Brough Family Organization
www.broughfamily.org

BFO Corporate and Financial Information

     The Brough Family Organization (BFO) is directed and supported by the Richard Brough Family Organization (RBFO)--which is a non-profit Ancestral Family Organization.

Corporate History

     In December 1890, Samuel Richard Brough (1857-1947) returned to Utah after serving a four-year mission to the British Isles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon Church). After returning to Utah, Samuel encouraged his Brough relatives living in the western United States to begin holding Brough Family Reunions. The "Brough Family Organization" was formally organized in 1918, with Samuel Richard Brough serving as its first president from 1918 to 1938. Between 1918 and 1968, Brough Family Reunions were held in such places as Bountiful, Kaysville, Lagoon, Morgan, Porterville, Ogden, and Randolph, Utah, and in Lyman, Wyoming.
     In 1969, Hyrum C. Brough, a son of Samuel Richard Brough, founded the Samuel Richard Brough Family Organization (SRBFO). From 1979 to 1982, the SRBFO operated alongside the Brough Family Organization-which was incorporated in 1979 in Utah as the Richard Brough Family Organization (RBFO) and approved in 1979 as a non-profit organization by the IRS. In 1983, the SRBFO was fully merged into the RBFO (and the SRBFO's existence as a separate corporation was allowed to expire in 2005). From 1969 to 1999, most Brough Family Reunions were held in Bountiful, Utah. Since 2000, most Brough Family Reunions have been held in Kaysville, Utah. In February 2011, the RBFO changed its on-line identity to the Brough Family Organization (BFO).
     Today, the Brough Family Organization holds International Brough Reunions every five years in Kaysville, Utah. In 2008, an International Brough Reunion was held in Staffordshire, England. Click here for more information about International Brough Family Reunions.

Past and Present Finances of the RBFO

    During the past 44 years, from 1 June 1969 to 31 December 2013, the RBFO has received $178,736
from its members. This money came mainly from the sale of publications and contributions. To accomplish its objectives the RBFO has spent about 70% of its income on genealogical research, about 15% of its income on the printing of books and other written materials and the production of CD's and videos, and about 15% of its income on postage, stationary, office supplies, computer typography, Internet and web related costs and government registration fees. Currently the RBFO has no debt and maintains a positive balance in accordance with financial objectives determined annually by its Board of Trustees.
    Each year the RBFO hopes that enough donations will be forthcoming to cover an estimated $2,000 in annual expenses–which includes $1,400 for additional research projects and $600 for office supplies, printing, postage, and Internet and Web hosting costs. Therefore, the RBFO asks parent or grandparent organizations to try and raise $100 or more that can be donated annually to the RBFO. Of course all financial donations–large or small–are always welcomed and greatly appreciated and are tax-deductible in the United States. As always, please send your donations to:
        Mrs. Janene Brough Wood, RBFO Secretary
        115 East 800 North, Bountiful, Utah, 84010, USA

Tax Deductions and Tax Information for RBFO Members 

    The Richard Brough Family Organization (RBFO) is one of the largest ancestral family organizations in the world, and is listed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the United States Government as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt family history and genealogical organization that is “a public charity with a 50% deductibility limitation.” (“The 50% limit applies to the total of all charitable contributions [a person] make[s] during the year.  This means that [a person’s] deduction for charitable contributions cannot be more than 50% of [his/her] adjusted gross income for the year.”).
    According to IRS documents, United States citizens “can deduct [their] contributions of money or property that [they] make to, or for the use of [the RBFO].”  Individuals who “give property to [the RBFO]…can generally deduct the fair market value of the property at the time of [their] contribution.”  Also, RBFO members “may [also] be able to deduct some amounts” of “out-of-pocket expenses” they “pay in giving services to [the RBFO]”—such as “the cost of gas and oil, that are directly related to the use of [their] car in giving services to [the RBFO]”, and “travel expenses necessarily incurred while [they] are away from home performing services for [the RBFO].”  (See IRS Publication # 526 on “Charitable Contributions”--from which the above quoted statements come from--for further detailed information about these allowable tax deductions.)
    In accordance with IRS policy, the RBFO “give[s] a written statement [to all United States citizens who] make [an annual] payment to [the RBFO] that is more than $75 and is partly a contribution and partly for goods or services,” and also provides a written “acknowledgement of [all individual] contribution[s]” of “$250 or more.”  (See IRS Publication  # 526.)   This statement or acknowledgement is sent out every January to qualifying donors by the RBFO Secretary and is entitled “RBFO Acknowledgement of Contributions Statement.”  However, in an effort to make sure that every qualified donor receives such a statement, the RBFO Board of Trustees asks that all RBFO donors who feel they have contributed $75 or more in monetary contributions or goods or services in a calendar year to the RBFO submit an itemized description of such contributions or expenditures—along with supporting explanations and copies of any related bills and receipts—to the RBFO Secretary by January 10th.  The RBFO Secretary will then review such materials with the RBFO Board of Trustees and will, after receiving the Board’s approval, send back to qualified donors an official “RBFO Acknowledgement of Contributions Statement" by January 31.

