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Title XXXVI BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS
Chapter 617 CORPORATIONS NOT FOR PROFIT
SECTION 0302Corporate powers.
617.0302 Corporate powers.—Every corporation not for profit organized under this chapter, unless otherwise provided in its articles of incorporation or bylaws, shall have power to:
(1) Have succession by its corporate name for the period set forth in its articles of incorporation.
(2) Sue and be sued and appear and defend in all actions and proceedings in its corporate name to the same extent as a natural person.
(3) Adopt, use, and alter a common corporate seal. However, such seal must always contain the words “corporation not for profit.”
(4) Elect or appoint such officers and agents as its affairs shall require and allow them reasonable compensation.
(5) Adopt, change, amend, and repeal bylaws, not inconsistent with law or its articles of incorporation, for the administration of the affairs of the corporation and the exercise of its corporate powers.
(6) Increase, by a vote of its members cast as the bylaws may direct, the number of its directors so that the number shall not be less than three but may be any number in excess thereof.
(7) Make contracts and guaranties, incur liabilities, borrow money at such rates of interest as the corporation may determine, issue its notes, bonds, and other obligations, and secure its obligations by mortgage and pledge of all or any of its property, franchises, or income.
(8) Conduct its affairs, carry on its operations, and have offices and exercise the powers granted by this act in any state, territory, district, or possession of the United States or any foreign country.
(9) Purchase, take, receive, lease, take by gift, devise, or bequest, or otherwise acquire, own, hold, improve, use, or otherwise deal in and with real or personal property, or any interest therein, wherever situated.
(10) Acquire, enjoy, utilize, and dispose of patents, copyrights, and trademarks and any licenses and other rights or interests thereunder or therein.
(11) Sell, convey, mortgage, pledge, lease, exchange, transfer, or otherwise dispose of all or any part of its property and assets.
(12) Purchase, take, receive, subscribe for, or otherwise acquire, own, hold, vote, use, employ, sell, mortgage, lend, pledge, or otherwise dispose of and otherwise use and deal in and with, shares and other interests in, or obligations of, other domestic or foreign corporations, whether for profit or not for profit, associations, partnerships, or individuals, or direct or indirect obligations of the United States, or of any other government, state, territory, governmental district, municipality, or of any instrumentality thereof.
(13) Lend money for its corporate purposes, invest and reinvest its funds, and take and hold real and personal property as security for the payment of funds loaned or invested except as prohibited by s. 617.0833.
(14) Make donations for the public welfare or for religious, charitable, scientific, educational, or other similar purposes.
(15) Have and exercise all powers necessary or convenient to effect any or all of the purposes for which the corporation is organized.
(16) Merge with other corporations or other eligible entities identified in s. 607.1101, both for profit and not for profit, domestic and foreign, if the surviving corporation or other surviving eligible entity is a corporation not for profit or other eligible entity that has been organized as a not-for-profit entity under a governing statute or other applicable law that permits such a merger.
History.—s. 24, ch. 90-179; s. 14, ch. 2005-267; s. 12, ch. 2009-205; s. 271, ch. 2019-90.