Passed at the ACPA group meeting on Dec. 29, 1995, in New York Amended July 5, 1996
1. This organization is hereby named "The Association of Chinese Philosophers in America," or ACPA hereafter.
2. ACPA is an academic organization in philosophy and the humanities. The general purpose of this organization is to promote philosophical activities of the Chinese philosophers in America. To achieve this general goal, the organization will serve as a means for members to keep in touch with one another; to share experiences, common concerns, and information; to exchange professional achievements; to represent members' common interests and cooperate on collective professional projects; to promote philosophical exchange between China and America and other countries. The Association is organized exclusively for educational purposes within the meaning of section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
3. Membership of ACPA is open to any person who is a philosopher and lives or lived in America, and who would like to be recognized as a Chinese in the broadest sense of the word "Chinese."
4. This organization is directed by the board of directors. The board bears the following organizational responsibilities:
5. The board consists of three members:
6. The board is elected in every two years. The candidates must be members in good standing and express an interest to run for the board. The election should be held through ballot either at a meeting or via mail with a minimum of 50% of members participate. The three candidates with highest votes become elected.
7. The constitution shall be established and can be revised through ballot vote either at a meeting or via mail with a minimum of 50% of members participate, with a minimum of 2/3 of the votes in favor. The board of directors is responsible for considering proposals for amendments and overseeing the vote.
8. No part of the net earnings of the Association shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its members, board of directors, officers, or other private persons except that the Association shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered.
9. Notwithstanding any other provisions of these articles, the Association shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an Association exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law) or (b) by an Association, contributions to which are deductible under section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).
10. Upon the dissolution of the Association, the Association shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all the liabilities of the Association, dispose of all the assets of the Association exclusively for the purposes of the Association in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law), as the Board shall determine. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principal office of the Association is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.