RBFO Articles of Incorporation

Articles of Incorporation of the Richard Brough Family Organization
(Originally Incorporated on 29 March 1979. Revised and approved by the RBFO Board of Trustees in 2010 )

Articles of Incorporation of the Richard Brough Family Organization
The undersigned, acting as incorporator of a corporation under the State of Utah, adopt the following Articles of Incorporation for such corporation.

Article 1: Name
This family organization shall be known as the Richard Brough Family Organization

Article II: Term
The corporation shall be perpetual unless sooner terminated by law, or under such terms and conditions as may be hereinafter referred to.

Article III: Corporate Purposes
The purpose of this corporation's existence shall be lawful purposes set forth in and provided for by the State of Utah, but particular emphasis shall be placed upon the following specific purposes to carry out the intent of this corporation:
A) The activities and pursuits of this corporation shall be guided by and be consistent with the principles of religious belief of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and particularly as such religious teachings embrace and direct genealogical research and family history activities.
B) The corporation shall engage in genealogical and historical research throughout the world in behalf of the ancestors, descendants and relatives of the Broughs of the British Isles--with specific emphasis on the ancestors, descendants and relatives of Richard Brough and Mary Horleston of Staffordshire, England. (Richard Brough was born in Staffordshire, England, on 14 February 1786; he married Mary Horleston on 7 August 1825; and he died in Staffordshire, England on 31 January 1873.)
C) The corporation shall educate the membership and others of the history and family traditions within the genealogical lines of the memberships.
D) The corporation shall compile current records and establish a means for perpetuating and publishing such records for future generations using all current and future technological means available.
E) The corporation shall organize and provide family reunions and historical tours so that family members can gain a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history and family traditions within the genealogical lines of the membership.
F) The corporation shall hire specialists (as needed) to engage in appropriate genealogical and historical research anywhere in the world related to the ancestors, descendants and relatives of the Broughs of the British Isles--with specific emphasis on the ancestors, descendants and relatives of Richard Brough and Mary Horleston of Staffordshire, England.
G) The above purposes shall not be construed as limitation in any way upon the activities of this corporation and it shall be entitled to pursue any or all of the purposes cited in or provided for in such statutes.

Article IV: Members
The corporation shall have members. All descendants and relatives of the Broughs of the British Isles--and especially those descendants and relatives of Richard Brough of Staffordshire, England (who was born in Staffordshire, England, on 14 February 1786; married Mary Horleston on 7 August 1825; and died in Staffordshire, England on 31 January 1873), are eligible for membership in this corporation. Each descendant or relative may become a member thereof by submitting to the Secretary a written statement containing his/her name, address, and showing his or her relationship to the Broughs of the British Isles or to Richard Brough of Staffordshire, England. Persons under eighteen shall be Junior Members and are not permitted to vote nor hold office and are exempt from the payment of any dues.

Article V: Shares of Stock
Shares of stock evidencing membership in the corporation shall not be issued or required.

Article VI: Meetings
   An annual meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held as determined by the President of the Board of Trustees. A By-Decadal Family Reunion (for all members of the organizations) will be held as determined by the President of the Board of Trustees. Other specific meetings of various operating divisions within the Board of Trustees can be held at any time as determined appropriate by the President of the Board of Trustees.
   The main purposes of the annual meeting will be to inform the Board of Trustees of the accomplishments during the past year of the purposes of the corporation, as well as to elect Trustees and Officers of the Board of Trustees. Failure to hold an annual meeting--or other meetings and reunions-- will not disorganize this organization. In the event a meeting or election is not held the elected Trustees will remain in their offices until such time that a meeting and election can take place.

Article VII: Board of Trustees
     The affairs, businesses and properties of the corporation shall be managed by a Board of Trustees. The members of the Board of Trustees shall consist of up to thirty individuals, comprised of voting or Governing Members of the Board of Trustees--who must be descendants of Richard Brough of Staffordshire, England (mentioned above), and non-voting or International Members of the Board of Trustees.
     Trustees must be members of the corporation but need not be residents of the state of incorporation. The term of office of the Board of Trustees shall be one to fifteen years or until their successors have been elected and qualified.
     A Trustee may be nominated and voted into office by a majority of the Board of Trustees at their annual meeting or on other occasions as agreed upon by the majority of the Board of Trustees, or by the general membership of the corporation at their By-Decadal Family Reunion. A Trustee can be removed by the majority vote of the remaining Trustees, or can be removed if he or she is deemed inactive (such as by not attending annual meetings, reunions or participating in organizational activities or projects) for more than three years by the President or the majority vote of the remaining Trustees. Also, the President of the organization shall have the right to appoint a new member of the Board of Trustees should a vacancy occur between annual meetings or By-Decadal Family Reunions. However, this new member of the Board of Trustees must be voted into office by a majority of the Board of Trustees at their first annual meeting or By-Decadal Family Reunion following such an appointment by the President or the appointment is nullified.

