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Private Inurements Policy

The purpose of this private inurements policy is to ensure that WNPS is fulfilling its responsibilities to act as a competent and trustworthy steward of its resources and is behaving in a way that is consistent with the following IRS requirement:

A section 501(c)(3) organization must not be organized or operated for the benefit of private interests, such as the creator or the creator's family, shareholders of the organization, other designated individuals, or persons controlled directly or indirectly by such private interests. No part of the net earnings of a section 501(c)(3) organization may inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. A private shareholder or individual is a person having a personal and private interest in the activities of the organization. To avoid the conferment of material private inurements or benefits in the types of transactions described above, the organization will enter into transactions solely to benefit the charitable purposes of the organization, rather than for a private party's benefit. The organization will exercise due diligence to ensure that any proposed transaction is fair and reasonable. This means that the organization could not have obtained a more advantageous arrangement with reasonable effort.

The organization will ensure that the intent of this policy is carried out by:

  • Screening proposed transactions through the applicable boards, advisory boards, and committees, and other processes set out in the organization's procedures
  • Taking care that organizational policies and procedures pertaining to the signing of contracts are followed. (For example, the board may require contracts in excess of a certain amount or duration to be executed by the board rather than the executive director.)
  • Putting in place additional procedures that may apply in connection with contract bids for building construction, renovation and repair projects.

Approved by the Executive Board: April 4, 2009

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Updated: March 5, 2015
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