This is an urgent matter. A high degree of dysfunction continues to self-perpetuate at the Board level of the Khabele School. Not only did members of the outgoing Board repeatedly violate the bylaws and unlawfully terminate the Executive Director and Founder, they also hand-picked each member of the Board Reconstitution Committee, ensuring a biased approach. Khotso Khabele is still legally on the Board but has been blocked from attending Board meetings or participating in any of the Board decisions. Therefore, the process is inherently flawed and the results are illegitimate.
The job of a nonprofit is to serve a community. However, when the community being served loses confidence in the capability of the Board to properly govern the organization, the community must act. The method described here is way to empower the Khabele community to replace the Khabele School Board of Directors with a Board that will serve the community with the original vision of the founders.
We, the Khabele community, must ensure that those who want to serve are not disqualified for not subscribing to the views of those managing the selection process. At the Khabele Town Hall meeting, the entire Board promised to step down, however, they cannot all at once. A nonprofit’s board must always be governed by at least five members.
Below is a method for eliminating bias and ensuring that the new Board is not designed to reflect only the interests and objectives of the outgoing Board.
There are two types of 501(c3) non-profit organizations: member-based and non-member based. The Khabele School is a non-member based organization. If the school temporarily converts the structure of the school from a non-member based to member based non-profit, then the community (parents of students and students over 18) will have a voice in selecting the governing Board with members it trusts to carry out the non-profit's charitable purpose.
Sign this petition requesting a temporary conversion of the structure of the school from a non-member based organization to a member-based organization. Request the outgoing Board to:
1. Convene a meeting no later than October 16th, 2013
2. Draft or accept a proposed change to the bylaws defining the qualifications for membership.
3. Vote at the meeting to change the bylaws of The Khabele School to indicate that the organization is now a member-based organization.
When the Board passes the proposal, The Khabele School community members become Khabele School members with voting rights. As this petition circulates, the Khabele community will be given instructions for becoming members. Once the Board has been replaced, the members can vote to re-amend the bylaws to convert the Khabele School back into a non-member based organization.