You can read our current Bylaws here: LWVBAE Bylaws-5-28-15-final

At our Annual Meeting in May 2016, the membership adopted a different dues scale, explaining the proposed change as follows.

Experimental Change in Membership Fee Structure—Optional-First Year Free

Following [ie Related to] Article VII, Section2 of the Bylaws, “Annual Dues shall be set by the Board and approved at the Annual Meeting,” we present for your approval the following proposal, adopted by the Board at the March 24, 2016 Board Meeting.

Motion:The membership approves for the 2016-17 League fiscal year, the following experimental fee structure, including the new affiliate category of membership for those under the age of 18:

Type of Member Fee Change

Regular Member     $75         no change                                                                                                                   

Additional Household Member      $40         no change                                                                                                     

Student Member      $20         reduction from $40                                                                                                                    

First Year Membership                   Free Option {Includes students & others)             0

New category

Affiliate, non‐voting, members under 18                                                                                        0

The Board’s highest priority for this year—decided at last summer’s planning meeting—is to increase the diversity and size of the membership. For that reason, we sought a consultant to help us expand and diversity your membership. Adena Ishii, our new Membership Growth Consultant,began her work in January 2016 and will continue thorugh 2016. The Board approved the new membership fee structure at the suggestion of Ms. Ishii and the Membership Board Committee. Ms. Ishii and the Committee point out that with the current membership rates we have seen no increases in the size of our membership. Yet we have continued to keep our rather high membership fees. Ms. Ishii observes that even a small membership fee is a barrier of students, young people and people of modest income.”
LWVBAE is now a 501(c)(3). LWVBAE members are now able to deduct their membership dues and gifts to LWVBAE from their income taxes as charitable contributions. They will not have to write separate checks to the League of Women Voters of Berkeley Foundation.

This change will not in any way diminish LWVBAE’s ability to lobby for legislation or ballot measures, since the IRS limits money spent on lobbying to 20% of each year’s spending. LWVBAE has never spent more than 5-10% on lobbying; we expend our volunteer energy not our money. So we will have no difficulty complying with IRS regulations.

At our Annual Meeting on May 28, 2015,  the members agreed that  the League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville should be a corporation with Internal Revenue Service designation as a 501 (c) (3).  On May 28, 2015 LWVBAE members voted to confirm their previous decision that LWVBAE become a 501 (c) (3) (in June 6, 2013).  LWVBAE had been a 501 (c) (4) organization.  The  Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of the “new” 501(c)(3) and 501(c) (4) can be found in the Annual Meeting Kit 2015 for the May 28, 2015 meeting.

The League changed its IRS status by to transfering its members, bylaws,  funds assets, and activities to the existing 501 (c) (3) organization previously known as the League of Women Voters of Berkeley Foundation. The Foundation was set up solely for the purpose of funding the educational and other activities of LWVBAE.  The 501 (c) (3) organization will be known in future as and will be registered with the state as the League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany, and Emeryville.  The 501 (c) (4) survives as a very simple corporation governed by three officers who are the  current officers of the 501 (c) (3). It will be known by  its original name, the League of Women Voters of Berkeley.

Before the 2015 Annual Meeting, the Board of the LWV of Berkeley Foundation voted to adopted the League Bylaws,  to change its name, and to turn itself into a membership organization. Once the membership agreed to various changes–and the Board of the newly transformed 501 (c) (3) accepted all previous League members as members of the new organization–the transformation was complete.

A Bit of Our Corporate History.

The League of Women Voters of Berkeley was accepted as a corporation under the General Nonprofit Corporation Law of the State of California  on August 26, 1965. You can read the Articles of Incorporation and the related documents on this page.

The Bylaws long preceded the incorporation and have been  amended from time to time. The League extended its reach to include Albany and Emeryville and subsequently operated under the name League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville, or LWVBAE, but it did not file with the State to change the name at any time before 2015.

These are the LWVBAE Bylaws 2004.

These are the Bylaws amended provisionally June 6, 2013 and  amended during the Annual Meeting Thursday May 22, 2014.

Posted by Nancy Bickel Wed, June 24, 3:50 pm