Who We Are

Vision

A nonviolent society where we all live in peace and dignity.


Mission

Gather and provide resources and services for the international AVP community to reach and sustain our full potential for peace and nonviolence worldwide.

avpi-organisation

Coordinating Committee

Coordinating Committee is the governing body or board of trustees of AVP International.
To contact Coordinating Committee use the format on the right.

Education Committee

Education Committee is responsible for developing, gathering, and sharing AVP manuals and other instructional materials. It also develops best practice guidelines for the AVP International community.
To contact Education Committee use the form on the right.

Finance Committee

Finance Committee is responsible for AVP International’s financial affairs.
To contact Finance Committee use the form on the right.

Fundraising Team

Fundraising Team raises funds for AVP International projects and is a resource for local AVP groups to assist in local fundraising efforts.
To contact Fundraising Team use the form on the right.

Gatherings Committee

Gatherings Committee works with host AVP groups to plan and carry out regional and world AVP gatherings.
To contact Gatherings Committee use the form on the right.

Legal Subcommittee

Legal Subcommittee handles the legal affairs of AVP International and is a resource for local AVP groups.
To contact Legal Subcommittee use the form on the right.

Membership Subcommittee

Membership Subcommittee is responsible for building the membership of national (and in some cases subnational) AVP groups in AVP International use the form on the right.

Newsletter & Content Committee

Newsletter & Content Committee is responsible for the text and content that appears on the AVP International website and will soon be producing quarterly newsletters for the general public and for AVP facilitators.
To contact Newsletter & Content Committee use the form on the right.

Nominations Committee

Nominations Committee prepares recommendations for open positions within AVP International.
To contact Nominations Committee use the form on the right.

Organising Guide Subcommittee

Organising Guide Subcommittee gathers and prepares materials and suggestions to help AVP groups get started and become sustainable. These resources include guidance for AVP work in the community, prisons, and schools, among other settings, and also examples of legal structures, along with other practical materials. The subcommittee is available to the AVP community to help answer questions related to administrative or organisational issues.

Regional Committee

Regional Committee assists and supports the development of the AVP International regions, regional gatherings, and communication within regions.
To contact Regional Committee use the form on the right.

Technology Committee

Technology Committee supports the AVP International organisation and global community on technical issues.
To contact Technology Committee use the form on the right.



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Christopher Campbell
USA

Co-Secretary

“I began AVP when I was planning corporate retreats and my colleague said he did things in a prison that were a lot like what we were doing in a board room. I bit. Now, I chair AVP Massachusetts. I have facilitated in various prisons here as well as in a couple of communities outside the U.S. AVP informs me daily, helping me to see that many conflicts I face are rooted in concerns that have little to do with the actual conflict at hand. AVP also shows me that I always have agency in a conflict.”

nancy

Nancy
USA

Nominations Committee, Co-clerk and Fundraising Team Coordinator

“My experience with AVP has been one of growing importance to me for over 20 years. I was committed from my first workshop and I have been able to dedicate more and more time to AVP as my family and work responsibilities have diminished. I am dedicated to AVP locally, nationally and internationally. I feel privileged to do what I can to support this program which has meant so much to me personally and as I see it in the lives of workshop participants.”

nancy

Jessica Farley
USA

North America Representative

“My experience with AVP-I has been life changing and inspiring. I have had the opportunity to work with beautiful people actively working for peace in this challenging world. “

marie

Marie Odendaal
South Africa

Regional Committee, Clerk

“I introduced AVP in my local university in 1999, and was a co-founder of the AVP-KZN facilitator network. In South Africa I’ve facilitated many workshops – for students, youth, teachers, NGOs, community groups and in prison. I’ve mentored AVP teams and facilitated in Namibia, Zimbabwe and Rwanda. AVP has enriched my life and expanded my world immensely. It has grown my humanity and developed my capacity to connect with and respect others at a deeper level.”

misteryman

Bronwen Hillman
Mexico

President

“My experience with AVP has been and continues to be one of personal growth in my interactions with others. AVP has shown me that more often than not, I do not have the answers for anyone else and that listening deeply with another person or group is a gift I can give freely.”

