MOU between Peace Corps and the National Peace Corps Association

Peace Corps and the National Peace Corps Association has signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

(https://www.peacecorps.gov/news/library/peace-corps-renews-partnership-national-peace-corps-association-austin-texas/)

The actual document  may be obtained from Peace Corps – FOIA – 0091.  The infomation here is  from that FOIA, which was reformattted in Rich Text.   Here is an except which defines distinction between NPCA activities and Peace Corps:

  1. The Peace Corps reserves and retains the right to determine, establish, direct, and implement programs and activities in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations, its policies, procedures, and subject to the availability of funds. Moreover, the Peace Corps will not be engaged or involved in, or collaborate with NPCA on, or promote or publicize, NPCA’s advocacy or fundraising, or membership drives, or any activities that do not directly relate to the Peace Corps’ mission.

 

 

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN PEACE CORPS AND NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION

This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) sets forth  the  understanding  between  the Peace Corps, an independent agency under  the  Executive  Branch  of  the  United  States Government, and National Peace CoqJs Association (NPCA), a 50 I (c)(3) non-profit entity, lo establish a formal framework for collaboration on joint activities.

  1. BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE

National Peace Corps Association and Peace C0rps have a history of collaboration with each other. The parties have engaged in formal partnership in the past through cooperative agreements and with contracts for NPCA to supply WorldView magazine in print and digital format to currently serving Peace Corps Volunteers. NPCA and the Peace Corps have also collaborated informally through meetings, presentations, and participation in events and initiatives, such as the Peace C0rps 50th Anniversary celebrations, recruitment efforts, RPCV Career Conferences, and the NPCA annual gathering, Peace Corps Connect.

To further capitalize on these collaborations, the Peace Corps and NPCA intend to collaborate and implement similar activities in furtherance of the Three Goals of the Peace Corps mission.

  1. MISSION

The Peace Corps

The purpose of the Peace Corps is to help the people of  interested  countries  in  meeting their needs for trained men and women; to help promote a better understanding  of  Americans  on the part of the peoples served; and to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans (collectively, the “Three Goals”). The  Peace Corpss  fulfills  its mission  by making it possible for American citizens to serve as Volunteers in developing countries and participate in the development efforts of their host communities.

National Peace Corps Association

The purposes of National Peace Corps Association are to be the non-governmental alumni association for returned Peace Corps Volunteers and staff; to coordinate the network of organizations based on Peace Coqis experiences and values; to become the essential resource for and about the Peace Corps community and to provide an organization for anyone interested in the mission and work of the Peace Corps; to educate Americans about other countries and cultures and to facilitate engagement in global issues; and to support the Peace Corps and to promote policies consistent with its mission, goals, values and activities.

  1. AUTHORITY

The Peace Corps

The Peace Corps was initially established by President John F. Kennedy pursuant to Executive Order I 0924, enacted  March I, 1961. Formal legislation authorizing the establishment of the Peace Corps followed with the passage of the Peace Corps Act, Public Law 87-293, enacted on September 22, 1961. Section 18 of the Peace Co1vs Act provides, inter alia, that the Peace Corps shall, as appropriate, encourage, facilitate, and assist activities carried out by former volunteers in furtherance of the promotion of a better understanding of other peoples on the part of the American people (the “Third Goal”), and the efforts of agencies, organizations, and other individuals to support or assist in former volunteers’ carrying out activities in furtherance of the Third Goal.

National Peace CorpsAssociation

National Peace C0rps Association was incorporated on July 13, 1983 under the General Non-Profit Corporation Act of the State of North Carolina.

  1. ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

The Peace Corps

The Peace Corps is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and operates in more than 60 countries. The Peace Corps trains and assigns qualified Peace Corps Volunteers to projects designed to promote the development priorities of host governments. The Peace Corps recognizes cross cultural awareness and grass roots development programming as elements that contribute to mutual understanding and cooperation. In response to requests from interested countries, the Peace Corps currently  provides Peace Corps Volunteers to work in health, education, environment, agriculture, community economic development, and youth development projects. Peace Corps collaborates with host country government partners to develop projects that address pressing needs at the community level. The work of individual Peace Corps Volunteers contributes to the accomplishment of goals set forth in the country-level strategic frameworks developed in coordination with host governments. The role of a Peace Corps Volunteer is that of a facilitator and capacity-builder, enabling community members to continue their own development efforts. Specific placement of Peace CoqJs Volunteers is determined locally by the Peace Corps post, taking into consideration health, safety and security issues, availability of housing, and the assignment’s contribution to the project framework. Volunteers are typically assigned to work in a community for a period of two years.

