Bylaws outline the rules of internal operation for a Board of Directors, and because regulations are state-specific, there is quite a bit of variation. A Maine nonprofits will want its Bylaws tailored to state law, in particular to the Maine Nonprofit Corporation Act. We caution against modeling bylaws on a non-Maine nonprofit’s bylaws, and organizations should note that even using another Maine nonprofit’s bylaws as a template is tricky, as they may not be what’s best for your organization. MANP recommends seeking legal counsel when developing legal documents, policies and contracts.
The following articles provide information about nonprofit bylaws, links to sample bylaws (to be used with caution), and a checklist of what your bylaws should include.