The Constitution sets forth the structure of this international organization of artists, practitioners, teachers and advocates of metalsmithing. The By-Laws outline the implementation of the structure. The Constitution and By-Laws are in accord with the provision of the United States code of law regulating nonprofit organizations, specifically section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code of 1954.
The Society of North American Goldsmiths is organized for educational purposes within the meaning of IRS section 501(c)(3), including the following: to support education in the field of metalsmithing, to disseminate information to anyone interested in metalsmithing, to encourage the exchange of information in the field, to further the education and appreciation of the metal arts to the general public, and to promote a supportive environment for metalsmithing and metalsmiths.
Members of SNAG affirm their support of the field, and commit to the free exchange of information for the general benefit of all. Members are expected to adhere to moral and ethical conduct in relation with one another, specifically, never to impede, hinder or detrimentally interfere in the transference and advancement of knowledge, skills and ideas.