Although we are known in the Tucson community as BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage), our official name is Bootstraps to Share of Tucson. Our most visible project (and in many years our only project) is the community bicycle education center known as BICAS. For more background, see our history page. The amended Articles below were constructed from the following documents: 1989-10-10_ArticlesOfIncorporation1990-09-19_Articles1990Amendment1994-08-31_Articles1994Amendment


Articles of Incorporation [as amended]
of
Bootstraps to Share of Tucson, Inc.

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:

That we, the undersigned, have associated ourselves together for the purpose of forming a non-profit corporation under and pursuant to the laws of the State of Arizona, and for that purpose do hereby adopt, execute, and acknowledge the following Articles of Incorporation:

Article I

The name of the corporation shall be BOOTSTRAPS TO SHARE OF TUCSON, INC.

Article II [as amended 24Aug1994]

The objects, purposes and general nature of business in which this corporation shall engage are as follows:

  1. To provide a vehicle whereby youths who are less likely to benefit from material advantage due to social, educational and/or economic constraints, may gain access to vocational and technical skills.
  2. To develop self-confidence, a positive self-image, and a degree of self-sufficiency in youths, and conversely reduce the likelihood of youths engaging in self-destructive and/or criminal behavior.
  3. To recognize and work to remedy the fact that the development of self-confidence, positive self-image, and self-sufficiency is a much greater problem for girls than it is for boys.
  4. To educate youths and the community at large about the benefits of human powered transportation.

AND,

  1. To provide a vehicle whereby the homeless are able to re-enter the mainstream of society through the unified efforts of both the homeless and non-homeless communities.
  2. To enable the homeless, unemployed and working poor to unify their efforts for the ultimate betterment of all and to cooperate with other organizations and/or individuals seeking to obtain the same goals.
  3. To increase community awareness of and sensitivity to the problems of homelessness and poverty in the community and to solicit the assistance of the general public in the elimination of the causes of homelessness and poverty.

AND IN ORDER TO FULFILL THESE VARIOUS OBJECTIVES,

  1. To formulate, propose and advocate the implementation of various programs.
  2. To solicit, collect, and distribute funds and materials.
  3. To acquire, sell, or trade any real and/or personal property required.
  4. To transact any and all lawful business for which non-profit corporations may be incorporated under the laws of the State of Arizona, as they may be amended from time to time.

Article III [as amended 12Sep1990]

This organization is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Notwithstanding any other provisions of these Articles, the Corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from Federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law), or (b) by a corporation contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law).

No part of the net earnings of the Corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the Corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth. No substantial part of the activities of the Corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the Corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of a candidate for public office.

Upon the dissolution of the corporation, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or corresponding section of any future tax code), or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principal office of the Corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purpose.

Article IV

The names and addresses of the incorporators are:

Bill Hill
[ADDRESS OMMITTED]
[FOR PRIVACY]
Kathe B. Padilla
[ADDRESS OMMITTED]
[FOR PRIVACY]

Article V

The affairs of the corporation shall be conducted by a Board of Directors consisting of not less than five (5) nor more than twenty-five (25) members, to be elected in the manner provided in the bylaws of this corporation. The following named persons are to serve as directors of this corporation and to hold office until the first annual meeting or until their successors are elected and qualified:

  1. Charles W. Banta, [ADDRESS OMMITTED FOR PRIVACY]
  2. Edgar Dysart, [ADDRESS OMMITTED FOR PRIVACY]
  3. Bill Hill, [ADDRESS OMMITTED FOR PRIVACY]
  4. Terry McCarthy, [ADDRESS OMMITTED FOR PRIVACY]
  5. Kathe B. Padilla, [ADDRESS OMMITTED FOR PRIVACY]

Article VI

The name and address of the initial Statutory Agent of the corporation is:

Paul Gattone
[ADDRESS OMMITTED]
[FOR PRIVACY]

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we the undersigned incorporators do hereby set our hands this 29th day of September, 1989.

[signed]
Charles W Banta
[signed]
Edgar Dysart
[signed]
Bill Hill
[signed]
Terry McCarthy
[signed]
Kathe B. Padilla

I, Paul Gattone, having been designated to act as Statutory Agent, hereby consent to act in that capacity until removed or my resignation is submitted in accordance with the Arizona Revised Statutes.

[signed]
Paul Gattone, Statutory Agent
Date: Sept 13, 1989