The New D.C. Nonprofit Corporation Act Takes Effect on Jan. 1, 2012: Everything You Need to Know to Comply

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The coming New Year will soon usher in a new legal landscape for District of Columbia nonprofit corporations. On January 1, 2012, the new District of Columbia Nonprofit Corporation Act of 2010 goes into effect. To ensure that your organization is ready to comply, now is the time to review your organization’s articles of incorporation, bylaws, and governance policies and practices for any necessary changes.

As a general rule, the 2010 Act provides D.C. nonprofit corporations with considerable flexibility to structure their corporate governance, and for the most part will not require changes to day-to-day operations. However, numerous default rules have changed under the 2010 Act and new, more detailed provisions governing matters like director standards of conduct and liability, indemnification, member voting rights and ballot voting procedures, and numerous other topics require D.C. nonprofit corporations to familiarize themselves with the new law, and determine whether changes to their governing documents or practices will be necessary to comply. The following highlights many of the significant changes that are in store.

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