National Peace CoqJs Association

NPCA was founded in  1979 and is headquartered  in  Washington,  D.C. NPCA  is a 50l(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to champion  lifelong  commitment  to  Peace Corps ideals. NPCA provides services and education opportunities that support the Peace Corps’ programs and operations and build on the Peace Corps experience, promoting a vital and  robust Peace Corps. The goals ofNPCA are to help the Peace Corps be the best that it can be, enable returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) and RPCV groups to thrive, and to amplify the Peace Corps community’s global social  impact.  This  is  accomplished  by  contributing  to,  and supporting the betterment and expansion  of  the Peace Corps and  by engaging, connecting, informing and promoting Peace Corps community members groups to build on their Peace Corps values and experience.

  1. AREAS OF COOPERATION
  1. Under this MOU, subject to certain limitations applicable to each party as set forth in Section XI., the Peace Corps and NPCA intend to collaborate on areas of mutual  interest that may include, but are not limited to, activities and initiatives that serve to educate the public about the Peace Corps and its mission, programs, and activities, and highlight collaborative Peace Corps-NPCA activities and the efforts of the NPCA and its affiliate RPCV Groups towards the fullillment of the Third Goal.
  1. The parties further intend, in connection with any collaboration under this MOU as set forth below, that:
    1. The Peace Corps reserves and retains the right to determine, establish, direct, and implement programs and activities in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations, its policies, procedures, and subject to the availability of fonds. Moreover, the Peace Corps will not be engaged or involved in, or collaborate with NPCA on, or promote or publicize, NPCA’s advocacy or fondraising, or membership drives, or any activities that do not directly relate to the Peace Corps’ mission.
  1. NPCA reserves and retains the right to determine, establish, direct, and implement its activities in accordance with its governing charters and rules.
  2. Within 60 days of signing this MOU, the Peace Corps and NPCA, working collaboratively, will begin development of potential activities designed to carry out the purpose of this MOU. Such efforts will seek to identify, prepare, and plan for implementation of specific activities, identify expected outcomes of these activities, and propose a draft timeline for implementation.
  1. Administration and Coordination

Each party will identify a liaison to provide overall coordination of the MOU. The points of contact for the Peace Corps and NPCA, respectively, are as follows:

Peace Corps Liaison:

Keith Honda

Director, Office of Third Goal khonda@peacecorps.gov

855-855-1961

NPCA Liaison: Glenn Blumhorst President & CEO Glenn@RPCY.org 202-293-7728

Type and Scope of Potential Activities

The Peace Corps and NPCA intend to work collaboratively to identify types of activities and define the scope of such activities that may include, but are not limited  to the following:

 

VI. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Subject to the provisions of Section XI, the Peace Corps intends:
    1. To designate an individual(s) within the Peace C01vs to coordinate with NPCA on the activities and efforts under this MOU.
  1. To actively identify areas of mutual interest for collaboration, and reduce duplication of effort, as appropriate.
  2. To share information and data, as appropriate.
  3. To share technical assistance materials and resources, as appropriate and available.
  4. To publicize activities and events of the NPCA in accordance with the purposes of the MOU, as appropriate.
  5. To develop, in cooperation with NPCA, an annual implementation plan to reflect proposed collaborative activities.

 

Subject to its charter, by-laws and rules, and the availability of funds, NPC A intends:

    1. To designate an individual(s) within NPCA to coordinate with Peace CoqJs on the activities and cff01is under this MOU.
  1. To actively identify areas of mutual interest for collaboration and reduce duplication of effort, as appropriate.
  2. To share information and data, as appropriate.
  3. To share technical assistance materials and resources, as appropriate and available.
  4. To publicize activities and events of the Peace Corps in accordance with the purposes of the MOU.
  5. To develop, in cooperation with  the Peace Corps, an annual  implementation  plan to reflect proposed collaborative activities.
      1. RESOURCES

This MOU does not itself authorize the transfer of resources from the Peace Corps to the NPCA. Collaboration on particular programs and activities, and any commitment of financial resources by either party, must be agreed upon by both parties and documented in writing, such as an implementing document, prior to the commencement of any such collaboration or the transfer of any financial resources. Any such collaboration or commitment of financial resources shall be subject to the internal review processes of each party and any applicable law, regulation and policy. Collaboration of any Peace Corps post with NPCA will require advance notification and consultation with the appropriate Peace Corps Headquarters offices.

      1. USE OF PEACE CORPS NAME AND LOGO

The Peace Corps hereby authorizes NPCA to use the Peace Corps name and logo (the “New Logo”) in the versions depicted in Attachment A, in connection with NPCA’s

Third Goal activities. This authorization includes the use of the Peace Corps name and New Logo on items intended for sale by NPCA, provided the proceeds of such sales are used exclusively to support NPCA’s Third Goal activities, including administrative costs related to its Third Goal activities. All uses of the New Logo must be in accordance with the official Peace Corps brand guidelines, available here: https://www.peacecoqJs.gov/news/brand-guidelines/.

