Purpose: The Liberty Independent Media Project has been established as a non-profit corporation to produce and promote educational, historical, and literary works, utilizing videography, photography, public access television, the Internet, and DVDs for library and home viewing. This agency is organized exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and it shall not perform any other activities not permitted to be carried on by an organization exempt from Federal income tax as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or corresponding section of any future federal tax code).
Officers: In accordance with the provisions of the State of New Hampshire Department of State, Corporate Division, five persons have associated to form the non-profit corporation, Liberty Independent Media Project. These persons shall serve as the board of directors of the Liberty Independent Media Project and shall meet quarterly, or as needed, to oversee the operation of the corporation. The board shall consist of one project manager and four directors. Directors shall serve staggered three-year terms. There is no maximum number of terms a director may serve. At each election, there may be nominations for current board members whose terms are expiring as well as others not currently serving, and the person garnering the greatest number of votes shall be eligible to serve. Should a vacancy occur during the year, the president and project manager, with confirmation by the board, may appoint an interim director to serve until the next annual election.
The project manager shall be the contact person for all legal and governmental issues, subject to legal requirements requiring signature by other officers. As manager, s/he shall be responsible for operations, including video and web production and the keeping of board minutes, and shall work with the treasurer in handling general accounting, as well as the filing of the appropriate tax forms.
On an annual basis, the board shall elect a president and a treasurer for the organization. The president shall conduct the meetings, while the treasurer shall be responsible for presenting the financial statements.
The project manager and board members also will provide such financial and in-kind contributions as they are able to offer in support of the project.
Members: Members provide essential financial support for the Liberty Independent Media Project. Membership is open to anyone who wishes to invest in the effort. Members will receive periodic newsletters to keep them informed of the activities of the Liberty Independent Media Project.
Participation: Participation is open to anyone with an interest in providing photographs, articles, literary works, or videos for use by the Liberty Independent Media Project. Training will be provided to those with an interest in using new technologies. For photographic and video works, the Liberty Independent Media Project shall require a release form signed by each of the recognizable subjects, except when the images come from a public official or a public event such as a meeting or free public presentation. Material submitted by anyone under the age of 18 will require a release by the participant’s parent or guardian. Any material that violates any local, state, or federal law or regulation is prohibited; e.g., slanderous, libelous, or pornographic material. The Liberty Independent Media Project shall hold all rights to the submitted material for a period of one year, after which the rights shall be returned to the contributor.
Sources of Revenue: In addition to memberships, the Liberty Independent Media Project shall solicit corporate donations to assist in its mission of providing educational, historical, cultural, and literary works to the public. Revenue also may be derived in the form of royalties on the sales of material produced by the Project. The project director also shall seek grants that might further the Liberty Independent Media Project’s mission.
Expenses and Compensation: Revenues shall go toward general expenses, including the purchase and replacement of equipment and supplies for the Liberty Independent Media Project; toward reimbursement for materials provided to the corporation; and as stipends for those contracted to work for the Liberty Independent Media Project, including the project manager and those who work with the manager in newsgathering, interviews, videography, photography, and/or writing. Any such compensation shall be provided in the form of stipends for services rendered, with appropriate accounting for tax purposes.
Amendments: These bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of the directors at any meeting following the meeting at which changes are first proposed.
Adopted 17 November 2004
Amended 8 December 2009
Amended 24 January 2013