Bye-laws are the set of rules under which the organization will operate. They typically include such items as (a) number of members, term length, nomination process, committees, and meetings; (b) fiscal year/accounting cycles, committees, and officers' responsibilities; (c) methodologies, tools, and strategies, monitoring and evaluation etc.; and (d) how to amend the bye-laws themselves.
Note that bye-laws can also be called the NGO's "Constitution" , "Aarticle of Association" or "Statues", depending on the laws of a particular country.
Typical bye-laws of an NGO will contain the following information:
- Organization name and acronym
- Organizational logo
- Basic aim and purpose of organization
- Mission statement
- Membership (types, conditions/qualifications of members, status, length of service, procedure to become members, rights and obligations, termination)
- Advisory board (role and functions, qualitifications of board members, authority, elections, members)
- Organizational structure
- Asset mamagement (Finance and property, membership fees)
- Legal status
- Contact address
- Dissolution of NGO
- Ammendments, modifications, revisions of bye-laws