Additional terms and conditions on the authorization to use of the Peace Corps name and New Logo include the following:

  1. All prior authorizations for use of the Peace Corps name and former logo consisting of the red, white and blue waving flag and emerging doves (“Former Logo”), as well as all versions of the patch rendering of the Former Logo (“Patch Logo”), are hereby revoked effective immediately, and NPCA may no longer produce merchandise with the Former Logo or the Patch Logo. NPCA, however, is authorized lo continue selling or use items that contain or are imprinted with the Former Logo and Patch Logo to deplete its cuITenl supply of such items during the five-year term of this MOU. This authorization for the sale of items that contain or are imprinted with the Former Logo and Patch Logo is final, and shall not be renewed or extended by the Peace Corps upon expiration of this MOU. The Former Logo and the Patch Logo are depicted in Attachment_B.
  1. This authorization by the Peace Corps does not extend to any other design, drawing, print, rendition, or representation of the Peace Corps name or brand. Specifically, use of the Patch Logo and the Former Logo (the latter has now been approved and adopted by Peace Corps as the Peace Corps seal) are excluded.
  1. This authorization does not include any uses that have, or appear to have, an association with any candidate for elective office.
  1. Neither the Peace Corps name nor New Logo shall be used in connection with any lobbying or advocacy activity. This prohibition shall not be interpreted lo prevent the use by NPCA of its own name and logo in corespondence with members of Congress or Congressional Committees with respect to matters directly affecting the Peace Corps. NPCA’s activities involving or with members of Congress or Congressional Committees with respect to matters directly affecting the Peace Corps are strictly al NPCA’s election and discretion, and are neither conducted at the request or on behalf of the Peace Corps, nor with the use or support of any Peace Corps resources.
  1. This authorization of use of the Peace Corps name and New Logo does not include authority for NPCA to authorize use by others. NPCA may not, and may not authorize others, including but not limited to its afliliate groups, to use the Peace Corps name and New Logo in connection with any fundraising activity by NPCA or others, even if such fundraising activity is for the benefit of any other Peace Corps program or activity.
  1. Peace Corps expects that any such use of the Peace Corps name and New Logo shall be in good taste and not result in adverse reactions or embarrassment to the Peace Corps. The authorization granted to NPCA herein is for the sole purpose of assisting the Peace Corps to carry out its legislatively mandated mission and may be withdrawn without advance notice to NPCA if the Peace Corps, in its sole discretion, determines that a continuation of the authorization no longer serves that purpose or may cause harm to or diminish the effectiveness or reputation of the Peace Corps.
      1. PUBLICITY AND PRESS

The Peace Corps and NPCA may jointly develop and approve publicity materials and press releases regarding the parties joint activities and efforts undertaken pursuant to this MOU. Neither party shall distribute, disseminate, release, post, or issue any publicity materials or press releases regarding such activities and efforts without the others’ prior approval.

      1. REVIEW

Representatives of NPCA and the Peace Corps will conduct annual rcview(s) to evaluate the parties’ collaborative efforts under this MOU, and accordingly, to revise such as appropriate. The particulars regarding such review and evaluation will be determined by the parties by the first anniversary of the signing of the MOU. Six (6) months prior to the termination date of the MOU, the Peace Corps and NPCA will consult with each other to determine whether the MOU will be extended or renewed.

      1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Effective Date; Term; Amendments; Termination

This MOU is effective for five (5) years upon the signature of the parties, and may be extended or renewed in writing by mutual agreement of the parties. The parties may amend, modify, or supplement this MOU in writing by mutual agreement and consent signed by both parties. Either party may terminate this MOU by providing the other party thirty (30) days written notice.

Each party to this MOU is a separate and independent organization. As such, each organization retains its own legal identity and is responsible for its own activities. This MOU does not create any employment, legal partnership, agency, joint venture or other similar legal relationship between the parties, and neither the Peace Corps nor NPCA has the authority to bind or act on behalf of the other. All Peace Corps activities or efforts under this MOU are subject to applicable laws, regulations, its policies, procedures, and priorities, and the availability of funds.

IN WITNESS THEREOF, the Peace C0rpss and NPCA have caused this Memorandum of Understanding to be executed by the undersigned oflicials.

For THE PEACE CORPS: For NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION:

Attachment A

New Logo -Three Versions

    Peace Corps

Peace

Corps

Peace Corps

 

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