Sally Tseng Professional Development Grant Committee

Your Name: Ying Xu

Your Email: yxu1@calstatela.edu

Member Roster:

Ying Xu (chair)

Maria Fung

Raymond Wang

Anna Xiong

Cathy Yang

Sally Tseng (Ex officio)

Is this an interim or annual report? Annual Report

List significant activities the committee has done since last report:

The Committee did not give out any awards this year due to the following reason:

In February 2012, Sally Tseng, donor of the Sally C. Tseng’s Professional Development Grant, discovered a serious issue regarding the Grant from an Amendment proposed by the Chair of the 2010/2011 CALA Constitution and Bylaws Committee to CALA Bylaws. The Amendment incorrectly states “…In case of special circumstances, including but not limited to no award, disputes, and/or cases involving conflict of interest, the Board of Directors shall make the final decision on the award(s).”

 

The Amendment was proposed by the Chair of the 2010/2011 Constitution & Bylaws Committee to the CALA President and Executive Director for CALA Board’s discussion without any consultation with Sally Tseng, the donor. The Amendment violated the bonded terms and agreement upon which CALA and Tseng’s family donations are based. 

 

As donor, the Tseng family was very disturbed. On Feb 21, 2012, Sally Tseng wrote a letter to Min Chou, President and Haipeng Li, Executive Director, and Manuel Urrizola, Chair of the 2011/2013 Constitution and Bylaws Committee of CALA. In the letter she requested that CALA remove the inappropriate portion of the Amendment that violated the agreed terms between CALA and the donor and replace it with a corrected version that was the original terms mutually agreed by CALA and the donor. Sally Tseng also requested that her letter be distributed to members of the CALA Board and the current Constitution and Bylaws Committee prior to the Board’s discussion on this issue, i.e., the amendment (Attachment 1, Letter).  In the letter Sally reminded CALA that according to the mutually agreed terms of the Grant cited by the Guidelines of Sally Tseng Professional Development Grant, point No. 6, that in the case of violation of any of the agreed terms, CALA needs to return the funds to the donor in the existing Grant accounts. (Attachment 2, Guidelines and Attachment 3, Terms)

 

While waiting for the CALA board’s approval to correct the proposed amendment, Sally Tseng advised the Chair of the Tseng Professional Development Grant Committee to suspend the call for applications this year until the issue is solved.

 

Haipeng Li, CALA Executive Director wrote back to Sally that he agreed that CALA should follow what the agreement says and CALA is in no position for any violation of the agreement.

On March 15, Manuel Urrizola, Chair of this year’s (2011/2013) CALA Constitution and Bylaws Committee wrote to Sally that the Committee of 2011/2013 has deleted the inappropriate wording in the Amendment and replaced with the wording Sally proposed, but this will have to go to the CALA Board for approval.

 

Sally Tseng and the Tseng family are now waiting for CALA Board’s approval on the correction.

 

The Committee is advised by the donor that until the violation is formally corrected, the Tseng family is unable to provide this grant and that if CALA is unable to commit to a lasting trust mechanism to support the CALA-Donors relationship by respecting with the donor and abide by the Terms of Donation, the Tseng family will have no choice but to withdraw the donation from CALA and find other alternatives for the Grant. 

List committee recommendations, to the board, if any:

Action item

Approve the removal of the portion of the Amendments of CALA Bylaws pertaining to the Sally C. Tseng's Professional Development Grant Committee that was in violation of the agreed terms between CALA and the donor.  Replace it with the following correction (in blue):

13.  Sally C. Tseng’s Professional Development Grant Committee.  The chairperson, with the help of the Committee members, shall issue calls for applications for professional development grant opportunities in the Association, select grant recipients according to prescribed guidelines and inform the president, executive director, and the Board of Directors of the Committee decisions.  In case of special circumstances, including but not limited to no award, Sally C. Tseng or her designated representative shall make the final decision on the award(s).

 

Attachments:

  1. Letter from Sally Tseng to Min Chou, Haipeng Li and Manuel Urrizola;
  2. Guidelines of Sally Tseng Professional Development Grant; and
  3. Terms of Tseng’s Donation to CALA.