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NONPROFIT LAWS: BOARD RULES AND REGULATIONS

US LAWS GOVERNING NONPROFITS BY STATE

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DEFINITIONS OF TERMS USED IN THIS STUDY

We chose the following 13 topic areas to survey in the Study because we believe these board activities are reasonably supported by the functions of board portal technology.  For a detailed look at how we define these terms, see below.

Actions refer to votes or any decision that requires the input of the full board.

Refers to the actions of board members that have a material interest – whether direct or indirect – in an issue being decided by the board.  An example of a conflict of interest might be a board member who is a senior officer of a company with which the nonprofit is considering doing business.

Refers to the way new board members are selected/approved to serve a term on the board.

Refers to the use of technology other than hard-copy mail used in board communications, including meeting notice, voting, approvals, and other common board communications.

Refers to the physical/virtual location where regular and special board meetings may occur.

Refers to the requirement of organizations to alert board members in advance of the date, time, and location for a board meeting.  The provisions in Notice of Meeting and Waiver of Notice also define what constitutes “notice.”

Establishes the minimum number of voting members that must be present at a meeting in order for a vote to occur.

Refers to the termination – by the organization – of a board member’s service on the board.

Refers to legal provisions requiring nonprofit boards members to reside in the same state where the nonprofit is incorporated.

Refers to the termination – by the board member – of the board member’s service on the board.

Refers to the number of years a board member serves in a single term, and any provisions in the state code to limit the number of terms (consecutive or non-consecutive) a member may serve.

Refers to a seat on the board – as outlined in the organization’s bylaws – that is not currently filled by a member.  The vacancy could occur due to resignation, removal, or attrition.

Refers to the rights of board members to “waive” their right to be notified in advance of board meetings, and to the conditions under which an organization would not need to provide advance notice of a board meeting.


RESEARCH APPROACH

Learn more about the making of the Nonprofit Laws:  Board Rules and Regulations Study — background, research approach, definitions, and about the authors.

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RESEARCH APPROACH

Learn more about the making of the Nonprofit Laws:  Board Rules and Regulations Study — background, research approach, definitions, and about the authors.

STUDY BRIEF

Download the Nonprofit Laws: Board Rules and Regulations Study Brief to share with anyone involved in supporting the work of nonprofit organizations.

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DISCLAIMER

This study represents a compilation to the best of our ability of the information available through public records on U.S. state laws concerning electronic voting and other areas of responsibility of nonprofit boards. The information contained in this study does not represent legal advice of any kind and should not be used in lieu of legal counsel. This study does not supersede any organization’s own bylaws; nor does it supersede any current local, state or federal laws in the U.S., nor laws of any countries outside the U.S. In addition, due to the constantly changing nature of online records, we cannot guarantee that the links to related websites listed are current.