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Bylaws Function as “Constitution” Of Nonprofit Corporations

Bylaws Function as “Constitution” Of Nonprofit Corporations

Bylaws Function as “Constitution” Of Nonprofit Corporations

Regulation of corporate governance demands as much care and thought as the Constitution of a country

Bylaws of a nonprofit Corporation should not simply be taken “off the shelf” and adopted by the organization. The Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws essentially form the “Constitution” of the organization and establish the rules for governance. Like all Constitutions, they should be considered carefully.

In most states, the state nonprofit corporation law provides minimum standards and default procedures if the Articles and Bylaws are silent on many issues. But the Bylaws can be used to spell out specific provisions and are particularly important in establishing the rules about who controls the organization.

Unlike a business corporation, in which,...

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