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Governance

Governing Structure

The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations are governed respectively by a Board of Trustees and a set of Advisory Boards of Directors. The basic architecture of the three-board system is defined by the Declaration of Trust of the Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts and by the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws of The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations.

Below are a number of details pertaining to the boards’ relations:

Complementary Boards

Through a set of complementary roles, the three boards carry out the essential fiduciary duties normally associated with a board of trustees, while also ensuring that adequate attention is paid to the quality and progress of planning, policy, and operations, and to core contributions toward the Trusts’ and Foundations’ complementary missions and charitable purposes.

Role of the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is primarily charged with receiving, holding, and managing donated assets and other property for The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Foundation and The Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku Foundation. The Board of Trustees is also tasked with developing and evaluating long-range strategy, planning, and policy, and with approving major budgets and capital projects, overseeing plans for endowment spending and growth, and engaging other non-financial matters of significant and enduring importance. As ex-officio trustees, the President and Treasurer coordinate such affairs of the Board of Trustees with those of the Advisory Boards of Directors of The Ikoku Foundations.

Role of the Advisory Boards of Directors

Each of The Ikoku Foundations is guided by an Advisory Board of Directors, larger in membership than the Board of Trustees, tasked in part with providing counsel to leadership and trustees on medium-to-long-range strategic directions, priorities, planning and policy. Still, the primary fiduciary duties of each Advisory Board are to the ongoing operations of their respective Ikoku Foundations, and to the fulfillment of the Trusts’ specifying charitable purposes through each Foundation. The Advisory Boards carry out these responsibilities largely through the operation of several committees, chaired by and reporting to Advisory Board members.

Shared Objectives

Together, the three Boards work to ensure the health, vision, and perpetuity of The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations — led by the President and Chair, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, and Treasurer, Ijeoma Chinwe Ikoku, who serve as ex-officio members on the three boards.

Leadership and Board Members

Below are the current leadership for The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku

Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer

Ijeoma Chinwe Ikoku

Secretary and Chief Governance Officer

Chinyere Ukeagumo Ikoku Jr

Members of the Board of Trustees

Members of the Advisory Boards of Directors

Founding and Governing Documents

The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations were incorporated by their President, Alvan Azinna Ikoku, in the United States. Below are their documents of establishment, incorporation, tax-exempt status, and core corporate governance:

Declaration of Trust of the Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts

Declaration of Trust of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts (HTML and PDF)

Articles of Incorporation

Articles of Incorporation of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts (HTML and PDF)

2017 Articles of Incorporation of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Foundation (HTML and PDF)

2017 Articles of Incorporation of The Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku Foundation (HTML and PDF)

2018 Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Foundation (HTML and PDF)

2018 Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation of The Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku Foundation (HTML and PDF)

Letters of Tax-Exempt Status

IRS Tax-Exempt Status Letter for The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts

IRS Tax-Exempt Status Letter for The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Foundation

IRS Tax-Exempt Status Letter for The Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku Foundation

Business Licenses

Business License for The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts (PDF)

Business License for The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Foundation (PDF)

Business License for The Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku Foundation (PDF)

The By-Laws

By-Laws of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts (HTML and PDF)

By-Laws of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Foundation (HTML and PDF)

By-Laws of The Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku Foundation (HTML and PDF)

Committee Charters

Committee Charters for The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts

Committee Charters for The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Foundation

Committee Charters for The Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku Foundation

Governing Ethics and Associated Policies

Provided here are the founding codes of ethics for The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations, as well as the governing policies that derive from them. The Founding and Governing Code of Ethics is thus the basis for policies that collectively make up the Corporate Code of Conduct, the Terms and Conditions of Service, and the User Agreement, which govern all employees’, agents’, volunteers’, visitors’ and online users’ work in and for, access to and use of, affiliation with and reference to The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations.

The Code of Ethics and associated policies are each made available in html and pdf format.

Founding and Governing Code of Ethics

Founding and Governing Code of Ethics (HTML and PDF)

Corporate Code of Conduct

Corporate Code of Conduct (HTML and PDF)

Terms and Conditions of Service

Terms of Use and Service (HTML and PDF)

The User Agreement

The User Agreement (HTML and PDF)

Associated Policies

Associated policies below:

Privacy and Confidentiality

Privacy and Confidentiality (HTML and PDF)

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property (HTML and PDF)

Acceptable Use Policy

Acceptable Use Policy (HTML and PDF)

Accessibility and Disability

Accessibility & Disability (HTML and PDF)

Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of Interest (PDF)

Conflicts of Interest (HTML)

Corporate Responsibility

Corporate Responsibility (PDF)

Corporate Responsibility (HTML)

Discrimination and Harassment

Discrimination & Harassment (PDF)

Discrimination & Harassment (HTML)

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion (PDF)

Diversity & Inclusion (HTML)

Forced Labor, Trafficking, Slavery

Forced Labor, Trafficking, Slavery (PDF)

Forced Labor, Trafficking, Slavery (HTML)

Sustainability

Sustainability (PDF)

Sustainability (HTML)

Transparency

Transparency (PDF)

Transparency (HTML)

01.

Governace Suited to Local and Global Philanthropy

We have designed the governing structure of the Ikoku Trusts and Foundations in order to be attentive to needs and operations at the local and global level, as well as across the complex states and societies where our communities reside, living shared, interdependent lives.

02.

With Respect Being Central to Our Ethics

At the core of our founding and governing Code of Ethics is a commitment to the most robust conceptions of respect and humanity, including and beyond what the law has protected and provided for, as we fulfill our twin mottos: to serve the public interest in Africa and its global diasporas; and to account for the past while ensuring a shared and just future.

03.

To Ensure a Shared and Just Future For Many

We are inspired by peoples who have contributed to the foundations and development of their societies, despite a history of systemic difficulties. Who maintain an unyielding belief that the betterment of their human condition will foster the betterment of those living around them, and will enhance the futures of the regularly underserved, marginalized, disenfranchised. We draw from their example a vision of the public good and common community that is our hope and objective.

More About Us

The Ikoku Trusts

We are independent, private, non-profit organizations that serve the public interest in Africa and its global diasporas — by advancing education and research and by also supporting creative ideas, civic communities, and emerging institutions.

— About Us

Nature, Scope, Means

Our founding mission and ongoing emphases of support are for good works that help the public understand Africa's essential place in a global future, one that is to be more knowledgeable, environmentally sound, and equitable, of deep benefit across communities in shared societies.

— Founding & Overview

Mission, Charitable Goals, Trust Areas

To this end, we are governed by a Board of Trustees and two differently dedicated Advisory Boards of Directors — a three-board system set out and defined in the original Declaration of Trust, where our founding and governing Code of Ethics is also delineated.

— Governance

Leadership, Boards, Corporate Documents

The policies provided above collectively constitute our Corporate Code of Conduct and User Agreement, which governs all work in and for, access to and use of, association with and reference to The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations. Please read them attentively.

— Policies

Terms of Use & Service, Code of Ethics

Take a look, and follow us, during media events we attend and the coverage that at times precedes them or ensues. You may also sign up for our newsletter, which will update you about news and events from the publics we serve.

— Press & Media

News, Events, Articles

Join us as a potential leader, staff, board or committee member, researcher or educator, contributor or volunteer. A career of doing good through the Ikoku Trusts and Foundations may be the perfect fit for you.

— Careers At Ikoku

Jobs, Volunteer, Research