misteryman

Vacant position

Asia-West Pacific Representative

natuli

Natuli
Georgia

Europe Representative

“My experience with AVP has been productive and amazing. AVP has become my lifestyle and I am happy that I have the opportunity to share my experience with others. I spread AVP at schools, universities, children’s shelters, refugee centres, neighbouring countries, and conflict zones. I am with the AVP International team helping to build a community of non-violence in the world. “

Magaly Quispe
Bolivia

Latin America Representative

“My experience with AVP has been one of ongoing transformation as I feel that I continue transforming with each workshop. I believe change doesn’t happen overnight nor does it happen with a single workshop. For me, AVP is a community that shares a lifestyle which I’ve been privileged to be a part of. I am always learning and making efforts to practice every tool, especially Listening.”

Organisation Positions

President

AVP International
President
Job Description

General Overview
The President of AVP International is responsible for overseeing the overall running of the organisation and participates at all levels.

Term
The President is nominated by Nominations Committee and approved at the AVP International world gathering. They serve a three-year term from one world gathering to the next and may be approved for a total of two consecutive terms.

Qualifications & Requirements
• a deep understanding of AVP
• relevant organisational experience (AVP International or local/subnational/national AVP group)
• additional organisational experience desirable (non-AVP related)
• basic knowledge of standard computer programs, shared file systems, and online meeting options
• access to a computer and reliable internet connection 24×7

Time Involved
• 20+ hours per week, generally, not including committee meeting time
• 15 hours per month for committee meetings, to be shared with the vice-president
• attendance at world gatherings
• attendance at regional gatherings desirable

Reporting
• reports to Coordinating Committee and to the AVP International community at world gatherings

Out-of-Pocket Expenses
(removed until AVP International policy & funding is determined)

Tasks
Committees
• participate ex officio* on all standing committees, with the exception of Nominations Committee
• participate on subcommittees and/or working groups as needed, desired, or on request
• serve as co-clerk of Coordinating Committee with the Vice-President, fulfilling the respective tasks and responsibilities
• serve as provisional clerk of any committee, as necessary, until the committee selects a clerk or co-clerks
• support committee clerks as necessary or on request, which may include arranging meetings, starting and monitoring meeting calls, among other tasks
• serve as a sounding board for committee clerks
Reports
• prepare a monthly report of activities for Coordinating Committee
• prepare the annual report for AVP International with input from officers, regional representatives serving on Coordinating Committee, and the standing committees
Communication
• periodical check ins with committee clerks, AVP International officers, and regional representatives serving on Coordinating Committee
• respond to messages received through the president@avp.international email address

Other
• have full access administrative rights to the AVP International website, listservs, and other related online presences
• serve as support for the AVP International webmaster on request
• signator on AVP International accounts, may be delegated to another

* Ex officio participation means the president will actively participate in the meetings of all standing committees (and subcommittees and/or working groups as needed, desired, or on request), as a member, though the president will not necessarily volunteer to work on specific committee projects or tasks.

Version No. / Date approved
1.0 Approved by Coordinating Committee August 2015

Vice-President

AVP International
Vice-President
Job Description

Introduction
The Vice-President of AVP International will perform the duties of the President in their absence or on the President’s request. They will also serve as co-clerk of Coordinating Committee with the President.

Term
The Vice-President is nominated by Nominations Committee and approved at the AVP International world gathering. They serve a three-year term from one world gathering to the next and may be approved for two consecutive terms.

