Bylaws: The "Constitution" of Nonprofits - The Art and Science of Making Them Work (Webinar)

May 23, 2017 01:30pm -
May 23, 2017 03:00pm

Event Details

Event Description

Bylaws: The "Constitution" of Nonprofits - The Art and Science of Making Them Work
Tuesday, May 23 | 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM | Webinar

Presented by: Don Kramer, Editor and Publisher, Nonprofit Issues
Moderated by: Tish Mogan, Standards for Excellence Director, PANO

Offered in Partnership with: Nonprofit Issues

This webinar will address the art and science of drafting nonprofit bylaws that work. Well-written and formulated bylaws help shape power relationships within a nonprofit organization, provide unambiguous procedures to prevent disputes, and reduce the risks of litigation. Bylaws should provide answers, not raise questions. Come with questions and leave with clarity and confidence in being able to recognize a workable document.

Here are some of the key issues that we will discuss:

  • What should be included in your purpose clause, and why?
  • When it makes sense to have a membership corporation.
  • How to draft a membership clause that helps prevent a “take-over.”
  • How to make the structure consistent with the question of “whose organization is it”?
  • How to protect the interests of the critical players.
  • How to deal with ex officio directors.
  • How to write the most critical provision in the entire document.
  • How to write term limits (if you have them) that can be understood by anyone.
  • How to write the duties of officers so that they are not immediately in default.
  • How to deal with appointment and removal of committees and their chairs.
  • How to write indemnification and advancement of expense clauses to protect the organization.
  • How to deal with conflict, whistleblower and other policies in the bylaws.
  • How to relate the bylaws to the articles or certificate of incorporation.

In a line by line review of sample articles of incorporation and bylaws, you will learn how to avoid aspirational language, inconsistent language, passive tense and ambiguities. You will take home articles of incorporation and bylaws “annotated” with explanatory comments as well as sample forms that work. Join Don and Tish to learn the art and science of drating nonprofit bylaws that work!

CPE & CLE credits are available for this program; to receive credit you must register through Nonprofit Issues.

$40 PANO Members $80 Regular Price

Materials & Login/Call-In Instructions:
Materials (PowerPoint PDF and other handouts), along with, instructions on how to login and call-in, will be emailed to attendees prior to the date of the webinar.

Can’t attend? All webinar registrants will receive the webinar recording!

About Nonprofit Issues
Nonprofit Issues® is a national Web newsletter of "Nonprofit Law You Need To Know." Written for nonprofit officers and directors and their professional advisors, Nonprofit Issues provides clear, concise and comprehensive coverage of real issues that affect nonprofits every day. All PANO members receive a 30% discount for a yearly subscription – learn more!


Event Type:Standards
Early registration ends on Apr 20, 2017.
Regular registration starts on Apr 21, 2017 and ends on May 23, 2017.
Late registration starts on May 24, 2017.
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Registration Fees
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Member Fee: $40.00$40.00$40.00
Non-Member Fee: $80.00$80.00$80.00