DIY: Make a Bylaws Cheat Sheet

"What does it say in the bylaws?"

"Does anyone have a copy of the by-laws?"

"I know I got one when I started on the board but . . . "

Here's a new idea: a Bylaws Cheat Sheet. Even if there is a copy of the by-laws handy, it's tedious to have to look over all the legalese when you want an answer to a simple question. So a nice 30 minute Do It Yourself (DIY) project is to create one:

  • Legal Name of Nonprofit Corporation:
  • Tax Exempt Determination year:
  • Maximum and Minimum # of Board Members:
  • How many years in a term?
  • Are there term limits? If so, how many terms?
  • What are the officer positions?
  • What is the percentage or number for a quorum?
  • How can the bylaws be changed?
  • And a Yes/No checklist:
    Are board members indemnified?
    Is there a procedure for removal of a board member?

See also in Blue Avocado:

Comments (4)

  • Anonymous

    * Sarbanes-Oxley and Nonprofits: Bogeyman in the Boardroom? This link directs to a page that is not loading. I'd be interested to read the info however.

    Feb 12, 2014
  • Anonymous

    The links listed under "See also in Blue Avocado" are not working.

    Feb 13, 2014
  • Anonymous

    Please fix the Sarbanes-Oxley link.

    Feb 13, 2014
  • Attention Blue Avocado readers....If you are still finding broken links, close out of your e-mailed verisionof Blue Avocado. Go to You should be able to successfully link to the articles that way. All the links have been fixed.

    Feb 13, 2014

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