ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
We hereby associate to form a non-stock corporation under the provisions of chapter 10 of title 13.1 of the code of Virginia and to that end set forth the following:
1. The name of the corporation is Sister to Sister.
2. The location and address of the initial Registered office of the corporation in this commonwealth is:
P.O. Box 423
Hampton, VA 23669
3. The name of its registered agent is Theressa Parker who is a resident of Virginia and who is an assistant director of the corporation and whose business is the same as the registered office of the corporation.
4. The corporation is incorporated for the following purposes:
A. To help individuals that are economically, socially, mentally, spiritually and culturally deprived develop the tools to become and remain well.
B. To promote social welfare by combating community deterioration, lessening neighborhood tensions and the burden of local, state and federal government, and eliminating prejudice and discrimination through providing housing, cultural, mental, spiritual, social and business assistance to economical socially and culturally disadvantaged persons and other underprivileged members of minority groups.
C. To stimulate, foster, coordinate, plan, improve and encourage quality of life programs and projects for those persons who are in dire need of housing ownership, housing rehabilitation, resident management, business loans and grants in areas of chronic poverty.
D. To conduct and support education programs designed to enable persons and groups of persons who have not enjoyed equal cultural, social, and economic opportunities and have not been exposed to sophisticated cultural, mental, spiritual, social, and economic training, to enter fields of entrepreneurship, management and skilled employment.
E. To lend or expend funds for the training, the acquisition of construction machinery and equipment owned or acquired by small business concerns in the conduct of their business,whether the businesses be of an industrial, commercial, training or recreational nature.
F. To stimulate employment at all levels, in all businesses, including but not limited to industrial, commercial, service or recreational, for all qualified persons regardless of race color, religion, gender, or national origin. The corporation shall operate exclusively for charitable, educational, literary, spiritual and scientific purposes, such purposes shall include the making of gifts and contributions to organizations (other than organizations testing for public safety) that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501 (c) (3) of the internal revenue code of1954 (or the corresponding provisions of an future united states internal revenue law), here in called "exempt purposes." no part of the earnings or income of any nature of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of any member or other individual except for services rendered to the corporation. No substantial part of the activities of the incorporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate in or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of any other provisions of these articles. The corporation shall not carry on 1ny other activity not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from the federal revenue code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future united states internal revenue law) or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under section 170 (c) 1954 (or the corresponding provisions of any future united states internal revenue law).
5. The term of existence of the corporation shall be perpetual.
6. The corporation is organized on a nonstock basis.
7. Except as otherwise specifically restricted by these articles of incorporation, the corporation shall have all powers granted- to nonprofit corporations by the Virginia nonprofit corporation law of 1950.
8. To further the purpose of the corporation as set forth in the articles of incorporation, the corporation is empowered to accept loans, gifts, grants, devises or bequests of funds or any other property, real or personal, tangible or intangible, from any public or governmental body and any private person, including but not limited to, private and public foundations, corporations and individuals.
9. Upon the dissolution of the corporation, the board of directors shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all the liabilities of the corporation shall dispose of all the assets of the corporation to such organization or organizations designated by the board of directors that are organized exclusively for charitable, education, religious or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under section (c) (3) of the internal revenue code of 1954 (or other corresponding provision of any future united states internal revenue law). As the board of directors shall determine, any of such assets not so disposed of, shall be distributed to the cities of Hampton and/or Newport News for use for exclusively public purposes.
10. The initial board of directors shall consist of (5) members who will meet at least once every three months. The board of director will elect by resolution all other directors.