Foundation for the Advancement of the Paralegal Profession (FAPP)

Foundation for the Advancement of the Paralegal Profession

The Foundation for the Advancement of the Paralegal Profession (the Foundation or FAPP) resulted from the desires of the member Associations of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) to create a repository for the proceeds from the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE) to be administered by an independent organization.

After determining that NFPA would retain ownership of the exam, members unanimously agreed that, because PACE was being developed to advance the profession, proceeds should be used to benefit the entire profession, not just one organization. Hence, under Resolution 95-M3, NFPA created the Foundation, which became the benefactor of the PACE proceeds.

The Board determined that NFPA will retain PACE proceeds to the extent that it needs reimbursement for the expenses incurred for the development and administration of PACE. As more paralegals take PACE, more funds will be generated over and above the development and administrative expenses, and those proceeds will be passed along to the Foundation.

The Foundation will retain all PACE proceeds to use in accordance with the Foundation's mission: to promote and advance the professional and educational standards of paralegal professionals. In order to fulfill its mission, the Foundation will be developing programs to highlight its purposes. Purposes of the Foundation shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

(1) To promote higher professional standards with in the paralegal profession;

(2) To increase competency among paralegal professionals by sponsoring and conducting educational seminars and classes;

(3) To sponsor publications devoted to issues relating to the paralegal profession; and

(4) To serve as a resource for the public and private sector interested in the paralegal profession.

NFPA appointed the initial members of the board of directors for the Foundation. The board is intended to include three paralegals, one paralegal educator (who is not an attorney), one attorney, one expert in non-profit corporation finances, and one consumer advocate. The Foundation will operate independently from NFPA. To maintain that independence, the Foundation board appoints its successors, without NFPA's approval or veto authority. The Foundation's board will operate the Foundation in accordance with the laws of the state of Pennsylvania and the rules and regulations established for organizations who have charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended.

FAPP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. FAPP's federal identification number is 22-3247065.

modified 6/5/2012

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