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To join our growing coalition of Chicagoland Native American-serving organizations (or to renew your membership), please submit a Membership Application Form.

By submitting the Membership Application Form with a $20 contribution or more, you agree to the commitments below and indicate that your organization or program is a non-profit that directly serves Native American community in the Chicagoland area.

BENEFITS TO MEMBERS

  • A diverse community of peers facing similar challenges
  • Free trainings and professional learning and capacity-building opportunities for you and your organization
  • Representation of shared interests and issues to decision-making tables. CAICC BOD sit on several councils and committees (including the Chicago Mayoral, ISBE, etc) to ensure issues facing our communities and organizations are represented. Board will consist 10-15 members

COMMITMENTS

  • Being listed as a Member of CAICC in print or online publications;
  • Collaborating with CAICC and its members around policies and advocacy positions that benefit the Chicago Native American community and the organizations that serve them;
  • Required to submit their membership renewal form and fee (membership fee starts at $20). Fiscal year and membership year begin July 1st
  • If approved as a Board Member, designate a liaison staff member from your organization as a primary contact and board of director. Board MUST be appointed by May 31;
  • Board members are required to attend every board of directors meeting (that meet every 6 weeks, generally). Attendance requirements prohibit members from missing two consecutive meetings without notice. Failure to follow shall be removed from the board. Each member will Notify us when there is a leadership change.
  • We encourage joining at least one subcommittee.

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CODE OF CONDUCT

The Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative (CAICC) upholds a high standard of conduct for all members, guests, volunteers, and staff who we encounter. We strive to create a welcoming and safe environment where everyone can engage in cultural traditions, representation within their community and enjoy the benefits of community engagement.

Violations of any of these provisions may result in immediate action, including expulsion from the CAICC community space. We ask that members, guests, volunteers, and staff cooperate with everyone to ensure that everyone is aware of and adheres to this Code of Conduct.

To ensure that our community space remains a dignified and respectful environment, we have established the following Code of Conduct:

Respect: Members, guests, volunteers, and staff are expected to treat each other with mutual respect. Any form of discrimination, harassment, lateral violence or bullying will not be tolerated.

Safety: The safety and security of our community is of utmost importance. Members, guests, volunteers, and staff are expected to abide by all safety protocols.

Privacy: CAICC respects everyone's privacy and confidentiality. We expect that all members, guests, volunteers, and staff will respect each other's privacy and maintain a professional demeanor.

Weapons: In accordance with Illinois State Law, weapons of any kind are prohibited at any meeting

All members, guests, volunteers, and staff who wishes to join CAICC shall agree to keep the organization safe by refraining from the following:

  • Physical or verbal threats of any kind.
  • Harassment, bullying, or coercion of any person in any way.
  • Sexually explicit language, obscene gestures, or cursing.
  • Racial, religious, gendered, or ethnic slurs.
  • Leaving children unattended.
  • Photography or video will be occurring on these premises. Please tell the staff if you would prefer that your image not be used in promotional materials.
  • Any unlawful acts, including but not limited to:
    • Defacing, damaging, or destroying property.
    • Public disturbance.
    • Fighting.
    • Littering.
    • Loitering

Thank you for working together with us to maintain a welcoming and dignified environment at CAICC!

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Article I - Purpose

The purpose of the conflict of interest policy is to protect this tax-exempt organization’s (Chicago American Indian Community Collaboarative) interest when it is contemplating entering into a transaction or arrangement that might benefit the private interest of an officer or director of the Organization or might result in a possible excess benefit transaction. This policy is intended to supplement but not replace any applicable state and federal laws governing conflict of interest applicable to nonprofit and charitable organizations.

Article II - Definitions

1. Interested Person

Any director, principal officer, or member of a committee with governing board delegated powers, who has a direct or indirect financial interest, as defined below, is an interested person.

2. Financial Interest

A person has a financial interest if the person has, directly or indirectly, through business, investment, or family:

a. An ownership or investment interest in any entity with which the Organization has a transaction or arrangement,

b. A compensation arrangement with the Organization or with any entity or individual with which the Organization has a transaction or arrangement, or

c. A potential ownership or investment interest in, or compensation arrangement with, any entity or individual with which the Organization is negotiating a transaction or arrangement.

Compensation includes direct and indirect remuneration as well as gifts or favors that are not insubstantial.

Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative – Conflict of Interest Policy – 01/2021

A financial interest is not necessarily a conflict of interest. Under Article III, Section 2, a person who has a financial interest may have a conflict of interest only if the appropriate governing board or committee decides that a conflict of interest exists.

Article III - Procedures

1. Duty to Disclose

In connection with any actual or possible conflict of interest, an interested person must disclose the existence of the financial interest and be given the opportunity to disclose all material facts to the directors and members of committees with governing board delegated powers considering the proposed transaction or arrangement.

2. Determining Whether a Conflict of Interest Exists

After disclosure of the financial interest and all material facts, and after any discussion with the interested person, s/he shall leave the governing board or committee meeting while the determination of a conflict of interest is discussed and voted upon. The remaining board or committee members shall decide if a conflict of interest exists.

3. Procedures for Addressing the Conflict of Interest

a. An interested person may make a presentation at the governing board or committee meeting, but after the presentation, s/he shall leave the meeting during the discussion of, and the vote on, the transaction or arrangement involving the possible conflict of interest.

b. The chairperson of the governing board or committee shall, if appropriate, appoint a disinterested person or committee to investigate alternatives to the proposed transaction or arrangement.

c. After exercising due diligence, the governing board or committee shall determine whether the Organization can obtain with reasonable efforts a more advantageous transaction or arrangement from a person or entity that would not give rise to a conflict of interest.

d. If a more advantageous transaction or arrangement is not reasonably possible under circumstances not producing a conflict of interest, the governing board or committee shall determine by a majority vote of the disinterested directors whether the transaction or arrangement is in the Organization’s best interest, for its own benefit, and whether it is fair and reasonable. In conformity with the above determination, it shall make its decision as to whether to enter into the transaction or arrangement.

4. Violations of the Conflicts of Interest Policy

a. If the governing board or committee has reasonable cause to believe a member has failed to disclose actual or possible conflicts of interest, it shall inform the member of the basis for such belief and afford the member an opportunity to explain the alleged failure to disclose.

b. If, after hearing the member’s response and after making further investigation as warranted by the circumstances, the governing board or

Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative – Conflict of Interest Policy – 01/2021

committee determines the member has failed to disclose an actual or possible conflict of interest, it shall take appropriate disciplinary and corrective action.

Article IV - Records of Proceedings

The minutes of the governing board and all committees with board delegated powers shall contain:

a. The names of the persons who disclosed or otherwise were found to have a financial interest in connection with an actual or possible conflict of interest, the nature of the financial interest, any action taken to determine whether a conflict of interest was present, and the governing board’s or committee’s decision as to whether a conflict of interest in fact existed.

b. The names of the persons who were present for discussions and votes relating to the transaction or arrangement, the content of the discussion, including any alternatives to the proposed transaction or arrangement, and a record of any votes taken in connection with the proceedings.

Article V - Compensation

a. A voting member of the governing board who receives compensation, directly or indirectly, from the Organization for services is precluded from voting on matters pertaining to that member’s compensation.

b. A voting member of any committee whose jurisdiction includes compensation matters and who receives compensation, directly or indirectly, from the Organization for services is precluded from voting on matters pertaining to that member’s compensation.

c. No voting member of the governing board or any committee whose jurisdiction includes compensation matters and who receives compensation, directly or indirectly, from the Organization, either individually or collectively, is prohibited from providing information to any committee regarding compensation.

Article VI - Annual Statements

Each director, principal officer and member of a committee with governing board delegated powers shall annually sign a statement which affirms such person: a. Has received a copy of the conflicts of interest policy,

b. Has read and understands the policy,

c. Has agreed to comply with the policy, and

Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative – Conflict of Interest Policy – 01/2021

d. Understands the Organization is charitable and in order to maintain its federal tax exemption, it must engage primarily in activities which accomplish one or more of its tax-exempt purposes.

Article VII - Periodic Reviews

To ensure the Organization operates in a manner consistent with charitable purposes and does not engage in activities that could jeopardize its tax-exempt status, periodic reviews shall be conducted. The periodic reviews shall, at a minimum, include the following subjects:

a. Whether compensation arrangements and benefits are reasonable, based on competent survey information, and the result of arm’s length bargaining,

b. Whether partnerships, joint ventures, and arrangements with management organizations conform to the Organization’s written policies, are properly recorded, reflect reasonable investment or payments for goods and services, further charitable purposes and do not result in inurement, impermissible private benefit or in an excess benefit transaction.

Code of Conduct Agreement

Conflict of Interest Agreement

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