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COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA STATE CORPORATION COMMISSION ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF General Development Initiative, Inc., A VIRGINIA NONSTOCK CORPORATION Under Virginia state law, the undersigned persons hereby adopt the following articles of incorporation for the General Development Initiative, Inc.: Article I- Name The name of the corporation is General Development Initiative, Inc. Article II-Principle Registered Office and Principle Registered Agent The name of the corporation’s initial registered agent is Mr. James Casey. The initial registered agent is an individual who is a resident of Virginia and an initial director of the corporation. The corporation’s initial registered office address is as follows: Washington & Lee University 204 W. Washington St. Commons 3rd Floor, Attn: General Development Initiative Lexington, VA 24450 Article III- Purpose and Powers The General Development Initiative, Inc. is organized for the exclusive purposes of (1) providing students with experiential education, and (2) international community development through enabling economic self-empowerment, within the meaning of Section 501 (C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. No proceeds are to be allocated for individual-member enrichment with the exception of reasonable compensation being paid for services to the Corporation. The General Development Initiative, Inc. is not to endorse or partake in any form of political campaign or lobbying. It shall not be operated for the primary purpose of engaging in business for profit. The Corporation shall have all powers granted under Va. Code Ann. § 13.1-826 and any other applicable statute. Article IV-Limitations At all times, the proceeding shall operate as restrictions and limitations upon the powers of the Corporation: 1. No part of the net earnings of the General Development Initiative, Inc. shall benefit any private individual. The General Development Initiative, Inc. is authorized to provide individuals with due compensation for services rendered and to make payments for the furtherance of the purposes as outlined in Article III. 2. The General Development Initiative, Inc. shall never engage in any activities which might jeopardize its nonstock corporate status under Section 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Article V- Incorporators and Principle Board of Directors The General Development Initiative, Inc. is to be incorporated by the following individuals: Name Address Mr. James Casey, PhD. 217 Catalpa Place, Lexington, VA 24450 Mr. Jarrett Brotzman. 101 N. Jefferson St., Lexington, VA 24450 Mr. Benjamin A. Ersing. 112 W. Preston St., Lexington, VA 24450 Ms. Cailin Slattery. 201 N. Randolph St, Apt #2, Lexington, VA 24450 The number of individuals comprising the initial Board of Directors is 4, and shall consist of the aforementioned persons. Upon legal nonstock corporation status, the aforementioned incorporators shall become the General Development Initiative, Inc.’s Board of Directors ipso facto. Mr. Benjamin A. Ersing, Ms. Cailin Slattery, Mr. James Casey, and Mr. Jarrett Brotzman will serve as such until the closing of the first fiscal year as is to be established by the General Development Initiative, Inc.; from which point on future Board of Directors shall be determined by eligible voting members of the corporation. The number of elected Directors following the close of the first fiscal year, as well as details regarding the process of voting are to be outlined in the bylaws of the corporation. Article VI-Membership General Development Initiative, Inc. membership status and rights are to be outlined in the bylaws. Article VII- Dissolution If at any point the General Development Initiative, Inc. is dissolved, all assets will be distributed to Washington and Lee University or another licensed 501 (C) (3) organization serving a similar purpose to that of the General Development Initiative, Inc. Executed this 22nd day of January, 2010. Mr. James Casey Incorporator. Mr. Jarrett Brotzman Incorporator. Mr. Benjamin Ashbrook Ersing Incorporator. Ms. Cailin Slattery Incorporator.
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