About Us
Copyright © 2009 American Foundation for Furthering Ideas that Rekindle the Miracle of 1776 .All Rights Reserved.
 
 
AFFIRM1776’s Constitution specifies its three objectives and purposes which are:
 
    "(1) Promotion of dialog and critical study of ideas which can help the nation better build on and/or return to
          the greatest and most lasting of those concepts used by our nation’s founders beginning in 1776; and
          sponsoring public activities of the best of these."e
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              “(2) Recognition of, honoring and assisting the many veteran’s of our nation’s armed forces, law enforcement,
                     security and first-responder organizations who have served the United States of America’s governments and
                     citizens throughout our history; and thereby contributed – often at great personal sacrifice – to the
                     advancement of freedom in this country and the world.”
 
                        “(3) Advancement of the public’s knowledge of and respect for the proper care and display of the nations
                               emblems – especially its flag.”
 
The Preamble to AFFIRM1776’s Constitution provides what is probably the most succinct discussion
of the organization’s plans and goals.  It is quoted below (with italics added for emphasis only):
 
        “With the strong conviction that the wisdom and insight of the founders of  the
          United States of America was and continues to be responsible for producing one
          of the most well conceived nations in the history of our worldand that the personal
          devotion and sacrifices of individual patriots since that time to the present has
          contributed immeasurably to maintaining and prospering this nation; AFFIRM1776
          is dedicated to keeping that wisdom and insight alive for continual, nonpartisan
          comparison with subsequent political and other developments, proposals and
          ideas in American life; to honoring all our patriots and in assisting in appropriate
          ways any such individuals whose sacrifice has created or helped create a need for
          personal or family aid; and to promoting our national sense of pride through programs
          that teach respect for our country's emblems - especially its flag."
 
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AFFIRM1776 was incorporated as a “Domestic Non-Profit Corporation” in the State of Georgia
on
January 2, 2007.
 
   Its Certificate of Incorporation is listed under Control No. 0701140 from the Office of the Georgia Secretary of State.       
 
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    AFFIRM1776 was granted tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States
    effective on January 2, 2007 by letter from the Internal Revenue Service dated September 26, 2007.  AFFIRM1776 was
    specifically determined to be a “Public Charity”, and contributions to it are tax-deductible "under section 170 of the Code".
 
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AFFIRM1776’s Constitution
 
Preamble
 
With the strong conviction that the wisdom and insight of the founders of the United States of America was and continues to be responsible for producing one of the most well conceived nations in the history of our world, and that the personal devotion and sacrifices of individual patriots since that time to the present has contributed immeasurably to maintaining and prospering this nation; AFFIRM1776 is dedicated to keeping that wisdom and insight alive for continual, nonpartisan comparison with subsequent political and other developments, proposals and ideas in American life; to honoring all our patriots and in assisting in appropriate ways any such individuals whose sacrifice has created or helped create a need for personal or family aid; and to promoting our national sense of pride through programs that teach respect for our country’s emblems – especially its flag.
 
Article I – Name
 
Section 1.  The name of this organization shall be American Foundation for Furthering Ideas that Rekindle the Miracle of 1776.  It shall also be known and referred
                 to throughout this document as AFFIRM1776.
 
Article II - Objects
 
Section 1.  The objects and purposes of AFFIRM1776 shall be to promote the principles and policies as set forth in the foregoing preamble.  Its primary objects
                 shall be:
                 (a) Promotion of dialog and critical study of ideas which can help the nation better build on and/or return to the greatest and most lasting of those
                      concepts used by our nation’s founders beginning in 1776; and sponsoring public activities of the best of these.
                 (b) Recognition of, honoring and assisting the many veterans of our nation’s armed forces, law enforcement, security and first-responder organizations
                      who have served the United States of America’s governments and citizens throughout our history; and thereby contributed - often at great personal
                      sacrifice - to the advancement of freedom in this country and the world.
                 (c) Advancement of the public’s knowledge of and respect for the proper care and display of the nation’s emblems – especially its flag.
 
Section 2.  Additional objects may exist or come into existence as they may be identified and determined by AFFIRM1776 to be legally and ethically consistent 
                 with the foregoing preamble.
 
Article III - Nature
 
Section 1. AFFIRM1776 is organized as a non-profit, limited-liability foundation.
 
Section 2.  This organization shall be absolutely non-partisan and shall not be used for the dissemination of partisan principles or for the promotion of the
                 candidacy of any person seeking public office or preferment.  No candidate for nomination or election to, and no incumbent or any remunerated
                 public official or staff member may hold a voting membership or any appointive remunerated office in AFFIRM1776.  No registered or unregistered
                 lobbyist, their agents, employees, business associates or immediate family members may hold a membership or any remunerated office in AFFIRM1776.
 
