About WINNER, INC
After a 3-month retirement from the State Legislature, Don Pridemore realized there were many unfinished education reforms to get done. So began WINNER in mid April. Don contacted a few friends and some reform minded people he knew that might be interested in his idea.
That idea turned into a business plan that included changing the type of person we give the responsibility of educating our children from one who accepts compliance mediocrity to one that embraces reform, accepts competition, thinks outside the establishment box, adapts to new technologies and is not afraid of challenges, “strives for excellence”.
More about WINNER:
WINNER is a non-partisan, 501.c3 pending all volunteer organization. No one on the board, its directors or policy advisors are paid for their time or talents and never will be as long as the current board leadership stays intact.
However, it does take money to file for 501.c (3) status. There are application fees for incorporation and state fees also.
Any financial help you can provide will be gratefully accepted and used to offset these costs. You can remain anonymous if that is your choice. Our financial records will be filed with the IRS and will be available upon request.
Still More WINNER:
WINNER board meetings are open to members, volunteers, and our policy advisors. Our meeting minutes and agendas will be emailed upon request. Newsletters and events will be posted on our WEB page www.WINNERwi.com.
We only ask that you RSVP your intentions to attend so we can make accommodations.
We work to educate the public on the role of the Superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction in Wisconsin and the constitutional role this position holds, giving it power that is beyond the Governor’s office and the State Legislature when it comes to educating our children. We will find and support a candidate for this position who will fully advocate for local control of school districts and will work to eliminate Common Core and replace it with a system that parents and educators agree is truly best for the children.
WINNER, Inc. has two major objectives to be accomplished within the next 20 months. These goals will be met by educating the general public on the importance of spring elections when typically only 10% to 20% of registered voters bother to vote. Equally important is the fact that very few people know what the office of the superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction is, what it does and how many tax dollars flow through that agency. The superintendent of DPI is a statewide constitutionally elected office that was put into Wisconsin’s Constitution in 1848 when Wisconsin was granted statehood. In some ways, this office has powers that exceed that of the Governor. These powers, as well the policies that have caused us as a state and as a nation to fall behind other nations in our ability to educate our children, will be explained. Our children and their future are our most important resource if we are to pass on America’s ideas about a free society.
ARTICLE I – NAME
The name of this corporation shall be WINNER Inc. The business of the corporation may be conducted as WINNER Inc.
ARTICLE II – PURPOSES AND POWERS
WINNER Inc. is a non-profit corporation and shall be operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or the corresponding section of any future Federal tax code.
WINNER Corporation’s purpose is to address, educate, research, coordinate and provide related services to all interested individuals or groups of citizens within the great state of Wisconsin.
We provide education by giving free lectures, free audio and video messages, free newsletters in the form of published papers and electronic media over the internet and free access to our WEB site and its contents as these services pertain to all K12 public and private education whether it involves Homeschooling, Virtual, Charter, Religious, Military, Brick and Mortar and Choice schools but not limited to these types of schools as future technology improves delivery methods and not limited by any combinations thereof.
We also provide education in all types of public and private venues including but not limited to services organizations, schools, libraries, school boards, parents, Parent/Teacher Associations, administrators and their organizations, CESA’s, political parties, businesses, corporations, employers, government agencies, all media outlets, churches, civil and constitutional rights organizations, and social media including future organizations that have an interest in K12 education.
Our WEB site (WINNERwi.com) will contain well researched facts, statistics and other related data on the causes, effects, current efforts, and solutions to the recent and historic decline in our ability to educate Wisconsin’s children as they prepare to enter college or employment.
WINNER Corp. will hold fundraising events to supplement membership dues on an as needed bases. We will reach out to all ethnic groups in a nonpartisan, unbiased fashion. WINNER Inc. will promote the right of all children to have equal access to a quality K12 education regardless of race, ethnicity, color, creed, number of parents, sexual orientation, physical or mental abilities, country of origin or religious affiliations.