Qualifications & Requirements
• a deep understanding of AVP
• relevant organisational experience desirable (AVP International or local/subnational/national AVP group)
• additional organisational experience (non-AVP related) may be desirable

Time Involved
• 15 hours per month for committee meetings, to be shared with president
• additional 10+ hours per week
• attendance at AVP International world gatherings

Reporting
• reports to the President and Coordinating Committee

Out-of-Pocket Expenses
(removed until AVP International policy & funding is determined)

Tasks
The Vice-President will perform the duties of the President in their absence or on the President’s request. They will also assume the position of President in the event the President is removed or vacates the position before the end of their term.
Committees
• serve as member of Finance Committee
• participate on committees, subcommittees and/or working groups as needed, desired, or on request
• serve as co-clerk of Coordinating Committee with the President, fulfilling the respective tasks and responsibilities
• serve as provisional clerk of any committee, as necessary, until the committee selects a clerk or co-clerks

Other
• together with the President, conduct periodical check ins with committee clerks, AVP International officers, and regional representatives serving on Coordinating Committee
• serve as a sounding board for the President
• have full access administrative rights to the AVP International website, listservs, and other related online presences
• with the President, prepare the activity and status reports for the organisation

Version No. / Date approved
1.0 Approved by Coordinating Committee August 2015

Recording Secretary

AVP International
Recording Secretary
Job Description

Introduction
The Recording Secretary is responsible for taking the meeting minutes and notes of the AVP International Coordinating Committee meetings and meetings at world gatherings. They are also responsible for the records and archives of the organisation, particularly in reference to Coordinating Committee.

Qualifications
The Recording Secretary must be comfortable reading and writing in English, or be able to work with a reliable translator. Access to email and online file sharing systems is required.

Term
The Recording Secretary (or Co-Recording Secretaries when such is the case) is nominated by Nominations Committee and approved at the AVP International world gathering. Co-recording secretaries serve overlapping three year terms from one world gathering to the next and may be approved for a total of two consecutive terms.

Time Involved
Approximately four hours per month for preparation and participation in Coordinating Committee meetings. Additional time is expected to attend to archiving tasks.
At least one co-recording secretary is expected to attend the AVP International world gathering.

Out-of-Pocket Expenses
(removed until AVP International policy & funding is determined)

Tasks
• take meeting minutes and notes for, and actively participate in Coordinating Committee meetings
• take meeting minutes and notes for plenary meetings at AVP International world gatherings
• develop and maintain an archiving system for Coordinating Committee minutes
• develop and maintain an archiving system for the organisation’s records and archives

Version No. / Date approved
1.0 Approved by Coordinating Committee August 2015

Treasurer

AVP International
Treasurer
Job Description

Introduction
The Treasurer is responsible for managing the funds and securities of AVP International and for the organisation’s financial records, ensuring that proper record keeping procedures are maintained. The Treasurer reports to Finance Committee and also to the AVP International Coordinating Committee.

Qualifications
The Treasurer should have a working knowledge of bookkeeping procedures and reporting.
Access to email is required. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and/or QuickBooks is desirable, and training is available.

Term
The Treasurer is nominated by Nominations Committee and approved at the AVP International world gathering. They serve a three-year term from one world gathering to the next and may be approved for consecutive terms.

Time Involved
Three hours per month for committee meetings (Finance and Coordinating).
2-5 hours per month for general bookkeeping tasks.
Total 8 hours per month.

Tasks
A. Record keeping and reporting
• Keep complete records of all income and expenditures of the organisation
• Prepare quarterly financial reports and submit these to Finance Committee and Coordinating Committee, comparing actual income and expenditure against that budgeted and showing the variances
• Prepare an annual financial report at close of the fiscal year
• Complete the financial reporting and payments required for not-for-profit and tax exempt status in the USA
o State of Delaware Corporation report (January)
o Internal Revenue Service (United States) (Form 990) (February)

B. Funds and accounts
• Receive and hold the funds and securities of AVP International, currently held in the United States
• Maintain bank accounts for AVP International and other accounts as appropriate
• Complete monthly reconciliation, in cooperation with the Assistant Treasurer
• Sign checks and make authorised disbursements, as authorised by committee clerks and Coordinating Committee

C. Budget
• Aid Finance Committee in preparing the annual budget and any specific project budgets as these arise
• Aid the Gatherings/Host Committee in preparing the budget for the World Gathering