Section 3.  Any product or service of AFFIRM1776 shall always be equally available to all individuals, groups and political parties so long as none of them make
                 any exclusive claim on any such product or service.
 
Article IV – Organizational Stages
 
Section 1. AFFIRM1776 shall be organized and operate in three distinct startup stages, and subsequently a fourth ongoing stage.  These stages are defined as the
                Initial stage; the Organizing stage; the Board of Advisors stage; and the Perpetual stage.
 
Section 2.  The Initial stage shall consist of that period of time from application for corporate status until the date established jointly by the Executive Director and
                 the Finance Officer as the beginning of operations.  The Initial stage may not exceed a period of two full calendar years.
 
Section 3.  The Organizing stage shall consist of that period of time from the beginning of operations date until the formal naming of no less than five members to
                 the Board of Advisors as described by Article VI, Section 2 following.
 
Section 4.  The Board of Advisors stage shall consist of that period of time from the date when no less than five members have been formally named to the Board
                 of Advisors until the formal establishment of a Board of Directors as described by Article VI, Sections 3 and 4 following.
 
Section 5.  The Perpetual stage shall consist of that period of time from the date of the formal establishment of a Board of Directors into perpetuity as applicable to
                 AFFIRM1776.
 
Article V – Membership
 
Section 1.  Membership shall be open to individuals and business organizations, except that no governmental organization, and no political party or other
                 organization which is primarily engaged in promoting any politically partisan activities or ideals may be a member of AFFIRM 1776.  All decisions
                 regarding eligibility, ineligibility and proposed changes thereto shall be solely and completely at the discretion of AFFIRM1776.
 
Section 2. Individual membership with voting privileges shall be available to citizens of the United States of America, except that no individual who is actively
                engaged in any partisan political party or other such organization may be a voting member of AFFIRM1776.  Each such member shall be entitled to one
                vote per individual.
 
Section 3. Associate membership shall be available to citizens not otherwise eligible for individual membership and to any business or organization headquartered
                and controlled in the United States of America, except that no governmental, quasi-governmental or other organization actively engaged in any politically
                partisan efforts may be a member of AFFIRM1776.  No voting privilege shall exist for any associate member.
 
Section 4. In the event that any individual who is a voting member in good standing becomes ineligible for any reason, their membership shall be immediately
                reclassified to an associate member or terminated, and may not be reinstated until two years following the elimination of all conditions upon which the
                change or termination was based.
 
Article VI – Officers, Advisors and Directors
 
Section 1.  From the time of initial establishment until the beginning of operations, an Executive Director and President (hereinafter referred to as the Executive
                 Director) shall be responsible for the executive and administrative affairs of AFFIRM1776, except that any such executive and administrative duties
                 specifically delegated by the Executive Director may be assigned to a Secretary and Vice President (hereinafter referred to as the Secretary).  During this
                 time, the Secretary or a Finance Officer and Vice President (hereinafter referred to as the Finance Officer) shall be responsible for the financial affairs of
                 AFFIRM1776.
 
Section 2. Within the first two years following the beginning of operations, the Executive Director shall make every good faith effort to establish and maintain a
                Board of Advisors consisting of at least five citizens and/or academic-types recognized for their interest in and knowledge of United States of America’s
                governmental theory and history, but who have minimal or no allegiance to any political party or organization.  The Board of Advisors shall serve
                individually and as a group as consultants to the Executive Director on matters relating to any or all of AFFIRM1776’s purposes.
 
Section 3. On the tenth anniversary of the beginning of operations, the Board of Directors shall assume full responsibility for directing and supervising the officers
                established by Section 1 above.  This Board of Directors shall be limited to twelve voting members and include the immediate-past Executive Director, the
                then-current Executive Director and the then-current Finance Officer.  At this time the Directors’ terms of office shall be established on a one-year
                staggered basis with four individuals to be replaced or reappointed to a new three-year term each year thereafter.
 
Section 4. Upon the recommendation of the greater of at least five or no less than three-fourths of the Board of Advisors, and at the discretion of the Executive
                Director, the provisions of Section 3 immediately above may be advanced in time, except that such advancement shall not occur prior to the fourth
                anniversary of the beginning of operations.
 
Section 5. All officers and members of the Board of Advisors or Board of Directors shall be a voting member in good standing during their tenure.  In the event of a
                resignation, death or failure to remain a member in good standing, an officer or member of the Board of Directors shall be replaced at the earliest possible
                time.
 
Article VII – Finances
 
Section 1. Operations should be conducted only with funds contributed by supporting individuals and private, non-governmental organizations, from the sale of
                products and services developed by AFFIRM1776 and from such other sources as may be legally and ethically appropriate and consistent with the objects
                of AFFIRM1776.  Assets should be purchased and maintained in like manner, except that donated funds and assets may be accepted only where no
                obligation by AFFIRM1776 is created or implied.  No governmental funds or grants and no commercially-sponsored advertising may be sought or
                accepted.
 
