For Purposes of Membership in the Association of Arizona Food Banks, an Arizona Food Bank is Defined as Follows:
A non-profit organization, which is tax exempt, or part of a tax exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) and is incorporated in the State of Arizona as a tax exempt organization, or comparable status in the public or private sector. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and on a daily basis solicits, receives, warehouses, and distributes donated food within a defined service area, principally to a wide range of non-profit agencies that operate food assistance programs for low-income people.
- Arizona tax exempt corporation in good standing with the Arizona Corporation Commission.
- Certified by the IRS as a 501(c)(3), or part of a 501(c)(3) organization in good standing with the IRS or of comparable status in the public or private sector.
- The food bank has a volunteer Board of Directors accountable for the operations of the food bank that meets at a minimum of four times annually.
- Audited annually by an outside Certified Public Accountant.
- Financially stable, meaning supported financially and with volunteer assistance by the community.
- The food bank shall be insured, including but not limited to, general liability and workers compensation.
- The food bank shall have office and warehouse space, including dry storage (minimum of 6,000 square feet), and refrigeration/freezer storage (minimum capacity to handle normal distribution and receiving needs).
- The food bank shall have staff of paid and/or volunteer workers.
- The food bank shall meet or exceed local health and safety standards.
- Self-defined geographic/zip code area of service and fund development with mutual agreement by all Association of Arizona Food Banks members.
- Operating as a food bank (receiving and distributing food) for minimum of six months before applying for membership.
- Endorses the Association of Arizona Food Banks mission and is willing to commit to mutual cooperation among the members of the Association of Arizona Food Banks.
- Endorses the Association of Arizona Food Banks Membership Code of Conduct.
- Endorses the BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charitable Accountability.
- Endorses the Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice.
- The food bank is willing to permit and participate in an annual site visit by an Association of Arizona Food Banks representative(s).
- The Association of Arizona Food Banks Board of Directors based upon need and service area, reserves the right to consider exceptions to these criteria.
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Initially, and annually thereafter, member food banks will be required to provide the following annual documentation:
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- Most recent Arizona Corporation Commission Report
- Most recent Health Department Inspection Report and any other inspection reports.
- Most recent Form 990 filing to the IRS.
- Most recent financial audit.
- Most recent Certificate(s) of Insurance
- Most recent Annual Report, if available
- Most recent Strategic Plan, if available
- Current 501(c)(3) IRS Determination Letter.
- Current list of Board of Directors with name, mailing address, city, state, zip, daytime phone number and affiliation.
- Current organizational chart
- Current operating budget
- Current / amended By-Laws
- Current / amended Articles of Incorporation