To maximize our impact, we may seek to collaborate with other non-profit organizations that fall under the 501(c)(3) section of the internal revenue code and are operated primarily for educational purposes.
At times, per the discretion of the board of directors, we may offer non-paid volunteer opportunities to the general public for involvement in community outreach activities to further disseminate factual information to interested citizens.
The corporation shall have the power, directly or indirectly, alone or in conjunction or cooperation with others, to do any and all lawful acts which may be necessary or convenient to affect the charitable purposes, for which the corporation is organized, and to aid or assist other organizations or persons whose activities further accomplish, foster, or attain such purposes. The powers of the corporation may include, but not be limited to, the acceptance of contributions from the public and private sectors, whether financial or in-kind contributions.
2.03 Nonprofit Status and Exempt Activities Limitation.
(a) Nonprofit Legal Status. WINNER Inc. is a Wisconsin non-profit public benefit corporation, recognized as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.
(b) Exempt Activities Limitation. Notwithstanding any other provision of these Bylaws, no director, officer, employee, member, or representative of this corporation shall take any action or carry on any activity by or on behalf of the corporation not permitted to be taken or carried on by an organization exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as it now exists or may be amended, or by any organization contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of such Code and Regulations as it now exists or may be amended. No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit or be distributable to any director, officer, member, or other private person, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable expenses for materials or services acquired for the sole purpose of furthering the goals set forth in this document and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in the Articles of Incorporation and these Bylaws.
(c) Distribution Upon Dissolution. Upon termination or dissolution of the WINNER Inc., any assets lawfully available for distribution shall be distributed to one (1) or more qualifying organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the 1986 Internal Revenue Code (or described in any corresponding provision of any successor statute) which organization or organizations have a charitable purpose which, at least generally, includes a purpose similar to the terminating or dissolving corporation.
The organization to receive the assets of the WINNER Inc. hereunder shall be selected in the discretion of a majority of the managing body of the corporation, and if its members cannot so agree, then the recipient organization shall be selected pursuant to a verified petition in equity filed in a court of proper jurisdiction against the WINNER Inc., by one (1) or more of its managing body which verified petition shall contain such statements as reasonably indicate the applicability of this section. The court upon a finding that this section is applicable shall select the qualifying organization or organizations to receive the assets to be distributed, giving preference if practicable to organizations located within the State of Wisconsin.
In the event that the court shall find that this section is applicable but that there is no qualifying organization known to it which has a charitable purpose, which, at least generally, includes a purpose similar to WINNER Inc., then the court shall direct the distribution of its assets lawfully available for distribution to the Treasurer of the State of Wisconsin to be added to the general fund.
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP
3.01 No Membership Classes
The corporation shall have no members who have any right to vote on any action item in or to the corporation, its properties and franchises.
3.02 Non-Voting Affiliates
The board of directors may approve classes of non-voting affiliates with rights, privileges, and obligations established by the board. Affiliates may be individuals, businesses, and other organizations that seek to support the mission of the corporation. The board, a designated committee of the board, or any duly elected officer in accordance with board policy, shall have authority to admit any individual or organization as an affiliate, to recognize representatives of affiliates, and to make determinations as to affiliates’ rights, privileges, and obligations. At no time shall affiliate information be shared with or sold to other organizations or groups without the affiliate’s consent. At the discretion of the board of directors, affiliates may be given endorsement, recognition and media coverage at fundraising activities, clinics, other events or at the corporation website. Affiliates have no voting rights, and are not members of the corporation.
Any dues for affiliates shall be determined by the board of directors.
ARTICLE IV – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
4.01 Number of Directors
WINNER Corp. shall have a board of directors consisting of at least 4 and no more than 15 directors. Within these limits, the board may increase or decrease the number of directors serving on the board, including for the purpose of staggering the terms of directors.
All corporate powers shall be exercised by or under the authority of the board and the affairs of WINNER Inc. shall be managed under the direction of the board, except as otherwise provided by law.