Section 2. Following the third anniversary of the beginning of operations no less than 76% of all funds should be directly devoted to one or more of AFFIRM1776’s
                primary purposes.
 
Article VIII – Amendments
 
Section 1. Until the establishment of the Board of Directors as set forth in Article VI, amendments may be proposed to Articles V and VII only.  Such amendments
                may not affect any other parts of this Constitution, and shall only be proposed by the Executive Director and approved by the greater of at least five and
                no less than three-fourths of the Board of Advisors.
 
Section 2. Upon the establishment of the Board of Directors as set forth in Article VI, amendments to any part of this Constitution and its By-Laws may be proposed
                by the Board of Directors.  Approval of such proposals shall require an affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the voting-eligible membership of
                AFFIRM1776 as of December 31 of the prior calendar year.
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AFFIRM1776’s By-Laws
 
Article 1 – Name
 
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be American Foundation for Furthering Ideas that Rekindle the Miracle of 1776, Inc.  It shall also be known as
                AFFIRM1776, Inc. and shall be a corporation under the laws of the State of Georgia.
 
Article II – Objects
 
Section 1.  The objects of this organization shall be as set forth in its Constitution.
 
Article III – Nature
 
Section 1. AFFIRM1776 is organized as a non-profit, limited-liability foundation, and under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States of America 1986 Internal Revenue
                Code.
 
Article IV – Membership
 
Section 1. Membership shall be open to individuals and organizations as prescribed in Sections 2 through 4 immediately following, except that no governmental
                organization, political party or other organization which is primarily engaged in promoting politically partisan activities or ideals may be a member of
                AFFIRM1776.  All decisions regarding eligibility, ineligibility and proposed changes thereto shall be solely and completely at the discretion of
                AFFIRM1776, except that prior affiliations with partisan political parties, organizations or activities shall never be a basis for current ineligibility or change
                in eligibility.
 
Section 2. Individual voting membership shall be available to citizens of the United States of America who submit an appropriate application and demonstrate to the
                satisfaction of the Executive Director and the Board of Advisors or Board of Directors their independence from political parties and activities, and who pay
                and maintain their annual dues or pay their one-time lifetime dues.  Except in the case of a person who is independent of political parties and organizations,
                no individual who is elected or appointed to any governmental or quasi-governmental position or who is actively engaged in any partisan political party or
                other such organization may be a voting member of AFFIRM1776.
 
Section 3. Associate non-voting membership shall be available to citizens not otherwise eligible for voting membership and to any organization headquartered and
                controlled in the United States of America who submits an appropriate application, and who pays and maintains their annual dues or pays their one-time
                lifetime dues, except that no governmental, quasi-governmental or other organization who is actively engaged in any politically partisan efforts may be a
                member of AFFIRM1776.
 
Section 4. In the event that any individual who is a voting member in good standing becomes ineligible for any reason, their membership shall be immediately
                reclassified to an associate member or terminated, and may not be reinstated until two years following the elimination of all conditions upon which the
                change or termination was based.
 
Article V – Officers, Advisors and Directors
 
Section 1. The executive and administrative affairs of AFFIRM1776 , except as otherwise provided in Sections 5 and 6, shall be under the supervision and
                management of an Executive Director and President (hereinafter referred to as the Executive Director) who shall be appointed for an initial term of ten
                years from the beginning of operations.
 
Section 2. The financial affairs of AFFIRM1776 shall be under the supervision and management of a Finance Officer and Vice President (hereinafter referred to as
                the Finance Officer) who shall be appointed and serve at the pleasure of the Executive Director.  Upon commencement of the Board of Advisors stage as
                defined by the Constitution, the Finance Officer must be confirmed by the Board of Advisors; and in the event of the need for the appointment of a new
                Finance Officer, such individual must be nominated by the Executive Director and confirmed by the Board of Advisors.
 
Section 3. Any executive and administrative duties specifically needing to be delegated by the Executive Director, except as otherwise provided in the Constitution
                and these By-Laws, shall be under the supervision and management of a Secretary and Vice President (hereinafter referred to as the Secretary) and other
                Vice Presidents who shall be appointed and serve at the pleasure of the Executive Director.  Upon commencement of the Board of Advisors stage as
                defined by the Constitution, the Secretary and any additional officers must be confirmed by the Board of Advisors; and in the event of the need for the
                appointment of a new Secretary or other Vice President, such individual must be nominated by the Executive Director and confirmed by the Board of
                Advisors. 
 
