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I. Name

A. The name of this organization shall be REACH Coalition of San Mateo County, and shall herein be referred to as “REACH.”

II. Purpose

A. The purposes of REACH are to:

1. Advocate for material, programmatic, and monetary resources to ensure the long-term viability of minority-owned businesses and community-based organizations of color, particularly in marginalized communities.
2. Develop and promote health, housing, education, public safety, and governance policies that center the needs of the most vulnerable and those from traditionally underserved and underrepresented groups.
3. Support the election and appointment of leaders at all levels of government that support and reflect the cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic diversity of San Mateo County.


III. Offices

A. The principal office of REACH shall be located in San Mateo County, California.
B. REACH may have other such offices as the Board of Directors may determine or deem necessary, or as the affairs of REACH may find need for from time to time, provided that any permanent change of office is properly reported as required by law.

IV. Dedication of Assets

A. The properties and assets of REACH are irrevocably dedicated to and for non-profit purposes only. No part of the net earnings, properties, or assets of REACH, on dissolution or otherwise, shall endure to the benefit of any person or any member, director, or officer of REACH. On liquidation or dissolution, all remaining properties and assets of REACH shall be distributed and paid over to an organization dedicated to non-profit purposes which has established its tax exempt status pursuant to Section 501(c) of the Code.

V. Membership

A. REACH shall be composed of elected and appointed officials, associate members, ex-officio members, and REACH allies committed to achieving the stated purposes of REACH.

1. Elected and appointed officials include individuals holding elected or appointed office in San Mateo County that have volunteered their name to be used by REACH in its advocacy efforts.

2. Associate members include individuals that live or work in San Mateo County that have volunteered their name to be used by REACH in its advocacy efforts.

3. Ex-officio members include individuals identified by the Board of Directors as occupying positions of influence on the lives and livelihood of the residents of San Mateo County.

4. REACH Allies include individuals and organizations aligned with the stated purposes of REACH.

VI. Board of Directors

A. General Powers and Responsibilities

1. REACH shall be governed by a Board of Directors (the “Board”), which shall have all the rights, powers, privileges and limitations of liability of directors of a non-profit corporation. The Board shall establish policies and directives governing business and programs of REACH.

B. Number and Quaflifications

1. The Board shall have no fewer than five (5) Board members. 

C. Board Compensation

1. The Board shall receive no compensation other than for reasonable expenses associated with serving the mission of REACH.

D. Board Elections

1. The Governance Committee shall present nominations for new and renewing Board members  at the Board meeting immediately preceding the beginning of the next fiscal year. Recommendations from the Governance Committee shall be made known to the Board in writing before nominations are made and voted on. New and renewing Board members shall be approved by a majority of those Board members at a Board meeting at which a quorum is present. 

E. Term of Board

1. All appointments to the Board shall be for a term of one (1) year. 

F. Resignation

1. Each Board member shall have the right to resign at any time upon written notice thereof to the Chair of the Board. Unless otherwise specified in the notice, the resignation shall take effect upon receipt thereof, and the acceptance of such resignation shall take effect upon receipt thereof, and the acceptance of such resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.

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