directors or Trustees who do not serve on the finance or
officer committees and the EOU Vice President for Finance and
Administration. Duties of the Audit Committee are to review the annual
Foundation audit and recommend it for adoption by the Officers and Board
and to meet confidentially on audit issues.
E. The Executive Committee shall consist of the elected Officers and chairs of the Finance Committee, Fundraising Committee, Membership and Nominating Committee, and the Audit Committee.
Section 3. A majority of a standing committee shall constitute a quorum.
ARTICLE 7: Board of Directors
Section 1. The Trustees shall elect a Board of Directors of nine (9) to fifteen (15) voting members from the Trustees. They shall be elected to a three (3) year term with a limit of three (3) consecutive terms served. The Board of Directors shall supervise the affairs of the Foundation. Each Officer of the Foundation shall automatically be a member of the Board of Directors; likewise, the President of Eastern Oregon University shall also be an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board of Directors. All members of the Board of Directors who are employed by Eastern Oregon University shall be ex-officio, non-voting members of the board unless an exception is made by the Trustees. The Board of Directors shall meet at a minimum of at least once in each regular academic quarter at such time and place as may be determined by a majority of the Board of Directors. A majority vote of the members of the Board of Directors present shall be binding as to the action taken. Section 2. A vacancy occurring on the Board of Directors shall be filled for the unexpired term at any regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors with the majority approval of the Board of Directors present.
Section 3. There shall be vested in the Board of Directors the right
and authority to determine how funds of the corporation are to be
expended without prior approval from the Trustees.
ARTICLE 8: BOOKS AND RECORDS
Section 1. The corporation shall keep correct and complete books and
records of account and shall keep minutes of the proceedings of meetings
for the Trustees, Board of Directors and any committee having any of
the authority of the Trustees and shall also keep at the registered
office a record giving the names and addresses of donors to the
Section 2. The fiscal year of the corporation shall commence January 1
of each year and shall end on December 31 of the same year. The books
and records of the corporation shall be maintained on a calendar-year
Section 3. The Board of Directors shall have the Foundation accounts submitted to an audit annually.
ARTICLE 9: AMENDMENTS TO BYLAWS
These Bylaws may be altered, amended or repealed and new Bylaws may
be adopted by a majority of the Trustees present at the Annual Meeting
of the Trustees or at any special meeting if at least twenty (20) days
written notice is given of the intention to alter, to amend, to repeal
or to adopt new Bylaws at such meeting.
ARTICLE 10: DISSOLUTION
In the event of the dissolution of this corporation, all remaining assets (after satisfying all debts and liabilities) shall be distributed to Eastern Oregon University. Last updated and approved: 1/9/2019
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