Article I: NAME:
The Name of the Organization shall be DuPage United.
Article II: PURPOSE
Our purpose is creation of a broad-based, non-partisan, civic organization with sufficient relational power to take collective action for social and economic changes that will benefit the people of DuPage County. We believe that the community of DuPage is best served when all its people have a part in the decisions that affect their well-being. To that end we strive to include in our membership all the voices in our community - faith-based institutions as well as civic, business, health care, labor, education and other organizations. We will collaborate readily with existing organizations that share our values.
Article III: RATIFICATION
These guidelines replace the temporary guidelines ratified at the Founding Convention for DuPage United on April 6, 2003. They become effective when ratified by the Delegate Assembly.
Article IV: MEMBERSHIP
Members of DuPage United are organized groups, including but not limited to: mosques, synagogues, temples, churches, labor unions, community and civic associations, health care and educational institutions, and business associations.
Article V: STRUCTURE OF DUPAGE UNITED
Section 1: Governing Structure:
1.1 The Delegate Assembly is the decision-making body of DuPage United.
Each member institution in good standing will have 3 voting delegates.
Each member institution will designate delegates based upon their own criteria and selection process.
Decisions will be made by the Delegate Assembly. Decisions between meetings of the Delegate Assembly will be made by the Steering Team or an Action Team, based on the Action Agenda approved at the Delegate Assembly. Decisions for issues not specifically indicated by the Action Agenda will be made by or coordinated with the Steering Team, as appropriate. If an institution in good standing believes that a decision made by an Action Team is not in concert with the Action Agenda or core values of DuPage United, they may appeal to the Steering Team. The Steering Team has the authority to uphold the decision, rescind the decision, or raise the decision to the Delegate Assembly. An institution in good standing may also appeal decisions made by the Steering Team to the Delegate Assembly.
1.2 The Steering Team is the administrative body of DuPage United.
The Steering Team is composed of 17 to 25 members.
Co-chairs, Vice-chairs, secretary, assistant secretary, treasurer, assistant treasurer and at large members share the Steering Team work.
Initial term for officers will be one year, subject to review by the Delegate Assembly.
A Nominating Committee will solicit and accept nominations from the member organizations on an annual basis. The Nominating Committee will present their recommendations for approval to the Delegate Assembly prior to its annual meeting. If vacancies are created during the year, the Steering Team shall have the authority to replace or add members as long as it stays within the 17-25 member guideline.
Action Teams will be formed on an "as needed" basis by delegates and other leaders to research issues and develop action proposals.
The Dues and Finance Committee will oversee the collection of dues and handle questions involving dues structure.
The Personnel Committee will handle staffing matters.
1.3 Meetings will be scheduled as needed to plan and implement actions and strategies.
Section 2: Financial Structure
2.1 Financial Goal: To create a dues structure that allows DuPage United to be independent and self-supporting. This will include establishment of a reserve fund that has at least 24 months of the operating budget. DuPage United will deposit the collected dues, grants, and other funds into an interest bearing account. DuPage United is a 501(c)(4) organization.
2.2 Dues Structure
Equitable financial obligation is determined by size [number of individuals] of member institutions.
Each institution shall determine its size according to its own criteria.
The structure reflects minimum levels. Each institution may contribute additional money as they see fit.
The Dues and Finance Committee will consider written requests to modify the dues structure.
Table 1. Dues Structure for Membership Based Institutions (includes mosques, synagogues, temples, and churches)
Institution Size Financial Dues
6001 - 7500 $12,000
Table 2. Other Institutions Dues Structure
Organization Size Financial Dues
Table 3. Dues Structure for Other Institutions that are Not Included in Tables 1 and 2 (not membership based, registered with the State as a not-for-profit organization)
Annual Budget Financial Dues
$100,000 to $499,999 $5,000
$99,999 and underl $1,000
Small individual organizations may form a cluster and join as a group entity.
Additional membership categories and dues structures will be developed as the organization grows and new types of institutions join.
2.3 Payment of dues
Fiscal year for DuPage United shall be October 1 to September 30
Dues may be paid semiannually, October 1st and April 1st or annually on October 1st
Article VI: OPERATIONAL REVIEW AND EVALUATION
The guidelines for DuPage United should be evaluated and ratified by the delegate assembly every 36 months, or upon any emergency call of steering committee.