Articles of Incorporation and By-laws of the organization were drafted by a steering committee of twenty-two community leaders and station listeners, chaired by Susan E. Edwards, in 2001.
FPRAZ was incorporated as an Arizona non-profit charitable organization on November 8th, 2001 by Susan E. Edwards, Armando G. Roman and James McDougall. On March 27, 2002 the IRS awarded FPRAZ its designation as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization for a five year probationary period. FPRAZ received official IRS 501(c)(3) determination following the probationary period on March 20, 2006.
On June 11th 2002, FPRAZ convened their first board meeting electing officers and directors in compliance with the by-laws that had been developed through the steering committee process. FPRAZ by-laws stipulate that the organization can have up to eighteen elected volunteer directors from the community with voting rights and no less than ten. Additionally, the President of Rio Salado College and the VP Division of Public Service serves on the board with full voting rights.
FPRAZ is audited annually by an outside firm. Copies are available on request.
The FPRAZ assures the future vitality and excellence of our community's public radio and broadens its support.
The FRPAZ works in partnership with the Maricopa County Community College District, Rio Salado College, Staff at KJZZ 91.5 and KBAQ 89.5 , and Public Radio Partners, Inc. in a coordinated effort to support public radio in Arizona.
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The Code of Ethics for FPRAZ
FPRAZ has adopted the following code of ethics to which all of its board members will adhere:
- All board members will act with honesty, integrity and openness in all their dealings as representatives of FPRAZ.
- FPRAZ will promote a working environment that values respect, fairness and integrity.
- FPRAZ and its representatives will avoid conflicts of interest; actual, potential, or perceived.
- FPRAZ and its representatives will respect and protect the privacy of its donors, and ensure all contributions are used for the purposes the donors intended.