Articles of Incorporation
Articles of Incorporation
Pi Sigma Alpha, established in 1920, was incorporated in 1974 as a non-profit corporation.

Articles of Incorporation

The undersigned, natural persons of the age of twenty-one years or more, hereby adopt the following Articles of Incorporation PI SIGMA ALPHA pursuant to the District of Columbia Nonprofit Corporation Act:

  1. NAME. The name of the corporation is PI SIGMA ALPHA.

  2. DURATION. The period of duration of the corporation shall be perpetual.

  3. PURPOSES. The purposes for which the corporation is organized are as follows:
    1. to operate and maintain a political science honor society;
    2. to establish chapters at accredited colleges and universities which offer at least a prescribed minimum, as determined by the Council, of work in political science;
    3. to promote worthwhile curricular and extracurricular activities related to political science;
    4. to stimulate scholarship and intelligent interest in political science;
    5. to organize and conduct national and international seminars, conferences, research, discussion groups, study groups, and publications in the area of political science;
    6. to engage in all such activities and to take such other measures as may be necessary or appropriate to further the foregoing purposes.

  4. MEMBERSHIP. The corporation shall have members, as provided in the Constitution of the corporation.

  5. CLASSES OF MEMBERSHIP. Classes of members and the qualifications and rights of members, if any, shall be provided in the Constitution of the corporation.

  6. COUNCIL. Except for the initial Council of the corporation, whose names and addresses are set forth in these Articles of Incorporation, the election or appointment of Council members shall be as provided in the Constitution of the corporation.

  7. OTHER PROVISIONS. The corporation shall not possess or exercise any power or authority, expressly, by interpretation, or by operation of law that will prevent it at any time from qualifying and continuing to qualify as a corporation exempt from Federal income taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended (or any corresponding successor statute), and as a corporation contributions to which are deductible under Section 701(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended (or any corresponding successor statute), nor shall it engage, directly or indirectly, in any activity which would cause it to lose such qualification.

    No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall consist of the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.

    No part of the income of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, any member, Council member, director, officer, or trustee of the corporation and no member, Council member, director, officer, or trustee of the corporation shall be entitled to share in the distribution, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions to any persons in furtherance of the purposes set forth in these Articles.

    The corporation shall, to the fullest extent permitted by the District of Columbia Nonprofit Corporation Act (or any corresponding successor statute), defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the officers and Council members of the corporation for any liabilities incurred or threatened in connection with their activities in their capacities as such officers and Council members.

    In the event of the dissolution of the corporation, the Council shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all of the liabilities of the corporation, dispose of all of the assets of the corporation exclusively for the purposes of the corporation in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended (or any corresponding successor statute), as the Council shall determine, Any such assets not disposed of shall be disposed of by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

  8. REGISTERED OFFICE. The address, including street number, of the corporation's initial registered office is Suite 1000, 600 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C., and the name of the corporation's initial registered agent at such address is Steric Registered Agents, Inc.

  9. INITIAL COUNCIL. The number of persons constituting the initial Council of the corporation is eighteen (18), and the names and addresses of the persons who are to serve as the initial members of the Council of the corporation until their successors are elected and qualified are as follows:

    1. Dr. Austin Ranney
      American Enterprise Institute
      1150 17th Street, N.W.
      Washington, D.C.

    2. Dr. Jack W. Peltason
      American Council on Education
      1 Dupont Circle, N.W.
      Washington, D.C.

    3. Dr. Howard Penniman
      Georgetown University
      Washington, D.C.

    4. Dr. Lucius J. Barker
      Washington University
      St. Louis, Missouri

    5. Dr. Paul J. Beckett
      Washington State University
      Pullman, Washington

    6. Dr. George S. Blair
      Claremont Graduate School
      Pasadena, California

    7. Dr. Francis Carney
      University of California, Riverside
      Riverside, California

    8. Dr. C. Richard Hofstetter
      San Diego State University
      San Diego, California

    9. Dr. Charles O. Jones
      University of Pittsburgh
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    10. Dr. Ruth S. Jones
      University of Missouri, St. Louis
      St. Louis, Missouri

    11. Dr. Evron M. Kirkpatrick
      American Political Science Association
      1527 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W.
      Washington, D.C.

    12. Dr. Harold D. Lasswell
      Yale University
      New Haven, Connecticut

    13. Dr. William S. Livingston
      University of Texas
      Austin, Texas

    14. Dr. Robert E. Martin
      Howard University
      Washington, D.C.

    15. Dr. John D. Millett
      Academy for Educational Development
      1414 22nd Street, N.W.
      Washington, D.C.

    16. Dr. Alan Rosenthal
      Eagleton Institute of Politics
      Rutgers University
      New Brunswick, New Jersey

    17. Dr. Donald S. Strong
      University of Alabama
      Tuscaloosa, Alabama

    18. Dr. James B. Whisker
      West Virginia University
      Morgantown, West Virginia