D. Miscellaneous
• Alert Finance Committee and Coordinating Committee to any areas of concern
• Serve ex-officio on Finance Committee
• Attend and participate in Coordinating Committee meetings

Version No. / Date approved
1.0 Approved by Coordinating Committee August 2015

Nominations Committee

Alternatives to Violence Project International (AVPI)
Nominations Committee
Job Description

About the Committee
Nominations Committee (the Committee) is an AVP International Committee that is charged with preparing recommendations for the slate of AVPI officers approved at each World Gathering. Although this is its primary role, the Committee is also available as a resource to the standing committees of AVPI for recommendations as to committee membership and/or committee clerks. An ongoing role of the Committee is to monitor the organization’s structure.
In all of its work, the Committee strives to respect, represent, and encourage the diversity of the AVPI community, through consideration of aspects including age, gender, regional representation, and experience.

The Committee submits its recommendations for the slate of AVPI officers to the Coordinating Committee three months prior to each World Gathering for consideration. Before commencing this task and to receive and consider suggestions, the Committee will post the available positions on the AVPI website and announce these to the AVPI community through its available channels. On approval by the Coordinating Committee, the Committee will confirm the nominations with the people involved and will post the slate of recommended nominations on the AVPI website along with photographs and short bios for the people nominated, as such permissions are granted. The final nominations are then approved at the World Gathering.

The Committee submits recommendations for interim appointments to the Coordinating Committee for consideration and final approval as these arise between World Gatherings.
On instruction from the Coordinating Committee, Nominations Committee will recommend members and conveners for new standing committees established by the Coordinating Committee.
The Committee Clerk welcomes Nominations-related ideas / concerns from the AVPI community for the consideration of the Committee.

The Committee aims to remain neutral and its work is held confidential, though this will be shared with the individuals involved and may include the President and/or Vice-President(s) of AVPI as deemed necessary by the Committee.

Qualifications
Committee members should have an extensive knowledge of, or be willing to commit to getting to know, the AVPI community and programs in their region encouraging interest to serve and participate in AVPI (particularly committee and/or officer positions).

On joining the committee, members are expected to familiarize themselves with the organizational structure of AVPI.
Access to reliable technology (internet, email, skype) is currently a must. A working knowledge of English is helpful, but not essential.
Committee members will be available to attend meetings and accomplish tasks between meetings.

Composition of the committee
The committee is comprised of 5 members, each representing a different AVPI region. Attention will also be given to demographic diversity (age, gender). Committee members are appointed for up to 2 terms (as defined below) overlapping, by an ad hoc Naming Committee selected by the Coordinating Committee. Two to three members are usually appointed at each World Gathering, though exceptions may arise. Committee members are primarily selected from current and past members of the Coordinating Committee at the discretion of the the ad hoc Naming Committee mentioned above.

Committee members will name the clerk of the Nominations Committee, however it is advisable that the clerk of Nominations Committee not also serve as clerk of another AVPI standing committee.
To further maintain its neutrality, this committee has no ex officio members, however the committee clerk will seek the advice of, and be advised by the President of AVPI as necessary.

*A term is defined as starting on the approval of the nominations slate at one World Gathering through the next World Gathering. Interim appointments will be confirmed at the next World Gathering and such persons will then serve one more term.

Time Involved
In addition to attending committee meetings, Committee members are encouraged to attend World Gatherings, their own Regional Gatherings, and their own National Gatherings. On occasion, committee members may be asked to attend other Regional Gatherings and/or activities.
The time commitment is increased in the lead up to each World Gathering.

Communication
At present, committee members communicate electronically, by email, Skype, Google Drive, and other available technologies. Committee meetings are currently held using Skype technology.
The committee clerk submits a report to the Coordinating Committee monthly. Such reports are recorded in the minutes of the Coordinating Committee.

