1. Bylaws: Guidance on Reviewing, Revising and Ensuring Compliance

Bylaws: Guidance on Reviewing, Revising and Ensuring Compliance

Nonprofit Bylaws: What They Should Include & How to Use This Important Management Tool
Event ID: 72731
Session ID: 15700

Duration: Scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Nikki Semanchik, Founding Attorney, Semanchik Law Group, Inc.
Price: $299.00 webinar or On-Demand, $399.00 webinar and On-Demand. Each option may be viewed by an unlimited number of attendees in one room. On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? CEOs, executive directors, board members, nonprofit counsel


For a nonprofit, bylaws are more than just a legal necessity; they are the roadmap for how a nonprofit should function. It is essential that your nonprofit has quality bylaws that are customized for your organization. Bylaws should be both clear and flexible. If your board does not understand the organization’s bylaws or worse yet, hasn’t read the bylaws, your organization is not running as effectively as it could and is at major risk for governance disputes. The bylaws should be used as a tool by your board to ensure effective governance and should provide clear guidance regarding the board and officer's roles and responsibilities.

Please join attorney Nikki Semanchik for a presentation that examines the important provisions that should always be included in your bylaws. We will also discuss how to engage your board in the process of reviewing and revising your bylaws and key questions that need to be answered by your board during this process.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • How to determine if it’s time to revise your bylaws
  • How to engage your board in the bylaw review process
  • Which provisions should be included in your bylaws to protect your board and officers
  • Which policies should exist outside your bylaws as separate policy documents
  • How to ensure your bylaws are both flexible and firm
  • How to use your bylaws as a tool to ensure compliance
  • Important provisions that should be included in your bylaws
  • How to amend your bylaws legally


Your conference leader for “Bylaws: Guidance on Reviewing, Revising and Ensuring Compliance” is Nikki Semanchik, Founding Attorney of Semanchik Law Group, Inc., a business and nonprofit law firm located in San Diego, California. Nikki specializes in the representation of tax-exempt organizations including public charities, private foundations and religious organizations.

Nikki started out her legal career advising small businesses and individuals in need of estate planning. An interest in international law and her background in immigration led her to represent multi-national high-net worth individuals with business law, asset protection and tax planning. After assisting clients with tax planning through the formation of private foundations and charitable trusts, Nikki found herself drawn to the specialty area of nonprofit law.

She now assists nonprofit organizations with formation, compliance, tax matters and governance. In addition to her nonprofit practice, Nikki also represents for profit businesses and startups and advises on matters such as entity structure, contract drafting and review, employee equity plans, business succession planning, asset purchases, employment matters and trademarks. As outside general counsel for a number of businesses and nonprofits, Nikki is able to help entrepreneurs and philanthropists bring their vision to life. Nikki is passionate about nonprofit law and enjoys speaking about the unique legal issues that nonprofits face.

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