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Amending Bylaws

Like all board bylaws, chamber board bylaws will require revisions and amendments. These resources provide the background and general process information for revising board bylaws.

Articles & Online Resources

  • BoardSource Bylaws 101 - Free download after registering; includes a section on Amending Bylaws.
  • The 15 Most Common Nonprofit Bylaw Pitfalls: How to Avoid the Traps – Article by Venable LLP, offers some guidelines on bylaws amendments/revisions.
  • Westside Toastmasters in CA has a Robert's Rules of Order online book that addresses Bylaws in Chapter 20 and provides clear information on amending bylaws.
  • An About.com article addresses whether bylaws need to be Reported to the IRS for 501c3 non-profits using the annual 990 form.
  • A For Dummies book, Robert's Rules for Amending Bylaws online, also provides info on how to amend bylaws, step by step.
  • Blue Avocado offers guidelines on creating bylaws and briefly mentions revisions in their Bylaws Checklist.
  • GrantSpace.org also answers What are nonprofit bylaws? Where can I find samples? and gives this information on amendments: “Your board should review them regularly and amend them accordingly as your organization evolves. An exempt organization that is required to file an annual return must report name, address, and structural and operational changes on its return. Organizations that do not have to file an annual return may also report these changes to the EO Determinations Office. Some states may also require you to file bylaws and report changes.”

Samples: Bylaw Revisions



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