Nonprofit BYlaw Reviews

Discover how our Nonprofit Bylaw Review process will ensure your organization’s bylaws are up to date and in compliance with provincial and federal requirements.

WHY UPDATE YOUR BYLAWS?

Chances are your bylaws are outdated. They probably haven’t been reviewed in years, still reference outdated technology like fax machines, use the word ‘he’ throughout, and don’t reflect the latest provincial and federal requirements. That’s why it’s necessary to review and update your bylaws on a regular basis.

With a fully updated set of bylaws, your organization should be able to easily answer questions like “how do we remove a board member?”, “how often shall we meet as a board?”, “how do we deal with unexpected vacancies on the board?”, “what are best practices for terms of director positions?”, “how large or small should our board be?” among other necessities.

A well-executed bylaw review also removes outdated wording and procedures and implements a consistent tone and use of words throughout.

WHY NPOS CHOOSE AMC TO CONDUCT BYLAW REVIEWS?

Organizations engage AMC for Nonprofit Bylaw Reviews because we’re nonprofit specialists, having worked with over 450 organizations across Canada since 1987.

We update the bylaws of multiple nonprofits every year, so you can be sure that we’re up to date on the latest requirements, regulations and evolutions when it comes to bylaws.

Here are the top 4 reasons NPOs choose AMC:

The purpose of your nonprofit bylaws is to ensure you guide the board’s actions and decisions in a meaningful and valuable way. 

Bylaws are put in place to protect the nonprofit organization’s future from potential issues by setting clear guidelines and rules about authority rights and expectations amongst the board and employees.

KNOW WHEN IT'S TIME TO UPDATE YOUR BYLAWS

Here are clear indicators it’s time to update your bylaws:

  • Unsure if your bylaws comply with provincial and federal requirements
  • Don’t know when your bylaws were last updated
  • Bylaws still reference outdated technology or terminology
  • Instead of being a helpful tool, they are getting in the way or holding your back

Although there is no official standard on reviewing your bylaws, every two years is the recommended benchmark for ensuring they accurately reflect the organization’s inner workings and remain relevant to what you’re trying to achieve.

The Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (“ONCA”)

While it came into force last year, it’s crucial to comply with the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (“ONCA”) before October 18, 2024, by reviewing, updating and filing your governing documents with the Ontario government.

If you are a not-for-profit or charity incorporated in Ontario under the OCA, ONCA will apply to your corporation.

AMC'S BYLAW REVIEW PROCESS

To get the best results from a bylaw review, we start with a detailed consultation to understand the needs and current situation of the organization, then proceed to give our recommendations based on modern best practices and the latest compliance with provincial and federal regulations.

1

Intake Review & Audit

Our initial consultation is an audit. It allows us to understand the needs and advancements in your organization so we can help update the bylaws to reflect your current and growing needs.

At this stage, we’re looking to see if there’s anything that should or shouldn’t be included in your bylaws alongside the consistency of nomenclature, terms of office and much more.

2

Recommendations

Next, we offer our recommendations on how to update your bylaws. We do so by providing organizations with customized advice and support to implement changes.


Many organizations engage AMC because we’ve seen hundreds, if not thousands, of bylaws over the last 35 years – so we know precisely what they should include. 

 

3

Final Report

Lastly, we deliver a final report with recommendations for updating bylaws for modernization and compliance in an easy to follow format that allows board members to see and approve the changes we recommend.

Consultants across Canada

AMC proudly serves the Canadian nonprofit community with nonprofit consultants across Canada in all major cities like Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton as well as small towns in all provinces. Our nonprofit consultants range in expertise from indigenous council to charities and associations and we have facilitators that speak English and French. Tom, Lisa and Audrey are here to support and empower nonprofits with the knowledge, expertise, and resources necessary to elevate their approach to governance – discover their profiles below:

Tom

Co-Founder & CEO

Tom (TJ) Abbott, CSP™, is the co-founder and CEO of AMC NPO Solutions and an authority on Governance. He has over 25 years of experience as CEO, President and board director of several not-for-profit organizations. He is also a Certified Speaking Professional™, a designation held by 1.5% of speakers globally.

Lisa

Senior Governance Consultant

Lisa has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector as an independent consultant and board member. She has also supported organizations in the areas of donor, sponsor and volunteer engagement. Most recently as a consulting manager at Vantage Point she worked with board directors in the areas of governance, leadership, people engagement and strategic planning. Lisa is also a certified leadership coach and current board member for International Coaching Federation, Vancouver Chapter.

Audrey

Senior Governance Consultant

Audrey is an authority on governance and strategic planning with over 18 years of experience as a Board Director of several nonprofits. Audrey has worked with many organizations as a consultant helping to assess board effectiveness, develop better governance structures and build high-performing boards. She led the Canadian Board Diversity Council and forged its signature Get on Board governance education program.

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