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Non-Profit Toolkit Blog Series: Part 3F,1 - Resources for Sample Bylaws and Non-Profit Governance

Obtaining Sample Bylaws:

  • Secretary of State Websites: Similar to articles of incorporation, many state government websites offer resources for non-profits, including sample bylaws specific to your state's legal requirements. Search for "[Your State Name] Secretary of State Non-Profit Forms".

  • Non-Profit Legal Organizations: Many legal aid organizations or bar associations offer resources for non-profits, which may include sample bylaws.

  • Industry Associations: If your non-profit operates within a specific industry or field, relevant industry associations might have sample bylaws tailored to the needs of organizations within that sector.

Sample Bylaw Resources:


Sample bylaws can be a helpful starting point, but it's crucial to consult with an attorney to ensure your bylaws comply with all applicable state and federal laws, and are tailored to the unique needs and structure of your non-profit.

Additional Resources:

  • NonprofitVOTE: This organization provides resources and guidance on non-profit governance best practices, including information on bylaws:

  • Boardsource: Boardsource offers resources and training programs on effective non-profit board governance, which can be helpful in understanding the role of bylaws within your organization:

Remember: Bylaws are a vital document that outlines the internal governance framework of your non-profit. Investing in proper legal guidance and tailoring your bylaws to your specific needs ensures they effectively guide your organization's operations and decision-making processes.


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