Review and implement the following steps as needed:

  • Consult an attorney to be sure your bylaws are thorough and compliant with state and federal law.
  • Avoid including details that change, like fundraising or marketing guidelines.
  • Be sure to tailor your bylaws to the purpose and size of your organization.
  • Make certain you appropriately use the words “shall” (required) and “may” (optional).
  • Review your bylaws every year to be sure they continue to be applicable and express the nonprofit’s mission. This is particularly important as a nonprofit grows and adds new programs.
  • Make your bylaws available to the public to strengthen your nonprofit’s accountability with donors, supporters, and beneficiaries.

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