Expenses
At present, expenses incurred are not reimbursed, however this may be revisited in the future.
Tasks (in addition to preparing recommendations for the slate of officers)

A. Organizational Structure
– Examine the organizational structure of AVPI and prepare reasoned and supported recommendations for ongoing improvement. Such recommendations will be submitted to the Coordinating Committee for consideration and approval and may include, but are not limited to:
• Standing Committees:
o the restructuring or withdrawal (temporary or permanent) of inactive or low-performing standing committees
o the addition of new standing committees
• AVPI Officer Positions:
o the revision, addition, and removal of officer positions
– Receive requests from the Coordinating Committee and the AVPI community to examine any specific area of the organization in terms of its structure and personnel.
– Prepare and maintain an archive of decisions and/or discussions related to the organizational structure to aid in building institutional memory. Care will given regarding access to this archive in terms of working and completed files. Public archives will be stored on the AVPI website while working files will be held by the Committee only.

B. Job Descriptions
– Support the standing committees in maintaining their job descriptions current and relevant through annual reviews.
– Review the job descriptions for the officer positions annually and submit proposed changes as necessary to the Coordinating Committee for consideration.
– Ensure the committee and officer position job descriptions are posted and publicly available on the AVPI website, as these are updated and approved by the Coordinating Committee.

C. Ongoing
– Build and maintain a database of AVP facilitators and other members of the AVPI community interested in serving AVPI (committee and/or officer positions), identifying and encouraging a diverse group to participate and serve in AVPI.
– Periodically invite the AVPI community to offer input and ideas relevant to the work of the Committee, through the established channels of communication (eg. listservs, AVPI website, and others as these become available).
– Encourage talented AVP facilitators and other members of the AVPI community to share their skills and become involved in AVPI.
– Prepare reports for the committee clerk to present at each meeting of the Coordinating Committee.
– The Committee Clerk will check in with each committee member every 6 months to offer and receive feedback through I-Messages and self reflection, regarding what’s working and not working for the Committee. The Committee Clerk will check in with the AVPI President at least once a year for this same purpose.
– Prepare an annual budget for the Committee and submit this to the Finance Committee. Funds to cover these expenses may be sought by the Committee or may be included in general fundraising plans and financing activities undertaken by AVPI.

Reference Materials
*The work of the Nominations Committee is confidential. The materials mentioned below are not shared outside the committee unless specified otherwise elsewhere in this job description*
– Directory of current and past members of the Coordinating Committee
– Database of AVP facilitators and other members of the AVPI community, as referenced in the tasks above
– Organizational chart, as referenced in the tasks above (posted publicly on the AVPI website)
– Nominations Committee files and meeting minutes, currently stored in a private Google Drive folder

Non-Permanent Tasks / Considerations (ie. relevant only to the present, hopefully, and will be erased from the job description when complete)
– Provide support to the standing committees for each committee to develop its own initial job description.
– In conjunction with current and past AVPI officers, develop initial job descriptions for these positions.
– Committee and officer job descriptions will be submitted to the Coordinating Committee for approval. It is recommended that the committees should be free to write their own job descriptions with little outside input. The role of the Coordinating Committee in approving committee job descriptions should be limited to “troubleshooting”, identifying overlaps, and possibly recommending additional tasks not originally considered by the committees themselves.

Date approved (by the Committee / by the Coordinating Committee)
May 2014

Regional Representative Serving on Coordinating Committee

AVP International
Regional Representative to Serve on Coordinating Committee
Job Description

Mission Statement / General Responsibilities
Coordinating Committee has a seat for one Regional Representative from each AVP region: Africa; Asia/West Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America. Coordinating Committee is better able to build and support AVP internationally when each region has an active presence. Regional Representatives were added to Coordinating Committee at the World Gathering in Ireland in 2014.
The Regional Representative is appointed at the AVP International world gathering. They serve a three-year term from one world gathering to the next and may be approved for a total of two consecutive terms. If needed, interim representatives will be approved by the nominating committee in consultation with the region and approved by the Coordinating Committee. There will be an attempt to stagger the service of the 5 Regional Representatives.
The responsibilities of the Regional Representatives on Coordinating Committee include attending monthly Coordinating Committee Meetings, currently held by Skype, and participating in the decision making of AVP International, bringing their wisdom and personal knowledge of each region. Regional Representatives are expected to share with AVP groups in their respective region and the regional representatives for their region serving on Regional Committee, the activities and projects of Coordinating Committee and bring to Coordinating Committee concerns from their region.

