Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of the organization were drafted by a steering committee of twenty-two community leaders and station listeners, chaired by Susan E. Edwards, in 2001.
Friends of Public Radio Arizona (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. FPRAZ assures the future vitality and excellence of our community's public radio stations, KJZZ 91.5 and KBAQ 89.5 which are licensed to the Maricopa County Community College District.
On June 11th 2002, FPRAZ convened their first board meeting electing officers and directors in compliance with the Bylaws that had been developed through the steering committee process. FPRAZ Bylaws were reviewed by the Governance Committee in Spring of 2013. The Governance Committee suggested revisions to the Bylaws to provide for an increase from eighteen to twenty the total number of elected volunteer directors from the community. The revised Bylaws were presented to the Board on October 14, 2013 and approved. They stipulate that the organization can have up to twenty elected volunteer directors from the community with voting rights and no less than twelve. Additionally, the President of Rio Salado College and the VP Division of Public Service serves on the board with full voting rights.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Maricopa County Community College District’s Governing Board and the Friends of Public Radio Arizona Board outlining a collaborative relationship between the two organizations, a copy of that MOU is provided under Disclosure Documents at the bottom of this page.
All FPRAZ board members will act with honesty, integrity and openness in all their dealings. Board members will promote a working environment that values respect, fairness, integrity and embrace the diversity of individuals. FPRAZ prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ethnic group identification, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military service, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, or any other basis prohibited by law.
FPRAZ practices transparency. At the bottom of this page are Disclosure Documents including: Annual Audit by an outside firm, Annual 990 and Arizona 99, Whistleblower Policy, Fiduciary Responsibility Policy, Confidentiality and Privacy of Donors Policy, MOU between MCCD & FPRAZ and Conflict of Interest Policy. FPRAZ Board annually reviews their Conflict of Interest Policy and each member is asked to submit any potential conflicts on a signature page.
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/Market Enginuity in a coordinated effort to support public radio in Arizona.
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FPRAZ 2015 Audit Governance Communication
FPRAZ 2015 Audit
Confidentiality and Privacy of Donors
Conflict of Interest Policy (Reviewed 2016)
FPRAZ Charity Effectiveness Policy
2014 Auditor's Letter to FPRAZ Board
FPRAZ 2014 Final Audit
2013 FPRAZ Tax Filing (990)
2014 FPRAZ Tax Filing (990)
2015 FPRAZ Tax Filing (990)
2014 FPRAZ AZ State Tax Filing (99)
2015 FPRAZ AZ State Tax Filing (99)
Fiduciary Responsibility Policy (June 2014)
Whistle Blower Policy (Reviewed 2016)
FPRAZ IRS Determination Letter