[hackerspaces] please link to your bylaws

Leigh Honeywell leigh at hypatia.ca
Thu Mar 5 16:39:24 CET 2009

To clarify, I'm just interested in getting links for the sake of ideas; 
I'm well aware that laws vary substantially on a regional basis :)

In Canada there are both federal and provincial non-profits, which are 
different from charities as well (which can be fed or prov).  We're an 
Ontario non-profit (but not a charity) - once I figured out where all 
the paperwork needed to go, it only took about a week to get set up.

I'm also planning on going over the bylaws we come up with with a lawyer 
who is experienced in this kind of thing.


nicolle n. wrote:
> it truly is valuable to look at other hackerspaces' bylaws, just to get 
> some ideas about things you do or do not want to address in your own, 
> and start thinking about ways in which you want to address concerns 
> similarly to or differently from other spaces.
> but, when it gets down to it, jur1st is absolutely right.  you need to 
> look at the prevailing local law to make sure that your bylaws, your 
> articles of incorporation, and any other required documents comply with 
> the laws of the locality.  some jurisdictions are more or less specific 
> than others about what must be in your documents, and it's better to 
> take a very detailed look at the laws to start with instead of realising 
> later that you have to redo one or more of your formative documents.  in 
> the United States, it's a state question; i'm not familiar with the 
> structure of corporations law in Canada [or any other nation, for that 
> matter...], so i don't know if it's provincial or federal.
> nicolle
> On Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 9:26 AM, jur1st 
> <jur1st at cowtowncomputercongress.org 
> <mailto:jur1st at cowtowncomputercongress.org>> wrote:
>     Keep in mind that the bylaws themselves will be largely dictated by
>     the state you reside in...certainly the country you reside in. 
>     Also a handy tip is to keep bylaws short and general as they are
>     difficult to ammend.  We reference other documents in our bylaws
>     which can be changed as needed without too many formalities.
>     -jur1st
>     CCCKC
>     On Mar 5, 2009, at 9:16 AM, David Powell <davepow16 at gmail.com
>     <mailto:davepow16 at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>     I second this request. There are lots of cut and paste Non-Profit
>>     bylaw examples available on google. However, it would be nice to
>>     see how you guys may be customizing the typical bylaws.
>>     <http://www.harfordhackerspace.org/>www.harfordhackerspace.org
>>     <http://www.harfordhackerspace.org>
>>     On Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 9:44 AM, Leigh Honeywell <
>>     <mailto:leigh at hypatia.ca>leigh at hypatia.ca
>>     <mailto:leigh at hypatia.ca>> wrote:
>>         Hey hackerspaces folks,
>>         We're working on our bylaws at HackLabTO and are hoping to
>>         have a look
>>         at what other hackerspaces have come up with as far as bylaws
>>         go.  If
>>         you have them publicly posted, could you link to them on this
>>         page, and
>>         maybe include the location of your space so that people know what
>>         jurisdiction they apply to:
>>         <http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/Documentation>http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/Documentation
>>         Thanks a bunch!
>>         -Leigh
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