Qualifications and Process
– Regional Representatives must be comfortable reading and participating in English, or be able to work with a reliable translator.
– Access to email and online file sharing systems is required.
– A Regional Representative ideally has broad knowledge of AVP in their region.
– We seek a person with ability and willingness to serve, engagement in the region, and AVP experience.

Time Involved
– Coordinating Committee calls are once a month for about 2 hours. Between calls, Regional Representatives will work to be in touch with their region and their regional representatives on Regional Committee, sharing information from and to the Coordinating Committee.
– Regional Representatives are encouraged to attend World Gatherings, their own Regional Gatherings, and their own National Gatherings.
– Regional Representatives spend eight to ten hours each month on this service.

Communication
– Email access is essential.
– Regional Representatives receive all Coordinating Committee communications.

Tasks
– Regional Representatives on Coordinating Committee are encouraged to participate in ad hoc working groups of Coordinating Committee and also may be asked to serve on Nominating Committee.
– Regional Representatives on Coordinating Committee are expected to prepare for committee meeting calls by reading and responding to communications from the committee clerk.

Reference
– Access to the archived Coordinating Committee minutes will be provided.

Version No. 1 / Approved 11 December 2016

ALTERNATIVES TO VIOLENCE PROJECT INTERNATIONAL, INC.
BYLAWS

Amendments of the Bylaws will be discussed at the 2017 AVP World Gathering
Download the proposed amended documents:
AVP International Bylaws 2017 (clean).pdf
AVP International Bylaws 2017 (marked).pdf

Approved by the Coordinating Committee: June 8, 2014
Approved by the AVP International World Gathering in July 2014

ARTICLE I
Name, Principal Office, Duration

I.1. Alternatives to Violence Project International, Inc. (hereinafter, the “Corporation” or “AVP International”) is an international organization duly formed as a non-profit corporation under the laws of the state of Delaware in the United States of America.

I.2. The principal office of Alternatives to Violence Project International, Inc. shall be located at an address determined by the Board of Trustees. The Corporation may also have such other offices as the Board of Trustees determines from time to time. A print copy of all the documents of the Corporation shall be held at the principal office in addition to being posted on the AVP International website or held by any other electronic archiving means determined by the Board of Trustees.

I.3. Alternatives to Violence Project International, Inc. shall remain in operation indefinitely.

ARTICLE II
Purpose

II.1. The purpose of AVP International is to provide support and guidance for its Membership (as defined below), to build and foster the AVP International community, and on request, may aid and oversee the creation of organizations dedicated to offering Alternatives to Violence Project workshops.

II.2. AVP International and its Members (as defined below) shall adhere to the following mission statement:

The mission of the Alternatives to Violence Project is to empower people to lead nonviolent lives through affirmation, communication, respect for all, community building, cooperation, and trust.

Founded in and developed from real life experience, AVP encourages every person to discover their innate power to positively transform themselves and the world. Though often considered spiritual, AVP is non-religious.

AVP International’s Members offer experiential AVP workshops on personal growth and creative conflict management for adults and youth in all types of community and institutional settings.

AVP International and its Membership shall not discriminate in any of their policies, appointments, or other activities on account, without limitation, of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religious conviction, or criminal history.

AVP International shall not engage in political action or lobbying and shall not promote any specific political view as an organization. Members may not espouse a political position in the name of AVP.

ARTICLE III
Incorporation – Tax Exemption

III.1. AVP International shall come under the 501(c)(3) group tax exemption of AVP/USA/Inc. Its Articles of Incorporation shall contain all provisions required by law to preserve its status as a not-for-profit tax exempt organization.

ARTICLE IV
Governance

IV.1. The governing body of the Corporation shall be the Board of Trustees, known as the Coordinating Committee, which shall be responsible to the body of the AVP International World Gathering and the authorities of the state of incorporation for the management of the property and affairs of the Corporation.

