Organizational Leadership

Checklist for Writing Bylaws

This is a general checklist to ensure that the bylaws contain what is required. This checklist can be used by program directors, executive boards, and policy groups.

Before making your bylaws draft:

  • ___You have gathered examples of the bylaws of similar organizations for reference

While writing your bylaws draft:

  • ___You have named and decided on the purpose of your organization
  • ___The stated requirements for your organization's membership have been established
  • ___In your draft you have stated and explained:
  • ___Governing Structure
  • ___Officers
  • ___Procedures
  • ___Committees
  • ___Decisions
  • ___Amendments
  • ___You have decided how often meetings will be held
  • ___You described the role of the Board of Directors if your organization has one

After completion of bylaws draft:

  • ___You have given copies to the people involved in the approval process
  • ___You have met as a group to discuss the proposed bylaws

Upon completion and approval of final draft:

  • ___You've sent copies of the bylaws to anyone who needs them
  • ___You have put the bylaws into effect through your officers
  • ___You have made plans to review and amend the bylaws

Source: University of Kansas, Community Tool Box