Bylaws: Indemnification

Indemnification in the context of nonprofit bylaws generally refers to how the nonprofit will protect its directors and other agents in the event they are sued for acting in their capacity as agents of the nonprofit. More specifically, indemnification is an assurance by the organization to make good an individual or group of individuals against […]

DEI and Bylaws: Board Composition

As we’ve discussed in a previous post, one way to anchor diversity, equity, and inclusion (“DEI”) as a core value of an organization is to include DEI principles and language into an organization’s Bylaws. A common starting place for nonprofit corporations is the composition of the board of directors. Each organization should determine for itself […]

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Nonprofit Bylaws

Nonprofits should be at the forefront of encompassing diversity, equity, and inclusion (“DEI”) into their governance and operations. While discussions regarding DEI are increasingly prevalent in the nonprofit sector, the next, more difficult, step forward is to turn the discussions into action. How do we, as part of the nonprofit community dedicated to the benefit […]

Ex Officio Director – What? Why? How?

Many nonprofits use the term “ex officio director” (or “ex officio board member”) without a clear understanding of what the term means and how to properly incorporate one or more ex officio directors in their governance structures. Definitions  The term director refers to an individual serving as a voting member of the board of directors […]

7 Reasons to Review Your Bylaws Now

The bylaws of a nonprofit corporation are the board’s internal rules and instruction manual for how the nonprofit is governed. It may be the nonprofit’s single most important document. Here are 7 reasons why you should review your bylaws for legal and internal compliance: 1. To ensure legal compliance with applicable state and federal laws. […]

Tweets of the Week – 6/11/10

Here are some of my favorite posts of the week: GTak: IRS – Advisory Committee on Tax-Exempt & Gov't Entities Report of Recommendations - plamb: What are the Critical Issues in International Grantmaking Raised at the Grantmakers Without Border.. Philanthropy: Key Senator Seeks Additional Information on Foundation Tax Proposal: Sen. Charles E. Grassley, senior […]

Nonprofit Bylaws – Common Issues

This post highlights some common issues with the bylaws of a nonprofit corporation. Basics About Bylaws Bylaws may contain any provision, not in conflict with law or the corporation’s articles of incorporation, for the management of the activities and for the conduct of the affairs of the corporation. Bylaws should provide guidance to the corporation’s […]