IV.2. The Coordinating Committee shall be comprised as follows:
● The Officers of AVP International (as defined below);
● One (or more) Clerks from each AVP International Standing Committee (as defined below);
● One (or more) Representatives from each AVP International Region (as defined below);
● Persons holding other positions as defined and determined by the Coordinating Committee from time to time.

IV.3. Persons may hold Officer positions for a maximum of two (2) consecutive terms, as described in the AVP International Policies and Procedures. A term is defined as from one AVP International World Gathering to the next such gathering. Each standing committee determines the length of service for its clerk or clerks. Terms for other positions are defined in the AVP International Policies and Procedures.

IV.4. The Officers of AVP International and persons holding other positions will be appointed by the AVP International World Gathering on the recommendation of the Nominations Committee as accepted by the Coordinating Committee.

IV.5. The Board of Trustees shall meet once a year to hold the Annual Meeting of the Corporation and at other times as needed. A record of decisions made by the Board of Trustees shall be posted and made publicly available on the AVP International website.

IV.6. At any meeting of the Board of Trustees, one half of the total membership of the Board shall constitute a quorum.

IV.7. The Annual Meeting of the Corporation will receive the annual reports submitted by the standing committees, discuss and approve the annual budget for the Corporation, and address matters as defined in the AVP International Policies and Procedures not reserved to the AVP International World Gathering.

IV.8. The Annual Meeting of the Corporation will be called by the President and held by the electronic means available.

IV.9. The specific roles and responsibilities of the Board of Trustees are those established herein and in the AVP International Policies and Procedures.

ARTICLE V
Regions

V.1. The AVP International regions are: North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia-West Pacific. Such regions may be amended at the discretion of the Board of Trustees.

V.2. Each of these regions will be represented on the Board of Trustees and throughout the Corporation.

ARTICLE VI
Membership

VI.1. A Member is defined as any autonomous local or national AVP group or organization that adheres to the principles of the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) offering AVP workshops based on recognized AVP manuals, and who has adopted these bylaws, the mission statement above, and has signed the Membership Agreement.

VI.2. Members shall be financially self-sustaining, however Members may seek the assistance of the Corporation to aid in funding specific projects or activities.

VI.3. Members will be expected to send a representative to each AVP International World Gathering. One person may represent more than one Member as so designated, in writing.

VI.4. Members shall give input to and participate in the decisions of the Corporation through the Coordinating Committee or at the Business Meeting at the AVP International World Gathering.

VI.5. Communication with the Members will be conducted by the electronic means available, which shall include without limitation, email, the AVP International website, and other electronic forums.

VI.6. Members who fail to adhere to these bylaws and the AVP International Policies and Procedures will be removed from the membership at the discretion of the Coordinating Committee and/or the AVP International World Gathering, according to a process established in the AVP International Policies and Procedures and in the Membership Agreement.

ARTICLE VII
AVP International World Gathering

VII.1. An AVP International World Gathering shall be held at the date and location set by the Board of Trustees.

VII.2. All Members are expected to be represented at the AVP International World Gathering permitting remote participation via the electronic means available.

VII.3. The AVP International World Gathering will receive reports from the officers and standing committees of the Corporation.

VII.4. The AVP International World Gathering will discuss and approve by the decision-making process defined in Article X, amendments to these bylaws, nominations for officer positions, and any matters for action requiring the approval of this body, as defined herein and/or in the AVP International Policies and Procedures.

ARTICLE VIII
Officers

VIII.1. The officers of the Corporation shall be the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, and alternates as necessary, who shall take office at the end of the AVP International World Gathering which approved them. Officer positions may be amended on approval of the corresponding proposal by the AVP International World Gathering. The Nominations Committee will recommend appointees to fill vacancies.

VIII.2. The President: The President shall preside over meetings of the Coordinating Committee, prepare the agenda for meetings of the Coordinating Committee, and shall have the authority to sign on behalf of the Corporation all contracts and other instruments under seal. In addition, the President shall fulfill the duties laid out in the respective job description contained in the AVP International Policies and Procedures.

