Governing Documents

Sample Documents

American Alliance of Museums

AAM provides Tier 3 museum members with sample bylaws, delegation of authority statements, management agreements, and statements of support.

What are Articles of Incorporation?

Grant Space

Grant Space, a service of the Foundation Center, offers several examples of articles of incorporation. Nonprofit law varies by state; a museum should consult with its own state agency (typically the Secretary of State’s office) to determine requirements for filing or amending that are specific for that state.

Writing Bylaws

Community Tool Box

The Community Tool Box has a section on writing bylaws. It provides an explanation of the purpose of bylaws and gives a step-by-step guide for writing them.

Understanding and Writing Contracts and Memoranda of Agreement

Community Tool Box

The Community Tool Box offers Understanding and Writing Contracts and Memoranda of Agreement. It defines both types of documents, suggests when each is most appropriate, and offers tips for writing them.

Incorporation and Bylaws

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits notes that bylaws vary according to the many decisions made by the organization’s founders. One of the most important choices is whether to have members. Because this one decision can radically affect a nonprofit’s bylaws, two sets of sample bylaws are provided.

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