Founded in 1997, the American Foundation for Translation and Interpretation (AFTI) supports charitable activities, education, and research in support of the translation and interpreting professions.
AFTI promotes this objective by bestowing awards and scholarships, as well as sponsoring conference attendance and presentations.
AFTI is a 501(c)(3) foundation affiliated with the American Translators Association.
Bylaws of the American Foundation for Translation and Interpretation, Inc.
A nonstock corporation
1. Name. The name of the organization is the American Foundation for Translation and Interpretation, Inc. (the "Foundation"), a nonprofit corporate incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
2. Location. The principal office of the Foundation shall be within or without the Commonwealth of Virginia, as determined by the Board of Directors.
3. Nature. The Foundation is a non-governmental, voluntary, nonprofit, and nonstock corporation.
4. Purpose. The purposes of the Foundation are as stated in the Articles of Incorporation.
5. Members. The Foundation does not have voting members.
1. Board of Directors. There shall be not less than five or more than fifteen members of the Board of Directors, who shall serve for two-year terms (which may be consecutively served). Approximately sixty percent (but no less than a majority) of the Directors of the Foundation shall be appointed by the Board of Directors of the American Translators Association, with the balance elected by the appointed Directors of the Foundation.
2. Authority. The Board of Directors supervises, directs, and controls the policies and programs of the Foundation. The day-to-day oversight of the activities and programs of the Foundation shall be administered by the President.
3. Meetings. Meetings of the Board of Directors are called by the President. Notice of a meeting of the Board, specifying the business to be conducted, shall be provided to Directors as least ten days in advance of the meeting. The presence of a majority of Directors constitutes a quorum. A majority of votes carries any action, except where provided otherwise by law or by these Bylaws.
4. Removal. A Director may be removed for adequate reason by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors, with the Director being considered for removal not participating in the vote. The Board of directors fills any vacancies on the Board, until the next meeting.
1. Officers. The elected officers of the Foundation are the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Assistant Secretary.
2. Election and Term of Office. The officers are selected by the Board of Directors from among the membership of the Board for two-year terms (which may be consecutively served).
3. Duties. The elected officers perform those duties that are usual to their positions and that are assigned to them by the Board of Directors. In addition, the President, as the chief elected officer of the Foundation, presides at meetings of the Board and is a member ex-officio of all committees. The Vice President acts in place of the President when the President is no available. The Secretary is the recording officer of the Foundation, responsible for minutes, records, notices, etc., and is assisted by the Assistant Secretary. The Treasurer is the financial officer, with responsibility for oversight of revenues and expenditures, and reporting on the financial affairs of the Foundation to the Board.
4. Vacancies. If a vacancy occurs among the elected officers for any reason, the position is filled for the unexpired portion of the term by the Board.
5. Removal. An elected officer may be removed for adequate reason by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors, with the officer being considered for removal not participating in the vote.
1. Committees. The Board of Directors may appoint an Executive Committee to include at least three Directors and which shall be responsible for the management of the Foundation with the Board is not in session. The Board of Directors may establish and appoint such other committees as the Board considers necessary and appropriate.
2. Employees. The President may engage employees or outside consultants as necessary.
3. Amendments. Amendments to these Bylaws may be made at any meeting of the Board of Directors by a two-thirds vote, where notice of the proposed amendments was provided to Directors at least thirty days in advance of the meeting.
4. Indemnification. Directors, officers, and other authorized employees or agents of the Foundation may be indemnified against claims for liability arising in connection with their positions or activities on behalf of the Foundation to the full extent permitted by law.
5. Fiscal Year. The fiscal year for the Foundation is the calendar year.