VIII.3. The Vice President: The Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President in case of the absence of the President or upon the President’s request, including the authority to sign on behalf of the Corporation, all contracts and other instruments under seal. In addition, the Vice-President shall fulfill the duties laid out in the respective job description contained in the AVP International Policies and Procedures.

VIII.4. The Secretary: The Secretary shall keep records of the meetings of the Board of Trustees and the AVP International World Gathering. The Secretary shall have charge of all records and papers of the Corporation. In addition, the Secretary shall fulfill the duties laid out in the respective job description contained in the AVP International Policies and Procedures.

VIII.5. The Treasurer: The Treasurer shall have custody of the corporate funds and securities and keep accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements in books belonging to the Corporation, and shall deposit all monies and other valuable effects in the name and to the credit of the Corporation in such depositories and with such right of withdrawal and access as may be designated by the Finance Committee and/or the Coordinating Committee. The funds of the Corporation shall be disbursed as ordered by the Finance Committee and the Treasurer shall make proper vouchers for such disbursements and shall render to the Finance Committee, as required, an account of all her or his transactions and of the financial condition of the Corporation. In addition, the Treasurer shall fulfill the duties laid out in the respective job description contained in the AVP International Policies and Procedures.

ARTICLE IX
Standing Committees

IX.1. AVP International will have such standing committees as the Board of Trustees and/or the AVP International World Gathering determines to establish and/or dissolve. Such actions shall be noted in the documents of the Corporation. The descriptions of each standing committee are contained in the AVP International Policies and Procedures.

IX.2. All standing committees shall provide annual reports to the Coordinating Committee prior to the Annual Meeting of the Corporation and also prior to each AVP International World Gathering. These reports shall be posted publicly on the AVP International website and a print copy added to the documents of the Corporation.

ARTICLE X
Decision Making

X.1. Decisions of AVP International shall be made by the group decision-making process of consensus that seeks the consent and input of all participants in the decision.

ARTICLE XI
Fiscal Year

XI.1. The Fiscal Year of the Corporation shall be twelve months, commencing October 1 and ending September 30 each calendar year.

ARTICLE XII
Amendments

XII.1. These Bylaws may be amended by the decision-making process described in Article X at any AVP International World Gathering, provided notice of the proposed amendment has been distributed to the Membership at least 30 days in advance.

ARTICLE XIII
Liability and Conflicts of Interest

XIII.1. The liability of the Corporation shall be limited to the registered assets of the Corporation or US$10,000.00, whichever is less.

XIII.2. The Officers and other members of the Board of Trustees shall hold no personal liability on the actions of the Corporation.

XIII.3. Members will not be held liable on the actions of the Corporation and the Corporation will hold no liability on the actions of each individual Member.

XIII.4. Persons holding positions on the Board of Trustees and also relevant standing committees, as defined in the AVP International Policies and Procedures, shall be aware of their involvement in other organizations with similar goals and purposes so as to avoid incurring any conflict of interest. Such persons shall inform the Board of Trustees of this conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest and recuse themselves from any further discussion in the decision process involving the issue of concern.

ARTICLE XIV
Dissolution and Liquidation

XIV.1. In the event that AVP International, Inc. is unable to continue its activities, the Board of Trustees shall seek the approval of such decision from its Members and shall notify the state of incorporation and AVP USA, Inc. where our 501(c)(3) lies.

XIV.2. Upon its dissolution, any funds and assets (monetary and non-monetary) held by the Corporation shall be given to an organization as determined by the Board of Trustees to be applied to similar objectives to those of AVP International, Inc.

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Becoming a member group of AVP International means having the support of a global organisation for the work being done on the ground, in the community, in schools, prisons, organisations, refugee camps, etc. It also means being a part of something bigger, sharing information and experiences and learning from and about each other.

 

AVP International Membership Cover Letter July 2016

AVP International Membership Agreement July 2016

 

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