Article VIII: Executive Officers
   The Executive Officers of the corporation must be descendants of Richard Brough of Staffordshire, England (mentioned above). Also, Executive Officers must be members of the Board of Trustees and must consist of the President, Vice-President(s), Secretary(s), Treasurer(s) and Family Genealogist(s) of the Board of Trustees, and other Board Members as determined appropriate by the majority members of the Board of Trustees, or by the President if such should become necessary between annual meetings of the Board of Trustees.
   Executive Officers shall be appointed to and serve in their office as determined by the majority members of the Board of Trustees, and shall serve until they resign voluntarily from their office or are replaced or voted out of their office by a majority of the Board of Trustees at an authorized meeting of the Board of Trustees. The specific duties of Executive Officers shall be determined by the majority members of the Board of Trustees. Also, the President of the organization shall have the right to appoint a new Executive Officer should a vacancy occur between annual meetings or By-Decadal Family Reunions. However, this new member of the Board of Trustees must be voted into office by a majority of the Board of Trustees at their first annual meeting or By-Decadal Family Reunion following such an appointment by the President or the appointment is nullified.
   Executive Officers shall meet and/or communicate on a regular basis to plan, organize and execute the affairs of the corporation. They shall report their activities to the Board of Trustees at the annual meeting of the corporation and at the by-decadal family reunion of the corporation.

Article IX: Finances and Compensation
   Members of the corporation may freely contribute to the needs of the corporation for such purposes as genealogical research, the preservation of historical records, related religious work, and family meetings and activities. Dues may be established for members of the corporation by a majority vote of all members present at the by-decadal family reunion, if deemed appropriate or necessary by the Board of Trustees.
   All monies of the corporation not otherwise employed shall be deposited from time to time to its credit in such banks as the Board of Trustees may select or as may be selected by any officer or agent authorized to do so by the Board of Trustees.
   All checks shall be authorized to be released for payment, and shall be signed by such officer(s) and/or agent(s) of the corporation in such manner and by whom the Board of Trustees may from time to time determine appropriate.
   The Board of Trustees of the corporation shall serve in the general and regular capacity of their office without compensation; provided, however, they shall be reimbursed by the corporation for any unusual service performed for the corporation as directed by the Board of Trustees.

Article X: Incorporators
The present incorporators are the current Executive Officers of the RBFO.

Article XI: Principal Office:
The present principal office is 115 East 800 North, Bountiful, Utah, 84010.

Article XII: Termination and Dissolution
   Upon the winding up and dissolution of this corporation, after paying or adequately providing for the debts and obligations of the corporation, the remaining assets shall be distributed to a nonprofit fund, foundation or corporation, which is organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, or religious and/or scientific purposes and which has established its tax-exempt status under Section 501
(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States of America.
   No part of the net earnings of this corporation shall ever inure to or for the benefit of or be distributed to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the corporation shall be empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the exempt purposes for which it was formed.
   Notwithstanding any other provisions of these articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activity not permitted to be carried on by a corporation exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 of the United States of America.

Article XIII: Duties and Responsibilities of RBFO Governing Board of Trustees

Duties of the President
The President shall oversee the Board of Trustees and preside over the Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees and Executive Officers and RBFO sponsored International Brough Reunions. The President shall also guide the regular and general operations of the family organization.

Duties of the Vice President(s)
The Vice President(s) shall assist the President and encourage members of the organization to sustain RBFO research projects and participate in International Brough Reunions.

Duties of the Secretary/Treasurer(s)
The Secretary/Treasurer(s) shall keep a record of the general operations of the organization, an accurate account of all financial transactions of the organization, and an up-to-date list of all registered family members. The Secretary/Treasurer may appoint an Assistant Secretary/Treasurer to help with such endeavors.

Duties of the Family Genealogist(s)
The Family Genealogist(s) shall conduct genealogical and historical research throughout the world in behalf of the ancestors, descendants and relatives of the Broughs of the British Isles, and shall contact and encourage potential family members to join, contribute, and participate in the activities and purposes of the family organization. Family Genealogist(s) may serve on volunteer Family Service Missions as approved by the RBFO Board of Trustees. (Note: Family Service Missions are part or full-time volunteer service opportunities for family members whose interests and expertise allow them to accomplish the family history goals of the organization. These missions differ from personal interests or religious obligations as they are specifically assigned and regulated by the family organization. Specific assignments and durations of Family Service Missions are determined by officers of the organization and those willing to volunteer for such missions.)

Duties of the Members of the Board of Trustees
     All Members of the Board of Trustees shall represent various family branches of the RBFO and encourage descendants of these branches to participate in the family organization.
     Governing Members of the Board of Trustees shall vote on current and proposed projects and goals of the organizations at its Annual Board Meeting, and shall suggest projects and goals for the organization, and participate in directing and facilitating RBFO sponsored International Brough Reunions.
     International Members of the Board of Trustees shall suggest projects and goals for the organization, and shall participate in directing and facilitating RBFO sponsored International Brough Reunions.

RBFO International Headquarters: 115 East 800 North, Bountiful, Utah, 84010, USA.
Email: officer@broughfamily.org