Where Can You Find Sample Bylaws for a Nonprofit?


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Form1023.org and SimpleNonprofit.com both offer sample nonprofit bylaws, as of May 2015. Whereas the sample bylaws documents are similar, the Form1023.org website walks applicants through "The Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code."

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Where Can You Find Sample Bylaws for a Nonprofit?
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Form1023.org displays all possible sections of nonprofit bylaws with the acknowledgement that not all applicants need all of the presented sections in their own bylaws. Links down the right margin of the Web pages correspond to the 11 sections of IRS Form 1023.

The links also include a Form 1023 Checklist, IRS Definition of Terms and a bylaws template, to name a few items. The sample provided is an actual bylaws draft prepared for a nonprofit organization known as Transcontinental Humanitarian Corporation. For further reference, that company's website is THcorp.org, as of May 2015.

The bylaws example presented on SimpleNonprofit.com is a generic document with blank lines on which members of an organization can insert information specific to their nonprofit. This website states that the process can be as simple or as complicated as necessary to keep the organization's business running smoothly.

As a legal document, what the adopted bylaws document contains is permanent unless changed by a vote, as stated in the document. Bylaws set forth election processes for directors, specific meeting rules, and roles of directors and employees. An attorney should examine the bylaws document before the organization votes to adopt them.

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