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Are there rules for board meeting notifications?

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Are there rules for board meeting notifications?

I recently became the president of a 501(c)(3) corporation. In the past, the Board met an hour prior to the general meeting. I prefer to have board meetings at a different time and place. I welcome non-board members to attend, but I am unsure of the exact legal obligation we have to inform membership of our meetings, how far in advance, and by what method they must be notified.

Unless your bylaws require notice to members of the corporation (I am assuming you have members with legal rights such as the right to vote for directors) or others, you probably have no responsibility to notify anyone other than the Board of the time and place of meetings. You may have a public relations problem if you change your practice without notice. It may make sense to schedule regular meeting times for the Board and give notice of that schedule in the same way the prior president gave notice to everyone of the open meetings. It may be sufficient to announce the time and place at the general meetings or in an organizational newsletter.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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