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If you've just incorporated your nonprofit, generally your next step is to define the structure of your organization. Nonprofit Bylaws constitute a legal document that outlines how your organization... Read More

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  • What is a Non-Profit Bylaws?

    If you've just incorporated your nonprofit, generally your next step is to define the structure of your organization. Nonprofit Bylaws constitute a legal document that outlines how your organization will be governed. They direct many of your nonprofit's activities, such as frequency of meetings, membership requirements, voting procedures, amendment procedures, and more.

  • Do nonprofits have to have bylaws?

    Nonprofit bylaws are often required by state law. You can contact your state's Secretary of State for more information regarding your state's particular requirements. This information is usually found on the Secretary of State's website or in another readily accessible location. While Bylaws are not public documents, most nonprofits do make them readily available for transparency reasons.

  • What should be in nonprofit bylaws?

    Rocket Lawyer can walk you through the creation of your Nonprofit Bylaws, but the process will be more streamlined if you gather some information in advance.

    For example, the basic terms of nonprofit bylaws usually include:

    • Basic organizational information: nonprofit's name, number of directors and corresponding term limits, type of incorporation, amendment procedures
    • Board meeting details: location of meetings, how often meetings will occur, procedures required in order to call special meetings, how meetings will be announced, and quorum size (minimum number of people required for meetings)
    • Board of directors information: director qualifications, attendance requirements, removal procedures, definitions of roles, and conflict of interest policies
    • Membership information: eligibility requirements, dues, voting rights of members, and quit or termination procedures
  • How do you format bylaws?

    Erring on the side of simplicity usually is the best way to start. You'll want to consider the longevity of each bylaw, how clear the language is, and how difficult bylaws might be to alter later.

  • How do I find nonprofit bylaws?

    If you are seeking a copy of the bylaws of a particular nonprofit organization, you can request a copy directly from the organization. If that is not an option, you can file a form with the IRS for a copy from them.

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