Section 4. Within the first two years of beginning of operations, the Executive Director shall establish a Board of Advisors consisting of at least five citizens and/or
                academic-types recognized for their interest in and knowledge of United States of America’s governmental theory and history, but who have minimal or
                no allegiance to any political party or organization.  The Board of Advisors shall serve individually and as a group as consultants to the Executive Director
                and Finance Officer on matters relating to any or all of AFFIRM1776’s purposes.  On the next January 1 after the Board of Advisors is constituted with at
                least five members, it shall assume full responsibility for approving all compensation levels and structures for its members and AFFIRM1776 officers, and
                it shall also establish a fully functioning Audit Committee with regard to AFFIRM1776 financial policies, practices and procedures.
 
Section 5. On the tenth anniversary of the beginning of operations, the Board of Advisors shall be dissolved in favor of a Board of Directors with full responsibility
                for directing and supervising the officers established by Sections 1, 2 and 3 above.  This Board of Directors shall be limited to twelve voting members and
                include the immediate-past Executive Director, the then-current Executive Director and the then-current Finance Officer.  At this time the Directors’
                terms of office shall be established on a one-year staggered basis with four individuals to be replaced or reappointed to a new three-year term each year
                thereafter.  Also, at least three months prior to the change to a Board of Directors, the then Board of Advisors must nominate and approve the names of
                the forthcoming Board of Directors and their initial terms in office; as well as the Executive Director and the Finance Officer who will hold those offices
                upon formal establishment of the Board of Directors.
 
Section 6. Upon establishment of the initial Board of Directors, subsequent nominations will be the responsibility of this body.  Approval of such nominations will
                then be determined by a majority of votes cast by members in each instance.
 
Section 7. Upon the recommendation of the greater of at least five or no less than three-fourths of the Board of Advisors, and at the discretion of the Executive
                Director, the provisions of Section 5 immediately above may be advanced in time, except that such advancement shall not occur prior to the fourth
                anniversary of beginning of operations.
 
Section 8. All officers and members of the Board of Advisors or Board of Directors shall be and remain a member in good standing during their tenure.  In the event
                of a resignation, death or failure to remain a member in good standing, an officer or member of the Board of Directors shall be replaced at the earliest
                practical time.
 
Article VI – Finances
 
Section 1. Operations should be conducted only with funds contributed by supporting individuals and private, non-governmental organizations, from the sale of
                products and services developed by AFFIRM1776 and from such other sources as may be legally and ethically appropriate and consistent with the objects
                of AFFIRM1776.  Assets should be purchased and maintained in like manner, except that donated funds and assets may be accepted only where no
                obligation by AFFIRM1776 is created or implied.  No governmental funds or grants and no commercially-sponsored advertising may be sought or
                accepted.
 
Section 2. Beginning on January 1 following the third anniversary of the beginning of operations no less than 76% of all monetary contributions should be directly
                devoted to one or more of AFFIRM1776’s primary purposes.  Common costs (administrative, office and blog/website expenses) shall be minimized to
                allow the above directly devoted funds to be used at an even higher percentage level whenever possible.  Common costs for executive and/or direct
                managerial wages and expenses shall not exceed 6% of all such income after the after the above date.
 
Section 3. If debt costs are incurred after January 1 following the third anniversary of the beginning of operations, they shall be paid entirely from the above
                common costs, except for any relatively smaller debt that is specifically identified with a defined operation or program.
 
Article VII – Initial Programs
 
Section 1. Immediately upon application for corporate status and/or tax-exempt status, the Executive Director and the Financial Officer shall be responsible for
                placing in effect strong procedures and practices to insure that AFFIRM1776 must not be or become affiliated with or otherwise identified in any way
                with any political party.  Instead, any product or service of AFFIRM1776 must always be equally available to all individuals, groups and political parties so
                long as none of them claim these as exclusively theirs.
 
Section 2. Within the first year after application for corporate status and/or tax-exempt status, the Executive Director shall be responsible for establishing and
                maintaining a permanent blog/website for AFFIRM1776’s purposes.  Finances permitting as determined jointly by the Executive Director and the Finance
                Officer, this should include a permanent Webmaster retained or hired for this purpose.
 
Section 3. Within the first year after application for corporate status and/or tax-exempt status,  the Executive Director shall be responsible for establishing and
                maintaining appropriate data bases for AFFIRM1776’s purposes.  At a minimum these should include appropriate data on:
                    - Government, academic, media and other officials, associates and persons that may be contacted, consulted or advised on various subjects and
                       initiatives undertaken by AFFIRM1776 in fulfilling its purposes.
                    - Persons and organizations that are or may be interested in and/or potential members or contributors to any of AFFIRM1776’s purposes, programs,
                      products or services
.                   - Security measures designed to realistically protect the above data for AFFIRM1776’s purposes and to allow commitments against any personal
                      privacy invasions to the above persons and organizations.