Members

Members act as the shareholders of a nonprofit corporation, except they receive no compensation or dividend.  They meet annually, typically in late April.

At the annual meeting they choose the people who serve as directors for the next year.  Members also make decisions as outlined in the LFI By Laws and receive reports on the progress of the corporation from the board of directors, officers and staff.

The LFI By-Laws state only one membership level but leave open the process of additional members and membership levels to the members.  

The members have approved the following eight membership levels allowing anyone to be an LFI member. This allows others to join LFI and have a say in the affairs of the nonprofit.  Different vote values are associated with each membership level ensuring corporate continuity and culture are maintained.  

Some membership levels are nonvoting but these members may hear the same reports as voting members and can be heard on membership topics being debated.

By allowing additional members we hope to provide additional transparency and a sense of “ownership” to a larger group of individuals.

Membership Levels

 

Founders

Are voting members and required to attend the annual membership meetings. Virtual or proxy attendance is allowed. At the annual meeting each Founding member is afforded twenty (20) votes. This ensures the founding principles of the organization continue to be the organizations focus.

Founders are required to attend meetings and therefore are considered when requiring a quorum. Without a majority of founding members no membership quorum is possible.

Founders are set as the original founding members or their designated successor. Members of Patron and Partner levels with ten successive years of membership may be elected to the Founders level by a majority vote of the Founders membership.

Special Member Meetings can be called by any Founding member.

Partners

Are voting members and encouraged to attend the annual membership meeting. At this meeting each partner is afforded four (4) votes.

Partners are not required to attend meetings and therefore are not considered when requiring a quorum.

Partners contribute $10000 or more a year.

Patrons

Are voting members and encouraged to attend the annual membership meeting. At this meeting each patron is afforded three (3) votes.

Patrons are not required to attend meetings and therefore are not considered when requiring a quorum.

Patrons contribute $5000 to $9999 a year.

Sponsors

Are voting members and encouraged to attend the annual membership meeting. At this meeting each sponsor is afforded two (2) votes.

Sponsors are not required to attend meetings and therefore are not considered when requiring a quorum.

Partners contribute $1000 to $4999 a year.

Associates

Are voting members and encouraged to attend the annual membership meeting. At this meeting each Associate is afforded one (1) vote.

Associates are not required to attend meetings and therefore are not considered when requiring a quorum.

Associates contribute $100 to $999 a year.

Friends

Are nonvoting members and encouraged to attend the annual membership meeting.

Friends are not required to attend meetings and therefore are not considered when requiring a quorum.

Friends contribute up to $99 a year.

Honorary

Are nonvoting members and encouraged to attend the annual membership meeting.

Honorary members are not required to attend meetings and therefore are not considered when requiring a quorum.

Past officers and former board of directors who are not members otherwise are automatically considered Honorary Members. Any member previously from another level are considered Honorary Members in subsequent years. Anyone who has completed a program of LFI is an Honorary Member. Honorary Members may also be named by a majority vote of the board of directors.

Corporate

Are nonvoting members who may attend the annual membership meetings. Designated representatives may be named ahead of membership meetings.

Corporate members are not required to attend meetings and therefore are not considered when requiring a quorum.

Corporate members are organizations that contribute at least $1000 a year to the nonprofit.

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